5 starsContemporary RomanceSports Romance

Sweet Fall (Sweet Home #2) by Tillie Cole

Sweet Fall Book Cover Sweet Fall
Sweet Home Series #2
Tillie Cole
Fiction, New Adult, Sports Romance
August 26th 2014

From the USA Today Best Selling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Fall; a tale of heartache, beating the odds and finding strength in the most unlikeliest of places.

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?

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.

Val’s Review

Just as good the second time around 2/4/16…
Felt like re-reading this for some reason…2/3/16

WOW. 5++++ Stars

I’m gonna keep this short. Might contain spoiler-ish info.

This book was both an awesome and kinda rough (at times) experience for me.


I have struggled with (and required treatment on and off for) an eating disorder since the age of 12 – the same year my mother died of Cancer.

Needless to say, I really connected to both Lexi and Austin in this story. Eating disorders really are no joke and they seem to grab on to you and hold on for dear life.

Like a bitchy wet cat.


Lexi and Austin’s relationship and the development of that relationship was really beautiful and I really liked how they came together.

I thought Cole did an excellent job with some pretty heavy subject matter. Also, I’ve been reading her since Eternally North and Sweet Home and you can really see her hit her writing stride with this one.

My hat goes off to Tillie Cole.