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Levi and Elsie's story is sweet but muddled by pasts that weren't their faults. They were the lights at the end of the storm for one another and I'm glad they found each other. For the series to wrap up with them was a delight and painful. To see the pain that their family brought both of them was heartbreaking. Just good to know that they still found family that was forever and never wavered their belief in life and love.
"You are the one who watches silently from afar and loves with all his soul."
Two silent and beaten souls that find each other in the darkness. That has been the connection through most of the "Sweet" series. Job well done with not shying away from real and hard subject matter. I'm glad that those subjects were intertwined with their romantic story.
Plus we got to visit a little bit of all our other favorite characters. Total bonus!! :)
Elsie is struggling. Fighting to survive another day on the streets. Sick and starving a chance meeting with Levi will be the turning point in her life.
Tillie Cole crafted a truly beautiful story as the conclusion to the Sweet Home series. She matched two sweet characters that must overcome life's harsh realities in a new and different way. Poignant. Real. With tears in my eyes I followed along the journey of love and loss.
I'm always sad to see a book series end but if every end was like this I'would be a happy girl. Wonderfully written.
There were things that I liked about the story and the characters. Levi and Elsie were likable and not cookie cutter. It was refreshing that the hero was not a manhoe. In fact both Levi and Elsie were virgins and gave each others their v-cards. Not only do I love that but the scene in which they gave each other this gift was good. Elsie was homeless and deaf which is not common as well and therefore I liked it. Even though I found it odd that they waited so long to have children, I liked the HEA ending with an epilogue. It showed them married for at least 20 years and they had children around six years old.
I wish that there was not so much heartbreak. The majority of the book was depressing. Heavy topics were covered and it seemed to be too many of them which included physical impairments, drug abuse, overdose, multiple deaths of loved ones, attempted rape, poverty, homelessness, past gang activity, bullying & social phobias.
Also at times the story dragged. There was so much thoughts centered around emotional suffering that it made the story move very slowly. I did not read it in one sitting but rather read other stories in between. That is unusual for me.
Overall Opinion: Sadly this is my least favorite of the series. BUT that doesn't mean it's bad -- just that I thought the others were better. I love Levi, and I loved him in the other books of the series too...how could you not? This is written like it could be a standalone since it's his story, but to get the full effect of what he's been through you really need to read at least the first Carillo brother book, sweet fall. I felt like it was a tough book to read. It was about such heavy subjects with both mcs having been through such crappy pasts. It does have some sweet moments thrown in (and a cute epilogue), but overall it was pretty depressing. That being said -- I did feel connected to the characters and I felt their connection to each other, because it was written well, but it just wasn't my favorite.
**see goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Elsie and Levi's story. They kind of meet when Levi chases after Elsie because she was in his college football locker room stealing his wallet. She is homeless, starving, mostly deaf, and really sick. He encounters her again days later when she is being attacked by some guy in the alley she sleeps in. She escapes him again, but they end up together again and Levi is finally able to help her the way he wants. Levi is extremely introverted, but for some reason feels like he can come out of his shell for Elsie. They form a friendship of sorts, and that grows into something more. They bond over working through their traumatic pasts and fall in love...and get their HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Elsie and Levi's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Ok. It flowed well, but it became slow for me. I did skim some when it was seeming somewhat repetitive (and overly mushy) at times, but for the most part it was good.
Instalove: Kinda, but no. They both share a connection immediately to where they are comfortable with each other (which is a big deal because they are both major introverts), but I wouldn't necessarily call it instalove.
H rating: 5 stars. Levi. Super sweet Levi. I love him. I typically like some alpha in my Hs, but he was too sweet not to love.
h rating: 4 stars. Elsie. She has had a rough life and is a survivor, and I liked how she didn't hesitate when it came to helping others.
Sadness level: Moderate. I teared up a few times, but for this series it was relatively low since I didn't end up ugly crying.
Heat level: Low. They are both virgins (even to the extent that they are each other's first kiss too), so I don't think the sex is meant to be sexy but just to further their emotional connection.
Descriptive sex: Yes.
Safe sex: Yes, condoms are used.
OW/OM drama: I'd say no. There is some bullying by an OW that has made it known that she is interested in the H, but the H has barely said a few words to her and never felt the same for her.
Closure: This had a big jump ahead epilogue that was really cute and illustrated their HEA.
How I got it: I paid the $2.99 on Amazon.
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First off, the narrators did such an excellent job bringing these characters to life.
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