The Valentine

The Valentine

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by Denise Grover Swank
*****A Short Story from the Wedding Pact series*****

Blair Hansen-Lowry never thought that marriage would be enough to ensure a happily ever after--her career as a divorce attorney made sure of that. But she never expected her old insecurities to resurface only a few short months after she and Garrett said "I do." When Garrett receives an irresistible offer


*****A Short Story from the Wedding Pact series*****

Blair Hansen-Lowry never thought that marriage would be enough to ensure a happily ever after--her career as a divorce attorney made sure of that. But she never expected her old insecurities to resurface only a few short months after she and Garrett said "I do." When Garrett receives an irresistible offer that could pull them apart, Blair becomes convinced it's only a matter of time before Garrett realizes he's made a terrible mistake.

Garrett Lowry knew what he was getting into when he married a strong, stubborn woman with a tendency to keep people at arm's length--even him. He's fully committed to her nonetheless, and will do what it takes to build a life together. But the harder Garrett tries to prove himself, the more distant Blair seems to grow. When, in the midst of an argument, she issues a particularly deep-stinging barb, he begins to wonder if Blair might actually be happier without him.

It all comes to a head on Valentine's Day when Blair and Garrett must confront their fear that love may not be enough. These two have never celebrated Valentine's Day the traditional way, but this year it could be the holiday that will determine their future. Will they fight for Cupid's arrows or get mired in lovers' quarrels?

The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) Megan's story
The Player (The Wedding Pact #2) Blair's story
The Gambler (The Wedding Pact #3) Libby's story
The Valentine (The Wedding Pact #4) Blair short story

