Redesigned (Off the Subject #2)

Redesigned (Off the Subject #2)

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by Denise Grover Swank
     
 

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**Intended for mature readers due to sexual content and language**

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

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**Intended for mature readers due to sexual content and language**

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.

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Redesigned is a lovely surprise in all the best ways - how quickly you'll fall for the characters, their unstoppable chemistry, and the ability of their story to take you from laughing to crying and back again. Denise has hit the New Adult nail on the head with this one, and I loved every single page! Lyla Payne, author of Broken at Love, USA Today bestseller


The title of this book is apropos on several levels; not only does it fit the story, but it serves to express the way in this book is major leap forward for the author. She didn't merely write the next book in the series, she pushed forward and took risks, redesigned her approach to the story she was telling. Bravo, and I can't wait for more. Jasinda Wilder, author of Falling Into You, New York Times and USA Today bestseller

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016505695
Publisher:
DGS
Publication date:
06/09/2013
Series:
Off the Subject , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
41,937
File size:
368 KB

Meet the Author

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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Redesigned (Off the Subject #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Samething only a different title
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this second book in the series. The romance between Caroline and Reed was hot and the intensity kept me reading until I got to the end.
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I enjoyed this book.
ham4mons More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Quick and easy read..
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
   Coming from a backwoods trailer park in Tennessee, Caroline Hunter is determined to rise above her penniless past and become something great. Studying hard to become a designer, Caroline doesn't leave much room in her life for boys. The guys Caroline does go for seem to have money and a little prestige, almost the complete opposite of her past. When Caroline meets Reed Pendergraft at a college party, she is both attracted to him and strangely argumentative.       Yet Reed isn't exactly who Caroline thinks he is. He isn't a penniless college graduate student, he is actually something that is so much more. Not wanting to be desired for his influence, he keeps his secret from everyone, including Caroline. Having to work together on a fall fashion show, that has the possibility to create Caroline's career or reveal Reed for who he is, allows for the duo to really get to know one another and in turn, fall for eachother.       Having read the previous book, After Math, I recognized Caroline as being Scarlett's best friend. I don't really remember having an opinoin about her one way or the other, but I absolutely adored Caroline in this book. Sassy, funny, and desperate to succeed, Caroline shines. Her verbal sparring with Reed is quick and sharp witted and Reed gives as good as he gets. I devoured the book within just a few hours and honestly was disappointed I'm going to have to wait a few weeks until #3 comes out, featuring Reed's sister.      Witty and fun, I loved Redesigned. Funny and heartfelt, Reed and Caroline's relationship grows from argumentative attacks on one another to smoking hot scenes that scorch the pages. Business As Usual, featuring Reed's sister Lexi, is expected to be published in April and I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where advanced mathematics meets fashion, and I couldn't put this book down. This is a rarity for me. I'm a slow reader and I usually need a break, but I didn't even want to sleep. I knocked this one out in @ 24 hours. This book was written so well, and there really was no stone left unturned. I have no real questions about ANY of the characters in this book. I was a bit of a math nerd growing up, so this series has a special place in my heart. The chemistry between Reed and Caroline is clearly evident from the moment they meet, but their journey was entertaining and seemed natural. I loved the fighting/debates in front of others. Denise had me cracking up several times. (Is it my major or the fact that you can't do laundry on my abs that you have a problem with? LOL!) When they tried to have their first real conversation to get to know each other and neither was willing to provide any information about their past, I was nearly on the floor with all the one word answers and no real information being exchanged. They eventually get past that and start sharing minor details and ultimately full disclosure. Sometimes it's difficult to deal with your past, but this was handled in a mature manner which only endeared the characters even more. The realization of what you want as opposed to merely surviving and how to attain it is a glorious thing. I love the fact that Scarlett and Tucker still made appearances in this story. I'm grateful that Denise didn't sacrifice the story of Reed and Caroline or cheat them for the length of the book. I look forward to Business as Usual and will continue to suggest these books to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved AfterMath more! But this was really good!
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Lovee love
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I read After Math over the summer and I really enjoyed it. So, after talking to my BFF, she said I had to bump up REDESIGNED on my TBR, because if I liked AM, I would adore this book. And she was right. What made this story so great for me? Reed Pendergraft. I like to think of myself as a well rounded person. I fall for jocks, bad boys, and even the geeks. Reed is one of those geeky kind of guys. I mean, he's not nerdy, but he's super smart. That alone can be intimidating. Add in his sex appeal and you have a nearly perfect guy. For me anyway. Reed does have his faults. There were a few times I was frustrated with him. However, I felt like he really handled Caroline well. He saw through the walls she built up. He saw through her facade. And he loved her for who she was. That is why I loved him so much. I liked Caroline in the first book, but she was a bit evasive. After reading this book, I understand why. Caroline grew up poor. She was picked on for being poor and gained a reputation based on her living situation alone. Caroline reminded me a little of Andie from the movie Pretty In Pink. Like Andie, Caroline came from the wrong side of town. She even refurbished clothes to make them into her own designs, just like Andie did. I loved making that connection, because I loved that movie! So, after Caroline graduated, she left home and never looked back. She redefined who she was and pursued her dreams as a fashion designer. The only support she's had was from Scarlett. That is, until she meets Reed. He challenges her, makes her angry, and definitely turns her on. After giving in to their attraction to each other, they really do develop a nice relationship. So, what's the problem? Well, neither one of them is being honest about