Blog Tour: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole‏ | Excerpt & Giveaway

SweetSoulTitle: Sweet Soul (Sweet Home #4)
Author: Tillie Cole
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Release Day: December 15th 2015
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
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One shy lost soul.

One silent lonely heart.

One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

5 sweet stars!

Sweet Soul is the 4th book in the Sweet Home series and the 3rd in the Carillo Boys series, you have to read them in an order starting with Sweet Home!

Oh sweet Levi! I’ve been reading the Sweet Home series for years and I still find myself falling in love with more characters but also, loving the old ones even more. Levi Carillo was introduced earlier in the series as Austin’s brother and Axel’s as well – gotta love the Carillo brothers!

Levi, following his mother’s death is doing everything he can to keep her memory alive as well as deal with the guilt. He officially lives with Austin and Lexi and he’s of course yet another future football star. Levi is the sweetest of the Carillo boys, of course, and when I saw he was getting a book I almost cried! I’ve been following this series and basically all of Tillie’s books for years and every book is another hidden story about a beloved character that we don’t know much but we do know enough to make us want to get to know them and love them or… hate them. Levi was hinted at for so long and with two books ahead of him, I’m beyond thankful it didn’t disappoint.

“You are not your brothers, Levi. You are kind and shy, not hard and boisterous, ready to fight the world. You are my quiet baby boy. My sweet, sweet soul.”

I can’t even describe him in one word but if I could I’d probably say he’s deep. So freaking deep for such a young guy, but considering everything he’s been through with his brothers and then his mom and Lexi and Austin and then Axel, he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and it really shows from the first page. He’s unlike any other character and while reading I recalled – as a few moments are mentioned in the book – all the obstacles he had to overcome and how much guilt and anger he carries with him. Plus he’s super shy. I love him, I just love him.

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Elsie was a new character and OMG I still don’t know what to think, to be honest. Combing Elsie’s background with Levi’s it all seems too much and too over the top at some point, and there are a few small time jumps, a week here and there, that make the story progress faster than I would have liked but overall, Levi’s awesomeness topped everything else.

Elsie is a homeless girl that steals Levi’s wallet (oddly reminded me of Lev, same plot point and name) and with it she takes something much more priceless for him. When he saves her one night and he remembers her, he takes her home, to Lexi, to help her out. I don’t want to be too picky, that part really was over the top but with Lexi’s story, the action is totally justifiable.

Their romance is not too fast but it does get deep real fast after a while, really, really deep and I couldn’t help but think that they both definitely were too dramatic about it. Overall like I mentioned, Levi’s awesomeness and his emotional journey covered every flaw. Definitely worth reading and a sweet way to end a beloved series – at least I think this is the final one? I thought it was Sweet Hope but apparently it isn’t, won’t say no to more! ♥

Excerpt

Moving my hand, I ran my fingers over the brown beads. “Why do you hold these, Mamma? You always have them with you. Right now, you’re clutching them real tight.”

Mamma sighed and brought the rosary to her chest. “I use them to pray to Mother Mary. She gives me strength, mia luna. I pray to her for strength.” Mamma’s voice cracked again and I tried to think hard. I tried to think why she needed strength.

Blinking, a thought came to me and I asked, “Is it Austin and Axel? Do you pray for them? Because of the Heighters?”

Mamma sighed and ran her finger down my cheek. “Always, mia luna. I always pray for them. For what they do each night for that gang.”

I shook my head, knowing there was something else. “But what—”

Shh,” Mamma whispered. She then held up the rosary and placed it in my hand. She curled her hand around mine and pressed the beads into my palm. “Levi, you take these now. I want you to have these. I want you to keep them for strength. For the strength you will need someday soon.”

I frowned and shook my head. “No, Mamma. They’re yours. I’m strong with you around. I don’t need these.”

Mamma’s head dropped, and she took a deep breath.

Mamma?” I questioned. She was acting real strange.

Mamma wiped her cheeks and a sad smile spread on her lips. “Va bene, mia luna. I’ll keep them for now. Grazie. Always thinking of your mamma. But one day, when… when I’m not here, you keep these with you. I want you to remember that these are yours. You are not your brothers, Levi. You are kind and shy, not hard and boisterous, ready to fight the world. You are my quiet baby boy. My sweet, sweet soul.”

I’m not weak,” I pushed, hating that I wasn’t like my brothers. Axel and Austin were strong and tough. I wanted to be just like them.

Mamma pressed a kiss to my forehead. “Never, Levi. You are a Carillo boy after all. But you are different from Austin and Axel. They are alike in so many ways—hot headed and tough, hard on the outside until they let you in. You are the timid one, the gentle brother—inside and out. You are the one to carry his heart on his sleeve. You are the one who watches silently from afar and loves with all his soul. ” Mamma huffed, and said, “Whoever you end up with, my son, whoever claims your heart, will be a very special girl indeed.” Her finger stroked my cheek. “So much love, mia luna. You will love with your whole being, and it will be forever. You could not love in any other way.”

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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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