by Tillie Cole
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*
Book 1 in the Sweet Home series.
Molly Shakespeare is a expert at running away. When life gets tough, when emotions overwhelm her she moves on; this time it's across the pond. Having completed her degree in Philosophy at Oxford by 20, this North East Brit is now studying for her PHD at the University of Alabama; home of the famous Crimson Tide (American) football team. Quiet, studious and with very little self esteem, this is the perfect place for her to start afresh, to take the bull by the horns and achieve her goal of become a university professor. Molly avoids forming relationships and getting emotionally attached, she has lost everyone important to her; surely it easier to live a lonely life than one that risks her already broken heart. But things are about to get shaken up for Molly. A chance meeting with the "Tides" star player soon changes her life and things may never be lonely again.
Romeo "Bullet" Prince is Alabama royalty and the Tides star Quarterback. Men want to be him and women throw themselves at him. He's a total playboy and proud of it. Rome hides behind the reputation he has so carefully created for himself to avoid the pain and isolation of his true life. Having spent his childhood being dreadfully abused by the people that should have loved him the most, he exerts his dominate personality to keep control of his unhappy life and the path that he is being forced to follow. When he meets a unassuming, quiet British student he is blown away. He starts to see a future for himself away from the control of his parents and for once in his life he starts to feel loved.
Will Rome's parents allow their plans to be derailed? Will Molly be able to trust Rome with her heart? and will Rome be able to stop Molly from slipping through his fingers?
Romeo and his Shakespeare - Star crossed lovers or unbreakable soulmates?
What a brilliant Sport/College romance book. It has everything you expect it this genre with just a little bit more. The two main protagonists are so different but deep down they are the same broken and damaged souls. Molly is quiet, reserved and lives in the shadows; Romeo is the most popular guy on campus. Molly is practically a virgin; Rome has girls hanging on his every word, never needing to visit the same girl twice. Molly is poor and Rome comes from a family in oil. They shouldn't work but they do. Their souls recognise each other and the love that develops between them is beautiful and honest; they rescue each other from the demons they fight and from the loneliness that they have become so accustomed to.
The story is then enriched by a great cast of secondary characters that add dark, bitchy and witty/lighter moments. They provide twists and turns to the storyline and gives the book more depth than your average college romance.
This is the first true contemporary romance novel that I have read from Tillie Cole. The previous books I have read have been dark, violent, gritty and seriously twisted. I love her writing and I am always in awe of the stories she creates. This book just proves to me once again that Tillie is a real talent. Many writers get bogged down and pin themselves into 1 genre. Maybe they are scared of stepping out of their comfort zone or maybe it is easier to hide a lack of talent in a genre that you have had some success in. Tillie Cole pushes the boundaries, she writes what she wants because she can. Whether its dark, MC or like this book YA/NA - her writing is the star of the show and this book proves that whatever the genre, she KILLS it!!
I now look forward to reading more books in this series. It is a great example of a college romance and if you love romance, angst and a hot man; this is a MUST READ!!
Emma - 4.5 Crowns