Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Redesigned by Denise Grover Swank ~ Tour stop, Review & Giveway

Source: Received eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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.

My Thoughts:


5 stars - Stayed up late for this one and so worth it!

When I read a "new to me" author and love the book, I'm always excited to read the next book of theirs.  Sometimes, I disappointed when I find out the fabulousness was only one book long.  Such is NOT the case with Denise Grover Swank.  I'm thinking she needs to be moved to auto-buy and one click status.  Redesigned rocked as much as After Math.

Should I remind you that I'm a math teacher?  Maybe I should.  After all both of the books in this series have to do with math majors and well that's what I am.  Does that make me biased?  Hmmm...I'm thinking no.  See math people get math people but I'm also a professional reader.  I get good books.  So no biased here.  This series just rocks even though it's got some rockin' math in it too.  Wait. Don't worry.  The only math problems discussed are simple subtraction with a 2nd grader.  Really.  It's all good.

You know I'm starting with Reed, right?  You should.  I was worried about Reed.  He's the math geek and I worried I wouldn't like him.  He does kinda have the socially inept thing when they first meet.  I cringed and thought....NO.  I want to love Reed.  Well, let me just say that I freakin' LOVE Reed.  Yeah he has his "ass moments" at first but as those chip away and the reasons for them become clear, it's all I can do not to crawl in the book and cuddle the boy.  And what a sexy boy he is! Damn.  He has that dirty mouth thing going in the moment and asks her to strip for him.  Yeah, he can be bossy in bed, too.  Love it.  But he's protective and sweet.  He's caring and cuddleworthy.  When he makes the "agreement" with her, I can already see his feelings.  The boy has it bad for Caroline.  Love it.

Now Caroline.  Okay, she was harder for me but I'm going with yeah I get it in the end.  But, girl. NOTHING is worth losing Reed over...nothing.  Her fear of living poor is totally understandable considering her background.  I get that it's anxiety and all but I wanted to slap her a few times.  Maybe that just means I was invested in the characters and was so dang pissed that she even considered...right you should read this yourself and decide and I should shut up now.

This book is just as good as After Math.  Loved seeing Tucker and Scarlet again.  Can't wait to read the next one, Business as Usual.  If you love these fabulous New Adults kinda books, then pick this one up. After Math first then pick this one up.  Really.  Do. It.

I wonder if writing reviews at 1:30AM right after I stay up late to finish a great book is really such a great idea - snarky much?  You get my point though, right? 

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.  Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)  Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.  She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.


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  1. Great review Val!!! I can't wait to read Aftermath, which I bought immediately after reading your review for that! I think this is a series that I will really enjoy!

  2. Great review Val! I fell head over heels with Reed and am now officially obsessed. And I LOVE that he's a dirty talker. LOL.

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

  3. This sounds just like my kind of book! Love how the romance sounds! Thanks for the giveaway

  4. Val, you know if you recommend it I will read it! Lol I have After Math so I want this one too. Thanks for the great review and giveaway.=)

  5. I have the first book and Andrea insists that I read them. She said I will love Reed.

  6. Great review! I knew you would LOVE Reed!

  7. I want to read this because, first of all, the 5 star review has me sold, but also, I have been wanting to read her books for a while now, I just haven't gotten to it with my mile long TBR list. :)
    Thanks for this awesome review and giveaway!