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Sweet Soul (Sweet Rome #4) (Carillo Boys #3) by Tillie Cole REVIEW

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Sweet Soul (Sweet Rome #4) (Carillo Boys #3) by Tillie Cole REVIEW

One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

Review

★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

Levi is the youngest of the three Carillo brothers, all three having captured my soul from the very first time I read about them back in book 2, Sweet Fall.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother Austin, he plays for college team The Washington Huskies and is loving every minute of it. Football is most definitely his passion. He is extremely grateful for the life he has been granted and thanks God every day.

He is extremely shy and introverted, having been through things as a child that no kid should ever have to see. He’s not into parties, or socialising much. He plays football, studies hard and helps out his sister in law at her centre for helping people in need, and is content with doing so.

He has the most purest of hearts so when he comes across a homeless girl living on the streets, looking frail and thin, he does the only thing he can and offers to help her.

“She reminded me so much of Mamma that I couldn’t leave. Helpless, you know? So I had to help her.
I needed to, something within me compelled me.”

It doesn’t matter that just days before she was stealing from him, because all he sees when he looks at her, is the life that he could have had, before he and his family had the opportunities that fate threw their way.

These two were so sweet together, and I love that Levi ended up with someone as quiet and kind as him. They really were a cute couple and Levi did a beautiful job of helping Elsie to heal.

“You’re stealing my soul, Levi. Like a thief, you’re taking my soul and making it your own.”

Without a doubt, this book should have been an emotional read for me. It touches on very sensitive subjects such as homelessness, bullying and suicide.

Unfortunately, I was unable to connect with both characters on a deeper level, and I am not sure if that was because Elsie and Levi spent a lot of time either crying or trying to hold the tears back, but I didn’t seem to be able to feel the emotions, as I normally do when reading a Tillie Cole book.

As much as I enjoyed Elsie’s story, I wanted more from Levi. I wanted to feel his struggle and turmoil in dealing with his haunted past, and discover how it changed him as a person, but I am left feeling unsatisfied with his character development in this book . He was adorable and had the biggest heart out of all of them, but I still feel like I don’t know much about him.

However I must end on a positive, this series continues to be a favourite of mine and will always hold a special place in my heart. I adore all of the characters and would recommend it to anyone who loves the new adult sports romance genre. This series really hits you in the gut with emotional and sometimes heart wrenching storylines.

Rome and the Carillo brothers are a without a doubt some of my favourite all time characters, and now that the series has come to an end they will be sorely missed.

This is the last book in the series, told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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More in this Series

Sweet Home (Sweet Home #1) Sweet Rome (Sweet Home #1.5) Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00008] Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #3) Sweet Soul (Sweet Home #4)

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