The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank

The Substitute

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2015-01-11
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
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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)


  • 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.
  • Dreamy and nice

    By Jasminepzk21
    It was one of the first ebooks i started to read and have read and read !
  • Great book, but very long

    By Kaamil Naicker
    The story was great; there can be no doubt about that. However, I feel as though it could have been told in half the number of pages. The language used was simple and straightforward and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great work!
  • Amazing

    By Marcie87!!
    This series is amazing. I couldn't put it down.
  • I loved it!

    By Jammin53
    I was bored and just looking for something to read. I never expected this book. It was very entertaining and I looked forward to what would happen next. This author has a great talent.
  • Amazing

    By Holtond17
    This is a awesome book! Really wish your others were free for the series!!! I loved it every bit of it
  • Great!!!

    By amandasew
    Loved it, great series!