Published October 13th 2013
At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.
She knows Descartes and Kant.
She knows academia and Oxford.
She knows that the people who love you leave you.
She knows how to be alone.
But when Molly leaves England's grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn't know a summer could be so hot, she didn't know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn't know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.
When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever...
“You gonna give up that sweet kiss?”
“If that’s what you want.”
“It definitely is.”
D’awwww!!!! How cute is that?!?
I can’t say that Sweet Home is a flawlessly written novel, but there was something rudimentary and sentimental about it that just caught my attention and heart. I enjoyed this star-crossed lover’s novel about a girl that leaves her English roots to come to the University of Alabama and finish her Masters in philosophy, and ends up falling in love the southern bad boy star quarterback. Perfect mix I tell ya!
Romeo Prince is Alabama’s prized QB with a bright football future in his corner. His game is about control and dominance, and his past is seedy and painful making him both volatile and destructive at times. When he meets gentle Miss Molly Juliet Shakespeare, she seems to be the perfect balance his hard edges with her humble and quiet manner. However, with his controlling family and her tortured history, the odds don’t seem to be in their favor.
I have to say that I enjoyed Rome’s Bama slang mixed with Molly’s English accent. This pair couldn’t be more different, but their namesake makes them fated, right? Well when pushed up against the obstacles they face, you start to wonder who had a more tragic story. That leads to some overly dramatic moments mixed in with slightly amateur writing. However, I kept looking forward to jumping back into Rome and Mol’s story. About 60 – 70% into the novel, the storyline added a dramatic turn that could have been the demise of this adventure for me, but somehow Tillie Cole made it work and it brought the novel full circle.
Overall, I really enjoyed Rome and Mol’s story and I’m eager to read Sweet Rome when it comes out next month. If it’s told in Romeo’s perspective, I’ll probably have to look past the f-bombs and domineering attitude to find that sensitive, gentle character that hides beneath the football jersey. Can’t wait!