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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
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Being an Auburn girl, I still decided to give this book a chance! :) I thought this was a pretty decent book except for the way the author portrayed the South. Being a Southern girl from Birmingham, Alabama, you got us all wrong! No one actually talks like that here and I can assure you guys do not walk around in sleeveless wife beaters all day! Some of the wordage used referring to plantations and old slave houses just sounded so dated as well. Also knowing our colleges in Alabama and how college football in the South goes, again, just did not work for me.

Aside from that, the story was pretty good. The story line was not the best and in some ways felt unbelievable to me. I really liked and enjoyed Molly but Rome grated on my nerves a bit. He had his good points and his bad points. All in all, an okay read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
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This is another NA offering which follows a well tread path of the bookish heroine and popular jock Hero.

The story follows Molly, a British student studying at the University of Alabama and Romeo (yes really) the star football player. It is the usual quick meeting followed by insta love which seems to be prevelant in NA books but I generally liked the story and the characters.

Molly had a sad history, she comes from a poor background and lost her family at a young age. She is a fairly strong character, and I liked that while her history obviously affected her it didn't define her character the way these tragic backstory's so often do.

Romeo appears to have it all and checks all the usual boxes: gorgeous, possessive but was still quite sweet.

There isn't a massive amount to the story: the characters quickly get together (see aforementioned insta love) but face a bit of a backlash from both some of the student body but more significantly from Romeo's domineering family. The only real conflict in the book related to whether Romeo could stand up to his family and follow his dream and whether Molly due to her losses in early life was strong enough to stay with him.

I did enjoy the book on the whole but it was a little forgettable. I thought the author could have done more with the story and some of the drama felt a little false. I had an issue with Romeo's parents, who were significant to the story due to their cruel treatment and demands of Romeo. Unfortunately I felt they would have been more effective in the abstract as when they both finally featured prominently in the book I found them a bit panto villain-y. This could not have been shown better in a passage where they literally cackle with glee at Romeo's unhappiness. It was a bit OTT and could have been handled better, and did lead me to lose interest in this element of the story. It kind of killed the drama.

However I enjoyed the characters relationship even if it could have benefitted from a bit more development. The romance was enjoyable and it had a satisfying HEA. I think I would read this author again as it was an enjoyable easy read, but nothing new or earth shattering.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
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TEASER

Bottom Line HOT love story with a twist of Jerry Springer kinda family action that will keep you sucked in. Really liked the whole bad boy all star quarterback in love with girl with tragic background. Only to find out his upbringing was even more screwed up than hers!! There were parts where I felt like stangling her but at the same time you felt could understand the stupid choices she kept making because of how she had been alone her whole life. Romes whole mommy/daddy interaction was wicked CRAZY!! Was waiting for the Jerry Springer bouncer to break it up!!Have to say I am now officially adding Rome to my Alpha hottie list.. Nice Read..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
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I don't know why I bought this book. Well I guessed I fell for the 5 star reviews. I should have known, because I usually don't do that. Most of those are bloggers and those who receive 'an ARC' from the authors. You will think they will at least give a honest review? Moving on.

The book started well, I think. Boy meets girl, boy is a super stud because of who he is. Meeting girl changed him 360 degrees, then, then, waiting..
Parents of the boy are super rich, have another girl from their clique to marry boy, not a dirt poor girl. They made no secrets about that. Then this Molly girl against the advice of the boy and his cousin, wanted to go to dinner with the boy's parents. Of course stuff happened there. Then another party these parents are hosting happened to be a must go for this girl, even though she knows no good will come out of it. Of course no good came out of it. Anyways you get my gist. So this book is riddled with inane decisions. I got fed up half way through, but I have to finish to get my money's worth.

Even though this is NA genre, I have read lots of books in this category that are epic in depth, plot and character development. This is just too bland for me.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2013
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This was a really great book! I loved the H, Romeo! He was a total Alpha- domineering, possessive and completely adored the h, Molly. What I loved the most about him was that he was completely rough and gruff with the rest of the world, but with Molly, he was a softy (except in the bedroom, lol). She was his entire world and for me, he made the story. For the Beautiful Disaster fans out there, he kind of reminded me a lot of Travis- No, I didn't love him quite as much as Trav, but he is a close second.

