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About the Author
- ASIN : B00FVMDQ30
- Publication date : October 13, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1515 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 407 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,530 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.
Top reviews from other countries
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’).
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!
"You just are. You somehow give me peace in my completely f&$ed-up world. You get me; No one has before.
It's that simple."
New adult romance about the shy, introvert, book smart girl and the rich popular, star Quarter Back. Molly Shakespeare is only interested in books and staying away from anything that could come in the way of that. Romeo 'Bullet' Prince is only interested in getting out from the clutches of his parents and any plans they have made when it comes to his life which means keeping his head down, stay away from serious relationships and to make sure he gets drafted.
Only things happen and life doesn't always stick to the plan.
I loved Rome and Molly so much! Molly and Rome pretty much come from opposite worlds in every sense yet they're pulled to eachother like magnets. Molly was so freakin' smart, she hated being the center of attention, was quite the introvert but I also admired how she truly didn't care what people thought of her. She was kind of trying to just get through life the best she could after losing everyone she ever loved and it was so sad to see especially when things got tough and it's clear she has only ever known how to deal with things one way - alone.
Rome was born into wealth and has everything he could ever need. Not necessarily what he wants. What he wants is to live the life he wants, playing the sport he loves with his best friends side and be with someone he wants to be with but he knows all too well we don't always get what it is we want. He learns to just go along with what his parents want and try be the son they want --- until he meets Molly and gets a taste for what it's like to live a life he wants. Rome broke my heart just as much as Molly - even more so actually. I loved getting to see who he really is with Mol, how he was soft and vulnerable and holy hotness he was seriously hot and dominant at times! gah!
"I didn't tell you to suck me, Shakespeare. You know you need to ask permission first,"
This being a college, New Adult romance I really wasn't expecting the feels! There were so many! Mol and Rome had so many tender, heart hurting moment. I wanted to wrap them both up and never let go! There was some really sweet moments. Those game kisses *sigh*. Then there were just some really tense moments and I wasn't sure if they were going to get through! So yeah there was so many feels!! But we get great entertainment in the name of Cass and Jimmy don - especially Cass, man I love her so hard lol!! Never a dull moment with her! When the whole group of them are together it's always fun and seeing glimpses of relationships developing makes me smile! There's a twist of Romeo and Juliet in this story but really Rome and Mol's story is just about two lonely souls finding their missing piece within eachother.
"Can I tell you something?"
... "I'm desperately lonely, too."
"You gonna give up that lucky sweet kiss?"
"If that's what you want."