AUTHOR: DENISE GROVER SWANK
AGE GROUP: NEW ADULT
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 10, 2013
While fashion design major Caroline Hunter may have been born economically unlucky, in college, she’s been lucky in love. Until her senior year at Southern University. She’s gone from a serious long term boyfriend to a string of crappy dates.
Then she meets mathematics grad student Reed Pendergraft.
Reed is everything she’s not looking for. Serious. Headed for a low paying university job. Boring. Caroline spent the first eighteen years of her life wondering where her next meal was coming from. She sure wasn’t getting trapped in that life again with a man living on a professor’s salary.
An encounter with Reed in a club proves she might have pegged him wrong. He brings out a lusty side she never knew she had. But just when she’s about to give in to her hormones, Reed makes a fool out of her.
When she shows up for the first committee meeting for Southern University’s Fall fashion show, a fundraiser for underprivileged kids, Caroline’s horrified to discover the insufferable Reed is the committee chairman. While she refuses to tolerate his totalitarian rule of the committee, she’s not sure she’ll survive the month with her heart—and her pride—intact. Just when she thinks she has everything figured out, she finds that her entire life has been redesigned, thanks to Reed Pendergraft.
Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She writes urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves. She also writes romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.
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JUST MY OPINION’S REVIEW: Rating:
“To all the single ladies out there….I have two words for you……MATH DEPARTMENT – WHO KNEW???”
Denise Grover Swank provided me with an ARC of Redesigned and I can’t thank her enough.
“Dear Tucker Price,
I’ve enjoyed every moment spent with you and our time together will always be special. You are an amazing man whom I will never forget, but I’ve met someone else. He now holds the key to my heart, my chastity belt and even the front door of my house. Please let us end things on a pleasant note and I wish you luck with Scarlett as I hope you wish me luck with Reed.
All My Best. xoxo
P.S. please leave your key in my mailbox.”
Ms. Swank has proven to us that she is a genius with fashioning science fiction and fantasy novels which include love stories thrown in for depth. With After Math, she proved to us that she is capable of creating such complex and awe inspiring characters that they will live forever in literary history. With Redesigned, she took her recipe for After Math, added some intrigue, mulishness and tenacity along with a hefty dash of saucy heat and found herself with the perfect concoction for a FIVE STAR novel! There is a reason she is now a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, and I think the “Off The Subject” books might have a bit to do with it.
When an author can grab my attention in the first few lines of their novel, I am intrigued. When they can continue to keep me vested in not only the plot line but also the characters and their development, I am shocked. When they can put it all together to create a book that inspires me, I am head-over-heels in love with the author! Denise Grover Swank I adore you!!
The characters in this book are very real and easily envisioned in your mind. Their feelings are justified and you can’t help but immerse yourself, laugh, cry and love right along with them. The character development throughout this novel is phenomenal and obviously was filled with lots of love and devotion from their creator, Ms. Swank. This is one of those rare stories where you are never wishing the author chose a different path or that her characters made different choices. It’s just THAT believable.
Reed and Caroline are two incredibly complex characters who refuse to follow the path their souls are destined for regardless of what they must deny themselves in return. I love the interactions and animosity between these two-they butt heads right from the start. Anyone around them will bear witness to the undeniable link between their souls, but each of them will fight until they break. If you ever had doubts about fate and soul mates, Redesigned will alleviate all of your suspicions.
From the first page, I was smiling. I was laughing out loud, I was cringing at their stubbornness and found myself giggling every time they came within touching distance of one another. These two characters come from vastly different backgrounds and it is exhibited in every nuance of their relationship. When they come together physically, however, all traces of obstinacy are left on the floor along with their clothes. In those moments of heat and steam, I was forever fanning my face and full on grinning. I’ll just say “store room” and leave it at that.
Caroline is running from her past while Reed is stuck between two worlds. While such contrasts exist between these two characters, it never once feels unreasonable or contrived. It’s an incredibly well thought out premise and one that enfolds you within itself and doesn’t let you go until the final conclusion. It just plain works and keeps you wanting more and more.
The supporting cast may be as memorable as the main characters. Lexi is fantastic and adorable and someone you are instantly drawn to and can’t get enough of. She also has a complex background which she is rebelling against and trying to break free from. I loved watching her stir up trouble, stir up feelings between Caroline and Reed and trying to find her own niche in life at the same time.
Ms. Swank has obtained the almost impossible by delivering up a sequel which rivals its’ predecessor. Redesigned is a novel filled with characters I will never forget, scenes which will always cause me to flush and giggle and character relationships with such diversity I am sure to compare all future characters against these. The “Off The Subject” books are sensational, set a very high bar in New Adult Romance and are worthy of my RARELY used five star rating. I can’t recommend this series enough!
+ Characters you will truly cheer on and engage with on all levels
+ Personal struggles you will feel all the way into your own heart
+ The heat is at a level you enjoy and don’t feel verges on erotica
- It was over too quickly
??? Will there be another book to tell us Lexi’s story? I am holding my breath for that one…..
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Thank you to Denise Grover Swank for providing me with an ARC copy of REDESIGNED and for the memorable opportunity to review this novel.