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Blog Tour & Dual Review ~ Sweet Hope (Sweet Home Series #4) by Tillie Cole

From the USA Today Bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Hope.

My name is Ally Prince and I've always been unlucky in love. I dont know why, I just always… have.

When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I've ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of 'just' being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.

But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed... And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.

I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world... of me becoming theirs. Ive always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance... Ive always wanted the fairytale… Ive always wanted it all.

It just never seemed like I would get it.

For the past few years I've thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. Im the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.

I needed a new beginning.

I wasn't expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn't expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn't expecting to fall for him... heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love...
My real life fairytale come true.

But, like in every fairytale, theres a villain, a dark and tortured soul... I just didn't know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.

New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.
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**NOTE: If you’re reading this review hoping to find out who Ally’s love interest is, you will NOT find that info here. Sorry, but this review will be spoiler free**

Hope is a fervent, silent wish, that everything will turn out just as you dream…

Well folks, this is it. This is the end of the Sweet Home series and what a way to end it, too. This was just as emotionally packed as the previous books. Grab a box of tissues, guys, because this book will make your heart ache.

The most beautiful art is often born from the most desperate of circumstances.

Elpidio is finally getting his own exhibition. What he doesn’t understand is why? His mentor thinks he’s ready for his debut, but not Elpi. He doesn’t understand why anyone would want to pay any attention to him and his sculptures. Though they mean everything to him, his sculptures are reminder of his past; the meanings behind them private and haunting. He’s is a broken and talented man. He doesn’t want nor does he believe he deserves any of the attention until he meets Aliyana, the curator for his debut exhibition. For the first time in his life, he begins to hope.

She was fucking perfection. She was light. A blazing golden light…and when you’re locked in perpetual darkness, you’ll do anything to fucking chase that light.

Ally, known as Aliyana Garcia in the art world, is thrilled when she lands her dream assignment: Curating for Elpidio’s first show. Ally has loved this artist’s work ever since she saw one of his pieces up close. Though he’s a total recluse, he’s still her absolute favorite modern artist. The first time she sees him, she’s immediately struck at how dark and beautiful he is. She’s completely taken aback at how much he affects her. As for Elpi, he knows he doesn’t deserve a woman like Aliyana, but he can’t help but be attracted to her spirit and light.

Ally is desperate to know more about Elpi. Why is he so broken and angry? His vibe just screams for her to stay away, but the realization that she affects him just as much as he does her makes her want to stay.


I love Elpidio. He’s such a broken character and all I wanted was for him to be happy. I’m so happy fate chose Ally to be his light in darkness. The stars definitely aligned for these two. As for their chemistry…HOT!!!

Oh! And before anyone asks, the answer is, YES, you will get to see previous characters in this book. As a matter of fact, some of them truly melted my heart, made me swoon and made me cry. I might even be bold and say that couple characters stole my heart all over again. This was such a fantastic end to such an amazing series. I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it all, particularly the ending *sniffles*.

As I write these words, I can’t help but hope that we'll share the same experience reading this book. I say this because I went into this book knowing who Elpidio was, but yet the book still made a huge impact on me. I really don't know how Tillie does it. She never fails to write these amazing stories – ones that make me cry sad and happy tears. Bravo, Tillie! You’ve done it again.

**THANK YOU, Tillie Cole, for giving me the honor of Beta reading this**
Let me start by saying I knew this book wasn’t going to be easy going in. Being the final book in a series I adore, it was bittersweet, I wanted this book so badly but the thought of it ending caused my heart to ache.  But as they say all good things must come to an end and my gosh what an ending it was. Tillie takes us on an emotional rollercoaster; there is laughter, ugly cries, and happy tears. Everything you expect from a Tillie Cole novel and so much more.  

Ally Prince - sweet, strong, kind, funny, independent, beautiful and loyal; I mean the list is endless; she is as close to perfect as you are going to get. At 27 years old she lands her dream job; curating an exhibit in a museum for a reclusive sculptor whose work she admires. Life is great. But there is something missing. Ally craves something we all long for yet very few get to experience; passionate, heart-stopping, epic, life changing love; her very own real life fairy tale. After meeting this reclusive sculptor Ally’s fate is sealed, it doesn’t come easy, but you better believe Ally Prince fights like hell to get what she deserves.

Elpidio – Strong, broken, lost and haunted. This man is talented beyond words. When his mentor wants to hold an exhibition of his work, Elpi wasn’t too keen on the idea. He feels undeserving of the praise and attention he receives from his work because Elpi knows what his sculptures truly represent; love, pain, loss, they are a reminder of the past that haunts him, a past he feels he cannot, and should not be able to escape. That is until he meets the Curator of his exhibition. He knows he shouldn’t, but when he is around Ally she makes him feel, she gives him something a man like him shouldn’t even dream of. Ally brings him Hope.
When I first read who Elpidio was, I thought to myself “really?” he wasn’t my first choice for Ally but as I predicted by the end of the book Tillie had me convinced without a doubt that Elpidio and Ally were made for each other, that the hero couldn’t have been anyone else because Elpidio was her other half and she was his. Their love was raw and intense and it just so…real. It wasn’t your typical fairy tale, but it’s one I would live a million times over.

Having the Sweet Gang back together, yes, we hear from some of our favourites from the series, had my heart singing with joy. It was nice to hear about their lives after college. To read how much some of them have changed, how some haven’t changed at all (lol) and where their lives ended up. I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to this series any other way. Tillie nailed it!

I will end this review with two simple words for Tillie for taking us on this journey with these beautiful characters and giving this series the ending it deserves.

Thank you!
Elpi sat up on the bed, the sheet riding low on his hips as he lit up a cigarette and held it between his lips, looking like a darker, more disturbed version of James Dean.
He was living, breathing poetry. Not love poetry, but the poetry which tears out your heart, rips it to shreds, pushes it back into your chest, and makes you question what the hell just obliterated your soul?
I couldn’t tear my gaze away from him as I pulled up my dress over my breasts, his man bun seductively awry, his ripped tattoo-covered abs tensing as his arm moved up and down to hold his cigarette as he inhaled.  When he blew out the smoke, small lines etched round his eyes; the severe effect screamed danger. I was completely infatuated with this man.
Elpidio caught me staring as he scratched his nails over the skin on his broad chest. His eyes lit with blatant desire, and he flicked his chin. “Get the fuck outta here or you won’t be going nowhere.”
Exhaling a shuddering breath at his curt demand, I strode to the bed, where Elpi balanced the cigarette on his full bottom lip—an action that was beginning to destroy me at how damn sexy it was.
When I stopped a foot away, Elpi reached out his hand to grip my hips, then jerked me closer until I lay sprawled over his body. Releasing one of his hands, he moved his cigarette from his mouth and blew out the smoke, the thick cloud billowing past my face, the rich tobacco scent mixed with his natural musk eliciting a groan from the back of my throat.
“You’re fucking coming back tonight,” he growled, making sure I knew to obey his command.

About Tillie
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, 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 farmers daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
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  1. EVERYTHING!!! Adore this series :)

  2. Yeah, I could say the same as Aleksandra! And not just this series, everything she writes is out of this world. She's genious.