Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set #2 Kindle Edition
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THIRTY-ONE AND A HALF REGRETS:
** spoiler alert ** Rose's life is a little chaotic, don't you think?! Would you have it any other way? I LOVE this book (yeah, it didn't take a vision from Rose to figure that one out.)
1) Pruitt, you're still a good guy. Let's be friends.
2) Is it just me or does Violet keep getting more intolerable with each installment of the series? I am the oldest of three girls and I would never treat my sisters the way she treats Rose. Shame on her.
3) A lot of drama could have been avoided had Bruce Wayne divulged what he knew early on. A LOT. Like the manhunt for Crocker, and the corruption of Henryetta's not-so finest. I saw that coming miles way, but I didn't mind it. Mason seems to be a smart guy though, why didn't he?!
4) Mason, you're a knight in shining arm and as such I still don't trust you. You're too perfect. And you were TOO ready to walk away from Rose after the dust settled and suggested she go back to Joe. Not cool, dude, not cool.
5) Joe. Darn it, Joe. Darn you! He left Rose and became an insufferable, drunkard, hopeless mess of jerk. Treating EVERYONE like crap. Yelling at Rose... ROSE! Not cool, dude. All you had to do was fight for her and you likely WOULD NOT be so stuck. At this point you deserve your misery. However, I adore his tenacity at the end. THAT is the spirit I've been looking for. Maybe Crocker and his men knocked some sense into him after all. A little too late though. And the idea of Joe in a sheriff's deputy uniform? Yes, please! I could date that version of him, without the Simmons Family/Hilary baggage.
6) Die, Hilary, die.
Finally, I want to know so much more about Dora and what led to her demise. I'm so devastated for Rose, and I'm sure Violet will have some kind of falling out in the future. I think she's jealous, but she needs to deal with it differently. Lie in the bed you make, woman!
This installment of the series was wholly satisfying. I feel like the final chapter could have been rearranged into a series ending, but I'm glad it's not! The Rose Gardner Mysteries are just so much fun!
THIRTY-TWO AND A HALF COMPLICATIONS:
This is my favorite book of the Rose Gardner Mysteries so far! Once again Denise has written an intriguing tale that never disappoints. There's a fair share of humor, suspense, and drama to go around. There's even an unlikely partnership that I never saw coming. There's also a tantalising revelation that will come right out of left field and back you in the face with a baseball bat. You'll have to read the book to learn about that one!
The most startling revelation to come out of these 101,000 words is the continued downward spiral of Violet, Rose's half sister. I could not be much more disappointed with her, but I don't believe she's hit rock bottom yet.
Joe's presence just cannot be avoided. I like him. I want to slap some sense into him. I want to marry him! He's a hopeless puppy of a man. I'm not sure what Denise has in store for him after this book, but I am enjoying watching his progression. Above all I want him to get past his troubles and find happiness. I'd rather than happy ending be with Rose, but only time will tell.
Mason is still a conundrum to me. I'm not at all sure about him. I want him to be as wonderfully perfect as he seems. I want his own sad past to heal and fade. I just don't trust him. He's just a little too passive and hell bent on destroying Joe and his family. I also think there's a scary type of volatility just bursting under his surface. I don't want him to hurt Rose.
Neely Kate, Bruce Wayne, and Jonah Pruitt are still there. And they're still wonderfully supportive of Rose!
This fifth installment has earned a solid five out of give stars from this happy reader!
PICKING UP THE PIECES:
I know the pieces fit!
*spoilers may lie ahead if you have not yet read the novella!*
Picking Up the Pieces is a great novella installment that gives you a little taste of everyone!
The first thing you should know, which should come as no surprise if you’ve read everything in the series so far, is that Hilary is the devil. Bruce Wayne’s POV was charming only made me want to see MORE of him! He is a magnificent fella. Violet has turned out to be quite the complicated character. On one hand and I want to be on her side, but she’s been so incredibly selfish and manipulative that I have a hard time feeling bad for her when it’s all said and done.
