Series: Sweet Home (book 2)
Release Date: 26th August 2014
We all have secrets.
Secrets well buried.
Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.
Lexington "Lexi" Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year's NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.
Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
After reading Sweet Home and Sweet Rome, I immediately moved onto Sweet Fall. I couldn’t wait to read about Austin and Lexi, I’d been curious about them and their relationship throughout the past two books and needed to know more!
However, this book isn’t as easy to read, or as enjoyable, as the first two in this wonderful series.
It’s darker. It’s harder.
The relationship between Austin and Lexi is fraught with complications and there was more than one occasion while reading this book that I had to put it down and just take a moment to breathe as Lexi’s pain, or the suffering of the Carillos, overtook me.
The connection between Austin and Lexi was vibrant and beautiful but dulled by the harshness of their circumstances and I mourned what could have been so beautiful while suffering along with them and hoping that it would all be okay in the end.
The good news is that everything works out okay, but it’s a long journey to get there and their happy ever after didn’t feel as euphoric as Rome and Molly’s… Despite it all working out, there was still too much baggage left lying around.
It’s a great book for making you think. For showing that the world isn’t black and white, that people are not good or bad, but many shades of grey.
It’ll make you feel so much and leave you emotionally drained but it’s worth it and once again you get a wonderful epilogue that shines enough light on the darkness to truly banish the shadows and give you that happy ever after.
Oh! And for fans of the first two books, the events of this book are interwoven so you get to see things between Rome and Molly from an outside perspective which made my inner fangirl squeeee in happiness!