Series: Sweet Home

Princess Emma Reviews: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Princess Emma Reviews: Sweet Soul by Tillie ColeSweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4; Carillo Boys, #3) by Tillie Cole
on January 1st 1970
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4.5 Stars

From the USA Today bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Soul, a heart-wrenching story of love in its purest form.
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. Every day 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 heartache and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.
New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Series: Sweet Home #4
Also by this author: Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Raze (Scarred Souls, #1), Sweet Hope (Sweet Home, #4), Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3), A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3), A Veil of Vines, A Veil of Vines, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Sick Fux, A Wish For Us

Book #4 in the Sweet Home series and #3 in the Carillo Boys. This book in my opinion needs to certainly be read after Sweet Fall and Sweet Hope. A lot of what makes the main character who he is relates to events in those books, but regardless of that those 2 books kick serious arse, they really are MUST READS!

Levi Carillo is the youngest of 3 brothers. Where they are dark from their Italian heritage, he is fair. They are confident, loud and in your face; Levi possesses none of those traits. But the biggest difference between him and the 2 men that are so important to him? They can remember the mother that loved them so much and who left them too soon, whereas Levi feels the memory of her slip from his mind more and more each day. The one thing he holds close to his heart is his mother’s rosary, so when it is stolen he is heartbroken and left feeling like he has lost his mother all over again.

Elsie Hall has been homeless for far too long. Living her life in silence and on the streets of Seattle is a constant struggle of safety, finding food and keeping warm and dry. At her lowest and facing uncertainty, a man with the sweetest soul comes to her rescue.

He shouldn’t want to help the blonde haired waif, but he can’t not. For once he has the confidence to be someone else’s strength, but maybe through saving her she could be the one to save him.

Gah… This series seriously shreds me. I love Tillie Cole’s books. Each series she writes is so different in storyline, but that woman puts the A in angst and a big fat capital E in emotion in all of them. But what makes Tillie Cole stand out is she doesn’t shy away from deep and difficult subject matters. I think she has a fetish for pulling out every one of her reader’s emotions and then putting them back with a cherry on top. Believe me, Sweet Soul is no different.

If you have read any of the Sweet Home/Carillo Boys series then you have waited patiently for the youngest and sweetest Carillo’s story. Levi has had it rough. Watching his beloved mother waste away and then die, forced to join a street gang and then watching as his eldest brother went to prison, he is surrounded by love, yet feels so lonely. Shy and introverted, he struggles to fit into the college scene and as for girls… no chance. Elsie becomes important very quickly and his need to protect and save her only reinforces the sweetness of who he is. As for Elsie? Well all you need to know is that at 18 she is living on the streets and has been on and off for most of her life. She has done what is necessary to survive, but eventually that has led her to an angel.

This book is as beautiful as it predecessors and exactly what was needed to round of an amazing series. If you haven’t met the Carillo’s I implore you to do so. For me it is a series that I won’t ever forget, with characters that will stay with me for years to come. Tillie Cole has done it again – A MUST READ BOOK, indeed, A MUST READ SERIES!