by Tillie Cole
You met Romeo Prince in the Amazon & USA Today bestselling novel, Sweet Home. Now hear the story from his lips: unbarred, uncensored, and raw to the bone.
It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn't possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn't we? She became my whole life, didn't she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they'd dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don't exist in their eyes.
Fuck Romeo and Juliet. This is the story of me and my girl, from my lips. No mushy sentiment, no cheese, just the plain, hard truth, and, because I'm feeling generous, I'm going to let you in on more of our story too.
Sweet Rome is a New Adult Companion Novel to Sweet Home—contains adult content, sexual situations, and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.
Book 2 in the Sweet Home series.
Okay, so what I won't be doing with this review is a story overview. This is essentially the same story as Sweet Home, however this time we get to read Rome's POV. We learn more about him, the life he has endured with the awful and disgusting humans that call themselves parents and of course the relationship that ultimately saves him; providing him with the love he craves.
It was a really nice read and you will certainly get to learn and understand more about Rome. You will get to know him on a deeper level, therefore understanding his reactions to certain situations and his need for control. It will open your eyes to the loneliness he feels as well as the anger issues he is plagued with. You are also reminded of his total sweetness; it will make you swoon all over again.
I need to admit at this point that I am not a fan of this type of story. Being completely honest with you, my opinion on that hasn't changed. I much prefer a story to be told with a dual POV, rather than reading the same book again and to a degree you are going to get that with this book. I have to admit though, yes you are getting the same story but Tillie Cole has dug deep and exposed Rome to such a degree that the story doesn't feel as dragged out as these type of stories often can be.
The last 20% is all new material and the epilogue is EPIC. I loved it; unlike some epilogues, you will feel totally satisfied and happy with the outcome for our loved up pair.
Once again Tillie Cole's writing style has taken centre stage. As with all her books you cannot fault it. She has such a talent in characterisation; Sweet Rome is no different.
I did read this book immediately after book 1 and I do think that spoilt it for me slightly. My advice would be to read a few books in between. I think this book would make much more of an impact if you do.
A nice addition to a great series, with a truly heart warming epilogue. I now look forward to reading Sweet Fall.
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