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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. A 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.


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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. A 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.

30 review for Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayna

    My only complaint- if Rose said 'crappy doodles' one more time, I was going to throw my Kindle out the window. Luckily, the phrase is not used as much in the subsequent books. One other thing that kind of gets to me- the book is already reminiscent of Stephanie Plum books (Janet Evanovich). Why does Rose's love interest need to be a cop named Joe?! Other than that, I really enjoyed it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    This was an adult contemporary mystery story about a psychic. Rose was an okay character in this book, but she really didn’t know how to stay out of trouble. Purposefully visiting a crime scene as a juror, when she’d been specifically told that she could be imprisoned for it just seemed like madness, and she was bound to get in trouble for it. The storyline in this was about Rose being called to jury duty, and then having a vision about the real murderer in the case she was a juror for. We then ha This was an adult contemporary mystery story about a psychic. Rose was an okay character in this book, but she really didn’t know how to stay out of trouble. Purposefully visiting a crime scene as a juror, when she’d been specifically told that she could be imprisoned for it just seemed like madness, and she was bound to get in trouble for it. The storyline in this was about Rose being called to jury duty, and then having a vision about the real murderer in the case she was a juror for. We then had Rose running around asking people questions and doing stuff that was basically against the law, and generally getting in trouble with the wrong people trying to prove the defendant’s innocence. The ending to this was okay, and thing worked out well enough in the end. 6.5 out of 10

