Redesigned (Off the Subject #2) by Denise Grover Swank
Redesigned (Off the Subject Book 2)
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.
Redesigned was an alright read for me. I loved Reed right from the start, but Caroline I had issues with. She didn't seem believable to me. I get that she could be super worried about money after growing up so poor, but her whole backstory and need to be with someone with earning potential because of it didn't ring true to me. I didn't believe that she really had these issues from her childhood. I was told she did, but what I was shown, how she acted and thought and such, didn't back it up for me. So since I never really believed that she needed to date someone who will make a lot of money in the future because she doesn't want the same childhood she had for her kids I didn't really care for her that much. She supposedly will have panic attacks and such if she thinks about being with someone without a high earning degree, but again I just didn't believe it.
On the flip side I loved Reed right from the start. He was so cute and kind and just wonderful. Sure he was angry with Caroline, especially after their first meeting and she says some pretty mean things to him, but the way they pushed each others buttons was fun. I did feel bad for Reed and he seemed like an adult, whereas Caroline came off as very young, immature, and insecure. She was always assuming the worst about Reed right from the start and it was a bit ridiculous. She would never let him explain, she would just run off all poor me and cry when really it should be poor Reed. He definitely wants to be with Caroline, but knows she will never accept him because of his degree. Or at least he knew she said that about him. I felt bad for him as he was so amazing and I just loved him!
So of course things do work out in the end. Throughout the story you watch Reed and Caroline grow closer, watch them come together, and by the end I was happy enough. I just wish Caroline would have been written in a more believable way for me. Oh well, it was an alright read and this book did make me want to go back and read the first book in the series. I need to see Scarlett and Tucker's story.
Rating: ★ ★ ★