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review 2017-02-15 19:04
Book Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
One Paris Summer (Blink) - Denise Grover Swank

*I received a free copy of this book at BEA.*

 

When I went to BEA with my husband this past year, my main goal was to find great young adult books that his high school students could fall in love with. So when I saw this cute, fluffy romance book set in Paris, I went for it.

 

This is a cute book about two teenagers who go to Paris to reconnect with their dad, who left them just about a year before and who is now marrying another woman in Paris — Sophie and her brother, Eric, are sent to Paris to celebrate the wedding and meet their new stepmom and stepsister. Their stepsister is awful to them, and gets Sophie into all sorts of trouble by playing games and manipulating things. So, it becomes really complicated when Sophie ends up falling for Camille’s friend, Mathieu. Hijinks ensue.

 

One Paris Summer is pretty much what I was expecting. It’s a fast read and it’s fun. Sophie at first got on my nerves, but it made sense within the context of the story and her character evened out within the first few chapters, thank goodness, so I actually ended up enjoying her character and looking forward to reading about her adventures in Paris. My favorite parts were her interactions with her brother and her crush, Mathieu. It was nice to see Sophie realizing that people didn’t hate her and cared about her. My main problems with a lot of this book had to do with logic and drama. Characters’ reactions to things didn’t seem to fit with their personalities and seemed only to serve the purpose of creating conflict that felt melodramatic and fake.

 

However, aside from that, the romance and Paris aspect were really fun. This is a book you don’t want to think too much about — what I like to think of a beach read. Just breeze through it and enjoy the fun, cute parts. Because of that, this took me very little time to finish once I started focusing on it, and overall, I enjoyed it. I think younger teens would enjoy this a lot, but there isn’t a lot of crossover appeal for older readers simply because what I said earlier about the conflicts feeling overly dramatic.

 

Side note: I loved that we got some French words thrown in here, so readers might be able to learn a couple of phrases. Nice touch!

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review 2016-10-25 08:05
Release Day Blitz - Only You

 

 

BOOK INFORMATION:

 

Title: Only You

Author: Denise Grover Swank

On Sale: October 25, 2016

Series: The Bachelor Brotherhood, #1

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $6.99 USD

eBook: $3.99 USD

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**NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT**

 

 

The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank's New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine)

 

Warm and funny, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series reads like a great Hollywood rom-com.” –iBooks Best Books of June

 

Never say never…Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor…

 

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

 

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn't play by the rules…

 

 

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Kevin wasn’t sure why he was surprised Holly was here. She was a wedding planner, and from what he’d seen so far, she was a damn good one.

 

He’d been on his way out of the room, needing a breather from the noise and the chaos of the reception when he’d seen her at the table. He hadn’t planned on asking her to dance—hell, he hated to dance—but he’d been desperate for a reason to talk to her.

 

When he sat back down at the table, Tyler wore a smirk. “Crashed and burned, huh? I thought you were going to the bathroom to take a piss.”

 

I was. I just happened to run into a friend.”

 

Run into a friend, my ass. I thought we’d sworn off women. I’ve held up my end of the bachelor brotherhood. And let me add that I had no idea my balls could turn this blue.”

 

She’s a friend,” Kevin said, trying not to sound irritated and feed any more fuel to the fire.

 

She’s his neighbor,” Matt said, taking a sip of his beer, and giving Kevin a pointed look. “They’re friends.”

 

Tyler burst out laughing. “You got friend-zoned?”

 

No,” Kevin said slowly, picking up his drink, surprised Matt hadn’t told Tyler about the situation he’d stumbled upon. “I was the one who said I wanted to be friends.”

 

Why?” Tyler asked, watching Holly with a little more interest than Kevin liked. “She’s hot. Do you know if she’s seeing anyone?”

 

No.” Kevin’s irritation grew.

 

Tyler stood and adjusted his tie, a smirk lighting up his eyes. “Screw the brotherhood. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself.”

 

Kevin was up in a flash. “I don’t think so.”

 

Why not?” he looked surprised. “She looks like she’d be worth a short break from my hiatus from women.”

