We all have secrets.
Secrets well buried.
Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.
Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.
Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?
I fear that without you in my life I will fall…again.”
Ohhhhh WOW. What a beautifully broken, wonderfully told story! There is so much I adore about this series. It’s sweet. Oh so sweet. And the characters are just really loveable. Sweet Home and Sweet Rome were favourites of mine from last year and I had been soooooo excited to hear that the mysterious Austin Carillo would be getting his story. I have been so curious about this boy for such a long time and Tillie Cole did not disappoint. This, in fact, is probably the best book of the series. I absolutely LOVED it!! Eeeeeeek!!!! <3
Sweet Fall is very different from the other two books in this series. This story touches on really dark issues. Ones that I’ve seen avoided on many occasions, dumping them in the ‘too difficult to deal with’ basket or not handled appropriately. But, Tillie did an absolutely wonderful job with it all.
So much of this story just completely tore my heart out, and a lot of it had to do with the note right at the beginning (I will let you read that for yourself). **hugs Tillie**
Sweet Fall is a powerful, emotional story about love, friendship, acceptance, redemption and everything in between. Lexi and Austin take us on an unforgettable journey of personal growth and understanding and I honestly cried more than I thought I would.
I have fallen hopelessly in love with the Italian tattooed bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. And I fall into his protective, open arms with one hundred percent abandon”
My heart absolutely broke for Lexi. Her struggles with a disease that had taken over her life. Hiding from her friends and putting on a brave face in order to keep everyone oblivious from what she was going through just made me want to hug her and tell her that everything was going to be alright. Austin was the boy who broke down her walls and accepted her for everything that she is. And she did the same for him.
“What are you smiling at?”
“Just you, Pix. Just you”
*sigh* – so in love with Austin.
Austin comes from a family who has suffered, and is suffering more than what he is letting on. A broken boy taking on so much to keep his family above water. His whole story is just completely heartbreaking yet so wonderfully written. He absolutely adores Lexi regardless of what she was going through and it warmed my heart to see a guy with the exterior of Austin have such a heart of gold.
She was trim, athletic, but she looked damn good, maybe a bit too thin, but pretty fucking special, regardless.”
Sweet Fall captivated me. I fell so hard for Austin Carillo and Lexi was a wonderful heroine. I hope that the rest of the gang get their story. I’m not quite ready to let them go yet. I have grown to love each and every one of these characters.
I highly recommend this series. It’s definitely up there with the favs!
Sweet Home Series Reading Order
#1 – Sweet Home (kindle)
#2 – Sweet Rome (kindle)
#3 – Sweet Fall (kindle)
#4 Sweet Hope (goodreads)