The Substitute - Denise Grover Swank

The Substitute

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2015-01-11
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 2,331 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)



    By Crazy not lazy
    Totally outstanding! I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were great. Each one had an outstanding personality. I laughed over the grandmothers antics. She was hysterical! This book had everything! I highly recommend reading it!
  • The Substitute

    By send review 2
    I totally enjoyed this book. Well-written and very entertaining.
  • Awesome Read

    By ShaunieShaun
    I rarely read a “first in a series” book that makes me interested in reading the subsequent books. This book was so witty and funny. You automatically feel like you’re following the characters and it keeps you engaged and interested to know how it will end. I even found myself saying awwww and chuckling; very audibly I must say lol. This was a fun read and it was very easy to get into the storyline.
  • Romantic

    By Mrs. BusyB
    I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this story!
  • Good book

    By lady bird 10
    Good book
  • Couldn’t stop reading

    By Lerivas07
    I stumbled across this series by accident and I’m so glad I did! I absolutely love it! I couldn’t put it down! I laughed, (almost) cried, and had lots of smiles reading this book! Ready for book 2!
  • Loved it!

    By Estella Ramos
    I absolutely adore this book. The best part is that there isn’t really a sequel and it’s free! But this book is actually incredible. Really cute, really romantic, but most of all it’s well written and a great read.
  • The Substitute

    By PushpushStable
    Everything a reader has come to expect from this author. Fast paced storyline with sweet romance, rolled together into a well written novel.
  • Such an amazing book

    By CQUINTA619
    I would definitely recommend anyone who loves to read , take a chance and fall in love with this book . I can’t wait to read the next three books . . Such a great author
  • Should have spent more time in the cutting stage.

    By Mishteh
    This book is at least 25% longer than it needs to be with way too many scenes that fail to accomplish nearly anything. There are so many scenes that don’t hit the mark for exposing or moving the plot or pacing and just seem to be there to pad the length? Other events that are actually important drag on and/or happen in the middle of major plot points and derails the tension. It was a good story, decently written, the protagonist, Josh was extremely likable but the (non)protagonist, Megan is a passive victim of the plot the entire time and does almost nothing to further the story in any meaningful way which is always frustrating but Josh and the villain basically covered the slack of that. Heck even minor characters that weren’t villains did more to further the plot. And spoilers: the antagonist seems to be the protagonist of the the second part of the trilogy. You spend so much time being given way too many reasons to hate her that I’m not sure why anyone would want to pick up the second book? I found her utterly unlikable as she seemed to be there mostly to highlight how much of a spineless, weak willed woman Megan is and her character flip at the end felt out of left field and ridiculous.