 

Kevin stepped in front of his path, his jaw set. “Because you’re a prick who will use her and toss her aside and she deserves a helluva lot better than that.”

 

Matt was up in an instant, grabbing Kevin’s arm. “Why don’t we get some air?”

 

You like her,” Tyler said, slack jawed.

 

Of course he likes her,” Matt said. “For someone so smart, sometimes you’re an idiot.”

 

In my defense,” Tyler said. “He said they were friends.”

 

Okay,” Matt said slowly. “When was the last time you convinced a woman to be just a friend?”

 

Never.”

 

I rest my case, counselor.”

 

Tyler sat back down, and Matt tugged on Kevin’s sleeve to get him to join them.

 

I can’t believe you didn’t last even a single week,” Tyler said.

 

He didn’t last a single day,” Matt told him. “He slept with her the night after our agreement to remain single.”

 

Tyler burst out laughing. “For a tough-ass former Marine, I expected you to be the last holdout, man. At least a week or two.”

 

 

 

 

Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)Only You by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holly has a new neighbor. He is sexy and sweet. Surprisingly, she wants to get to know him better. Until she finds out what could happen.

Kevin comes home to so many surprises. Bad things come in threes, right? Between the house, the mom, and the job, what is a guy to do? Well for right now, getting to know his new neighbor sounds about right.

Such a sassy and sweet story. The characters both have their hangups and their secrets. For good reasons. The give and take is compelling and draws the reader in. Plenty of surprises in store.

***This ARC provided by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review only.

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ABOUT 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 (in her own mind) Facebook comments 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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text 2016-10-07 03:53
Sweet YA Romance Set in Paris
One Paris Summer (Blink) - Denise Grover Swank

Audiobook, good narration
Sweet little YA romance. Deals with broken family issues, step families, bullies and working for something more. Responsible main characters with brains, who communicate ! Yes it can happen, they deal with hard facts with thinking. Things don't go smooth, relationship build slowly, life in real life. The setting is Paris, with all it's beautiful locations and language.
I had one problem, the gasping, I gasped, she gasped, they gasped, omg get a new reaction. This was probably more noticeable in audio.

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text 2016-09-29 15:15
Center Stage by Denise Grover Swank 99 cents
Center Stage (Magnolia Steele Mystery) - Denise Grover Swank

First book in the Magnolia Steele Mystery series by the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Denise Grover Swank.

Ten years ago, Magnolia Steele fled Franklin, Tennessee after an incident that left her with hazy memories and a horror of the place where she had been born and bred. Though her abrupt departure destroyed most of her treasured relationships, she vowed never to return . . . until she has no choice. When Magnolia’s breakout acting role in a Broadway musical ends in disgrace, there’s only one place she can go. She finds herself on her momma’s porch, suitcase in hand.

Drama follows Magnolia around like a long lost friend. She reluctantly agrees to help her momma’s catering company at a party for a country music star, only to find herself face-to-face with a sleazy music agent from her past. After a very public spat, Magnolia not only finds him dead but herself center stage in the police’s investigation. Now she must scramble to prove her innocence, relying on the help of acquaintances old and new.

But the longer Magnolia stays in Franklin, the more she remembers about the big bad incident that chased her away. The past might not be finished with her yet, and what she doesn’t remember could be her biggest danger.

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review 2016-09-29 00:00
The Substitute
The Substitute - Denise Grover Swank Ok, so I used to pretty much exclusively read romance, but I've broadened my scope a lot this past couple of years. I'm not sure what happened, but let's just say this kind of thing doesn't float my boat anymore.
Having said that, I tried to take off some of the filters that I've acquired and just enjoy the story, and it was pretty good. Hella unrealistic and drenched with instalove and ooey gooey feels, but it was a fun read. And hey, it was free on kindle, so really, who am I to complain?
Apparently this is a series, but I don't think I'll follow up... or who knows, maybe I'll get a craving for a lighthearted love story again and find out what happens at Blair the bitch's wedding (btw I'm pretty sure I know who she ends up marrying... It's really not a stretch).
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