Published June 10th 2013 by Createspace
Fashion major Caroline has a plan for her life: find a man to marry who will make plenty of money to support her so that she or her future children are never wanting for anything. She comes from a very poor family and never wants to feel the hunger or longing that comes with being destitute again.
Unfortunately, she is already in her senior year and all the men that she dates are completely wrong for her (and sometimes they’re real idiots, too). When she meets Reed Pendergraft the attraction is immediate – they drive each other crazy, and not only in the good way! He is pompous and argumentative, and Caroline can’t help but argue back. They are most definitely hot for each other – but Reed is a math major who wants to become a college professor and therefore won’t make much money. He doesn’t fit Caroline’s criteria for the perfect man at all.
Meanwhile, Caroline has been chosen to be on the committee for the college’s fashion show. And guess who else is there as a facilitator? Reed Pendergraft, as well as his sweet little sister who Caroline can’t help but like. How long can Reed and Caroline really last without succumbing to their attraction? Does she need to reevaluate her plans for the future?
Redesigned is kind of the opposite of After Math. Rather than spending ages getting to know each other before anything physical happens like Scarlett and Tucker did, Reed and Caroline pretty much get straight to the physical stuff. Also, since we already knew a bit of Caroline’s back story from After Math, that leaves Reed to be the cagey one. You can tell he’s hiding something straight away, and you don’t get answers until close to the end of the book.
Caroline’s point of view is a lot easier to read from than Scarlett’s. Sometimes while reading After Math, I’d find myself sighing and getting a bit distracted, but Redesigned is much more fun and better paced. Also, (I keep comparing the two novels, but I can’t help it) the physical stuff in After Math seemed kind of … passionless. But Redesigned handled that side of things much better.
Reed’s big reveal was good in theory, but thinking back, I wasn’t sure if the character it pertained to acted appropriately throughout the novel. Then again, everyone reacts to things differently, so how should I know?
All in all, this was a very enjoyable and readable novel. If you read After Math and thought ‘I’m not going there again!’, try this anyway because it is very different.
My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.25/5