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.
Sweet Fall, like the previous two books deals with some tough and dark issues. One of these issues the author wrote a personal note before the beginning of the book, it made for an even more emotional read because this was something she herself has battled. I will not say what I am referring to because I want you to read about it for yourself. I know I have had friends who have also battled this, luckily not to this extreme like Lexi, but enough that we were all worried.
Austin and Lexi’s relationship is so filled with darkness, pain, heartbreak and loss. Austin is trying his hardest to keep his mother, who is suffering from ALS, proud of him and as pain free as possible in her last days. He has a gangbanger past, one that most look down on him for. All they see is the tattoos, the signs of his violence. What they don’t see is the son who loves his mother, his older brother and his younger brother so much that he risks his own happiness to take care of his mom. He wasn’t expecting a dark little gothic pixie like cheerleader to be the one who adds some light into his world.
To the world Lexi is happy, the cheerleader, the gothic girl. When Lexi looks at herself, all she sees are imperfections. She hides what she is doing from everyone, and even though Austin knows about her past he doesn’t know that she is succumbing once more to her demons. Lexi sees Austin for more than what he lets the world to see, she trusts him to not destroy her, she loves him even when most would run away.
Sweet Fall had me in tears more than once. My heart broke, my stomach was in knots, and I think that every teenage girl should read this. Whether they are skinny, overweight, or in between. I used to be the skinny girl the one who couldn’t put on weight, now I could lose a few pounds thanks to my two beautiful children, but I am not overweight. I hate that this society has placed such a huge value on looks, that it causes beautiful girl to believe that if they just lose another five pounds that they will be perfect, or that if you are a bigger girl you are not beautiful when in fact beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Tillie Cole took a chance when sharing a piece of herself in Sweet Fall, and it was a chance that I am happy she took because it not only sheds light on this disease but also reminds us what we can lose when we go too far on one direction.