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The Swing of Things

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,765 ratings  ·  180 reviews

Told from the dual perspective of a husband and a wife, The Swing of Things is a sexy, provocative, page-turning novel about a suburban couple who wants out of their routine—but will they take things too far?

Attorney Jayne Larsen loves her stay-at-home husband. Eric is attentive and a great father to their daughter. He’s also unfailingly committed to their Wednesday da

Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Elyse  Walters
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook...narrated by Lynn Barrington and Tristan James

Buzz words for swingers..... words that describe various forms of swinging behavior might be:
Lifestyle, (LS), rules, safe word, permission, warning signals, vanilla, secret club, secret code, closed group, screening, insiders, outsiders, sharing, newbies, experienced, unicorn, hard swap, soft swap,same room, separate room, open door, closed door, play, and drop out.

Swingers agree with non-swingers that adultery is a bad thing. It’s just
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover for The Swing of Things speaks volumes. In a neighborhood full of drab gray and brown homes there's the home of Mia and Theo, brightly colored with cars gathered outside and their pool full of revelers. Who wouldn't want to be their friends and hang out with the cool kids?

Jayne, an attorney, and her stay-at-home husband, Eric are quickly swept up in the allure of Mia and Theo after attending a potluck at their home that ends with skinny-dipping. Like a lot of married couples, Jayne an
When I received the notice that this book was awaiting me at the library I had to look up what it was about because I had no recollection of placing it in the queue. After reading the synopsis I started to wonder if I’d had maybe one cocktail too many when I placed it there. The plan was to check it out and then promptly place right back on the conveyor for returns, too embarrassed to even hand it back to a librarian. Yet after completing the check out I decided to take it home instead. Curiosit ...more
Paulette Gerkovich
Sep 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I made it to page 65, which was more than enough. Poorly written and boring, but I plodded away until one of the characters put on “a Western dress shirt” to go out to dinner with his wife and another couple. Nobody wants to read a book about swingers who wear Western dress shirts.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected.

Having read a book or two about swinging/open marriages previously, and not being overly impressed, I didn't have high hopes for this book either. But, it was free on Kindle Unlimited, and I enjoy books about neighborhood drama, so the book cover spoke to me.

Turns out, I started reading around 5 PM last night, and finished around 11.

I could not put this book down.

It's mesmerizing. By far, the best portrayal of this lifestyle I've read. Surpri
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
3.5. Ok so I got a few chapters in & thought I might have made a mistake. Is the whole “point” of the book the swinging? But I’m happy to say, it’s not. There is sex.. If you don’t like reading about that, this certainly isn’t for you. But it’s there as a vehicle for the rest of the story, & that I can handle! In fact, this author did a really good job letting us get to know & even empathize with both husband and wife, throughout decisions & experiences that may be hard to understand for some (m ...more
Inkish Kingdoms
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnfing-af
I honestly feel a bit disappointed... The synopsis is 100% misleading... I am not lying... they promise family issues and there are... but the main issue here is "sex"... nowhere the synopsis mentions all the sex going on... I was still waiting for the Thriller and amazing scary twist... But at the 70% that I reached... I said no more... Bye... Returning it now and will not finish it ever. It is just too much of what I don't like in a book...

The writing is fine... And the narration is good for s
Renee Rosen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review coming but in the meantime, add this to your shelf. IT'S FANTASTIC. I couldn't put it down!!! ...more
Mark Stevens
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Swing of Things is about sex, group sex, marriage, independence, bonds, freedom, routines, temptation, lust, boredom, reality, and fantasy all balled up in one taut tale told from two distinctly different perspectives—husband and wife.

The novel reminded me of that classic New Yorker cartoon of the couple getting married. Mid first-kiss at the altar, the groom is thinking, “Tim and Betty” while the bride is thinking, “Betty and Tim.” The title of the cartoon: Trouble Ahead.

Linda Keir—the join
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s sexy and fun and then at 70% in, it becomes a psych thriller. Excellent plot twists. Warning- there’s a lot of sex as it is about swingers. I enjoyed this book! I received an early copy.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned-dnf
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