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3.5 stars Own in: Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set Book 2 is quite different than book 1 - characters change or their true selves begin to emerge as Rose grows and spreads her wings. The relationship with her sister (that I loved) is still close but more typical of familial relationships. Violet has secrets. Joe has secrets - even his last name. And enter Mason Deveraux III who also has secrets. Mason and Joe are both from wealthy families and have a tense history. I had thought the relationship with 3.5 stars Own in: Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set Book 2 is quite different than book 1 - characters change or their true selves begin to emerge as Rose grows and spreads her wings. The relationship with her sister (that I loved) is still close but more typical of familial relationships. Violet has secrets. Joe has secrets - even his last name. And enter Mason Deveraux III who also has secrets. Mason and Joe are both from wealthy families and have a tense history. I had thought the relationship with Joe a little rushed in book 1. And now I'm not convinced that Joe is the right person for Rose. Rose's visions cause mayhem for her, the police and the justice system (Mason is the D.A.).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Rose Gardner is the most loveable, quirky, hilarious character, and wherever Rose goes, chaos follows. This book is the second in the Rose Gardner Mystery series and I loved it. Rose has the sight. She can't control when it happens, but out of nowhere, she will get a vision of usually something random like where someone left their car keys, but sometimes, it might be the key to solving a murder. Rose has the most wonderful boyfriend ever, her first boyfriend, actually, Joe Simmons. She met Joe i Rose Gardner is the most loveable, quirky, hilarious character, and wherever Rose goes, chaos follows. This book is the second in the Rose Gardner Mystery series and I loved it. Rose has the sight. She can't control when it happens, but out of nowhere, she will get a vision of usually something random like where someone left their car keys, but sometimes, it might be the key to solving a murder. Rose has the most wonderful boyfriend ever, her first boyfriend, actually, Joe Simmons. She met Joe in the first book when he was living next door to her working undercover for the Arkansas State Police. He did, in fact, suspect Rose in the murder of her own mother, but he and Rose solved the crime and they fell in love. Now Joe is working in Little Rock which is two hours away from Henryetta where Rose lives. He is getting ready to leave one morning and finds Rose's letter for jury duty. "Oh crappy doodles," (Rose's favorite saying,) she forgot all about that. So starts the worst morning of Rose's life. Everything goes wrong that could go wrong, and of course she gets a vision, while in the men's restroom, proving the defendant's, Bruce Wayne Decker's, innocence. But Bruce Wayne's defense attorney doesn't seem to be trying to prove his innocence, so Rose takes on the task. And, gets herself into all kinds of trouble in the process. Poor Joe finds himself running back and forth from Little Rock to Henryetta to have to keep saving Rose. And, Rose is also having to deal with her very overbearing sister Violet, who does not like Joe. She also meets the new and very grumpy Assistant District Attorney, Mason Deveraux III. Can Rose's relationship with Joe stand the test of being a long distance relationship and can Joe withstand all the hot water Rose seems to get herself into? Can Rose prove Bruce Wayne's innocence in time? If you love a light and fun mystery, then this is perfect for you. Denise Grover Swank, you've done it again. I can't wait to read the next book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    "Crappy Doodles!" this second book is a definite must read! If you have read the first book, then this one is next. If you have not read the first book, then I encourage you to, as this is an another excellent mystery/romantic story that follows up the events from the end of the first one. The story here is also intriguing once again. There is a new feeling to it as there is a new relationship (Rose & Joe!) and you see how they're doing after over a month of dating. We read the mysterious aspect "Crappy Doodles!" this second book is a definite must read! If you have read the first book, then this one is next. If you have not read the first book, then I encourage you to, as this is an another excellent mystery/romantic story that follows up the events from the end of the first one. The story here is also intriguing once again. There is a new feeling to it as there is a new relationship (Rose & Joe!) and you see how they're doing after over a month of dating. We read the mysterious aspect and that is when Rose reports for Jury Duty and literally bumps into the arrogant Mason Deveraux. Hmm something tells me we will read more of him. He himself was an interestingly written character, and I would love to read more about him. Anyways, ok so Rose is a Jury Member. The suspect (Bruce) is in question for a murder, that some are convinced that he did commit. This brings Rose into curiosity as from a vision she had, she believes him to not have committed the crime, but will everyone else agree with her, especially Deveraux? Just how far will Rose go, to prove that Bruce is innocent? Hmmm... Along this, there are other family situations that occur between Rose and her sister. We also will know some interesting facts about the reclusive Joe Simmons! The characters again were spot on; written wonderfully. We definitely see Rose a good different type of character; in ways different from the first book. She is more independent, but at the same time not so sure about a few things, including her relationship with Joe. There are tender, loving moments between these two, and you just know they are meant to be, but other people might not think so; just read and see! All in all I was very happy with this second book; there was a good flow again, and I simply cannot wait to read a third book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is second in a series and they definitely build on each other. Which is my way of saying read the previous before this one. At about 60%, I'm going to call this done. I like Rose quite a bit. But two factors have edged me over the line to stop. They're related but in a weird way. The actual, present problem is with Rose's sister, Violate. I can't stand that controlling snot-weasel and it bugs me more than a little that Rose puts up with her. If we're to take Violate's interference between Ros This is second in a series and they definitely build on each other. Which is my way of saying read the previous before this one. At about 60%, I'm going to call this done. I like Rose quite a bit. But two factors have edged me over the line to stop. They're related but in a weird way. The actual, present problem is with Rose's sister, Violate. I can't stand that controlling snot-weasel and it bugs me more than a little that Rose puts up with her. If we're to take Violate's interference between Rose and Joe seriously, then it means that Violate is nearly as great a monster as their mother was. I'm sorry, but when she (view spoiler)[refused to call Joe when Rose was thrown in jail for contempt of court (hide spoiler)] it went way beyond anything excusable. I don't care how close a family member, you don't mess with someone's happiness and/or safety and this violated both ((view spoiler)[it was, after all, Joe who managed to get Rose sprung, so Violate's action, had it been successful, would have meant Rose spending more time in jail than otherwise—a fact easily deducible had Violate been using brains instead of spite (hide spoiler)] ). So when Violate maintains her stance against Joe and Rose just leaves with the thought that "she's my sister" it created a break with the story for me. The biggest result of this break is that I then went and read the blurbs (and some reviews) for the rest of the series. And came to find out . . . oh crap. Spoilers for the rest of the series: (view spoiler)[Violate sticks around for three more books after this one and doesn't get any better. Worse, Rose goes into business with her and lets her screw her out of who knows how much money by some financial hijinks undoubtedly motivated by her sense of entitlement and control (hide spoiler)] . Which is bad enough, but then I also found out that (view spoiler)[Joe gets replaced my Mason who also gets jettisoned by the end of the series (hide spoiler)] and that ended my ability to continue with this book. And with the series, for that matter. On one level, I wish I hadn't snooped ahead. But on the other, I'm relieved that I can bail early.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to 3 stars on Goodreads. I chose wrong. That's all I got. I initially bought the first and second book via a Nook sale and since the reviews were all pretty much five stars I thought this would be an interesting series for me to start to read. Taking place a mere few weeks after the events of book #1, we have Rose setting into a new relationship with her boyfriend Joe and trying to deal with attending jury duty. Since Rose's new boss a Please note that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to 3 stars on Goodreads. I chose wrong. That's all I got. I initially bought the first and second book via a Nook sale and since the reviews were all pretty much five stars I thought this would be an interesting series for me to start to read. Taking place a mere few weeks after the events of book #1, we have Rose setting into a new relationship with her boyfriend Joe and trying to deal with attending jury duty. Since Rose's new boss and old nemesis is out to get here, she really doesn't want to take time off of her job (though she's inherited more than a million dollars, so her protests are kind of lacking any punch here). Rose has a vision while using the bathroom and she realizes that a man is being set up for a murder he didn't commit. When she goes to jury duty and is ultimately selected, she realizes that the man she had the vision about who didn't commit the murder, is the defendant. So the whole book is just Rose figuring out what she can do since she doesn't know the identity of the real murderer, but knows that the man on trial could not have done it. She goes to her boyfriend Joe who is all trust the justice system, and yeah I pretty much agreed with Rose here and rolled my eyes at him. There are two secondary plots going on which is Rose's sister Violet is acting like a shrew and bossing Rose around. And oh is saying terrible things about Joe and Rose because she doesn't trust Joe. Why Rose put up with this after the mess that was their mother is beyond me. The secondary plot is Rose meeting and loathing the new assistant District Attorney. My Spidey sense can feel a love triangle coming a mile away, and I am just glad I have not and will not read anymore books in this series. New characters are straight up one dimensional. Rose finally gets her first real friend who made me exhausted, and I was just reading about her. The new assistant District Attorney Mason seems to have anger issues, and I don't really have the urge to read about some guy who acts like a jackass towards people but somehow has a heart of gold. Older characters also felt wrong in this book. Violet I already mentioned in this book, but now all of a sudden, her marriage is in trouble, and she's kind of sort of an alcoholic? It didn't make any sense. Joe was a non-entity pretty much in this one. And the character and his obsession with getting Rose to move to follow him (though they have been dating I think three weeks at this point) was odd and off-putting. There is not much substance in this book. We just have Rose "investigating" poorly and getting caught and in trouble every five seconds it seems. It wasn't cute and I was pretty much yawning my way through til the end. The writing definitely needs tightened up. There was one case where we had Rose speaking, but then the character speaking switched to someone else by the end of the sentence. Reading Rose's constant exclamations of "crappy doodles" was also not fun the second time through. And Rose as I said in the first book is pretty much a text book TSTL character. The ending sets up things I guess for the next book. I don't know how that's going to work out, and I don't care. This wasn't a bad book, just not that great, and I cannot see me re-reading this ever again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    It's getting silly. The first book was good and I was really looking forward to this one, but Rose's antics are bordering on annoying. I guess I fell in love a little with Rose in book 1, but she is not the same character in this book. Her character strength happened too quickly and is so far from being even remotely believable. I'm somewhat invested though, and will go on to the third book, but if the unbelievable silliness and editing mistakes continue, it will be my last book with this author It's getting silly. The first book was good and I was really looking forward to this one, but Rose's antics are bordering on annoying. I guess I fell in love a little with Rose in book 1, but she is not the same character in this book. Her character strength happened too quickly and is so far from being even remotely believable. I'm somewhat invested though, and will go on to the third book, but if the unbelievable silliness and editing mistakes continue, it will be my last book with this author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (lifeinlit)

