The Substitute

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 - Denise Grover Swank Summary

The Substitute is a 1996 American crime action thriller film directed by Robert Mandel and starring Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson, Marc Anthony, William Forsythe, Raymond Cruz and Luis Guzmán...

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The Substitute - Denise Grover Swank Book Reviews (2,507)


Grabbed in by the first Chapter.5 star

I loved this book! Humor, love and great writing made this book awesome!! I didn’t fin myself skipping chapters like I’ve done with so many other books. I read every line without hesitation. Onto the second book 😊 📖 55

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! 55

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The Substitute5 star

I totally enjoyed this book. Well-written and very entertaining. 55


Awesome Read5 star

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. 55

Mrs. BusyB

Romantic4 star

I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this story! 45

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Good book5 star

Good book 55


Couldn’t stop reading5 star

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! 55

Estella Ramos

Loved it!5 star

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. 55


The Substitute5 star

Everything a reader has come to expect from this author. Fast paced storyline with sweet romance, rolled together into a well written novel. 55


Such an amazing book5 star

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 55


Omg, so good.5 star

This was one of the best books I've read! I laughed, cried, and never wanted to put the book down. I honestly am shocked this book is free. This author is too good. SUCH a good book. 55


Worth every minute5 star

I loved this book! Funny, interesting and romantic..💕💕💕💕💕 55


Elongated and redundant as hell1 star

Boring. Took 500 plus pages for the most predictable conclusion ending. Redundant and repetitive every 2 pages. In the end what girl wouldn't get angry at a natural liar?????!! Their whole fake relationship was based on a lie, dishonesty and lots of fake emotional crap. Such a fictional book. Not one aspect of this story is believable not even the characters behaviors. Took 450 plus pages of utter unnecessary redundancy to get to the same conclusion in a 100-150 page story. Not worth reading 500 plus. Obviously the girl doesn't change at all in the story. The guy is a fraud. The girl forgives the douche bag like ALWAYS. Save your efforts and read something more concise and less predictable. 15


Worth the ready funny,sexy,drama5 star

Loved it so much caught myself often wanting to open it and read it during the day instead of at night in bed lol 💜 age23 55

C Falcone

Love the characters5 star

My all time favorite character in this book...Grams. I laughed so hard at her antics, I had tears streaming from my eyes. I've never held my breath before while reading any book like I did while hoping Josh & Megan's secret stayed under wraps. Great book. 55


Funny and charming5 star

Definitely a book I will recommend! It draws you in and makes you believe in love! 55


L.O.V.E.5 star

This book was definitely the best book I've read in awhile and the first by this author. I was laughing through out the book and hated to see it end. 55


The Kind Of Book You Can't Stop Reading5 star

You find yourself at the whim of the main characters, Megan and Josh. I was at the edge of my seat trying to guess what was next. Every emotion jumps out at you and you feel as if you're living this crazy adventure. Such an unexpected great read. I HIGHLY recommend it! 55


Great read5 star

Funny love story 55


Can't put it down!5 star

This was a great book! Kept me intrigued the entire time, I couldn't put it down. Looking for a quirky romance, you'll love this book!! 55

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