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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.
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.
I thought the story line of 2 quiet, broken people healing each other very powerful. It was overall a great read and I now want to go back and read the stories of Levi's brothers. I was so happy to see Elsie become stronger and allow her voice to be heard. It was beautiful.
While I enjoyed the book I was very annoyed and distracted by the dialect. I am a Southerner born and raised and have lived the last 10 years in Alabama. First of all we do not talk all that differently than everyone else other than the accent. Southerners do not use the word "real" all the time in place of words like very. I felt Levi used the word real in that way unrealistically. But the main thing that I was distracted by is the fact that in the writing and publishing process no one told the author that "y'all' is a plural word. It is short for "you all" meaning a group of people. There were several times the author used it as a singular and would use it in place of "you" meaning one person. I think at one point someone referred to Levi as "y"all" instead of "you". I just feel like if an author is going to write about something they aren't familiar with then they need to do research and make sure they do it correctly. It really pulled my attention away from the story. I saw similar things in Sweet Home as well. Which the "y'all" thing is just a grammatical issue.
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