    No surprise here... but, Denise, you've done it again! I quickly became a huge fan of Denise's after reading Chosen, her action-packed triller. Then after reading Here, her paranormal romance, I was hooked. And here I am again, thrilled to have had the chance to read Denise's mystery novel, Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, and I can't say enough good things about it! Denise is quickly becoming one of my very favorite authors. Rose, the main character, is just awesome. She's adorable and lovable, t No surprise here... but, Denise, you've done it again! I quickly became a huge fan of Denise's after reading Chosen, her action-packed triller. Then after reading Here, her paranormal romance, I was hooked. And here I am again, thrilled to have had the chance to read Denise's mystery novel, Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, and I can't say enough good things about it! Denise is quickly becoming one of my very favorite authors. Rose, the main character, is just awesome. She's adorable and lovable, totally relatable, makes terrible choices at times (actually, most of the time)... but man, she's got guts! She's not scared to do anything if she feels it's right. She drives everyone in her life nuts with her fearlessness, but they just can't help loving her for it all. And honestly, I couldn't help loving her either. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Neely Kate Rivers. Really?! She's maybe one of my favorite characters of all time. Love her!! The story starts off fast and never stops. I was sucked in immediately. I haven't read a huge number of mysteries, but this is definitely one of my favorites. The fact that it's more of a chick-lit mystery novel really had me hooked... and it turned out perfect. When I got to the last page I thought, "Oh, crappy doodles!" and found myself wishing there was just one more chapter. :) I would absolutely recommend this book. Another 5 star review for Denise!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Rose has the sight...unfortunately for her she very little control over when and where a vision comes to her. Desperate to use the bathroom and with the female toilets closed for cleaning she sneaks into the men's room, only to find herself trapped by a man talking on the phone. Then she has a vision...a vision in which the man on the other side of the door is discussing getting away with murder. When she finds herself on the jury for the only murder trial on the ticket, she knows the accused is Rose has the sight...unfortunately for her she very little control over when and where a vision comes to her. Desperate to use the bathroom and with the female toilets closed for cleaning she sneaks into the men's room, only to find herself trapped by a man talking on the phone. Then she has a vision...a vision in which the man on the other side of the door is discussing getting away with murder. When she finds herself on the jury for the only murder trial on the ticket, she knows the accused is innocent, but it seems everyone has made up their mind and it looks like his conviction is a foregone conclusion. Rose begins investigating in the hopes of freeing an innocent man. Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons is a whacky, off the wall murder mystery about a woman who has the second sight. There are loose ends everywhere and some of what happens would never happen in a million years, not even in Arkansas, but it's such great fun that I can't hold any of that against this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What can I say except this book is just as good as "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes." Actually, I think it's even better. I can't find any fault with it - not the story, the characters, nothing. I just loved it. Denise Grover Swank is a very talented writer and if you haven't read any of her books, you're missing out on some terrific reads. Just like the first book in the Rose Gardner series, this one has mystery, adventure, romance, and humour all thrown into the mix. I thought the scenes in the What can I say except this book is just as good as "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes." Actually, I think it's even better. I can't find any fault with it - not the story, the characters, nothing. I just loved it. Denise Grover Swank is a very talented writer and if you haven't read any of her books, you're missing out on some terrific reads. Just like the first book in the Rose Gardner series, this one has mystery, adventure, romance, and humour all thrown into the mix. I thought the scenes in the courthouse were hilarious, especially her exchanges with the judge. Rose and Joe are still together; however, I think there's going to be some competition for Rose's affection coming soon. Don't underestimate Rose. She may be quirky but she's also very sharp. I cannot wait for the third book in the series. I just hope we don't have to wait too long.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meital