The synopsis and comparison to Tom Perrotta set expectations for a literary drama, but reality was a lackluster, light erotica that failed to engage. I’ll never understand how authors can make a book about sex boring, but this is not the first to accomplish that feat and will probably not be the last. DNF’d at 67% with no cares to give about how it ends.
Favorite Quote: She always tried hard when she wanted to win people over
Ursula Johnson
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, romance
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jayne feels her sex life is boring, and she wants some excitement, so she talks husband Eric into a pool party at a neighbours house, where they both end up naked.
They are welcomed into a group of like minded couples and are soon swapping partners and having sex with them.
Its soon obvious that they cannot have sexual partners without developing feelings, and they both fall for members of the group, causing them to break the rules putting their marriage at risk, but as the affairs continue everyt
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out pretty great, but I hate how the author wrapped up the ending so quickly. I almost had the feeling that she was on a deadline and spent most of her time on the beginning and middle and had to finish up the ending in a matter of days or hours. All in all though, it was a good story. It does kind of revamp the lesson of things not always being greener on the other side.
Dee Cherry
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
1st read by this author. You never know what's going on in your neighborhood as this couple found soon learned. Started off slow but picked up as the story progressed. This couple experienced more than what they bargained for. Storyline kept me reading to see how this fiasco would end. Good read ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a bit of an odd book.... in some ways a domestic drama.. in other ways a descriptive sexy tale... then it moves onto a psychological thriller ! Humdrum everyday married life gets swopped for an adventure into a Swingers lifestyle. (note, quite descriptive sex scenes, so not for everyone !)
All turns out not as it seems and there ends up with more anguish than pleasure for the newbie swingers !
Lisa Regan
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after listening to an interview with one of the authors on the Liar's Oddcast podcast. It did not disappoint. Very intriguing and thought-provoking. This is one of those novels you wish everyone else would read really fast so you can then discuss all the burning questions you have! Very fast-paced. I will definitely be checking out more books by these two authors! ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even from the title I didn't know where this book was going and I hadn't read about it on the blogs, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Eric and Jayne married with a little girl. Jayne is the bread winner, hubby stay at home dad and a good home maker. The marriage is beginning to be in a bit of a rut and Jayne wants something to shake it up to get back to their earlier spark. Eric seems more set in his ways and happy with his very comfortable life.

When Theo and Mia invite them over for a small dinner
Ed Bernard
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 3.5 and 4 stars.

Well, this is an interesting read. It’s a novel about swingers, as in married people who have sex with other couples, and it’s told from the points of view of the husband and wife of one such couple. It’s also written by two novelists, one of whom handles each perspective. I thought it was very entertaining, though the sex scenes got a little overwhelming after, oh, a dozen or so. However, just as a domestic drama in keenly observed, aspirational suburbia, it had a lot to
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
would be significantly higher rating except.
A lot of things happened in this book, as you can see in the description there is non-monogamy in the book. Whether intentionally or not by the end of the book it's implied that monogamy is the only good way and that non-monogamy results in lots of Very Bad Things. The problems in this book were actually caused by certain people (trying not to spoil), and not by relationship styles.
Misrepresentation of non-socially-standard things annoys me. Hence 2 s
Matt Weinzettel
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it

Not dirty, very boring, not sexy, again trying to be somethings not. I’m sure fans of 50, will enjoy... Boring
Tim Mc
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nia Forrester
A pretty good read (and listen). Certainly entertaining, and with an interesting twist at the end that was foreshadowed since it was the only thing extraneous to all the sex romps (and resulting emotional complications) that the authors bothered to expand on in detail. I thought when I first began this book that it would be a complex analysis of a stagnant marriage and the things people do to revive one. And it was that, kind of. It also involved LOTS of explicit sexual situations which, frankly ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be careful what you wish for, gentle reader. Let’s say you’ve been married a while and feel as if your union is in a rut. You want to spice things up, reconnect with your sexual side, add a little zest to the festivities. You expect that you’ll have to work this out with your partner, right?

For Jayne and Eric, an otherwise pleasant evening spent at a potluck for school parents turns into quite the opportunity. When most of the crowd departs, Jayne and Eric realize they’re left with the hosts, Th
Angela Marie
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Swing of Things by Linda Keir

Brief Summary: Things have gotten too predictable and comfortable for power attorney Jane and her stay at home father husband Eric; so when they meet Mia and Theo, a blissfully happy couple at the center of the social circle; they can’t help but be enticed to learn the secret to their happiness. But the swinging lifestyle involves more than they bargained for and how far will they go to obtain a picture perfect life. I requested this book knowing little about swi
1 1/2 out of 5 stars

I have only DNF'd 4 books that I can remember so I decided to push through but this book is awful! I was lured in by the description and the cover because the cover really did grab me. I also saw so many good reviews but this is my biggest disappointment so far this year. There was not a likable character in the book. Okay, I take it back because I kind of liked Amanda and I did like Eric and Jayne's daughter Sophie. She was fine. It wasn't the book's topic because I really h
Angelina Stackpole
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for the complexities of marriage and friendship that it explored. It was interesting to follow the characters as they discovered the expected and unexpected consequences of allowing marital freedoms. The grass is always greener was a common sentiment and one that most can relate to. I liked hearing the story from the perspectives of both Eric and Jane and thought the author did a great job of developing the main characters. And, there was plenty of steam for those who enjoy i ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy life a swinger leads! This book has lots is steamy sex scenes, and an interesting look into an alternative lifestyle.
I liked the twists that happened. This wasn't just a story about sex. There is a lot more to it.
I did not like the Male narrator in the audible book. He just didn't read it like it was a real story.
I recommend this book of you like a bit of sexy with a plot. .
3.5 stars for this steamy, turned suspenseful book.

I didn’t really know what I was getting in to when I picked the book up - but I truly enjoyed it up until the end. I wasn’t sure that the turn it took played the story to the best; but it worked.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This was a good story, but honestly a little too raunchy for me (and not in a good way).
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