Saturday, 2 January 2016

Review: Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance - New Adult - College - Sports

Series: Sweet Home (Book 1.5)

Publication Date: 28th January 2014

Format: ebook

You met Romeo Prince in the Amazon & USA Today bestselling novel, Sweet Home. Now hear the story from his lips: unbarred, uncensored, and raw to the bone. 

It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn't possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn't we? She became my whole life, didn't she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they'd dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don't exist in their eyes. 

Fuck Romeo and Juliet. This is the story of me and my girl, from my lips. No mushy sentiment, no cheese, just the plain, hard truth, and, because I'm feeling generous, I'm going to let you in on more of our story too. 

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I dived straight into Sweet Rome immediately after finishing Sweet Home and I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not to be honest… Don’t get me wrong, I loved it! How could I not love it? It was Rome, it was Molly, it was the alternate viewpoint on a story that had left me breathless with feels, so believe me, I loved it.
But, starting it immediately after reading Sweet Home probably wasn’t the best of ideas as it felt a bit… Same-old in some places.  

Now, there are lots of scenes, and lots of info especially about secondary characters, in this book that are not included in Sweet Home so don’t think you are just getting a bad copy and paste job with “she felt” switched to “he felt” or whatever. 
You’re not. Rome has his own life and his own story to tell.  
It’s just that it didn’t diverge enough, or contain enough ‘unknown’ to surprise me, so the burning need to keep turning the pages, that ‘must read now!!!’ feeling wasn’t there. It didn’t stop me from inhaling page after page, but I didn’t feel that I couldn’t part with it to eat my dinner, for example.

However, it was Molly. It was Rome! It was a wonderful read and the added bits at the end – especially the epilogue – were the business! This author is a master of the epilogue… Major feels!

If you loved Sweet Home, you have to read Sweet Rome. Have to. Just… Wait a few days at least to let Sweet Home digest a bit.
If you haven’t read Sweet Home, you should, but you don’t have to to read Sweet Rome as it can stand alone.

A must read!

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