At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.
She knows Descartes and Kant.
She knows academia and Oxford.
She knows that the people who love you leave you.
She knows how to be alone.
But when Molly leaves England’s grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn’t know a summer could be so hot, she didn’t know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn’t know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.
When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…
Mature New Adult novel — contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up*
5 stars for Romeo Prince and Molly Juliet Shakespeare!
“You gonna give up that sweet kiss?”
“If that’s what you want.”
“It definitely is.”
Whilst there are threads from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet throughout this book,Sweet Home, it is not just a modern day Romeo and Juliet.
Molly is a twenty year old brainiac. She’s super smart, studious and sensible. With no family and no ties, working-class, English good-girl, Molly Shakespeare leaves England to study her masters in philosophy at the University of Alabama.
“I came to college to study, Cass, not to whore myself out to drunken frat boys!”
She gaffawed. “Whatever, darlin’, you won’t be thinking of studying when your ankles are wrapped ’round some stud’s neck as he wears you like a necklace, tickling your belly button from the inside!”
Dangerously handsome, twenty one year old, bad-boy, Romeo Prince is the star quarterback for Crimson Tide. His successful future in football is a dead cert and he’s ‘Bama’s hero. Woo! Roll Tide! But his cruel, controlling, oil tycoon parents have other ideas. Ideas of him taking on the family business and marrying their version of his perfect suitor.
Molly has no clue about crimson Tide, or quarterbacks, or anything football related, for that matter. She doesn’t know that Romeo is notorious, or that he is unattainable and dangerously moody. She just knows that he’s devestatingly good looking and that he makes her heart race.
“He’s standoffish, all moody and dark, but more importantly, he’s the friggin’ starting QB for the tide!”
“Official statistics – six foot three, two-hundred and thirty-five pounds of solid muscle!” Cass added excitedly.
“He’s a what? For who?”
When Romeo and Molly meet, both their worlds change completely. But can these two ‘star crossed lovers’ find a way for their completely different worlds to work together?
I was a huge fan of Tillie Cole’s previous novel, rom-com movie star romance,Eternally North. (Check it out if you haven’t already)
So when she asked me to read Sweet Home, I jumped at the chance. And it didn’t disappoint. Again, there was some light hearted humour, a whole lot of swoon-worthy romance and also some heavier, juicier threads to the plot-line, too, adding extra depth to an otherwise sweet, cutesy romance.
It’s a fairly typical bad-boy falls for good-girl story. There’s a lot of them about, but I just can’t get enough of them. There is something fundamentally adorable about a big hulking badass guy who suddenly exposes his soft, gooey, sensitive centre for the girl of his dreams. Don’t lie, we all want that bad-boy who turns good just for li’l old us! It’s the ultimate romantic fantasy for most girls. And that’s exactly what you get withSweet Home.
“You, Molly Shakespeare, have just publicly made out with the most desirable guy on campus. A guy that never commits to anyone. A guy that other guys are shit scared of and girls would gladly give a lung for.”
Romeo is a super talented sportsman. He’s ripped, fast, gifted and has a very quick temper. He has the obligatory tortured past, dysfunctional family and anger issues, to boot. He’s lonely and broken and you can’t help but want to fix him. Of course, he hides his scars beneath his man-whoring facade, sleeping with every girl that throws themselves at his feet. That is, until he falls hard and fast for geeky, glasses-wearing Molly.
“Why does any human want anyone? 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 is the ultimate goody-two-shoes. Sweet Home is told from her point of view, so you really get to witness her transformation throughout the book, as she discovers the girl behind the glasses. When we meet Molly, she’s not a fan of parties, she can count her friends on one hand and she has only ever had sex once. Oh, and she wears bright orange Crocs. ‘Nuff said!
But don’t panic, she isn’t irritating and in denial about her feelings for Romeo. She quickly realises that she’s attracted to him and is curious to explore those feelings, despite the fact that they scare her a little and push her out of her comfort zone. She’s a great heroine and I really enjoyed reading her.
I loved the comparisons to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. They were well written and comical, in a way that Tillie Cole almost pokes fun at the parallels between the two stories in some parts.
“It only took Romeo one look at Juliet and his fate was sealed. Maybe I’m just like my namesake, and maybe you’re just like yours.”
There are some very steamy sex scenes and Romeo is super controlling, super alpha. At times, I felt that he veered a little away from dominant, toward annoyingly bossy and a little aggressive, but for the most part, it was extremely hot!
“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.”
I loved that these character filled a void for one another throughout this story. Both Molly and Romeo are cripplingly lonely and they find solace, comfort and companionship in each other. I really felt that connection between them, and I felt that their bond was that much stronger because they each understood one another’s pain and craved the support that the other could offer them. So heart warming.
“I get so lonely that at times, I literally think it might kill me.”
Despite a relatively light-hearted, fun feel throughout the majority of this book, it does deal with some deep, intense issues. There are some heavy, upsetting scenes and I did shed a few tears. Read my ‘warnings’ at the end of this review if you are easily effected by emotional triggers. However, Tillie Cole did a great job of conveying the emotional trauma and of piecing her characters back together at the end of the book.
“Molly, a home is not a place. It’s not a country or a town or a building or possession. Home is with the other half of your soul, the person who shares your grief and helps you carry the burden of loss. Home is with the person who throughout it all never gives up on you and brings you eternal happiness. That, Molly dear, is your home sweet home.”
I would highly recommend Tillie Cole’s books. She’s fantastic at writing stories with a little bit of everything in. Her books are sweet, romantic, sexy, funny and gripping. She’s incredibly talented at being able to create stories that will not only have you giggling and swooning throughout, but also have depth and emotion, too.
Sweet Home Statistics
Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥
Ending: Happy Ending
Can this be read as a standalone? Yes
Bad boy/good girl
Warning. This book includes…
Sexual content. Miscarriage. Violence.
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