    4.5 In the second book, Rose is a jury in a murder case. Everyone thinks the defendant committed the crime but only Rose believes he’s innocent. Again we have a mystery, some new characters and great romance. Some say that the third book is very good so I’m putting it on my wish list.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons is a great follow up to Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes. Thank you to AToMR Blog Tours for allowing me to be on this blog tour. I laughed the entire time I was reading this book. Rose is a trip and her sister is even funnier.The murder mystery was just right to. In Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons We get to see Rose again in action. She is working a droll job at The DMV when she gets a notice in the mail that she must report to the courthouse for Jury Duty. She is exci Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons is a great follow up to Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes. Thank you to AToMR Blog Tours for allowing me to be on this blog tour. I laughed the entire time I was reading this book. Rose is a trip and her sister is even funnier.The murder mystery was just right to. In Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons We get to see Rose again in action. She is working a droll job at The DMV when she gets a notice in the mail that she must report to the courthouse for Jury Duty. She is excited to have a day off so she thinks until she reaches the court house and bumps into the New District Attorney Mason. She is not a fan of his right now and it showed. Once she is inside the courthouse and ready to see if she is picked for jury duty she has one of her visions. In this vision she can see that the man on trial is innocent. But how can she prove he is innocent? What is she to do go into the courtroom and yell that she had a vision and this man is innocent. NO WAY they would lock her up and throw away the key. So she has to find a way to get this guy off because he is the wrong man. Then to make matters worse Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis and is nagging poor Rose to break up with her awesome new boyfriend Joe who just happens to be a detective. Violet tries everything under the sun to break them up but Rose is determined to have a normal life. What is a girl to do about her sister? Will Rose be able to prove that man's innocence?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Davis

