The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) by Denise Grover Swank

The SubstituteTitleThe Substitute

SeriesThe Wedding Pact

AuthorDenise Grover Swank

Published:  January 2015

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?

Ana will put The Substitute on her second shelf!!

This book reminded me of two things.  First, sometimes you need a good light read to put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face.  Second, it 2nd Shelfhad been way too long since I’d read a Denise Grover Swank book…and I cannot allow that to happen again!!  This is the perfect romance book, one where you have to suspend your judgement just a little but you don’t care because the writing is superb and story touches your heart.

I loved Megan and Josh.  Both in tough situations, both dealing with family drama, and yet both willing to do what it takes to help the other.  Megan broke off her engagement but had not told her parents because of the complex family drama that surrounds her.  Josh needs to find a way to save his business and help his employees.  When they meet quite by chance on a flight heading to where they both need to face the music, the shenanigans begin.  Josh pretends to be Megan’s fiance and, in the process, attempts to use the situation to help his firm.  I loved the interaction between the two and their banter was fun.  They were both smart characters with big hearts.  The secondary characters added color and were charming in their own right.  The flow of the story was perfect, there was never a dull moment and I had trouble putting it down.  But…that could also be because I might have fallen a little bit in love with Josh.  No matter, either way, I devoured this book!

I think what drew me to this book was that in amongst the storyline was a thread of complete and utter truth…the real life struggle to deal with family and how to balance our commitments to others with our own desires.  Everyone has experienced these elements and, in this story, they were handled with care, with humor, and with finesse.  And, yes, the situation was unlikely but sometimes it’s the out of the ordinary that gives you an opportunity for reflection.  If you haven’t read a book by Denise Grover Swank this is a good one to start with…but, in reality, all of her books are wonderful.  So don’t wait…get to know her now!!

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Posted July 16, 2015 by Ana in Adult, Alternating POVs, Contemporary, Favorite Authors, Indie, Reviews, Romance, Series, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends / 0 Comments

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