Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: Twenty Nine And A Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank

 When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she’s lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she’s picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men’s restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there’s not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren’t bad enough, Rose’s older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis. Violet insists that Rose stop seeing her sexy new boyfriend, Arkansas state detective Joe Simmons, and date other men. Rose is done letting people boss her around, but she can’t commit to Joe either. Still, Rose isn’t about to let the best thing in her life slip away.
I adored the first book in this series and was happy to get a chance to check in on Rose's life and see what new trouble she has stumbled in to.  Hot boyfriend, Joe, is still in the picture even if her sister, Violet, is causing a bit of chaos in the relationship.  Rose's quirky habits are still prevalent,  as obvious when she decides to help an accused murderer prove his innocence.  Oh, and that is without telling said accused murderer she is helping him. We even have a new character make a debut with Rose getting a friend, something she has sorely needed, in the form of county worker Neely Kate.  It is a roller coaster as Rose gets herself into one sticky situation after another and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Denise Grover Swank writes such a fun character with Rose that you spend half of your time just hoping she will go to Little Rock with Joe and the other half of your time hoping she continues to turn her sleepy little town upside down with her presence. The introduction of a handful of new men had me questioning which man should be with Rose, but I'm happy with the direction it is heading. The last time I reviewed a book by Denise Grover Swank, I mentioned her fabulous imagination and I'm so pleased to see it is still as vivid as ever, bringing the world of Rose to life.  All I can say is I need book #3 ASAP.
Author Bio:
Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.
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1 comment:

  1. So glad you loved it! Looking forward to #3 myself :)