From the USA Today Best Selling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Fall; a tale of heartache, beating the odds and finding strength in the most unlikeliest of places.
We all have secrets.
Secrets well buried.
Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.
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 17 and up.
*CAN BE READ AS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL*
Five Heartbreaking & Soul-crushing Stars
“Why the war paint, Pix?”
“Because I can’t stand the girl underneath,” she whispered
“Why the tattoos?” Lexi asked
“Because I can’t bear seeing the scars of my past.”
Even before I begin writing this review, I already know expressing my feelings in words is going to be difficult.
This story, my God, this story…
I’m going to be straight up honest with you guys. This was not an easy read. This was emotional, raw and truly heartbreaking. Yes, this is a love story, but it was so much more than boy meets girl and fall in love. Oh no…it was so much more than that.
“I don’t look up at the stars to feel inferior, Austin. All I have to do is open my eyes and look at myself in the mirror.”
Lexi is hiding a dangerous secret behind her cheerful smile and Goth makeup. She’s fought so hard to be where she is today - back in college, and even cheering for the Tide. But everyday she fights to keep her secret - to keep the voice at bay. She will never be fully cured. Her triggers are always present and it doesn’t take much for her to fall, especially when a boy from the wrong side of the tracks enters her life.
All anyone ever saw when they looked at me was the white trash ex-gang member from the Heighterfamed trailer park across town.
But not her.
Fuck knows why, but Pix only ever saw more.
Austin Carillo is so close to achieving his dream of making the NFL and finally being able to help his family get out of their tragic situation. He’s known as the star wide receiver for the Tide with a dangerous past. So far Austin has been able to stay clear of his drug-dealing-ex-gang past, but things are starting to spiral out of control again. His mother is extremely sick and his brothers are desperate to amend the situation, even to go as far as dealing in his own campus. His decent back is jeopardizing everything he’s fought for, especially when the one person that can bring it all down is the same person who can also be his salvation.
I will cherish the sweetest, most beautiful fall…With Austin Carillo, my home.
This story opened up my mind and thoroughly shredded my heart. Austin and Lexi’s story is one that I won’t be forgetting. This is a dual POV and being inside their respective heads was certainly painful at times. The constant struggles to just keep their head above water, and their need to fight their demons was tough to intake. As I said before, this was not an easy read. This had a darker vibe than the first two books but that’s only because Austin and Lexi are a bit darker than the other characters in the series. With that said, this can actually be read as a standalone, though there are spoilers from the first two books.
Thank you, Tillie, for sharing this story. The topics addressed are rooted deep and the strength it took to write it shines through the pages. Bravo!
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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