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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Swing by Lissa Mathews

The Swing by Lissa Mathews
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Two years after his brother’s death in Afghanistan, Jethro is doing well. His handmade porch swing business is booming, his hip injury has healed and he’s still in love with Caitlyn. He knows he should resist her, but can’t, and pulls her into his darkly sensual world of sex and spankings.

Caitlyn has grieved, created a life for herself and has finally come to terms with her need for Jethro, her dead husband’s brother. With no small measure of hesitation, she takes a fateful step—daring him to turn her and their chance at happiness away.

She loved him once, or rather she never stopped. But she married his brother—his twin brother. What’s a girl to do when the man she’s with is killed and the man she wants tells her to run the other way?

You meet in the middle on The Swing.

I like Lissa Matthews’s books. She mixes deep emotion and sex well, while making you feel like you’re there with the characters. I liked how the characters are pushed to their emotional limits, yet still come back for more. I was snagged from the first page and it didn’t let up ‘til I finished the story.

Jethro and Caitlyn are interesting because there is history between them. From the moment I opened the book, I knew there would be heat. I loved his bluntness. Jethro says what he means and in as few words as possible. At the same time, he came across as very cold, as the author wanted. He grew through the story, so the initial irritation I had with him was easily erased. Caitlyn is interesting in her own right. She loved and married Marc, Jethro’s twin, but she’s taken with Jethro. At first, I wasn’t thrilled with her instant compliance with Jethro. Her actions next aggravated me because I could see her hurt and feel it as if it was my own. But I understood why she acted as she did and loved the outcome.

If you want a story with a hint of bdsm, a twist of heat, and a whole lot of emotion, then you need to read The Swing. I give it 4 cherries.

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