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The Wedding Pact , #4
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The Valentine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE all of Denise Grover Swank's books she is an AWESOME and talented Author.
crashdeedee More than 1 year ago
My only problem was that this was not a full length novel! I fell in love with Blair and Garrett in The Player and continued to do so in this short story. It is Valentine’s Day and both Blair and Garrett are realizing that saying, “I do” is easy but it’s the “ever after” that is harder. Blair and Garrett have a lot of baggage in their lives and in their relationship. Blair is working on not being so insecure and cynical. Garrett is trying to prove that he loves Blair and wants their life together. A part of Blair does not believe she can have happiness and love and starts to build the walls that Garrett worked so hard to break down in The Player. It is the classic “hurt them before they hurt you” way of dealing with life. Blair’s fears and doubts are heart wrenching. I can completely identify with her. Garrett shows so much strength, love and support but I can’t help but feel his pain when he thinks Blair would be happier without him. This may have only been a short story, but it packed an incredibly emotional punch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Like all DGS books, I LOVED IT! Highly recommend! I felt like I could relate with blare so much in this one! This is an addition to the Wedding Pact series, and should be read as the 4th book because there are a couple spoilers that may ruin some surprise from The Gambler (3rd book). This is a story centering around Blair, and as a newly married person myself, I can relate. She makes a comment after he makes a comment and that causes a small fight between the two, and of course this is over the phone and text messaging because he's dealing with business. TOTALLY HAVE BEEN THERE. What's funny is that neither of them want to fight, but due to some of Blair's past, she's insecure and wants to keep distance, and he doesn't want to mess anything up, contributing to some of her past. After a frustrating day at work, she comes home on Valentine's day to celebrate Anti-Valentine's day 2.0 and expecting her husband to be home... and he's not. So she pours some wine and flips on the television to find that his expected flight crashed with a number of casualties. And naturally, her mind goes to the worst imaginable place. TOTALLY HAVE BEEN THERE. He turns out to be fine, but the near death experience teaches them to cherish each other, and stop putting up barriers.... and yes, TOTALLY HAVE BEEN THERE. This was a great mini-story from the one and only Denise Grover Swank! Perfect for Valentine's day! Would have read it all in a day if it weren't for exams :/. Highly recommend, nice feel good story that I think we can all relate to.
Neek67 More than 1 year ago
Happy Valentine Everyone! For those DGS readers and followers, she has given us a special treat of a Valentine's Day Short Story with the Wedding Pact group / series. It deals with Blair and Garrett as they celebrate their first Valentines Day as a married couple. Not sure if he is on the right track, Garrett books a table at a swanking (yes, I did go there!) restaurant but Blair never likes Valentines Day, and she has organised a non day. Though nothing seems to go to plan for either one. We get to hear about Megan and Libby's pregnancies, and I feel there are snippets of what might come about if there was a another spin off, with Melissa (Blair's PA), Kelsey (Garrett's sister) and my fingers are crossed for Grams wedding. If you are a fan of the Wedding Pact group, grab a coffee and snack, and sit back and enjoy what is always a pleasure to read anything Denise writes. There seems to be plenty more left in this awesome series to come.
Tess425 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! First off, Have you read the Wedding Pact series??? It's three book about three friends who made a pact to get married before they turned 30. A fortune teller told it would happen, but all three of them wouldn't marry the person they were engaged too. Crazy right!?! That leads to three very funny light hearted romance novels called: The Substitute,The Player,and The Gambler. They are must reads. Ok now this story! Blair, the star of book two "The Player". This is her after happily ever after story. Why? Because like so many of us, she needed a little more help letting "I love you forever" sink in. Check it out to see if she caught on! You're going to love it! Then check out the rest of Denise's books. She's an amazing writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a great addition to The Wedding Pact series! I've loved the series since the the very first book, and I loved getting to know more about Blair and Garrett! This story is about their first Valentines day together after they get married. For such a short story, it packs a heck of a punch. We get to see a side of Blair that she's never exposed before, Garrett's sister Kelsey drops a bombshell on Garrett, and she needs her big brother and her new sister-in-law more than ever, and we get a hint at some kind of story for Blair's assistant Melissa. Denise sure know how to pack a ton of information into one short story. Can't wait for the next in the series!
krsy001 More than 1 year ago
~~I received this in exchange for my honest opinion~~ Man, where do I even begin. Denise knows how to make a great book. This book is no exception. The Valentine is a continuation-sort of-of The Player. Blair and Garrett are in their early married stages, but Blair doesn't know if Garrett still wants her. Denise can write a damn good love story, and an even better short story. I love The Pact series. And I can't wait to see what else Denise comes up with next. This series is a hoot and a half, and this short story is just a little taste of it!! You need to read more of this series!!
BBarber More than 1 year ago
Denise is great at giving us fans a surprise. Poor Blair. I really feel she worked hard at bringing her walls down in this book. I was a bit worried at the beginning of the book that she was going back to the old Blair. Glad to see the friendships are holding up with the girls and what a surprise Megan! I think pregnancy is agreeing with her. Garrett rushing home to fix everything broke my heart a little bit. He sure does love Blair and we see that in this book. Kelsey's story is going to be quiet interesting. I think this will give Blair and Garrett something to work on together.Both will do anything for family. Melissa It's a added bonus! what is going to happen there? I am trying to keep this a spoiler free as possible. There is one part that brought tears. I don't know how Denise wrote through that. I was hanging on for Blair. Knowing the out come but feeling her emotional brake down of her not knowing. questioning if I missed something. Very good added book. I can't wait for the other stories. If you hadn't read this book or any of the other ones in this series then get them now they don't disappoint. They have become one of my favorite reads.
jamieelizabeth77 More than 1 year ago
A Valentine’s Day to Remember When Denise Grover Swank works on a secret project. you’re guaranteed a fantastic surprise. Who am I kidding, every single thing she writes is amazing! This short story about Blair and Garrett’s first Valentine’s Day married is packed with emotion and promises of more to come. Seeds are planted for Melissa, Blair’s assistant, to have more going on than we’ve seen previously. Garrett’s sister, Kelsey, makes an appearance and drops a bombshell that’s sure to shake you up. She’s going to need her brother and sister-in-law like never before. The reality of Blair’s insecurities resonates for anyone who’s ever had emotional scars. Blair’s run deep, and marrying the love of her life doesn’t mean you she doesn’t need time to heal from old wounds. Garrett has his work cut out for him navigating Hurricane Blair, but will he have the chance to prove his love and dedication? Saddle up before you download this because this short story will leave you with all the feels and remind you yet again that Denise is a storytelling master!
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
This is a short story that follows up with Blair and Garrett. This short shows how, even after marriage, things aren't all roses and sometimes something drastic has to happen to remind us why we fall in love in the first place, and that even when it is hard it is worth it. Very well written short that will make you fall in love with Blair and Garrett all over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They walk in.