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- File size : 1515 KB
- Publication date : October 13, 2013
- Print length : 407 pages
- ASIN : B00FVMDQ30
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #38,503 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let's start with the character's names -- Romeo Prince and Molly Juliet Shakespeare. I mean, come on.
And I genuinely don't think the author knows much about contact lenses (you don't sleep in them), football (the QB doesn't just run off the field into the stadium in the middle of the game--there would be so many penalties and the coach would freak the hell out), American colleges (classes last longer than 10 minutes and professors, and their assistants, don't give their personal opinions during philosophy when they're teaching utilitarianism), sorority houses (I don't know of ANY that have huge suites for every room, including a Shakespeare inspired balcony off of each), or Southern accents (they were so off-base...and if a star QB actually used the word "ain't," it would reflect so poorly on the college).
And I don't believe, for one single second, that parents would have that kind of control over a 22 year old man. Especially one who is a superstar QB. Give me a break.
Not my favorite.
Sweet Home was overly dramatic and beyond cheesy. The continuity of both story and character was poor. This book was all telling with hardly any showing. The author tried to force the readers feelings and thoughts by telling us what was happening and how it should be perceived. This book could have benefited from additional research into both college life and college sports. Another big issue was that the premise was even not reconciling so the entire foundation wasn't strong enough to carry this storyline. Too many holes.
This book is about Romeo "Rome" Prince, college superstar quarterback ranked number 1 in the country and Molly Juliet Shakespeare, graduate student about to go into a PhD program. The story is told in first person in Molly's POV. This is a spin of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the author does not take a chance that the reader might forget that. Romeo and Juliet (the tragedy) is brought up constantly by Rome and Molly.
There is nothing Alpha about Rome. He is misguided and traumatized from his home life and acts out because of it. He isn't alpha, he is insecure. If he was a dog, I would say he has fear-aggression and recommend a good canine behaviorist. Rome needs therapy yet no one ever suggests that to him. The author tried (and failed) to make it a situation where he likes control in the bedroom because it helps him to regain control in his life. Even though the author explained this ad nauseum, (she was all about telling with her writing not showing through the characters actions) it never came off as believable and it certainly wasn't successful for sexy-time behaviors. Honestly, some of his attempted “dominant” talk and behavior was laughable. I actually laughed out loud. But mostly I just saw it as an insecure boy pretending to be a dominant man.
There were a lot of OTT moments.
The bullying was over the top. Even from the first moment Molly met Shelly and Shelly intentionally ran into her and insulted her and then continued to publicly make fun of Molly in the classroom after learning that Molly was the class TA. This is college, not high school. It wasn’t believable. Besides, what senior in college hasn’t learned that you need to be on the TA’s good side because they are the one who is grading your work? Also, that is a quick way to get removed from the class when you behave like that.
Rome’s behavior was OTT. Star quarterback, Alabama golden-child, hometown hero or not, his behavior would not be allowed. Not only would he be removed from the football team, he would be kicked out of school and likely be facing legal consequences for the things he did. His fighting, instigating fights, destructive actions, and overall temper tantrums would not be excused.
It was OTT with the family drama. The parents were beyond awful and I find some of it hard to believe. Even the stuff with Shelly. Sure, she was the quintessential mean girl and was trying to break Rome and Molly up, but once she saw the full picture of how horrible Rome's parents are, you would think that she would have stopped scheming with the parents. It was just too much. And I won’t even get started on the two attacks from his mother.
There were so many cheesy parts. It was like a bad soap opera at times. There were issues with consistency and continuity.
Football was Rome’s passion and he says that he loves it but he sure spent a lot of time bagging on it .
There was a scene where two drunk guys in the stands fight over a football that was “somehow” (ie: clearly contrived for what the author needed to happen) thrown into the stands. Molly ends up getting elbowed in the face by one of the guys. But then says that the impact of the ball snapped her glasses. Then she goes back to saying the two fighting guys landed on her face.
I noticed a few too many instances of either a plot line, scene, or character behavior not being accurate based on other information provided.
There were times when an entire conversation didn’t sound like either character. Then there were times when I didn’t have the slightest clue what the author was saying. I feel like now is a good time to mention that the correct saying is, “I couldn't care less.” NOT “I could care less.” That is my big pet peeve.
This book was almost completely telling. The author spent the entire book telling the readers what to think and feel about everything. I prefer to be allowed to form my own opinions and perceptions based on the characters actions. I don’t remember the last book I read that was this bad with telling vs. showing.
I had multiple quotes and examples from the book to back up each point but it wasn't allowed so I removed them. My GR review has all of it though.
Overall, this book didn’t work for me. I didn’t even get invested in the characters which is rare for me. It may have to do with the fact that Rome and Molly each had inconsistent personalities and it was hard to see them as authentic. Molly was from the UK and only in the USA for a few short months but was very Americanized. It just didn’t fit. There wasn’t even a good epilogue. The epilogue didn’t show anything in the future and was a HFN ending but I didn’t mind and I’m not even wondering what happens with them. I'm giving this book 1.5 stars. I will not be continuing on with the series. I will read this author again because I really liked the other book I read by her. It was book 1 in the Hades Hangmen series. I plan to read more of that series sometime. I have the books already purchased and sitting on my Kindle. I am a bit nervous now after reading this book. Hopefully I will like them.
Audible I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. I do not recommend this as an audio book. It would be okay as whispersync probably since you can refer to the book whenever necessary to verify things that are said. I didn’t feel that the narrator was always easy to understand. I also didn’t care for her accents or voices.
Insert old money, Southern belle, queen bee, bad girl named Shelly who has a problem with our plucky heroine simply because she's wearing orange crocs. (I mean I'd laugh at her too, but in my head.)
"But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?"
