Redesigned by Denise Grover Swank: Review

Redesigned by Denise Grover Swank: ReviewRedesigned by Denise Grover Swank
on June 10, 2013
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

Alexis says…

Nerd is the new Book Boyfriend in town and he goes by the name Reed Pendergraft.

I am going to be really honest here… I read Skip to the Good Part: Part 1 last week and one chapter is a small snippet of Redesigned and it was super-Skokie so I put this book on my TBR and moved it up almost immediately. I also read After Math (Book 1 in the series) and knew that I liked the author’s writing.

Caroline is in her senior year of college. She was raised in a trailer park and was the first person to go to college on both sides of her family. Her parents didn’t even want her to go to college…they made her choose between a future outside the trailer park or stay with them. She obviously chose college-smart girl. Because of her upbringing, she has decided that she will not settle for someone who doesn’t have money and comes from a good background. She never wants to revert back to the way she was raised nor does she want to bring children into that environment. So, she is on a mission to find a man that lives up to that status.

“‘You’re my addiction Caroline Hunter. The more I see you,’-he leans into my ear and lowers his voice-‘the move I taste you-‘ I shiver. ‘-the more I want you.'”

While she is at a party for her friend Scarlett, she meets Reed and pretty much blows him off because a graduate student with a math degree will not be make a lot of money in the long run. Also, Reed is a bit socially awkward which also didn’t make him super appealing.

“They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never love at all. Whoever made that shit up obviously never loved Reed Pendergraft.”

Of course the two of them end up working together on a very important project. At first they were were oil and vinegar. I could feel the angst, the tension…and the sexual tension –I loved it! Both Caroline and Reed could not be in the same room with each other without wanting to murder each other or taking their clothes off. As you can imagine, this lent itself to some pretty hot scenes.

“‘What can I call you?’ I give him a soft smile. ‘Yours.”

Of course, not everything is as perfect as it seems. Both Caroline and Reed were keeping secrets from each other in addition to Lexi, Reed’s sister who seemed to always pop-in at the right moments. I really enjoyed the push and pull between Reed and Caroline and knew that they really were perfect for each other. I highly recommend this series as I’ve already dived into the third book which is about Lexi, Business as Usual.


Books in the Series

After Math (Book 1)

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Business as Usual (Book 3)

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About Denise Grover Swank

Denise is a single mom who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri raising five of her six kids. (The oldest has gone off to live on his own.) She loves to embarrass her children whether it be spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen or making her teens’ friends think she’s funny/cool. *gasp* (Even if it’s in her own mind.) On rare occasions, she is known to post stories about her crazy life on her family blog There’s Always Room for One More. She keeps her sanity by creating worlds to escape to and characters to hang out with.