Swelter is as hot as it is heavy.
It’s no secret that I’m a Nina G. Jones fangirl. To put it In a single phrase… Swelter is stunning. I’m not going to bore you with a synopsis of the story… you can see that in the purchase info, or in one of the reviews that’s more like a book report.
Swelter is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Moments of perfection followed by moments of “OMG WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME!” This story will test your moral boundaries. The lines between right and wrong are blurred and grayed to the point that you may not trust yourself. It’s fair to say that, at times, Swelter was not an easy read. Some might consider the topics of sexism, racism, and cheating relationships to be crossing the line and taboo. However, it’s easy to forget the time-frame in which the story is set was a tough one for all sorts of equality issues. Nina addresses them in just the right way. You feel for these characters through their struggles. If you’re not a despicable excuse for a human being (like a couple of choice characters in the book), you’ll be enraged for them, too.
With Lilly, Rory, Bobby, Barbie, and Stan… you’re looking at a group of people who all made the wrong decision somewhere along the way. These characters love hard… and they all suffer, some more than others. I ugly cried for probably the last 1/5th of the book. Swelter is a raw love story that earns it’s bittersweet ending. The perfect ending to a painfully wonderful journey. *****FIVE THOUSAND STARS*****