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Sensual, sexy even, with an understated note of creepy, I experienced—felt—this story as much as I read it. Sweet Summer Sweat mesmerized me, which was very appropriate considering it’s all about two young men being mesmerized by the motel where they end up and the three men who exist there. I loved how conflicted Scot felt, torn between being seduced by his surroundings— by the constant sensuality surrounding him—and his yearning for freedom and the wider world. I could feel his confusion and understood how he tittered on the edge of giving in to the promise of unending intimacy only to be pulled back from the edge by the knowledge that it might not be enough for him, that his dreams were bigger than that.
The connection between these five men, but especially between Scot and Connor, is like something out of a dream; they can hear each other’s thoughts, touch each other without physical contact, and recognise each other without ever having met before. At first glance it would appear that Scot and Jerry have stumbled upon their personal version of paradise. But while the motel may be exactly what Jerry needs, Scot can’t escape the feeling that what looks like heaven could just as easily turn out to be hell.
I loved the magical realism in this book. The motel and what happens there is definitely otherworldly, and yet because we experience it all through Scot’s eyes, emotions, and thoughts we are never fully ripped from the real world. I’m glad that we never get a full explanation of exactly what is going on in the Motel, or how any of it is possible. The mystery, the magic of it all, only added to the charm of this story.
I’m in awe of the way in which Clare London managed to tell a lot of this story not through dialogue or thoughts but through sensuality, physical contact and intimacy. This is one of the sexiest stories I’ve ever read and yet at no point did it feel as if the sex was there for any other reason than to push the story forward, to explain the characters’ emotions to the readers.
This is one of those occasions when my vocabulary isn’t big enough to convey all the emotions I felt while reading this book. The story pulled me into a magical spell and captured me, not unlike the way in which the motel captured Jerry and Scot. And just like those two young men discover that they can’t really (bring themselves to) leave the motel, I found it impossible to look away from my Kindle until I’d finished the story.
The ending of this book is deliciously ambiguous. Not as far as the happily ever after is concerned, but other than that it is up to the reader to decide what happens next, and I love it when a story allows me to fantasize on after I’ve read the last page of a book.
The place turns out to have a magical quality and soon, Scot and Jerry are seduced by the hedonistic lifestyle of the occupants, Oliver and Vincent. Well, Jerry seems to fall in head long and Scot tries to resist.
But someone calls to him in a way he can't seem to resist. Connor Maxwell who is mysterious and sexy and elusive. Scot is drawn to Connor but he wants more out of life than what the motel offers, doesn't he? He wants to travel and see the world. But he also feels as if he belongs with Connor.
This book reminded me a lot of some of the Dean Koontz books I read way back. The author delivers a story filled with sensuality. But I couldn't help the edginess that crept down my spine as I read this book. The descriptions of the heat, the desert, the motel in the middle of nowhere, the strange dreams/visions. Yeah, it could very well have become horror fiction if you swapped the sex for saws. If nothing else, it is a paranormal story that pulls you in and engulfs your senses, much like the motel does.
But like being stuck in a motel where everything is provided and not much else happens outside of sex, is that after a while you get bored and want something more, which is what happened with me.
Still, this is a great read. It is part erotic, part eerie and part spellbinding.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Well, this was quite a fantastical book! This is a book about lust, love, and mystical magic of seduction. Even though this is in Scot’s pov it does connect five men. Scot is strongly linked with Connor. As I was reading this I really was filled with a sense of unease. I was really glad that a lot of my feelings, emotions, and questions mirrored Scots.
This motel of magic really does sort of stay a mystery until the very end. It’s such a powerful magic on the cusp of darkness.
There’s a lot of physical communication in this story as well. More touch than speak. Clare London has made this magical mystery also a sensual and very well written tale. You really are thrust into this story and suspended there. You’re left to your very own imagination in the end and I found that to be so fabulous.
I found myself pondering many things long after I closed the book. I really love how Clare structured the story and fleshed out these characters. The best character in this book (my opinion of course) would have to be the motel. It’s so alive and powerful and utterly intriguing.
Make this book a must read!
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