    Yet another book Denise wrote that swept me off of my feet and pulled me into another world. How she does it is a mystery, but I hope she never stops! When you read a novel by Denise Grover Swank, you feel the characters' emotions and experience their roller coaster lives right alongside them. Rosie's story is no different, and you can't help but love her. Joe is most certainly correct in saying Rose seems to be in the midst of some form of chaos at all times. She's a magnet for trouble. I love Yet another book Denise wrote that swept me off of my feet and pulled me into another world. How she does it is a mystery, but I hope she never stops! When you read a novel by Denise Grover Swank, you feel the characters' emotions and experience their roller coaster lives right alongside them. Rosie's story is no different, and you can't help but love her. Joe is most certainly correct in saying Rose seems to be in the midst of some form of chaos at all times. She's a magnet for trouble. I love the spunk that Rose develops as the series progresses. She was never meant to be a wallflower. This sassy girl has been waiting to burst out of the shell she survived in for so many years, and I can't hardly wait to see where she ends up next!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Okay, I'm hooked. Swank has created an appealing character in Rose, and the relationships she has/is developing with other characters have me eager to find out what happens next in her life. On to book three...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    Whew. Rose is a handful. She has a way of getting herself in the stickiest of situations The Gist: Rose has been summoned for jury duty. The problem is? Well she has a vision and in it she finds the defendant...is innocent. No one-- not even his lawyer-- thinks he's innocent and she just cannot let it go or let this man go down for a murder he didn't comment. Cue sticky situation. I like Rose. She's innocent and earnest. Sweet with a little sassy to go with it when needed. And Joe is a great sup Whew. Rose is a handful. She has a way of getting herself in the stickiest of situations The Gist: Rose has been summoned for jury duty. The problem is? Well she has a vision and in it she finds the defendant...is innocent. No one-- not even his lawyer-- thinks he's innocent and she just cannot let it go or let this man go down for a murder he didn't comment. Cue sticky situation. I like Rose. She's innocent and earnest. Sweet with a little sassy to go with it when needed. And Joe is a great support. There when she needs him. Strong sexy cop thing going on. The mystery was pretty good. I did catch no before the big reveal but it took me a while to figure it all out which is fun. A bit of danger, some new characters coming into the scene and Rose's life, some family drama and some heartwarming romance to round it out. All in all, a good time. I'm ready for the next.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charley Girl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These books are silly and an easy read. Rose Gardner makes me laugh because of her simplicity. She HAS to be related to Bridget Jones, first cousin or something. In this book she gets into trouble by going to jury duty. She makes a friend (Neely Kate, yes it takes place in the South. Most women in this book seem to have two word names), and makes a lot of enemies. She charms her way into people's hearts and saves an innocent man from jail. The downside to this book is there were several misspelle These books are silly and an easy read. Rose Gardner makes me laugh because of her simplicity. She HAS to be related to Bridget Jones, first cousin or something. In this book she gets into trouble by going to jury duty. She makes a friend (Neely Kate, yes it takes place in the South. Most women in this book seem to have two word names), and makes a lot of enemies. She charms her way into people's hearts and saves an innocent man from jail. The downside to this book is there were several misspelled words, titled, instead of tilted, is instead of his. Ms. Swank's editor needs to do a better job.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    Good reading. Some situations were just hard to believe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Better than book one. I got more into this one, I didn't figure out the villain in till it was revealed. Only thing bugged me was the crying. Rose seems to cry a lot, not that she doesn't have reason, just seems in excess.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    I can't say I enjoyed this one as much as the first unfortunately. The main character can be a bit stupid at times, and her saying "Crappy doodles" is seriously annoying me now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Loesch