who they really are or where they come from. When the truth comes out, it causes some hurt feelings and creates some trust issues initially, but I was really happy with the way things worked out. I felt like Caroline had the most significant character growth and it made me happy to see her finally realize her worth. I want to mention that one of the reasons for her growth is what she has to deal with with her family situation. When she left home, it wasn't on good terms. Her parents couldn't understand why she would want to go to college to make a better life for herself. Caroline was the first person in her family to go to college. Because of the lifestyle that her parents chose to live, they thought Caroline felt like she was better than they were instead of being proud that she wanted to have a better future. Well, now she has to face them. It was really hard for her to deal with and make peace with them, but I felt like that helped her heal the most. Of course, the person by her side was Reed. He was really great through this time. While I'm on the subject of her family, I want to say that I'm very curious about Caroline's brother. Will we be seeing him in a future book??? Overall, I really loved this book. The title fits the story so well, not only because she's a design major, but she really did redesign herself. And in a way, so did Reed. For once, he learned to follow his heart and not his mind. I've become attached to the characters in this series and look forward to seeing where things go from here. I'm hoping Reed's sister Lexi gets her own book. She is definitely worthy of having her own story. If you're looking for a smart, sexy, and addictive series, check this one out! Quotes: ~"You're my addiction, Caroline Hunter. The more I see you," he leans into my ear and lowers his voice-"the more I taste you-" I shiver. "-the more I want you." He drops his hold and steps back. "I'll call you later," he says as he walks away. I've never felt so lonely in my life. -Loc 2811 ~"Your dress makes you stunning and maybe gives you confidence, but at some point the confidence has to come from in here." He taps my temple. "And then it will come out here." He points to my eye.-Loc 2897
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lorettaFL More than 1 year ago
great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lived every second of this book from the characters to the secrets they're hiding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I loved all of the characters and cant wait for the 3rd one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! This is one of those that you use every spare moment you have to finish...I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. An emotional ending but great. This is my first book by this author but I most certainly will look into others. Too often I find the female lead annoying, stupidly wishy washy, or having no originality, BUT Caroline had strength, a brain, and her feelings were never really in question - more like how to square away the past. I loved this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Caroline and Reed even more than Scarlet and Tucker. I adore this series for so many reasons. One, I love that the focus is on girls that are not from rich backgrounds, and they go to college to better themselves. What great literary rolemodels! Secondly, I love that Swank makes math a focus. Again, a great thing to promote in books that youngish females will read. Yes, Math can be sexy. And thirdly, the romance is hot. Who knew braniac mathematicians could be dirty talking alphamales too? Redesigned gets an A++ from me.
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When After Math, the first book in Denise Grover Swank's New Adult series, Off the Subject, ended, I was skeptical about the book focusing on another character in the fictional confines of Southern University. I'd grown so attached to Tucker and Scarlett and didn't want to see them fade into the background. But once again, Swank's beautiful writing and well-crafted story line lured me in. Redesigned exceeded all my expectations. Within the first two minutes of reading Redesigned, I was absolutely obsessed. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. For two days, it was my purse book. I refused to leave home without it. Whenever I had a few free moments, I was diving in. When it came to the end, I was left wanting more. Off the Subject's second volume takes place not long after After Math ends. This time around, Caroline Hunter, Scarlett's best friend, is the starlet. Caroline sparkles and shines and is a character so easy to relate to. Not unlike her best friend, Caroline has pieces of her past that she hides and would rather forget. In fact, the pieces are so big, its nearly her entire history. She is extremely protective of her future and is determined not to live the life that she once did, back when she was Carol Ann Hunter, living in a beat up old mobile home in Shelbeyville, where she felt unsupported by her parents, who were content to live that lifestyle for the remainder of their days and who made Caroline choose between them and college. But Caroline Hunter drove away from Shelbeyville to Southern University anyway, determined to create a better life for herself, quite literally sewing it together piece by piece as she decided to major in fashion and pursue her dreams. With senior year moving at the speed of light, Caroline can see the finish line and only has a few things left to achieve -- the most important of those being to secure a spot on the committee for the program's spring fashion show. Caroline finds herself on the committee but at odds with its chairman -- a man named Reed Pendergraft. Reed, an acquaintance of Scarlett's and a graduate student studying math, does not get along famously with Caroline, who spurned his advances at a party earlier in the semester and then watched as Caroline chose a shallow misogynist with a hefty bank account over him. But despite their constant fighting, Caroline can't help but find herself attracted to Reed. Over the course of the novel, Caroline fights an internal battle with herself -- to follow her heart and her hormones to Reed Pendergraft or to keep searching for a more suitable mate whose bank account will ensure that she never find herself starving in a trailer park. When Caroline's precious fashion show receives assistance from the Monroe Foundation, a prestigious, deep-pocketed organization with a focus on philanthropy for needy children, she ends up on a collision course with a past she never wanted to remember, let alone visit. Caroline is a character whose issues and emotions run deep, and with each new challenge she faces, those depths are explored. With every turn of the page, the reader peels back layer after layer of the onion that is her psyche to uncover those things closest to her heart and soul and those things she fears. This exploration of character along with the passion, heat, intrigue, and intoxicating dynamic between she and Reed creates literary magic. Swank's newest installment in the Off the Subject series is an incredible read: fast, yet filled to the brim with a plot that never stalls out. It's the perfect summer read, whether you find yourself on the beach, your own front porch, or like me, inside and listening to a thunderstorm. Redesigned is an absolute must read for women young and old this summer. Swank's third book in the Off the Subject series, Business as Usual, is expected to be released late summer or early fall.