Most of all I LOVED seeing a glimpse Mason’s past with his sister. Her story is tragic and I would really love to learn more about her. Speaking of sisters, I am still waiting to meet Joe’s phantom sister!!! Maeve talking with Joe, and Joe finally standing up to face his past was the cherry on top of a perfect installment. I am hoping that we will get to see Joe talking with Jonah in the future… he could use a therapist of sorts. As always, Rose is quite the firecracker and it is always fun to see where she goes next.
Five stars from this happy reader. Thank goodness Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans will be released in TWO DAYS!
THIRTY-THREE AND A HALF SHENANIGANS:
Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans was such a fast read for me! I enjoyed the pacing among all of the shenanigans involving Rose and Neely Kate. Two plots converged into one and were wrapped up in a nice bow very quickly at the end. However, the story was so laser-focused on the mystery at hand that much of the over-arching mysteries of the series took a back seat. I really want to see much more about Rose’s relationship with Violet, Rose’s mother’s history, Joe’s true intentions, and the mess with JR Simmons.
At one point Denise had me convinced that Mason had gone dark side. I enjoyed seeing Joe in action as the chief deputy, but wish there was more about his ‘partnership’ with Mason in taking down JR Simmons. I thoroughly enjoy Joe and Mason and their budding friendship. It’s begrudging right now, but there’s potential. They’ll be besties soon enough!! Meanwhile, Skeeter’s life on the darkside is quite topsy-turvy! I really feel like I have to root for that fella… he’s got flair. I’m sure Rose’s role as the Lady in Black will bite her in the behind soon enough. I really want to know who will find out first… Mason or Joe?! I’m not sure who would be more furious either, but I feel like it’ll be Joe.
I’m starting to feel there’s some ginger-hate going on given that TWO gingers (Hilary and Deputy Hoffstetter) have a major grudge for all things concerning Rose. Respect the red-heads! Unless they’re evil… which these two clearly are. ;)
I want to say that Maeve is my MVP of this installment. She's sweet, she's observant, she's caring, and she's honest (as far as I can tell.) I love her!!
I’m still very satisfied with this installment of the Rose Gardner Mysteries! I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next novella and book! *****Five stars*****
32- As usual, trouble follows Rose and she starts this out in the middle of a bank robbery. Her quest to get her stolen money back has her meeting with some questionable characters, but she needs the money to save her sinking business. At home, she and Mason are going through their own "scare" and Joe is sniffing around and finding ways to make Rose his business as usual. Rose's continued evolution is exciting to read, and her new ventures promise some interesting plot twists in the coming books. The end is particularly intriguing, with a formerly background character stepping into a larger role and Rose beginning to weave a sticky situation. This is a fast paced read, possibly because this is the point in the series where it becomes difficult to put your book down!
Picking Up the Pieces- What a perfect moment to get inside Joe's head- when he discovers both pregnancies. He is such a conflicted character, and it was nice to see him meet someone he could confide in and talk to, as surprising as it was. Violet also had quite an intense moment- DGS seems to know when to give her antagonists an audience, making it difficult to stay angry with the characters even if Rose is. Mason's story about Savannah was also very interesting and telling. It gave a decent amount of background that promises to rear its head again at some point.
33- Neely Kate's cousin has gone missing, so of course she and Rose decide to investigate. They end up weaving a complicated web of lies, for all the right reasons. Rose continues to further act as the Lady In Black despite protests to the contrary. As she gets further into the underworld, she seems to get more passionate about it, but still seems in denial when approached directly. The book seems to be ramping up and laying the groundwork for the next few books.
The cast of characters is well developed and each book in the series enhances them. Her sister, Violet who is also her business partner. Her friend Bruce Wayne, who would do anything for Rose, Mason Deveraux the assistant DA, Jonah Pruitt the Minister/showman and Joe her first love. Plus the others that become entwined with the lives of those around.
I did read the first two little novellas that are in between the series, but really they are just rehashing what we already read.
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