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Swelter by Nina G. Jones REVIEW

I married the right brother.

At least that’s what I tell myself at night, when I stare at the ceiling and listen to the rhythm of the grandfather clock down the hall. It never feels like the mere passage of time, but a countdown towards something inevitable. Bobby Lightly is selfish, irresponsible, and careless. I haven’t seen him since the day I married his brother. He slipped out during the wedding reception without a word. A year later, I heard Bobby was drafted to Korea. He never said goodbye to anyone. Never sent a letter. We had all come to terms with the fact that he was probably dead somewhere, either a victim of the war or its aftermath. That is, until in the midst of an unrelenting heatwave, he showed up at the doorstep of the house I lived in with his brother. Everyone thinks I’m cruel. Everyone thinks I should be easy on him. They think I don’t understand him. They all think I hate him. But what no one understands is that it was Bobby who broke my heart. And I think he’s back to do it again.

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If you don’t like love triangles or non traditional HEA’s then step away from the book. If you don’t mind venturing outside of the box every once in a while, then please read this book because it deserves to be read. It is a tragic tale of second chance love set in the fifties during a hot summer in Wisconsin, USA.

Lilly grew up spending summers with neighbours Bobby and Rory; carefree and playful, they were a close threesome who had no idea what life was about to throw their way.

Lilly and Rory were always expected to marry, they were both the same age and Rory was the safe bet, with a solid future ahead and not shy of taking on the responsibilities of marriage.

“Rory was predictable, and I loved that about him. He was a safe place, but Bobby kept me on my toes.”

Bobby was the more spontaneous and fun loving brother, but watching the girl that he loved marry his beloved sibling broke him, so he left to join the forces. With the Korean war now over, and no sign of Bobby’s return, Lilly and Rory presume him to be dead.

Lilly has known something is not right in her marriage for a long time now, but expectations forced her to go ahead with the wedding and so she is trying to be a good wife to Rory, despite the lack of passion in their relationship. Rory sensing her distance, often lashes out at her.

When Bobby turns up at their doorstep after 7 years of no contact, Lilly is thrown into turmoil and the guilt and torn loyalties are once again brought to the surface.

“We were becoming desperate. Love was making us hysterical.”

In my simplistic mind, Lilly should have never gotten married to Rory in the first place, but considering the era that the book was set in, I know that it wouldn’t have been that simple.

Despite the story going in a direction that I didn’t necessarily want it to go, I still loved reading this story. I love how Nina can weave a story together and make you feel the emotions of the characters. I also loved the era, and the images of the scenes of the book were easy to view in my mind due to the great descriptive narrative.

If you are brave enough to put yourself through the ringer, I highly recommend this book just as long as you have tissues, wine and someone to vent to whilst reading.

This is a standalone erotic romance, told from Lilly’s POV .

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Nina

By day, Nina G. Jones works for an internet startup and is a freelance copywriter. She lives with her husband and two dogs.

By night, she explores the hidden recesses of the human psyche in her writing.

Nina has a background in Psychology and uses this as a starting point for her writing. She adds depth to her characters by exploring their psychological motivations. Due to the nature of the topics she explores, Nina does not shy away from explicit language, sexuality, or violence. Despite covering some heavy topics, Nina finds a way to infuse humor into her writing as well.

She has a particular fascination with people who appear to be “normal” or “successful” by all outside appearances who are hiding a secret life.

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