Romeo, Oh Romeo Prince. Your name is also quirky and you are quite the 'toe over the line of alpha male, and quickly dancing into 'run away' territory.'
We also have a supporting cast! Ally, Romeo's beautiful cousin who knows all the secrets but won't share. Lexi the goth who harbors the urge to be a cheerleader, and Cass the stereotypical southerner who is pretty, but overweight. And they do absolutely nothing, but interject witty southernisms and try to keep Molly from overreacting (hint, they don't do a very good job of it.)
The story telling isn't BAD-- I mean who doesn't love a tropey fluff piece? But honestly... this is not it.
Also the amount of women pitted against women here is astonishing. Molly has an issue with Romeo having a sex life before her, when it's pretty well established that he's a player. The friends are two-dimensional support who don't really get any development other than characteristics (YES I am aware that there are books out there for them, but what about Cass' book? ) I can't even get into the toxicity between Mrs. Prince and Molly.
That was...rough. I mean borderline unbelievable. There were glimmers that she could have the potential of being a real person, but those were snatched away just as fast as they were hinted at.
It almost as though it's plot soup at this point. There were a lot of threads that could have been chased, but instead of resolving any of them there was just more drama added.
I wanted to like this. I really did. But pass. Hard pass for me.
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The ‘Sweet Home’ series isn’t as dark as the ‘Hades Hangmen’ series but it’s still going to put you through the emotional wringer. ‘Sweet Home’ is told from Molly’s perspective. Book two, ‘Sweet Rome’ is the same journey told from Romeo’s perspective. They are both amazingly good reads. I actually preferred ‘Sweet Rome’ but I can’t tell you if that’s because I got more out of the story seeing it from Romeo’s point of view, or if I was familiar with the story and just loved reading it from the other side of things.
Molly is new to Alabama and isn’t prepared for sororities, (American) football and dating. She’s had a somewhat tragic past and has pushed herself to academic excellence in order to make something of herself. Romeo, on the other hand, is all about football, females and fame. Well, maybe not that last one, as he actually dislikes the majority of the attention he gets. No-one knows who he really is or what he’s been through. His past is different from Molly’s but equally as tragic. When the two meet, there’s an obvious connection and they soon begin to gravitate towards one another. They can’t be more opposite to one another, and yet they understand one another like no-one they’ve ever met before. I loved watching their story unfold. It’s beautiful and tragic and will keep you reading from the first to last page. Enjoy!
(Review is the same for ‘Sweet Home’ and ‘Sweet Rome’).
Surprisingly, the weak storyline and the lack of depth to the characters - especially Molly, was painfully evident. The age group of both Molly and Rome was twenty and twenty-one, respectively, and because Molly had such a high IQ, she was studying for her Masters. However, this seemed to bear little relevance to each character's sense of maturity. They came across as though they were 17-18!! Some of the antics that went on in the college resembled a high school! The dialogue between the female characters, Molly and Shelly, appeared pubescent for young women of 20 years old.
The biggest disappointment for me was Rome. After the mesmerising depiction of Sytx in, It Ain't Me Babe, I had full confidence in Tillie Cole to deliver another unique and enthralling Alpha male protagonist. Sadly, this feat was not accomplished. Even Rome's Mr Grey-esque (FSOG) demeanour failed to evoke any real emotive for the reader, and the description of his supposedly dark and brooding character, never leapt from the pages and left very little impact.
The follow up to Sweet Home is Sweet Rome and is written from Rome's POV, and for me, whenever a story has both the male and female POV, I always enjoy the male's POV much more than the female's, so I'm hoping that Sweet Rome will find Tille Cole back to her narrative best.
This story is emotional.. heart breaking.. loving.. and just overall one hell of a heart thumping read!
Rome is star QB at college in Alabama... hes well know by everyone as Bullet on the field and everyone wants a piece of him... but who really knows him for him?
Molly has transferred from England to Alabama for work and College... shes had a dramatic childhood and doesnt let anyone in easily.
Sit back and read as their world collide and things start to change but will it be in a good or bad way??
Think this was a great start to the series and im already desp to jump into book 2!
Molly Juliet Shakespeare is an English geek who at the age of 20 is doing her masters. After an extremely difficult childhood Molly has learnt to cope by gaining as much knowledge as possible, and then when things get tough she runs. Romeo Prince, at first glance is your typical sexy, broody, bad boy. He is the star quarterback, headed for greatness. But behind his bad boy exterior Romeo is hiding the pain caused from a cruel and controlled life he is constantly fighting against, but is unable to escape.
Their romance is extremely cute, they first meet when they literally bump into each other and instantly sparks fly. Molly is shy and tongue tied, having retreated into herself when she lost her family. But Romeo decides that Molly is exactly what he needs in his life, so she doesn't really stand a chance. Once together they become exactly what the other needs: she becomes his lucky charm, he becomes her family and they connect in a way that is both beautiful and believable.
Their relationship is sweet, steamy and filled with love. But there are tough times, heart-breaking moments and devastating tragedy. The journey Tillie Cole takes Molly and Romeo on was not at all what I expected it to be, it was so much better. She threw stuff in there that I never would have imaged and it made for an addictive and very enjoyable read.
I really loved the ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Shakespearian references in this book, and Tillie Cole was able to include them without being super cheesy about it. The writing was fluid and engaging and Tillie Cole really shows her talent for writing swoon worthy romance and steamy sexual encounters.
Sweet home is a perfect mix of sweetness, pain and deep love. Page by page I fell more in the love the story, the characters and with Tillie Cole’s writing talent. This book gave me more than I expected and I absolutely adored it (was gutted when I finished and had to stop reading!)
It was a beautiful story with its little twists here and there and the inevitable set up for more books to follow!