Review: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Review: Sweet Soul by Tillie ColeSweet Soul by Tillie Cole
Published by Tillie Cole December 15, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Souls Unfractured
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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.

New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Have you ever read a book and been so intertwined with the characters and their world that you no longer have a sense of what is real or fiction?!

Have you ever read a book and been captivated by the shear amount of emotions being evoked within your soul?!

Have you ever read a book and and had to put your life on pause because there’s no way you can attempt to move on just yet?!

If  you have read anything by Tillie Cole than you have felt all of the above… So here I am 2,220 pages and five books later to be technical and I am left with the most bitter sweet feeling, EVER! It’s no surprise that The Sweet Home series is my favorite of all time and each book has claimed apart of my BLACK HEART, hell, it  claimed it entirely chambers and all.

Seeing as Sweet Soul was never planned but happened because there was such a demand I already knew Levi had a HEA from the Epilogue of Sweet Hope, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t struggle through many trials leading up to his happily ever after.  We watched him grow from a boy to a young man and even though he was never a main focal point in the books prior his character was none the less very prominent. In Sweet Hope there was a devastatingly, heartbreaking scene between him and Axel (Elpi) that brought me to my knees and that was one of the first times where I felt like I really got to experience Levi Carillo for more than just a younger brother to Austin and Axel. This shy boy was so much more than what we merely saw on the surface.

Elsie, Elsie, Elsie… As mentioned we knew she existed but knew nothing of her so meeting this kind-hearted  young woman was a complete treat! She broke my soul in so many ways, this silent broken girl, had endured events that I could have never imagined coming into this book. I loved the REALness of the issues she had and how it made me reflect on my own life and be even more grateful than I am for things that are easily taken for granted.

…Cruelty, the victor, not hope…


Levi brought a world of sound to Elsie’s silent and lonely life while in return she gave a voice to a shy, shy boy. The connection these two harbored was apparent from the beginning, but it wasn’t the kind of instant-love where you roll your eyes and want to punch someone, it was perfectly timed and in tune. These two had matching souls and it shone as bright as the moon, but add in some not so nice souls and it is bound to cause demons to make themselves known. Bullying was a big subject in this novel, it painted a picture of just how how damaging someones’s cruel intentions can be. How lasting someones careless tongue can cause a lifetime of self loathing and uncertainty making you believe you are in a world you don’t belong.

But… what was one of the most beautiful parts of this story was experiencing Levi help to see Elsie past her battered past that plagued her future. He too had many of his own trials that affected him but out of pure love, instead of worrying about himself he chose to let his love help heal another. Now Elsie was not just magically cured in a day nor was Levi but they were one another’s life line, and they created such a breathtaking dependency.

She understood. With few words, and little explanation, I knew Elsie understood me.

I can say plenty more but basically if you haven’t read this series, than you should! Just in case you take my word for it I’ve listed the order of series here, and to read Sweet Soul it is highly recommended you at least read all the Carillo Brothers novels.

Sweet Home (Rome & Molly #1)

Sweet Rome (Sweet Home retell in Rome’s POV #2)

Sweet Fall (Austin & Lexi #3)

Sweet Hope (Elpidio & Ally #4)

Sweet Soul (Levi & Elsie #5)



About Tillie Cole

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

  • Betül

    Love this review. Love this author. Love this series and LOVE this book!! PS: Also loveeee this blog!! I agree with everything in this review. I am so sad this is the last book 🙁

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