Friday, June 14, 2013


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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 5 favourite dates Reed takes Caroline out on :-

I’m a stereotypical math student. I’m introverted and not fond of loud bars and dance clubs.  When Caroline and I started dating, I was worried. We met at a party and our next encounter was at a bar. Caroline is a beautiful girl and I was sure she’d find me boring. 

But when we started dating, she was in the middle of her senior fashion design project and she was stressed about being behind. She needed to spend every minute in the design lab working on her designs. Our simplest dates, but some of the most special for me, took place in that room. I’d bring Caroline dinner along with my laptop and she and I would be alone in the design lab, each working on our own thing, but still together. And then we’d go to her apartment and have the most amazing sex and fall asleep in each other’s arms.

We love to go see movies, although we aren’t always on the same page on what we see. Caroline likes the typical chick-flicks and I like action and sci fi movies. You can imagine my confusion when Caroline actually wanted to see the new Star Trek movie. And then I realized Benedict Cumberbatch was in the movie.  She doesn’t have many Hollywood crushes, but he’s at the top of her list.

On Saturdays—and I’m not sure you can call it a date—is that we like to help Tucker when he coaches his ten year old soccer team. Caroline loves kids and Tucker’s team is comprised of kids from the charity she worked with for the charity fashion show. Caroline doesn’t know anything about soccer, but she’s learning. Tucker has cornered me into be an assistant coach.

One of my most memorable dates with Caroline was right before Christmas. When we first started dating, she told me how special Christmas was to her. It was a memorable, because I knew her well enough at that point to know that her sharing such personal information was a gift. So I took her to Nashville for a weekend in December and took her to see the Christmas lights at the Opryland Hotel. The look on her face when she realized why were there made me the happiest man alive. I’ll willingly spend the rest of my life
My most favorite date with Caroline was Christmas morning in front of the Christmas
 tree. You’ll have to read the book for that one. ;)

Author Bio:
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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