“For never was a truer story of love conquering woe than this of Molly Juliet and her Romeo.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I had no idea what to expect upon starting Sweet Home, another typical New Adult romance I assumed. Boy was I pleasantly surprised by the writing, humour, love, loss and fantastic characters hidden behind this cover. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Tillie Cole’s writing is a breath of fresh air, I was swept along from the very first page and didn’t come up for air until the very last. I loved the Romeo and Juliet reference, I loved the names and the whole star crossed lovers element. It wasn’t overdone or too cliché, Tillie got the perfect balance. The storyline took many directions in which I never anticipated. I thought I knew what was up ahead and then BAM! another turn was taken. I liked that, as it definitely kept me on my toes. Romeo and Molly’s relationship did move quite fast but at no point did I feel ‘instalove’ Romeo was smitten from the beginning and Molly was very guarded but I loved the way in which they opened up to each other.
Molly had been through a lot in her life, yes she was closed off, but she wasn’t your typical heroine hiding a secret, I loved that she opened up to her friends and Romeo about her past once she felt able to trust them. Romeo was a broken character on his own, yes his anger with Molly I felt was sometimes borderline but my heart really went out to him and his situation. His hands were tied and it wasn’t until he met Molly that he knew a change was needed.
I loved all the characters immediately, Molly, being British, I could relate to and I loved all her colloquiums. Even her group of friends were a fun set of characters. Cass was larger than life and absolutely hilarious. “Cass walked by me, jumping in my place, waving pink fluffy handcuffs, a large bottle of lube, and a tube of edible chocolate paint in the air. “I’m getting these. Unlike Sandra fuckin’ Dee here, I like my sex wild and untamed.” It was definitely needed in amongst the tough parts. Even the villains played their part well. Shelly was a stage 4 clinger who wouldn’t let go of Romeo and Romeo’s parents were a nasty duo.
Then we have Romeo; “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” That boy was all sorts of Alpha with a dirty, dirty mouth. “Decide now if you want to be arrested for public indecency, because if you move even a millimetre closer, I’ll fuck you right here, right now, with no pleasantries. Your choice Shakespeare.” And I have to say I loved it. But then he would expose his sweet side and swoon me off my feet ”Maybe you didn’t quite get that you’re mine and as such can never ever leave me-even if your heart is broken. Because if you’re hurtin’, baby, you can bet that I’m fuckin’ hurtin’ too.”
I was glad to see there were no unnecessary misunderstandings, as they always earn an eye roll from me, Molly did run at one point and usually my initial reaction would be annoyance but I never felt that with Molly. She had just been through a tragic ordeal and I felt the subject and the aftermath was dealt with realistically and sensitively. I give props to Tillie for that part of the story.
I have to mention the smexy times because boy were there plenty and yes they were HAWTT! Romeo liked to be in control and Molly was happy to let go for once, I really felt the chemistry between them. There were a few times when I thought Romeo was perhaps pushing the Alpha line too far but then that’s probably my own personal shyness. I’m sure plenty of ladies wouldn’t complain.
The only thing I would have liked more of was Romeo, more of this Alpha you say? Could we handle that? Throughout the story I really wanted in his head. I wanted to know why he felt to compelled to Molly in the beginning. He was so hell bent on having her and I needed to know why. Also the main conflict was with Romeo’s parents so again I felt Romeo had more of a story to tell there and it would have helped us understand his character more. I loved the bonus chapter we got in Romeo’s POV at the end, I would have loved it more if we got it throughout the story.
That being said, I did love Molly, she was a strong female character, she had to be, she was forced to grow up at a young age. I loved that she was timid at times yet so fiery. I was even proud of her for slapping Rome, I felt that portrayed them as a real couple struggling with real issues.
This was a fun read, I swooned with Romeo, rooted for Molly, felt the excitement and community of their football and laughed with their friends. Everything you could ask for really!
I definitely recommend you read Sweet Home. If you are a fan of the Crash series by Nicole Williams, I have no doubt you will love this. I laughed, I cried and I was left with a huge smile by the end. You must 1-click this today!
“He’s fuckin’ sex on leg-cut, gorgeous, tan. Shit, I almost came just thinking ’bout him!” ~Cass
“He hadn’t slept with Shelly. I was all he thought about, and I couldn’t help but feel a ripple of happiness swell through my heart for the first time in years.”
“Romeo stroked my hair, refusing to release me from the safety of his arms, because that’s what he was-my safety…my peace.”
“You’re not the only one who feels like splittin’ when times get rough, baby, but from now on, I won’t let you run anywhere if I’m not right there runnin’ beside you.”
“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
“I don’t remember Romeo being this pushy with Juliet!” He arched his eyebrows meaningfully “And look at how that worked out for them. My way is better-less death, more orgasms.”
“You’re not gonna be just a fuck to me, Mol-you’re gonna be my fuckin’ salvation!”
I gripped Romeo’s hair, smashing his lips to mine, conveying my complete acceptance of who he was, who I was, what we were together.”
“For the first time in my life, I was running to something, not away from it.” ~Molly