Monday, 30 March 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway - Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #4) By Tillie Cole





Title: Sweet Hope
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 29th March 2015




BLURB

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 don’t 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. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance... I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve 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. I’m 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, there’s 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. 

BUY LINKS
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TEASERS
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EXCERPT
As the curtains closed behind me, I jumped in surprise when I caught movement ahead. 
My eyes slowly traveled upward to a pair of legs clad in black jeans, to a sculpted waist and torso covered in a short-sleeved black shirt splashed in what looked like marble dust.
My heart was in my throat as I drank in large arm muscles, sculpted and pronounced under heavily tattooed olive skin. My gaze drifted to a muscular tattooed neck, partially covered by a dark short scruffy beard and shoulder-length dark brown hair.

Elpidio… 
I had to blink to believe the man I’d wanted to meet for years was really standing right in front of me. I forgot how to breathe. I forgot how to speak, move, or anything else that should come naturally to a human being.

Elpidio’s head was down, avoiding my gaze, but I knew he knew I was there. Every inch of his body was taut, as if ready to spring. 

My voice failed to work as I watched his broad chest rise and fall. Then, with deliberate slowness, he exhaled harshly through his nostrils and lifted his head.

I nearly staggered back. 

He was… dark. There was no other adjective I could think of to do him justice. Dark, aggressively tattooed, and absolutely yet unconventionally… beautiful.

Elpidio was as inspiring to look at as his sculptures, and when his almost-black eyes pierced mine, I released a pent up shuddering breath. 

I thought my legs would give way as I watched those curious onyx irises rove all over my body. I trembled under his scrutiny, knees weak, heart fluttering.

Italian, I thought. Austin had been right. Elpidio definitely looked Italian.

It felt as though minutes passed in silence as we stood motionless, not knowing what to say. 
Trying to salvage a modicum of professionalism, I snapped out of my stupor and stepped forward, timidly holding out my hand. 

“Hello…” I said in a cracking voice. 

Elpidio’s stern gaze never once drifted from mine, his dark eyes stabbing. “I’m Aliyana. You… you must be Elpidio?”

In a second, I witnessed paleness spread on his cheeks and his eyes dropped to the ground, his shoulder-length brown hair falling to cover his face. He was protecting his anonymity. Vin had told me how uncomfortable he was with any acclaim or recognition. His mentor clearly wasn’t lying.

“It’s okay,” I rushed out. “I’m the curator of your exhibition. Your being here stays with me. I’m ethically bound to protect your anonymity if you so wish.”

Elpidio’s shoulders seemed to relax some at that, and sighing reluctantly, he raked back his long hair from his face and raised his head. 

This time I could see him more clearly. He was ruggedly edgy, and on his left cheek, he wore a tattoo of a black crucifix just below his eye. He simply screamed danger. His eyes were unnervingly assessing as though he had no trust in me, or toward anyone else for that matter. 

Suddenly, Elpidio reached forward and encased his hand in mine. When our hands touched, I lightly gasped, the heat of his palm searing. I’d forgotten I’d been holding my hand out to greet him, too entranced by his unrefined looks and silent temperament.

 “Aliyana,” he said gruffly. My heart skipped a beat on hearing his husky drawl.




AUTHOR BIO


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 farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses. 

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination. 

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!


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GIVEAWAY 

Tillie is giving away a $150 Amazon gift card.

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MY REVIEW

I've been looking forward to reading this for what seems like a long time, so when it popped up on my kindle I dove straight in. I've previously read the other books in the series and was dying to read Ally's story and find out the identity of her mystery man. 

I wasn't disappointed.

We have met Ally before in the series as she is the cousin of Rome, the hero of Sweet Home and also the friend of his heroine Molly and Lexi, the heroine of Sweet Fall.

The story begins 5 years after the events of Sweet Fall. Ally is now a museum curator and when an opportunity arises to oversea an exhibition of the reclusive sculptor Elpidio, whose works she has fallen in love with, she literally drops everything and jumps at the chance. An added bonus is that the exhibit will be in Seattle, giving her a chance to catch up with Rome and Molly, and also Austin and Lexi, who have recently moved there too.

She is fascinated and awed at the tragic beauty of the mysterious Elpidio's work. When she discovers that the man himself has been visiting the museum late at night to check on the exhibit she stays and waits for him, desperate to meet the artist whose works have touched her soul. 

And so their journey begins.

This is a great, emotional story that grabs you from the first. It sucked me in completely until the world outside almost disappeared.  I finished it in one sitting.

I've loved Ally from the first book and enjoyed learning more about the real her in this. Tillie Cole has a great knack of writing wonderful, perfectly flawed 3 dimensional characters that you can instantly connect with. You laugh with them, cry with them and truly are invested in their lives. Ally is kind but has a sassy side. She's caring but also strong and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, which stands her in good stead in this story. She is aching to find that lifelong, all-consuming love that her friends have found.

Elpidio. Beautiful, tortured Elpidio. Where do I start with him? When I read Sweet Home I was convinced that no one could beat Rome. Then along came Austin in Sweet Fall and I felt pretty much the same, but I have to say that Elpi has stolen a big piece of my heart. He is tormented with pain and guilt from his tragic past. He cannot move on and feels he doesn't deserve the recognition and adoration his work has attracted. I'm not going to say who he is because that moment in the book when I realised was really special and I would love it if everyone had that moment too. Besides I'm sure others will quickly spill the beans and I personally loved the mystery and discovery. It made his journey in the book, to me anyway, that much more enjoyable and poignant. We have met him before though and he turns out to be so much more than I expected.

This is a beautiful, emotional story. Be prepared for lots of tissues, but having said that the story was full of hope and left me feeling lifted at the end. The title is very apt.

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

I love this line. To me it embodies the whole soul of the story.

As usual the writing is excellent and the plot and story flow along to a great conclusion. It was really good to catch up with the lives of the other characters in the series. Cass still makes me laugh out loud.

You really need to read Sweet Fall before this as it adds so much to the story.

I give this wonderful story 5 stars. I would give it more if I could. I look forward to reading more from this great author :)

*ARC gratefully received for honest review*



2 comments:

  1. I LOVED everything about this series. And everything about Tillie Cole. She's by far one of my favorite writers of ALL time

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