I recommend trying this book if you are a fan of NA. It's a fast pace moving story that didn't really have any slow parts for me. It is steamy, has a good plot and good character development. Speaking of the plot, it is actually a lot deeper then most of the others in this genre; I felt many different emotions while reading this, it kind of surprised me in a good way. :)

This was the first book that I have read by this author. She may be new, have no idea- but I will be looking for other books by her. Again, she just writes a really good alpha H, steamy romance with a well developed story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2013
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"So are you to my thoughts as food to life, or as sweet seasoned showers are to the ground,"

I bought this book based on the cover and synopsis and I am glad that I jumped in and one-clicked it. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it surely will not be my last. Tillie put it out of the park with her debut Mature New Adult Novel. This is definitely a one clicker and everyone who loves New Adult should one click it today.

I Absolutely LOVED this story. Romeo (Rome) Prince and Molly Shakespeare's story is not a re-write of Romeo and Juliet, but it sure as hell is one sweet read with some angst thrown into it.

Molly has suffered a lot of loss in her life. She has been alone for a longtime. Instead of letting all the loss in her life define her she chose to go through college studying all the time (studying is her escape from life) and wants to become a Philosophy Professor. She is so driven and totally puts everything she can into her studies. She may be shy to everyone else, but she definitely can hold her own in a lecture. Because of all the tragedy she has dealt with when things get to be too much she runs. She ran from England and is now in the states in Alabama.

"Then I'm the first, because I want you without anything in return. 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."

I loved Molly, although she is very shy at first she is one strong girl underneath it all. When she meets Rome she feels something, something she has never felt before and slowly the walls she has had around herself her whole life are slowly starting to come down. She stands strong when the time is needed and does everything she can to protect her relationship with Rome.

"I want you, Romeo. You give me something I didn't even know I needed too."

Rome (Romeo) Prince, Star Quarterback for the Crimson Tides. He is the town's top player, he has it all, the athletic build, the friends, rich family, girls swooning over him daily. He is aggressive, he is moody. So why the tough exterior. Well as we get to know Rome we learn that he does not have everything he needs in his life. We get to see firsthand bits of how Rome's life is right after Molly first meets him. Rome tries to hide what his life with his parents is really like but we soon find out why Rome has the tough exterior.

"My head is all over the place, I can't sleep or get focused, and thinkin' about a certain English girl keeps me up every night. Every f*****' night. She's plaguin' my dreams."

How does a brainiac book worm and a star quarterback have anything in common? Underneath all the exterior of these two people we see the strong connection these two have and how they were truly meant for each other. I love how their story played out.

"This is crazy, Romeo. We've known each other for such a short space of time, yet I feel as if I've known you my whole life."

I love how they repeated the same thing before every single game with the kiss.....

"Hey, Mol."
"Hey, you."
"You gonna give up that sweet kiss?"
"If that's what you want."
"It definitely is."

I love how this story was written. I loved everything about it. Tillie brought in the reference to a classic story within this story perfectly. This is a strong 4.5 star read for me. Only reason it is not a solid 5 stars is because it does need a little bit of editing with spelling errors and in a couple instances an extra word in a sentence. Other than that definitely don't hesitate to one click this book today. I look forward to reading more from This author.

"For never was a truer story of love conquering woe than this of Molly Juliet and her Romeo."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
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I generally read reviews before I buy books and i did the same this time and it's usually works for me but this time I just could not see how the book is rated so high??? The development of the plot was bad. There was no depth to the characters and i certainly could not empathize with them. Sorry to say but the book was not written well and I could barely finish reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
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I'm a hard hard sell when it comes to romance novel books. I either strongly like, love it or hate it. I'm pretty black and white about my romance novels and make no qualms about it. If I love it I'll tell you and if I hate it well I'm going to tell you.

