Five minutes later and back upstairs, I sighed as I saw Molly was still writing furiously and looking beyond exhausted, a huge stack of notes piled up on her right. My entrance finally broke her from her philosophy zone and she looked up at me in shock.
“We need a break,” I told her sternly.
“How long have we been in here?” she asked with a yawn, stretching her cramped muscles and rubbing at her eyes under her black frames.
“About six hours,” I answered in a reprimanding tone as I handed her a bagel.
“Yep, crap,” I answered with a laugh, her exaggerated accent amusing me to no end. I'd never known a Brit before Molly, and sometimes the things she came out with and the way she pronounced shit was fucking hilarious.
I couldn't take my eyes off her as she sat on her seat, and more importantly, I couldn’t take my eyes off Molly's tongue as it ran along both lips as she stared at her food. I tightened my hand on my coffee death grip, imagining that mouth licking around the tip of my cock. And when she took a sip of her cappuccino, moaning out loud in satisfaction, the bastard lid popped off, the hot liquid scalding on my chest.
"Shit!" I shouted, launching to my feet, pulling the boiling, wet material off my gray shirt.
“You okay?” Molly asked, one eyebrow raised.
"Just… don’t make those kind of noises around me, Mol,” I instructed tightly, moving to adjust my now rock-hard cock in my jeans. Molly's breathing grew labored at my words and her breasts pushed against her dress. I wanted her so damn much, but she wasn't like the other girls. She wasn't just a fuck, didn't give her pussy to anyone wearing a Tide jersey. And more shockingly, I was quickly realizing that I wanted her for more than just one night.
Yeah. Imagine that. My feelings for her were spiraling out of control, confusing the absolute crap out of me.
Taking a seat, we both stared at each other in silence, the tension pulsing once more, until I cracked my knuckles and stretched out my arms, saying, “You must be nearly done now. I’ve never seen anyone work so hard at anything. I have no doubts you’ll make one hell of a professor.”
Losing the flush to her heated cheeks, she shrugged. “I love studying. It keeps me occupied.”
“From thinking about other things.”
“Like?” The desolation that appeared on her face at that question cut me to the core.
“Bad things… upsetting things… things from my past.”
I felt that pain, knew that pain, so I reached out and took her hand that was resting on the table in support, throwing all caution to the wind and confessing, “So studying does for you what you do for me?”
Her hand shook slightly in mine, and she looked anywhere but at me. I pulled on her hand, jerking her closer. “It’s true. You’re doing something to me, Mol.”
"Molly Juliet . . .is, and will always be, my home."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I LOVED Sweet Home the first time around, it was almost a 5 star read for me but I had to deduct a teeny tiny half star as I wanted more of Rome, I felt the story could have been enhanced all the more with a little of his POV. Never did I think we would then get a whole book from him and to be honest this was the story I was after in the beginning and I'm glad to say I loved it!
I am wary of books retelling the same story from the male POV, to date, I have only read one author that can do it well and now I get to add Tillie Cole to my list. From the very first page, it felt like a whole new story, it wasn't just mirrored scenes with the inverted feelings of Rome, it took on a life of its own and I loved every page.
For fans of Sweet Home (myself included) Sweet Rome captures what we missed out on the first time, living in Romeo's world; experiencing his pain, anguish and self loathing brought on by his parents. But at the same time we got to revel in his love for Molly and to witness the change in him and his rise in self belief. The book is written in such a way that it can be read as a standalone if desired. We get the full story from Rome, so no prior knowledge is required. A first time reader could choose, if they wanted, to experience this tale of star-crossed lovers from Rome or Molly's point of view but to fall in love with each of them, I recommend you read both stories.
I'm not going to re-tell the plot in this review as I had previously done that with Sweet Home, what I will mention is the little surprises and extras I found in Sweet Rome. It was great to gain confirmation from Rome himself that Shelly meant nothing to him, although he told Molly often enough, getting inside his head and learning exactly what he felt towards her and his parents whole sordid plan, well it made me feel for Rome all the more. I was also surprised to find out just how soon Rome fell for Molly, we weren't privy to this the first time around and when he admitted it to himself, I was swooning all over the place, he was just an ordinary guy, bowled over by his girl. Also, every time he said 'My girl' my womb clenched.
Even though I knew the events of the story and what was to come, it didn't make it any easier to read them again. When Rome and Molly go through their testing time, the tears were in free flow again, I think it was easier this time around as I knew the ending. At 85% the story caught up to where Sweet Home finished and for the last 15% we were treated to new material and it was icing on the already sweet cake. I loved delving into the future and following Rome and Molly and what had become of them. I was even more excited to find out that Ally will be getting her own book and I already have a hunch of who her Hero might be ;-)
What made Sweet Rome a success can only be attributed to the author's writing. Tillie Cole told Rome's story flawlessly. There was never a time where I was bored or felt I had to skip ahead as I knew it all, in fact, I was scared I would miss any tiny detail from Rome's POV. The majority of the book was told in flashback form and this worked really well, the scenes were woven together perfectly. Then Rome took us the rest of the way from the present day to the future and beyond. I didn't think it was possible to love him more but I was happily proven wrong. Tillie Cole has created some wonderful, endearing characters. They have many flaws and insecurities and you instinctively want to protect them. There is an element of realism to the story and is one of the reasons why I loved it so. Even the bonus chapter at the end in Molly's POV was great; it showed that although things were amazing in the end, they didn't have an easy time of getting there.
If you loved Sweet Home then you need to experience this story from Rome's side, I loved everything about this book and it will be a long time before I forget sweet Molly Juliet and her Romeo.
"And get this straight . . . you are no one's plaything, Shakespeare. I may fuck around, but I wouldn't fuck around on you."
"And then she was gone, leaving me pent up with anger, confused to all hell, and stuck with the biggest hard-on I'd ever had in my life. Molly Shakespeare was going to kill me."
"I wanted to show her my worth, that I was good at something. I wanted-no, needed-her to believe in me."
"With Molly wrapped in my protective embrace, accepting me on every level, my issues, my need for control, my priorities shifted. Everything changed for me in that second, and my girl was now right at the top."
"My body recognises you as something that's good for me. My mind recognises you as someone who's right for me, and my soul recognises you as someone who is meant for me." ~ Molly
"They could really try and hurt us. And I would protect my girl if it was the last thing I did."
"You're not going to be just a fuck to me, Mol-you're going to be my fuckin' salvation.!"
"I get you, Romeo," she replied with that sweet damn smile that she reserved just for me. My smile, my girl. . .my fucking life."
"Sometimes you just know when a person is meant for you, and I always had with her. She got me. . .She fucking saved me."
"I feel stripped bare right now . . .like someone has ripped open my chest and all you're seeing is a mangled heart held together by jagged scars."
Read my review of book one, Sweet Home HERE
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother -- a farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
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