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Review: Sweet Rome

Sweet Rome
Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was more a three and a half stars for me…

Let me explain. I liked the original story a lot. I did. And this story mirrors that original in events, things said, but all from Rome’s POV. Which is why three and a half instead of four. It felt like rerun season. Though a few things were covered like his perspective from a few of the MAJOR events that I was desperate to know, it wasn’t enough new for me.

Granted, Rome still falls for Molly. Molly still loves Rome. And that’s what I liked about the original story. And I enjoyed certain events from Rome’s POV, but…IDK…it felt like it had been covered before. Maybe if it was further timeline…sat from before Molly’s arrival to well after… Or maybe his side of the events was different…I could have given it a solid four.

I will say that had I read this one first, it would be a solid four…but then Sweet Home would have been a three and a half. Really, the two stories are interchangeable. You could pick one and read and you’d get the whole story without losing a thing.

Would I recommend it? Yes, but I say pick one or the other unless you are dying to know what happened that time she/he did… Fill in the blanks. Because I am not going to spoil a thing. (Although it came close. I did have to delete a sentence or two.)

*A SPRING TRAINING READ* ~ MARCH 2017

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Review: Sweet Home

Sweet Home
Sweet Home by Tillie Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was what I was hoping to read when I chose the football theme for the month. Just the right amount of romance with the right amount of drama with pieces of football throughout.

Molly Shakespeare (yep, that’s her name…oh, middle name Juliet) is from England, an orpahn of life, working on her master’s and a TA. Romeo Prince (yep, that’s his name, goes by Rome) is the football player for the Crimson Tide, Alabama. Or as in Aggieland, we’d say “That other school from that other state” and add “BTHO Bama.”

But team preferences aside…

Molly and Rome meet and from there, it’s a whirlwind of should we or shouldn’t we? I want you. I need you (and not in that way) and I’m not sure we’re going to be right for each other. Add in fmaily drama and subjects like abuse and money-grubbing and scholarships and… something else I can’t say without a major spoiler…

It was really good. I could imagine this as some drama on network television, the one football season lasting for a good three seasons worth of drama and intensity. I really enjoyed it and was happy that I had the chance to finally read.

Definitely a good read.

*A SPRING TRAINING READ* ~ MARCH 2017 (Sorry for the late review.)

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Reading Theme ~ April 2017.

Oh, here we are. April. Already. How did that happen?
What goes on in April? Showers? Spring flowers? In most places I’ve lived, it’s prom season.

Big dresses.

Bigger hair.

Tux rentals.

Kings and Queens and Crowns.

Awkward moments.

Dancing with that special someone.

If I hear the word “Prom-posal” one more time…UGH. I miss the days of the anxious guy/girl asking out the hopeful girl/guy…the suspense, the drama…and hopefully not a Carrie incident. (Sorry, Stephen King.) I find spending all that cash on asking a girl (or guy) out ridiculous. It’s not like someone is getting engaged…but I digress…The books I’ve chosen to read for this month are definitely Prom-propriate. The dresses alone remind me of prom season. Then I stare at the tiaras, and I really can’t stop thinking about one of the biggest moments of high school life.

In the spirit of grand gowns and shiny crowns, I’ve decided to finally dance my way through…

The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

  1. The Selection
  2. The Elite
  3. The One
  4. The Heir
  5. The Crown
  6. Happily Ever After

From what I’ve been told, I am not going to want to stop reading. Not even to bust a move and “Single Ladies” with Chris Evans. I’m excited to finally read this series, especially since it’s complete and I can read straight through. I just hope I don’t wind up like Carrie…

I want these books to be everything her prom night wasn’t: Awesome!

What are your reading plans for the month?

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Reading Theme ~ March 2017.

Last year, I went springtime crazy.

This year I promised myself not to do that. And while strolling through the many, many books on my TBR lists, I thought about touching on a spring cleaning theme because I have a lot of series where I’ve only read a book or two and I need to finish them out.

No, I promise not to go there…
I could focus on the color green, since it is March and doesn’t touch on spring with a word. (Not that much green on book covers, I’ve noticed.)

Or I could read stories about Leprachauns, Lions, and Lambs.

I’m not  a small child and I’ve read the Twilight series plenty of times already.

Then, during the Super Bowl, it hit me. I have a little obsession about Quarterbacks and Tight Ends…and I promise I’m only sticking to football player positions here. I think it was because I was writing on book 4 of my series, Human Touch. One of the MC’s is a quarterback and one of the others is a tight end…while googling for football college info, I realized that my footballers would be starting up spring training on their college team right about…oh…like today. If they were real students at A&M…

Anyway, since I own this random, odd collection of books (mostly romances, mostly on my kindle) (okay, all of them are on my kindle) concerning football players, I thought why not.

Books to tackle this month:

All the Glory by Elle Casey

I am currently almost at the end of this one…just waiting to see if my guess is right.

After the Rain by Mary J Williams

Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Long by BB Hamel

Risky Game by Tracy Solheim

Draw Play by Tia Lewis

Sweet Rome series by Tillie Cole

Seems like I’m running back to my old ways of romances only, doesn’t it?

Again, a weakness of mine, since my footballers rest in my mind, heart, and soul since their inception in 2012.

In a way, I kept my theme away from spring, since football is more a late summer/fall/winter sport.
In another, I totally did not keep “spring” from springing up. Ahhh, well…

This month’s theme:

March 2017
Spring Training

What are you all looking at reading this month?

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Reading Theme ~ February 2017.

Valentine’s Day would lead one to think romance. Superbowl would bring forth football imagery. President’s Day…thriller-type stories?

That’s okay. While I do have quite the few Football Romances on my TBR lists, that’s not where I wanted to take this one. Too obvious and really not what I like to do for my themes. Sort of. What I wanted to try and read this month was something out of my ordinary. Horror/Thrillers seem to be lacking from my lists en masse, though I used to read Stephen King and Dean Koontz all the time. This month, though, i am going to try and brave my way through a few books.

The books I have on my list for this month:
(if I am brave enough to tackle them all ~ #ScaredyCat):

When A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill

I saw this movie and loved it. I heard the book was more creepy, so I’m going for it.


Also own both on Kindle, so no stopping to read because of it being night. Unless… *shivers*

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Ink and Bone.

And if things get too intense or I actually read these all, I might just open:

Denton Little’s Deathdate

We’ll see how far I get, being that this month is short…and it’s not light enough to read stories of this type, IMO.
“Because I will turn on all the lights in my house.” ~#ScaredyCat
(aka me.)

This month’s reading theme:

February 2017 ~ My Bloody Valentine.

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