The Substitute - Denise Grover Swank

The Substitute

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2015-01-11
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 1,766 Ratings


Book one in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling humorous contemporary romance by Denise Grover Swank. 

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean--a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.
With only one week left to save his business, Josh McMillan boards a plane to Kansas City in a last-ditch effort, leaving the details to chance. An unexpected answer is delivered in the form of the beautiful brunette beside him. Though she’s completely loopy, her honesty, openness, and humor charm him. So when she passes out before landing, he helps her off the plane--a good deed that leads to a colossal misunderstanding. Her parents assume he’s her fiancé. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring he can help Megan too. All he has to do is stage a public break up convincing enough to appease her mother.
Josh is only supposed to be a substitute groom, but the more time he and Megan spend together, the more their pretend engagement starts to feel real…and the less they want to break it off. Can a relationship that began as a farce turn into happily ever after?  

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)

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  • Liked it, but...

    By NidiaCh
    I liked it because it was a quick and easy read. I felt that the story itself lacked substance but I still enjoyed reading it.
  • Predictable but Can’t put the book down!

    By TheNonReader
    I’m not much of a reader - I prefer to binge watch tv shows. But I started reading this book and I found myself enthralled in it. It’s got some pretty predictable outcomes and unrealistic (yet passionate) romance scenes. (But that’s fiction for ya!) Needless to say, I found myself wanting to read the book everywhere I went - this book has definitely been my guilty pleasure!
  • The Substitute

    By jadetone
    Amusing yet predictable. Could have written it all in one chapter.
  • Slow starting decent ending terrible grammar

    By 15cruzc
    I’m going to get straight to the point (something this book did not do) the story is original which is why I gave it 3 stars. In all the book was overly and unnecessarily detailed which made it mundane and I found myself acting as the grammar police (publisher deserves to be fired for not proofreading).
  • The Substitute

    By Daneemad
    This is the first book I have read fully, to be honest I am not much of a reader but I am incredibly greatful this was one of the free ones I was able to download and instanly loved every minute of it. I bought the other three that follow.
  • Substitute

    By Cmwitzel
    The book kept my attention, but I felt some parts dragged out a little too long.
  • The substitute

    By 💍💎💖🐬🐚🍓🍉🍭🍬🍰🍧🇺🇸✏️
    This was an amazing book! It’s got more romance than expected. It’s totally worth your time!
  • Love this book!

    By Hamm_lynn
    I read the whole book in one day, it is like a hallmark movie but with a little more spice. Now on to the next one!
  • Hot mess!

    By CarolMTea
    OMG - sorry Denise, your book is STILL a hot mess (your words, never mine)!!! Character development is lame & inconsistent, details within situations aren’t well thought out & unbelievable . . . feels like it was written by a high school girl w/ her best friend as editor.
  • Love!

    By Sdbride13
    I want more of Megan and Josh! I wish the series was about them.
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