We’ve met both Ally Prince and Axel Carillo in Book 1. Ally had a bigger role, while Axel was only a mere mention. Since then, I’ve grown to dislike Axel, and throughout Sweet Fall, he was my least favorite Carillo brother. He may have redeemed himself in the end, when he went to prison and saved Austin, but I couldn’t find it in myself to like him.

Until this book. Sweet Hope was everything that Axel needed to redeem himself in the eyes of Ms. Cole’s fans and readers. If Sweet Fall was difficult to read because of Lexi’s struggles, this book was heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. After reading this book, Axel became my favorite Carillo brother. I understood the things he went through, and I felt like he worked so hard and sacrificed so much to protect his family, an effort that was often overlooked by people who saw only in black and white.

If you ask me now if I had any favorite from this series, I would never be able to give you an answer. The best I could come up is this: My favorite hero is Rome because he was loyal, forgiving, protective, and loving. My favorite heroine is Lexi because of everything she went through. Yes, Molly had an extremely lonely life, but she was strong and independent. Lexi was the secretively vulnerable one, and I was just so glad she found a real hero in Austin. My overall favorite story is Sweet Hope. That’s because everything comes full circle in this book. All the characters have matured and are now living life after college.

Seriously, I don’t think there’s anything I can say to give justice to how I feel about this book. Tillie Cole is my queen when it comes to a good story. I don’t care how long or short her books may be, I just want to read them again and again and again.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Sweet Home

Book 1.5 – Sweet Rome

Book 2 – Sweet Fall

Book 3 – Sweet Hope

Book 4 – Sweet Soul











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