Friday, 8 January 2016

Review: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Genre: NA - College - Sports - Contemporary Romance

Series: Sweet Home Book 4

Release Date: 15th December 2015

Format: ebook


One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

The last book on my Sweet Home series binge… And it’s Levi’s. The baby Carillo brother who you first meet in Sweet Fall. 
He’s all grown up! In college, playing football and living a nice life… Of course, he has issues with the events in his past but he’s not screwed up. He’s just shy and he’s incredibly sweet.
Then there is his misses, Elsie. 
Elsie has issues, but she’s got a good heart and events lead her to Levi and the rest is history.

Sweet Soul is such an apt title for this book, for it truly is a tale of two such sweet souls coming together and refusing to be parted.
It occurs a year or two after Sweet Hope, so we get an update on all the couples from the previous books of the series as their lives are tangled together and it’s really nice watching it all come full circle.

However, something was missing from this book. Levi and Elsie definitely have a bond but, for me, it wasn’t as strong as the bond between the other couples. I couldn’t fully connect with Levi or Elsie. They didn’t make my soul or my heart ache the way the others did. 
The story was sweet but it didn’t make my heart race… I just don’t know how to describe what was missing beyond saying it just didn’t capture the magic the others had. 

Never-the-less, Sweet Soul, is a nice conclusion to a wonderful series of books that will go straight onto my favourites shelf for a long time to come.

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