Review of ‘Swelter’ by D. Jackson Leigh

This is the first book I’ve read by this author because somehow none of her previous work caught my attention. Even though I live in semi-rural Ireland, I’m not into horses but for some strange reason I decided to give this book a try. I started reading it without any expectations so I cannot say I’m disappointed though I’m not thrilled either.
The story has many levels: the similar betrayal suffered by the main characters, their romantic involvement, Teal’s harassment by the press, August’s chase by a drug cartel and her management of the ranch. All these plots and subplots, along with the big number of secondary characters (human and animal) make it a huge challenge for the writer who, at times, seems to be biting off more than she can chew. As a result, some parts of the book seem more resolved than others, which can be frustrating and annoying. Luckily for the romance fans, the love part is developed satisfactorily.
Overall, an ok read if you don’t mind a bit of digression or if you are into a more humane treatment of cattle. 3 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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