Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole
My name is Ally Prince and I’ve always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have. When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of ‘just’ being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely. But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed… And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely. I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world… of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance… I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all. It just never seemed like I would get it. For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change. I needed a new beginning. I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn’t expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall for him… heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love… My real life fairytale come true. But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul… I just didn’t know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.
Ally Prince is a curator for an art gallery featuring a new and upcoming artist. She loves her job as curator and she has landed a job with her favorite artist the elusive Elpidio. She speaks of his statues with such passion that you can see them right in from of you. No one has ever seen Elpidio until they met in the art gallery at night.
Guilt is drowning Elpidio and making him withdrawn. He uses his art to show the world his “sins”. It was very hard to talk to him at first but then they began a love affair that he could not turn down. Ally became his everything.
I cried a lot for Elpi because he was so alone. To be honest I think his so called “sins” weren’t sins at all. His brothers were ungrateful to the end even though his “sins” always helped them. He thought he had one brother to rely on but he was wrong he was all alone. So when Ally came along she was like a breath of fresh air to him. I loved how she loved him with this fierceness and loyalty.
“Lightening,” I explained. ” Together, we make… lightening… it’s the only way I can explain what feeling goes through me when I see you, talk to you… touch you… make love you…”
This is one book that will stay with me forever. I think I began reading this series about a year ago. The first day this came out it was on my kindle. I absolutely loved this series, but none of them held a key to this one book. It was a perfect 5.