    ***This book was given to me as part of a book tour in exchange for an honest review*** I love a good murder mystery, especially if it has a dash of humor in it, and I have to admit that being a southern writer myself, I tend to be drawn to tales set in the South. Perhaps that's why Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank entertained me as much as it did. I had put off reading it for some reason, and now that I've gotten to review it, I really can't wait to read more from this autho ***This book was given to me as part of a book tour in exchange for an honest review*** I love a good murder mystery, especially if it has a dash of humor in it, and I have to admit that being a southern writer myself, I tend to be drawn to tales set in the South. Perhaps that's why Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank entertained me as much as it did. I had put off reading it for some reason, and now that I've gotten to review it, I really can't wait to read more from this author! Here's the synopsis of Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons from the book blurb: 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. First things first, this book is actually the second in the Rose Gardner series. I typically don't like to read sequels if I haven't read the first book, but one of the great things about Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, is that I didn't need to read the first one. The author did a fabulous job of integrating in the back story without making me feel like I'd missed anything. That's actually quite an accomplishment! If anything, it made me want to go back and read the first book. Rose is a nice, if somewhat naïve, girl who is just finding her place in the world. All her life she's had psychic visions which have been a plague to her, though they sometimes get her into entertaining situations. She comes across as a very relatable woman who manages to stumble into trouble, which drives her police detective boyfriend, Joe, crazy. I really liked Joe! He was that right mix of protective, jealous, sweet and endearing. Think about a snack that is both salty and sweet and you've got his character. There were some fun situations and characters that helped drive this tale along. I love the "poisoned" casserole brought in by a jury member and the fact that the Judge is outraged because Rose doesn't know about Angela Lansbury and Murder She Wrote. Some of the character names cracked me up too, like Bruce Wayne Decker. Lots of Batman references there. I also thought that Violet, Rose's sister who is suffering from a mid-life crisis, was a strong character representing what many people go through when unwanted change comes along. The story is fast paced and with so much humor, it was easy to read and enjoy. I did figure out who the murderer was, but it wasn't until close to the end. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. All in all, I could probably list twenty-nine and a half reasons why you should read this book! I look forward to checking out the first book in the series and reading the follow up to this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha March

    I adored Denise Grover Swank’s debut novel Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and being introduced to Rose Gardner. Fabulous book, fabulous author. I was really looking forward to the sequel, Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, and there was no disappointment here! It was great to pick up right back into Rose’s life – her new and improved life at that! After the murder of her mom in the first book, Rose now has more independence – and a hot boyfriend in the state detective Joe. Two things are still the I adored Denise Grover Swank’s debut novel Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and being introduced to Rose Gardner. Fabulous book, fabulous author. I was really looking forward to the sequel, Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, and there was no disappointment here! It was great to pick up right back into Rose’s life – her new and improved life at that! After the murder of her mom in the first book, Rose now has more independence – and a hot boyfriend in the state detective Joe. Two things are still the same – her crappy job at the DMV, and her history for getting involved in murders. Now being summoned for jury duty has put Rose front in center of the latest mystery case – one where she has a vision of who the murderer is. And it’s definitely not the man on the stand being accused of the crime. Rose knows she can’t come forward with her vision as evidence, so she takes it upon herself to clear the accuser’s name, find the real murderer, and somehow keep her relationship with Joe intact, find a way to make her happy with her relationship choices, and not get fired from her job. Figuring out her priorities is a must – and Rose knows just who tops that list. Again – great fun catching up with Rose, and seeing how she had grown so much from the first book. She was a shy, timid girl completely under her mother’s spell, and now she was more of a woman, making decisions and living a grown-up life with Joe. I enjoyed the difficult love quandary she got involved in as well – deciding how to continue her relationship with Joe, the interactions with the assistant DA Mason Deveraux, and the blind date her sister puts her up to. I was also thrilled to see there will be a third installment, and I cannot wait for that to get here! The Rose Gardner series and Denise Grover Swank are both musts for you to check out!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angela Shockley

