Review: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

Posted October 5, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes
by Denise Grover Swank

3.5 Stars


Released: 29 June 2011
Series: Rose Gardner Mysteries #1
Published by Bramagioia Enterprises
Pages: 374
Format: eBook


“This book was so much fun, full of unexpected adventures and a lot of laughs, it was utterly charming…” ~ Under the Covers

Psychic visions, mysterious and sexy neighbours, murders and a list. Welcome to a week in the life of Rose Gardner. Before this week, the previous 24 years of Rose’s life has been boring and full of verbal abuse from her demanding momma. However, one frightening psychic vision showing Rose her own death changes everything…

I need to take a deep breath and a nice cup of tea after reading this, it was packed so full of adventure as our poor heroine Rose seems to dash and stumble and embroil herself into trouble, all it seems quite by accident. I couldn’t help but be caught up in all the excitement and a bit of panic right a long side her.

But, it wasn’t just a roller coaster of clambering out of windows and fending off bad guys, I loved Rose’s personal journey as she learns to stand up for herself and finally make decisions about her life without being told what to do from her mean momma and her loving but take-charge older sister. This gave it a nice balance of fast paced excitement and a little bit of self discovery and character development.

Then there is the romance between Rose and her mysterious next door neighbour Joe. I admit, I guessed exactly what mystery he was hiding fairly early on into the book but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the ever growing attraction between them. But if you are looking for a sexy book though, this isn’t going to be it; however, the lack of throbbing bodily parts and buckets of bodily fluids didn’t detract from the chemistry between Joe and Rose.

This book was so much fun, full of unexpected adventures and a lot of laughs, it was utterly charming and I will definitely be moving on to read the next book in the series.

Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes
Book 1
Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons
Book 2
Thirty and a Half Excuses
Book 3
Falling ta Pieces
Book 3.5
Thirty One and a Half Regrets
Book 4
Thirty Two and a Half Complications
Book 5
Picking up the Pieces
Book 5.5
Thirty Three and a Half Shenannigans
Book 6

Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads 
Thirty and a Half Excuses: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads 
Falling to Pieces: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Thirty One and a Half Regrets: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Thirty Two and a Half Complications: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads 
Picking up the Pieces: Amazon GoodReads 
Thirty Three and a Half Shenanigans: Amazon GoodReads



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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I’ve been hearing good things about this book!


Thanks for the review Suzanne

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I have book 1 on my TBR, thanks for the review. I was lucky enough to meet Denise Grover Swank last month and she was very nice.