Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: Thirty-One and a Half Regrets

                         Today's review is on Thirty-One and a Half Regrets by Denise Grover Swank

I was recently allowed to read an ARC of this latest installment in Swank's Rose Gardner Series and I have to say that I have zero regrets after reading it. In fact, this fourth installment is my absolute favorite of them all so far!

On the heels of her break up with Joe, Rose is hesitant to start any new relationship. She needs time to heal her broken heart and to come to grips with what has happened. Not only that, she needs time and an opportunity for some closure. Thankfully she is able to do all of that between Falling to Pieces and this book.

Like Mason, I was content to wait for Rose to realize that Joe really wasn't the right man for her but my patience was wearing thin at the end of Falling to Pieces, and I know that I wasn't the only one.

Now we all know that Rose's life wouldn't be Rose's life without danger and a little drama and there is plenty of each in this fantastic book.
Bruce Wayne is nowhere to be found, Daniel Crocker has escaped from prison, and Rose has to be at the nursery when Joe and Hilary make a stop along the campaign trail to present a check to the Gardner Sisters Nursery from the Small Business Association. Thank goodness Mason was there for her should she had needed him.

Yes, I said Mason. That handsome, smart, patient man who loves Rose with his entire being. The wonderful man who loves her so much that he is willing to wait until she is ready to move on. The man who has always been there for her no matter what, and quite frankly the only man she should ever be with.

Denise has mastered the art of suspense as it's clear that she know just how much she needs to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. And talk about sexual tension!! The anticipation alone is what kept me turning the pages!! When asked if I thought the sex secnes were a bit much I relayed this back: "I personally think you should keep it as it is. It shows not only the evolution of Rose, it shows a natural evolution in her relationships."

Am I disappointed by anything in book 4? Nothing at all. Am I on pins and needles waiting for book 5 already? You bet your momma's rolling pin I am.

Another sure fire hit for Swank!

5 of 5 stars
Available on Amazon January 9, 2014