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Title: Swelter 25961136

Author: Nina G Jones

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Pages:236 Pages

Genre: Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction

Source: Amazon

Rating: 6 Stars

 

 

 

Summary:

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. 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.

Review:

Okay, I REALLY REALLY apologize to Nina G Jones and the Promotion people….I know i said i was going to do the tour and things got out of hand and i didn’t have a chance to read the book then i read the book and sat traumatized with a hangover for days and couldn’t even formulate words with a review. I was given an a review copy of this book for free so that i could review this book and omg…I’m so glad that i did.

This was in all way heart wrenching and soul soaring. I have never genuinely been upset with an author. I have never demanded that i be left alone to deal with what happened in a book or started a fight with my significant other because of a book. The day that i was finishing this book I did all of the above and then some: I left it out in the world that i hated this author, I cried in public (at work at that), I didn’t accomplish work because i was too busy reading, I hyperventilated for one of the characters, and then i went home and picked a fight with my significant other because my feelings were so jumbled [he took it in stride]. I mostly felt a sort of deep sadness overall though the ending helped me heal so much. I lived a WHOLE LIFE in this one book.

From the very first page i was completely immersed in the story. It was like i stood back and out of the way while i watched someone’s life happen. I was leery at first because any sort of cheating for me is very controversial and not particularly welcomed but at some point i stopped paying attention to my ideals and just basked in the amount of feeling i got from reading this. I was so deeply moved in some places that i weeped in absolute happiness for Lilly and in some parts i wept just because she was so sad. I am not a crier. I hate crying. But the way the words were easily and beautifully strung together made me not only read and watch that mind movie i usually get with books but it also made me feel. I swear i was an open nerve while reading this because the story resounded and the things i felt as a result of the story were acutely felt.

I don’t think i’ve read a more emotional book from my point of view. I mean forget about the notebook and forget about romeo and Juliet because Bobby and Lil were, are, simply exquisite and timeless. I only hope that i can love my Fiance the way that Bobby loves Lil. I only hope that I will eventually stop hating the sight of a very innocent jar of peanut butter.

The Gist of it:

Lily grows up with the two brothers for a good portion of her life and like with most young people just doesn’t truly understand her feelings until it is too late. Now! I know that i would have been like no fuck this and walked out on my own wedding but that’s just me; I’m mean and this is a different time. Lilly felt pretty obligated to follow through on her commitment and ends up living a life with not only a huge secret but also guilt and misery. Things just aren’t the way they are supposed to be. She thinks she chose the right brother when she chose to marry Rory.

And then the dead shall rise…..Bobby lightly comes strolling back into town and tears apart Lily’s carefully constructed facade and she just doesn’t know what to do: do what she is supposed to do and be miserable (again and still) or [finally] follow her heart and deal with the consequences? Either way it is a tough decision because it’s not like these two men are strangers! They are BROTHERS!!!

The brothers couldn’t be more different. It was like night and day when it came to Lilly. I appreciated the contrast and hoped it would have made lilly toss her obligation out the window….she did eventually but not that easily.

There were some parts for me that came out of left field and other parts where i was like yea i knew it but overall i found this to be a perfect way to weave a story. There were moments where you had flashbacks. There were arguments and insecurities. This novel was messy. That is life. Messy as hell. At the end though it was bittersweet and perfect. The last 10 minutes of reading really really helped with the healing and rounded out the story. I believe Nina G Jones gave us a gift in the ending. It was the perfect way to answer all questions and soothe broken hearts.

I walked away from this book destroyed. It was beautiful and awful. This is my 6 stars of the year.

Recommendation:

Oh absolutely yes! YES YES YES! HELL! I wish i could just gift away a million copies!

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