Neda Reviews Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

Neda Reviews Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

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Synopsis 1

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?

New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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Nedas Review 1

I blog because I love books. I blog because I believe that the written word has a way of shining light on the world. I get asked why I read romance. Usually my answer is I love love, and for the most part this is true. I love stories of happily ever afters. This could be my mother’s fault for raising me on those fairy tales of princess’s going through adversity and then finally getting their happily after. The truth however is that I read romance because it’s a genre that has evolved. I remember reading parts of my mothers cheesy serials as a child. You know those books, those quivering members and weak damsels saved by these strong men. But romance is simply not that any more. Today romance is filled with so many topics that range from the mild romantic comedy to dark and disturbing. Amongst all these different types of styles there is one that I find I gravitate the most towards. This genre is new adult of NA. Through the NA genre I have found a way that romance blends in love with the harsh realities of life. These stories are some of my personal favourites and have managed to captivate my mind and grip a tight hold of my heart. Today I want to talk about a book that was so memorizing that it gave me the biggest book handover I have ever had. I am saying it right here for everyone to see my favourite book this year is Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole.

It is rare to come across and author that makes me go crazy. Only a handful really have. The ones that inspire me to become a borderline author groupie. Tillie Cole has managed this.  I am in awe of her talent and her courage. Read the forward of this novel you will see just how much heart this woman truly has. Thank you Ms. Cole for this courage it speaks volumes of your spirit.

austin and lexi

Sweet Fall is a story about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, a gang banger and his dark pixie. Austen is forced to a life of crime due to his ill mother. Lexi a girl who presents one image on the outside but inside the voices tell her she isn’t good enough, she isn’t perfect. What I loved about this novel is how the characters all had faces of different classes of society. It illustrated beautifully that every human no matter from what class in life has stugle, they feel pain, and suffer. Nothing is perfect and no one appears to be what you see. Pain is so easily masked, we wear an image it’s a facade a mirage. Everyone has walls they create to protect themselves because at the end of the day we are all fragile. At the end of the day no matter what we are all scared a little this is why we need each other. This is why we have hope for a better tomorrow.

Austin Carillo was the Italian bad boy of UA: six-foot-four, beautiful olive skin, piercings galore, back ear gauges, neck-to-toe tattoos, dark hair and the darkest brown eyes.”


I have a new book boyfriend and his name is Austin Carillo. I have a thing for bad boys with a heart of gold and it doesn’t get better then Austin. He is a man of honour, he has so much integrity and his heart event though full of sorrow radiant with so much passion and light. This man is the kind of guy that will give up everything for those he loves and he proves it time and time again.

Lexi, don’t underestimate her. She may look brittle and weak but she has so much spirit and fight in her. Tillie Cole perfectly wrote a girl who is broken and hurting but she didn’t make her pathetic. She made Lexi three dimensional and strong. Lexi is warm, and stronger then she thinks. I adored her.

Not only does this story have strong central characters but the supporting cast is vibrant and full of light. The book played like a film in my mind all the characters were so perfect and so human. No one was unreachable or far fetched. They were all brilliant created a fuller story for the reader.

This is a story about two people who have secrets and pain and through the others eyes they find a sense of peace and finally a home. We all know I am sucker for stories about hope and second chances. I firmly believe people can change. I believe that humanity as a whole has light inherent in them. This book was one about hope. It perfectly displayed that life is not a fairytale things are not perfect but in the darkness there is always hope. There are better choices better outcomes and people who will help carry your load when you yourself may not be able to.  Tillie Cole has this uncanny way of exposing the human condition, a beautiful soulful way.

5 stars of perfecton

 Some of my favorite quotes

“We were both just too messed up to ever be with each other in the way we needed to be. Two shooting stars that burned out too quickly, never quite reaching each other’s skies.”

“It was that moment people talk about. That moment where you look at the same set of eyes you’ve gazed upon thousands of times before, only this time see something more within their depths.”

“All anyone ever saw when they looked at me was the white trash ex-gang member from the Heighterfamed trailer park across town.
But not her.
Fuck knows why, but Pix only ever saw more.

“So you see, Pix, I have scars too. It’s just mine are on the outside where everyone can see.”

“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.”

Mini Play List

Gangsta’s Paradise

Breathe Me

Breathing Underwater

Tangled Up in You

Love Lost


About the Author 1

Tillie Cole Author Pic

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 English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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