Summary: 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…
Review: This is like the love child of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and J. Sterling’s Perfect Game (with American Football this time). So yes, Tillie Cole’s Home Sweet is guilty of all things ‘New Adult.’ But oh man, I couldn’t deny that I was thoroughly entertained. I really, really enjoyed it. I know that story had been done before but in the end it didn’t matter to me. In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Molly is brilliant girl with lonely background. Her loved ones died leaving her on her own. And because of the tragedy that befell her family, she decided to pour her time on her studies instead. At the age of twenty she’s already on her master’s degree. With nothing holding her back, she left England and went to Alabama with teaching assistant position. There she met the enigmatic and quite hot-headed Romeo Prince: the golden boy of their university’s football team. From their first meeting there were already sparks between them. But it’s not only their different upbringing and personalities will hinder their blossoming relationship.
Like I said above, if I tried to concentrate more on the individual aspects I would’ve sure disliked this book. But you know what? The author is smart, she delivers it in such a raw state that it didn’t matter to me whether the elements were already present in other books. There something how the story was narrated and events were connected that made it so appealing. I think even though at times it was sort of soap opera-ish, it really didn’t bother me at all. I actually found myself turning page after page because I was completely enamored by the story.
Under normal circumstances, Romeo is not the guy I’ll root. He’s hard headed, short-tempered guy. His family issue didn’t completely validate his actions to me. But this is one of the rare occasions where I found guy like him tolerable. I didn’t completely like him. I hate how dominating he was to Molly and if were in her shoes, I would shove his ego right in his arse. But I don’t know there something about him I couldn’t wrap my head around. My stance about him is kind of confusing.
I liked Molly; at least he wasn’t this uber sad girl, using her past to accentuate her personality. I guess there were decisions she made that I’m against with, particularly that later parts. But I’m glad that it didn’t take her long enough to sort her issues, and Romeo wasn’t too prideful to accept her forgiveness. So in the end they actually made it work despite all the debacles surrounded their relationship.
I got to read the bonus chapter and it was a rehash of the events from Romeo’s POV. From what little I read, it was interesting to know his interpretations on things. I’m so glad that I get to read the second book immediately after because, you could say I’m quite smitten by their story. So hopefully Sweet Rome will deliver and I’ll get to know Romeo more than what I already read from Home Sweet.
Preview Quote: “Then I’m the first, because I want you without anything in return. Why does any human want anyone? My body recognises you as something that’s good for me. My mind recognises you as someone who’s right for me, and my soul recognises you as someone who is meant for me.” – Molly