Monday, December 15, 2014

*REVIEW* Business As Usual (Off The Subject #3) by Denise Grover Swank

Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I was slighted disappointed with the last book in the Off The Subject trilogy. Business As Usual is based around Alexa, she is Reeds sister who we find out about in redesigned, book 2. She was raped by a guy who was obsessed with her and because he came from money, he got off with it. Reed and Alexa moved away and changed their last names so they could hide and put Alexa's traumatic situation behind them. In Business As Usual she meets Ben. Ben has to work three jobs to pay his way through college when his scholarship was taken away from him all because of his ex girlfriend. After dumping his ex, she said that he raped her which landed his in a cell for a week until the charges were dropped. The problem is that Ben has to live with people whispering and speculating about whether he actually did it or not. Even his family wasn't on his side so now he has to try and put it in the past and move on. Ben and Alexa meet at the bar Ben works at and sparks fly between them.They are loads of secrets on both sides when they meet and when Ben finds out that Alexa was raped, he believes that she won't want anything to so with him.

There relationship is very unusual and even their first meeting is based on a lie. I really wanted to enjoy it more but it was lacking in drama for me and i didn't feel like it had the same pull as the first two books. I still read it and found it enjoyable but it didn't give me the same feeling as the first two.

Lexi Pendergraft has given up on finding love after a disastrous encounter with her last boyfriend. Instead, she focuses on two things: One, setting up a summer program for underprivileged middle-school aged students. And the second, getting to the bottom of her brother Reed’s recent strange behavior. His secret is destroying his relationship with his fiancĂ©e Caroline, and Lexi will do anything to help him save it. Especially after he gave up his dream to give Lexi a chance at a semi-normal college experience, something her parents threatened to steal from her after her rape a year ago. 

Ben Masterson is determined to make it through his final semester of his senior year at Southern University. After recently losing his full ride scholarship, he’s suffering from sleep deprivation while trying to keep up with his mechanical engineering courses and working three part time jobs. He thinks he’s lucked out getting a job in the university math lab. The only problem is his boss—Reed Pendergraft. 

As part of a role in a community theater play, Lexi wears a black wig and feels a confidence she hasn’t experienced in over a year. When she wears it to a bar close to the theater, she doesn’t think Ben, a bartender there, recognizes her. While Ben’s intrigued about what she’s up to, he’s smart enough to stay far away from his overprotective boss’s sister Until fate forces him to help her, but why won’t she tell him her real identity? 

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