    I understand Rose's need to seek out the truth of matters, but she DOES get herself in quite a lot of trouble. This installment is no different! I want to love Joe, but he's simultaneously clingy and inaccessible. I prefer him as McAllister instead of Simmons. He's so reluctant to open up about his past, but is pushing Rose to make a major life decision. That's not fair... specially when they've known each other for such a short amount of time. The trial mystery kept me guessing. I attempted to ke I understand Rose's need to seek out the truth of matters, but she DOES get herself in quite a lot of trouble. This installment is no different! I want to love Joe, but he's simultaneously clingy and inaccessible. I prefer him as McAllister instead of Simmons. He's so reluctant to open up about his past, but is pushing Rose to make a major life decision. That's not fair... specially when they've known each other for such a short amount of time. The trial mystery kept me guessing. I attempted to keep a running tally in my head, but gave up somewhere around the half way point. I've learned to let Denise tell her story her way instead of going all "Law & Order" on my own (I was poli-sci pre-law at one point in my collegiate failure... also creative writing... and in a conservatory program for violin... also early childhood education... that's a story for somewhere else at sometime else.) Moving on. A few notes: MASON - Well hello there! I don't trust him fully, because he really was a jerk to start of with. You just can't treat people like crap and get away with it. VIOLET - May I slap her? Will SOMEONE please slap her?! MILDRED - Woman, I thought I told you to mind your own business?! NEELY KATE - I want to be best friends with her. Rose, Neely, and myself. Seriously, watch out world! This book was a joy to read. I loved seeing Rose and Joe figure out their relationship. I loved that there's a character named Bruce Wayne. I loved that there were so many new characters introduced. I just love this series. Read it, you shouldn't be disappointed!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Schorr

    In this second installment of the Rose Gardner series, Rose has once again gotten herself involved in a murder. This time, however, instead of trying to clear her own name, she is trying to clear the name of the innocent party on trial for murder. How does she know he's innocent? A vision, of course! And lots of butting into business that she would probably be better off staying out of. This second part of the series also shows the development of Rose's relationship with sexy cop, Joe, as well a In this second installment of the Rose Gardner series, Rose has once again gotten herself involved in a murder. This time, however, instead of trying to clear her own name, she is trying to clear the name of the innocent party on trial for murder. How does she know he's innocent? A vision, of course! And lots of butting into business that she would probably be better off staying out of. This second part of the series also shows the development of Rose's relationship with sexy cop, Joe, as well as some friction between Rose and her older sister, Violet. Denise Grover Swank is one talented and versatile author. Besides this series, I also read (and loved) the Here/There series. I loved this book just as much as the first, mostly because Rose is such a fun and likeable character. As much as I enjoy the romance between Rose and Joe, I also felt a little chemistry between Rose and Mason, the snarky Assistant DA with a hidden heart of gold and I am curious if that will be further developed in the next book. I also found it humorous that Violet's last name is Beauregard since that is also the name of a main character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I wondered if the author did that on purpose! In sum, I really enjoyed this book. What a fun mix of chick lit, romance and cozy mystery. I am definitely a fan of Denise Grover Swank and have put the third installment of the series on my TBR. Enjoy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    In this exciting sequel, we watch Rose adjusting to her new freedoms both internally and externally...navigating a new and first time relationship with Joe and all the stumbling blocks that come along with it as well as asserting herself in her relationship with her overbearing sister, Violet....along with these personal changes, Rose has just been picked for jury duty in a murder trial where she has a vision of the defendant's innocence...once again Rose is thrust front and center into a twiste In this exciting sequel, we watch Rose adjusting to her new freedoms both internally and externally...navigating a new and first time relationship with Joe and all the stumbling blocks that come along with it as well as asserting herself in her relationship with her overbearing sister, Violet....along with these personal changes, Rose has just been picked for jury duty in a murder trial where she has a vision of the defendant's innocence...once again Rose is thrust front and center into a twisted series of events that bring danger and intrigue to her doorstep...add into the mix an infuriating yet incredibly handsome ADA and Rose's life goes from predictable to complicated in a heartbeat...Denise Grover Swank continues to create a story that has depth and emotion while using humor to keep it relatable...I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to watching Rose evolve and adapt to her new life of possibilities...4 Stars:)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Actual rating 4.29 1/2 I really did like this book just a little bit better than the first book in the series...... I like the new characters that were introduced especially Rose's New BFF.... i'd love to go to lunch with those girls.... SO...Rose has jury duty, And thanks to a vision she believes the defendant is innocent.... so what does she do? She goes off and investigates on her own, and that is illegal, so you can only imagine what happened... although I do have to say her investigative skil Actual rating 4.29 1/2 I really did like this book just a little bit better than the first book in the series...... I like the new characters that were introduced especially Rose's New BFF.... i'd love to go to lunch with those girls.... SO...Rose has jury duty, And thanks to a vision she believes the defendant is innocent.... so what does she do? She goes off and investigates on her own, and that is illegal, so you can only imagine what happened... although I do have to say her investigative skills have improved from the previous book.... there were also some laugh out moments, especially involving a neighbor and a garden hose... I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, curious to see where her relationship with Joe goes, along with many other life choices....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fida Islaih

