May 24, 2015

REVIEW: SWEET FALL by Tillie Cole

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?
MY GOSH.
THIS WAS GOOD.
LIKE REALLY GOOD.
LIKE WAY BETTER THAN SWEET HOME.
I LOVED IT. The characters, the themes, the writing, EVERYTHING. The deeper/harder topics were dealt with incredible grace. The story was gripping. I thought I was going to hate it, because I thought Tillie Cole was just NOT for me. It turned out that Sweet Home wasn't for me.Sweet Fall was totally MY thing <3 
When the book ended, I felt like I knew these characters's hopes, and dreams, and wants, and needs. I knew them. I adored them, flaws and all.
“We all have secrets, Austin. Some people’s are bigger than others, that’s all. Wouldn’t you agree?” 
Why the war paint, Pix?
Why the tattoos, Austin?
“We were both just too messed up to ever be with each other in the way we needed to be. Two shooting stars that burned out too quickly, never quite reaching each other’s skies.”
“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.” 
“There’s you and me. We’re on a beach somewhere, living near the water. You’re laughing so hard, so free. You’re healthy. Strong. And we have three fuckin’ kids. All of them with dark hair and eyes. They’re running around splashing in the water as I hold you in my arms, watching them. I feel you laughing against my chest, and not the fake shit you put on show for your friends. It’s real happy laughter, laughter from your heart.” 

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