The Valentine

The Valentine

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2016-02-08
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
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Description

*****A Short Story from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wedding Pact series*****

Blair Hansen-Lowry never thought that marriage would be enough to ensure a happily ever after—her career as a divorce attorney made sure of that. But she never expected her old insecurities to resurface only a few short months after she and Garrett said “I do.” When Garrett receives an irresistible offer that could pull them apart, Blair becomes convinced it’s only a matter of time before Garrett realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. 

Garrett Lowry knew what he was getting into when he married a strong, stubborn woman with a tendency to keep people at arm’s length—even him. He’s fully committed to her nonetheless, and will do what it takes to build a life together. But the harder Garrett tries to prove himself, the more distant Blair seems to grow. When, in the midst of an argument, she issues a particularly deep-stinging barb, he begins to wonder if Blair might actually be happier without him.

It all comes to a head on Valentine’s Day when Blair and Garrett must confront their fear that love may not be enough. These two have never celebrated Valentine’s Day the traditional way, but this year it could be the holiday that will determine their future. Will they fight for Cupid’s arrows or get mired in lovers’ quarrels?

The Wedding Pact and the Bachelor Brotherhood series:
The Wedding Pact
#1 The Substitute (Megan's story)
#2 The Player (Blair's story)
#3 The Gambler (Libby's story)
#4 The Valentine (Blair short story)

Bachelor Brotherhood
#1 Only You (Kevin's story)
#2 Until You (Tyler's story)
#3 Always You (Matt's story)

Reviews

  • Recommended

    5
    By Kellywis
    I laughed! I cried!! All good reads. Can't wait for the accompanying "bachelor" stories!!!
  • Short, Perfect for Valentine’s Day :)

    5
    By Noelllllllllll ;)
    ** spoiler alert ** Like all DGS books, I LOVED IT! Highly recommend! I felt like I could relate with blare so much in this one! This is an addition to the Wedding Pact series, and should be read as the 4th book because there are a couple spoilers that may ruin some surprise from The Gambler (3rd book). This is a story centering around Blair, and as a newly married person myself, I can relate. She makes a comment after he makes a comment and that causes a small fight between the two, and of course this is over the phone and text messaging because he's dealing with business. TOTALLY HAVE BEEN THERE. What's funny is that neither of them want to fight, but due to some of Blair's past, she's insecure and wants to keep distance, and he doesn't want to mess anything up, contributing to some of her past. After a frustrating day at work, she comes home on Valentine's day to celebrate Anti-Valentine's day 2.0 and expecting her husband to be home... and he's not. So she pours some wine and flips on the television to find that his expected flight crashed with a number of casualties. And naturally, her mind goes to the worst imaginable place. TOTALLY HAVE BEEN THERE. He turns out to be fine, but the near death experience teaches them to cherish each other, and stop putting up barriers.... and yes, TOTALLY HAVE BEEN THERE. This was a great mini-story from the one and only Denise Grover Swank! Perfect for Valentine's day! Would have read it all in a day if it weren't for exams :/. Highly recommend, nice feel good story that I think we can all relate to.
  • A Sweet Valentine Surprise

    5
    By Hlgpooh
    This is a delightful short story focused around Blair and Garrett from the Wedding Pact series. Despite it's short length, it is still emotionally packed! I also loved learning more about Garrett's sister, Kelsey. This was such a fast, enjoyable read!
  • Valentine Surprise!!!

    5
    By RuthieParrish
    What a fantastic early Valentine's Day gift from the great and wonderful Denise Grover Swank! Love, love, love, this story! Such a nice little taste into Blair and Garretts' marriage! Come on, we all knew Blair was going to have some adjustment issues! I think after this story, she's going to be less hard on our sweetheart Garrett! Some people just have to see how much they really love and need someone! That's our Blair! Snippets of stories to come, are peeking through the cracks throughout this book! We also get to hear a little about Blair's best friends pregnancies. Y'all know, we were all curious! I love this story, and the entire series! Denise Grover Swank hits all our feels with this one! I was frustrated, mad, scared, and heartbroken, and oh my goodness so in love all over again!! This is a must read!!
  • Awesome story!

    5
    By Mikki_Rae
    This story is a great addition to The Wedding Pact series! I've loved the series since the the very first book, and I loved getting to know more about Blair and Garrett! This story is about their first Valentines day together after they get married. For such a short story, it packs a heck of a punch. We get to see a side of Blair that she's never exposed before, Garrett's sister Kelsey drops a bombshell on Garrett, and she needs her big brother and her new sister-in-law more than ever, and we get a hint at some kind of story for Blair's assistant Melissa. Denise sure know how to pack a ton of information into one short story. Can't wait for the next in the series!
  • Great short story

    5
    By Blesan28
    Denise delivered a fantastic surprise short story to all of her readers. We had no clue it was coming! Such a great story to characters we have begun to love. Only issue is it is way too short. :)
  • I Love it!!!

    5
    By Ej0726
    Such an amazing story! I love all of the books in this series and I can't wait for more! Denise is such an amazing author.
  • Amazing short story that leaves you wanting more!!

    5
    By NikkiM613
    As always, Denise Grover Swank yet again delivers on a wonderful story. My main problem was that it ended far too soon. Regardless, I absolutely love being a fan of an author who loves to leave little surprises like this for her readers. This mini story is perfect. You get an inside look at Blair's marriage. Denise does a fantastic job at grasping emotions and taking a real look at relationships. Sometimes books or movies end in an unrealistic place where suddenly everything is perfect. In this story, Blair is faced with her insecurities and shows that despite finding her way back to her true love, those doubts will never exactly disappear. It's about confronting those issues and understanding that it takes time to heal. I also love the insight on both Melissa and Kelsey and can't wait to hear more about them in future books! This story will definitely hit you with emotions and make you want more! Can't wait until the new spinoff of the Wedding Pact comes out!
  • Loved it, loved it, loved it.

    5
    By Flavious Finx
    Denise Grover Swank did it again! From the first page, I was drawn right back into Blair's world. It was great to be able to delve deeper into what makes Blair Blair. This book is packed with emotion, frustration, fear, and deep love. This is a great continuance of the Wedding Pact series, with small appearances by all our favorite characters. Don't miss out on this read!
  • After Happily Ever After

    5
    By Tess425
    Loved this story! First off, Have you read the Wedding Pact series??? It's three book about three friends who made a pact to get married before they turned 30. A fortune teller told it would happen, but all three of them wouldn't marry the person they were engaged too. Crazy right!?! That leads to three very funny light hearted romance novels called: The Substitute,The Player,and The Gambler. They are must reads. Ok now this story! Blair, the star of book two "The Player". This is her after happily ever after story. Why? Because like so many of us, she needed a little more help letting "I love you forever" sink in. Check it out to see if she caught on! You're going to love it! Then check out the rest of Denise's books. She's an amazing writer.

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