But this book right here is without a doubt the BEST book I've read in the romance genre in YEARS. I've loved books, a few that are very popular but this book right here? THIS book, Sweet Home is the best. Bar none the BEST.

I'm still crying. This book tugs at the heartstrings like crazy. But the writing is on point. The characters are fleshed out and the pacing is unreal. I knew I was digging this book then I got to "the note" if you've read it then you know what I'm talking about and despite what the note is I knew this book was one of the diamonds. The diamonds in a sea of craptastic, wannabe 50 Shades of "Oh...my" stupidity and porn.

The sex scenes were even good. Just enough yet sexy. Very sexy. These two characters get each other. That's their thing they say to each other 'You get me'

I get them and I get this story. It's just that great.

Molly Shakespeare is an exchange student from England working on her Masters in Philosophy when she meets Romeo Prince, the starting quarter back for the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama. Molly's a certified genius working on her masters already at 20 when she meets this anger management footballer who happens to get what she's saying through her philosophical ramblings.

The two are each others second half and both struggle with the age old wondering "why do bad things happen to good people" with both having dark pasts. Now dark pasts are a staple in romance novels but these two have heart wrenching back stories. Molly's is so sad and how she just keeps running because she feels she has no home because bad things just keep happening to the people she loves for reasons she can't understand. Rome's background makes you just want to hug him and you see that he genuinely has reasons for being so angry all the time.

Yet when they meet, he sees in Molly someone who truly understands the "why" kind of pain. The 'why me, what did I do, why am I not enough' kind of pain. He's a player but you see he's a genuinely good guy and it's not a stretch to see him tame his ways for Molly. She's his light and saving grace and he's hers as well.

I'm not a fan of the heroine always running when the going gets tough but the blows Molly's dealt in the past and in the book make you understand and completely sympathize with her.

I don't want to say more because I'll just tell the whole story because it's just THAT good.

Overall: Now, I'm not crazy but I'd seriously stand outside Barnes and Noble with a table praising this book like a Girl Scout trying to sell you boxed of cookies. It's THAT good.

A+ to the millionth power.

Sprint, don't run, Sprint like an Olympian to that Click 1 and BUY this book right now. Right now!

Right. Now.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
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Molly moves across the sea from England to Alabama to complete her masters degree, with no living family left she leaves behind a wealth of loss and loneliness. The Deep South is a big change, new culture, new friends, and then she stumbles onto the man that will change her life forever. Romeo Prince is the prince of Alabama their all star UA quarterback in his senior year with the NFL draft in his immediate future, he's not hurting for popularity, females, or parties, but a rough home life breeds a rage that is quick to explode and keeps him from getting to close to anyone, until he meets Molly.

I am not a writer, I am not a southerner, but any author who does their homework should be able to immerse me into any culture and make it believable, this author didn't do that. She can put together a decent sentence, but the storyline was weak, and the dialogue was stilted at times. The corny phrases and expressions she used to give her characters....well character was laughable. The flirting, build up and final connection between Molly and Romeo fell flat and she tried to turn it into a fifty shades scenario, but it was a sad failure. The steamy scenes were underwhelming and poorly done.

The villains were so over-the-top absurd (she even used evil cackles....seriously!) that I cracked up and rolled my eyes throughout and couldn't believe she would actually write something that cheesy. The biggest problem with this book for me was that I wasted my time and money on it. Don't waste yours!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2014
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Wow. I don't know how I even finished this book. I'm not a prude, but the relationship in this book was essentially abusive. I sure don't want someone thinking this is how a relationship should be. Also, the f word was used about every other word and it wasn't even warranted. Last, as a massive sports fan I hate books that try to write about sports and get it all wrong. It's a first round draft pick, not "first draft" and you don't have a play off game to get into the national championship game. Also, the national championship game is only played in Pasadena if a team from the big ten makes it to the game. Do some research before writing about sports. It was painful to read and super cliche.
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