Sweet Fall

Posted November 9, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Tillie Cole
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Lexington "Lexi" Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year's NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Can be read as a stand-alone novel

“We all have secrets, Austin. Some people’s are bigger than others, that’s all. Wouldn’t you agree?”

I’m not really sure where to start this one. I was an emotional wreck while and after reading this book. I mean, seriously. I loved every moment of this book. Every. Moment.

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There were three stories in this book: Lexi’s, Austin’s and Lexi & Austin’s relationship. I’m having trouble talking about the book without spoilers. This is simply one of those books you have to read. To experience. To start and finish in one day. To crave and relive. It definitely goes on the list of books that will haunt you.

I felt like Lexi’s demons were clawing at me as I read. Her pain seeped into my psyche. It was all so real. And no, it didn’t get tied up with a perfect red bow at the end. Real struggles and pain never do. When the book ended, I just stared at my kindle knowing that her battle continued past the pages of the book.

Austin had his own demons. Unlike Lexi, his demons were external, but just as dangerous and just as hard to ignore. He was strong and tough and everyone knew it, but he was dying inside. Lexi saw the fragility in him
They fought their demons in parallel lives as they went through the motions of being college students. Just reading that and realizing that people do this all the time was heartbreaking. They were both so lonely and hurting. It never even occurred to them there was another way.

Tillie Cole’s ability to bring such a difficult and terrifying issue to life left me emotionally overwhelmed. She wrote from the heart and it showed on every page. The topics covered in this book are quite serious and Tillie depicted them with absolute grace. I love authors; they are my rockstars, but I am brimming with respect for Ms. Cole and they way she laid her heart out on those pages. Everyone should read Sweet Fall.

“It’s funny. I used to look up at the stars and feel so small and unimportant. But I’ve come to realize that the only thing that can ever make you feel alive and important is the one person who takes you for you.”

5 Keep-the-Tissues-Close-and-the-Tequila-Closer Stars!

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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