on December 15th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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.
OH my gosh this book… it was just amazing. I felt drawn to the characters from the first page and I just felt so many emotions while reading it! Sweet Soul is the fourth book in the Sweet Home series. It is about Levi Carillo, the youngest of the three Carillo brothers. If you have read Sweet Fall and Sweet Hope (books #2 and 3 in the series) then you will remember a little bit about Levi. He is nothing like his older brothers Austin and Axel. He is not in the least bit intimating or dark like them; instead he is very quiet and extremely shy. He prefers to keep to himself and is scared to get close to anyone, for fear of losing them.
Elsie Hall, has had a very difficult life and with no family left, she finds herself living on the streets. After a chance run-in, Levi is determined to help make things better for her. But learning how to trust and lean on each other, is something that neither Levi or Elsie really know how to do. The connection that these two had was so beautiful and innocent! And oh man how Elsie just broke my heart! She was just so sweet and caring. And it was so different to have a main character male lead that wasn’t an alpha male and demanding. Levi is kind and gentle, and just overall a great guy.
“Levi, you… you make me want to give my heart away.”
For me, Sweet Soul was a very emotional read that I didn’t want to put down! I think the only thing missing would be a longer epilogue that gave me more from all the characters, but that is just because I am greedy!
Sadly, this is the last book in the Sweet Home series, so reading this book was really bittersweet. This series is what introduced me to Author Tillie Cole and the amount of growth I have seen in her writing through this series and in her other books is mind-blowing! She is definitely one of my favorite authors and I don’t know if there is a genre out there that she can’t write! I feel like I have spent a lot of time with the characters in this series, and they will be missed. But, I can’t wait to see what Tillie writes next!
“You’re my kind of extraordinary. You’re the sweetest of souls.”
I moved to throw the useless wallet away when, just as it tipped upside down, something fell to the ground, obviously from a hidden compartment. Looking down, my eyes focused on what looked like a necklace lying on the wet ground at my side.
Reaching down, I picked up the necklace, noticing an old tarnished cross dangling from old scratched wooden brown beads. It wasn’t a necklace; it was an old set of rosary beads.
I held it up to the light, turning it in my hand. A small smile etched on my lips. Although old, they were beautiful.
Laying the rosary on my lap, I delicately ran my fingertips over each scratched and worn out bead, down to the cross at the bottom. There, in heavy silver, was the image of Jesus dying on the cross. I didn’t know why, but the sight of this obviously well used rosary brought tears to my eyes, and a harsh sting to my heart.
Instinctively, I lifted my hand to the locket hidden well beneath my hoodie and took a deep breath. This, my simple gold locket, was all I had left. The only link I had to her, to my past. It was my most treasured possession. The only possession I had.
The image of the boy in the locker room sprung to mind and my stomach instantly fell. This was his rosary. I’d taken his rosary; something that probably meant a great deal to him.
Leaving the rosary on my lap, I opened the wallet again, and there in clear center pocket was the boy’s face. Pulling the driving license from the wallet, I read his name: Levi Carillo.
My thumb ran over his serious face and, even in this cold, my cheeks filled with heat. He was beautiful. Rich and handsome—he had it all.