Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole

Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole
Release Date: March 29, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Shortened Goodreads summary: 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’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.

For the past few years I've thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, 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 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... 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.

Wow.  That was quite the finale to what has turned out to be an amazing series.  I didn't anything could beat the last book, Sweet Fall, for me, but this one did.  Tillie Cole upped the stakes even more in this story.

I fell in love with Ally in the very first book.  She is literally the beautiful girl that everyone envy's, the one you think must be stuck up because she's so beautiful and talented, but she's anything but stuck up.  She's sweet, caring, the best friend anyone could ever have, so giving of herself.  Yet, she's never gotten what she wanted out of life.  She longs for love, for connection, for someone of her own as she's surrounded by her cousin and all her college friends who all found love and made beautiful families.  She's still alone, and that loneliness is palpable and sad.

Elpi enters her life as the extremely talented artist whose work is being exhibited by her gallery, and it is her job to display it appropriately, work with the artist so that she can understand his inspiration in order to do her job even better.  (Let me just interject that some of the descriptions of his art literally made me want to go see it.  I wanted that art to be real so badly!)  But from the moment they meet, these two are spark and kindling. The sexual tension was scorching... I quote you some dirty talk that would make your toes curl.  These two together were magic.

But of course, something has to step in between what they're building.  Elpi isn't exactly what he seems.  He has a past, and it overlaps with that of some of the prior books' characters.  Followers of the series will know exactly who he is.  I was very skeptical about this character being the hero of this book, since he had such capacity to be villainous.  But this book is about love and redemption, forgiveness and hope.

The author did it to me again.  I was completely captured by this story.  The writing was utterly breathtaking, beautiful, and it completely captured me.  This will go on my "books I'll re-read" shelf.  What a beautiful story.
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