    If you read my review of the first book you know I may spill some spoilers. Oh, it's just that Joe's last name is different. I'm still in a love and hate relationship with him. I do love the new friendship Rose is having with Neely Kate. It was no surprise she would snoop. She didn't even listen to Joe and Violet. But it is sad to finally see her in jail. What has gotten into Violet? I like that she protects her sister. But I wouldn't want anyone to break any relationship I had. Only the people th If you read my review of the first book you know I may spill some spoilers. Oh, it's just that Joe's last name is different. I'm still in a love and hate relationship with him. I do love the new friendship Rose is having with Neely Kate. It was no surprise she would snoop. She didn't even listen to Joe and Violet. But it is sad to finally see her in jail. What has gotten into Violet? I like that she protects her sister. But I wouldn't want anyone to break any relationship I had. Only the people that have a say to the relationship are the two people in it. Lastly I couldn't help but laugh and love Miss. Mildred. I can't wait to tie up the loose ends in the last book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Emily Browne

    I don't think I will ever get fed up of reading these books. The only thing that started to grate on me was the phrase "crappy doodles". I swear to god I cringed every time it was said. But apart from that I loved this book! I especially loved two of the new characters we got to meet in this book. The first one was Mason. He was so sweet! Even if I did find him a jerk in the beginning, just another piece of evidence as to why first impressions aren't always right. I also loved Neely Kate! She wa I don't think I will ever get fed up of reading these books. The only thing that started to grate on me was the phrase "crappy doodles". I swear to god I cringed every time it was said. But apart from that I loved this book! I especially loved two of the new characters we got to meet in this book. The first one was Mason. He was so sweet! Even if I did find him a jerk in the beginning, just another piece of evidence as to why first impressions aren't always right. I also loved Neely Kate! She was feisty and fun and I just fell in love with them both. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series! I'll be said when this one ends.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eisley Jacobs

    ROSE FOR PRESIDENT! Seriously, if you liked Twenty-Eight and a Half wishes, you are going to LOVE Twenty-nine and a half Reasons! Rose is back and sassy as ever! Ms Swank does a great job of bringing the same character I've grown to love (read 28 four or five times) back to life in this courtroom mystery of who-dun-it! I really thought I figured out who did it at one point but WHOOPS... It was awesome! You won't want to miss this installment of Rose Gardner! Seriously ROSE FOR PRESIDENT! Love her! ROSE FOR PRESIDENT! Seriously, if you liked Twenty-Eight and a Half wishes, you are going to LOVE Twenty-nine and a half Reasons! Rose is back and sassy as ever! Ms Swank does a great job of bringing the same character I've grown to love (read 28 four or five times) back to life in this courtroom mystery of who-dun-it! I really thought I figured out who did it at one point but WHOOPS... It was awesome! You won't want to miss this installment of Rose Gardner! Seriously ROSE FOR PRESIDENT! Love her! I can't wait for Thirty!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    This is one of those series that just puts a smile on your face. Rose Gardner is a sassy, quirky, hilarious woman who is chased by chaos. Murphy's Law was written for Rose! I loved Rose's new-found maturity. She's really grown as a character and finally stopped letting people walk all over her. And I absolutely love Joe! He is the best thing that's ever happened to Rose but what's up with Mason? He was acting smitten and something else that I can't put a name to. I can't wait to find out what hi This is one of those series that just puts a smile on your face. Rose Gardner is a sassy, quirky, hilarious woman who is chased by chaos. Murphy's Law was written for Rose! I loved Rose's new-found maturity. She's really grown as a character and finally stopped letting people walk all over her. And I absolutely love Joe! He is the best thing that's ever happened to Rose but what's up with Mason? He was acting smitten and something else that I can't put a name to. I can't wait to find out what his story is. And WTH is wrong with Violet! I wanted to strangle her.

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