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The Substitute (The Wedding Pact Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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MP3 CD FormatMegan 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 that he's her fiancé. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring that 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?
Contains mature themes.
About the Author
Denise Grover Swank has written several novels, including the Chosen series and the Rose Gardner mysteries. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At nineteen, she became a nomad, living in five cities, four states, and ten houses over the next decade before returning to her roots. Her hobbies include making witty Facebook comments and dancing in the kitchen. She has six children and hasnt lost her sanityor so she leads everyone to believe.
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982669764
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982669768
- Item Weight : 2.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,077,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2015
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Josh just barely caught the flight. He didn't have a plan he had to save his company.
Maggie had taken a couple Dramamine then had a couple drinks. She fell. Asleep after Josh had gotten her water and a blanket. They were in Kansas City and he couldn't get her awake. He tried to get help from the flight attendant. She was going to call security. He got her awake enough to say she was going with him. Then he fireman carried her to the arrival area. As he was setting her down her parents skies them their daughter and her fiance that they had never met.
This only gets better.
Some very hot sex but very good story
Also, since her father was a big part of the reason all of this started I felt cheated not to actually witness the big reveal to him or see him answer for the things he shouldn't have done. I don't think those parts should have been skipped for a vague summary in the epilogue.
Plus, I don't think the Momzilla who hijacked her daughter's wedding to the point of canceling her dress and getting a different one was properly addressed because let's be honest the only good things about that wedding were the feelings between the bride and groom and what Josh brought to the wedding. Nothing else was something her daughter wanted. If it's the right person, you only get one wedding and as someone who had her wedding hijacked by a former MIL it's disheartening to the point that it ruins the idea of even planning another wedding should you remarry. You don't look back on that shit with smiles you look back and think about how horrible the whole event was and you feel cheated. So I feel like there should have been more than her just continuing to lie to her Mom. Because at some point Megan needs to tell her Mom to love the daughter she has and not the one she wishes she had. Or that not everything is about her, so many truths need to be said to that woman and its never addressed.
Then there is the nightmare that is Blair. With friends like her do you even need enemies? To say she was a bitch is an understatement.
Overall though I did enjoy the story and I am looking forward to reading Libby's story because I bet that one will be amazing. Definitely recommended if only for the humor alone.
Anyway, "The Substitute" sounded like a cute story with lots of promise and that's exactly what I got from reading this book. Both main characters, Megan and Josh have problems that need dealing with. Megan is afraid to tell her control freak mother that she's not getting married and Josh has to find a way to save his failing company. Little do they both know as they board the same plane that fate has other ideas for these two. This is the kind of story I love to read, where two unknowing strangers are thrust together and they find in each other something they didn't realize they needed. Megan needed a good guy for once and Josh needed something deeper besides propping up his father's business legacy.
What you don't get from the synopsis is how incredibly FUNNY this story is. With a quirky family like Megan's, where your feisty grandmother runs around nude, pinching behinds, doing yoga in her birthday suit and several wedding mishaps are commonplace there was always something goofy happening to break up the moments filled with mild dramatic elements. I was already in love with this story within the first few chapters but the more I got to know Megan and Josh, the more I fell. These two were such an amazing couple who were honest with each other, despite Josh's ulterior motive to get closer to her in order to learn about her father's business. They talked and laughed and snuggled and fell in love and it was perfect for me. They weren't immature, they weren't irresponsible and they didn't play games with each other to get what they wanted. It was just an honest, heartfelt bonding relationship that got stronger as the story unfolded with an adorably sweet climax I had hoped for.
I admit that I'm a very moody reader and sometimes I'm in the mood for sweet and endearing but others I want passionate chemistry with a little bit of angst to get my heart pumping. "The Substitute" was precisely what I needed with it's adorable romance between MC's Megan and Josh and a hilarious cast of side characters that I find myself excited to read their stories. Even the bitchy best friend Blair, who pissed me off several times with her meddling but ultimately I saw A LOT of myself in her. That's a story I'm seriously looking forward to! I bought this book on a freebie sale but with that adorable cover and how wonderful it was overall, I would have definitely paid full price and can't wait to put this paperback on my shelf. For moody readers like me, I would suggest this book if you're in the mood for a sweetly endearing love story with mild angst, some mildly passionate love scenes if you're burnt out on over-sexed characters and some laugh out loud moments to make you smile throughout.
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A most enjoyable read.
I cry with laughter within the first few pages each and every time. I really love the characters and their (sometimes) very obvious flaws. Gram is one of my all time favourite charactees and honestly she makes me laugh so hard. Josh is so sweet and honestly in my head so very insanely hot. Nicole and Bart are hilarious too... The exaggeration! Oh my... So much fun in one book.
I wasn't a fan of all the lying and subterfuge in the book, I mean in one aspect it was obvious but there just seemed to be so many tangled webs... But it all ended well so I can't really complain 😅
I've not read anything else by Denise Grover Swank but that is going to change, since I found out that this is the first in a series I will be bingeing it in the next few days and I'm so excited
I literally laughed out loud at this book! It was so sweet, a little unbelievable however it worked. I think because Megan and Josh are such loveable characters, the flaws in the book are overlooked. I absolutely loved it.
Megan is heading home to tell her controlling mother, that her fiance cheated on her and now the (very expensive) wedding has to be cancelled.
Josh is hoping this trip will save his company, what are the chances the woman he sits beside on the plane, is the daughter of the very man Josh hopes to run into.
Playing Megan's fiancé seems to solve both of their problems. Quick break up before the wedding, Megan won't get disowned from her family and Josh will save his company. Simple? So it would seem. Throw in some feelings and things get complicated.
I will definitely reread!
Megan can't tell her overbearing mother that she called off her wedding to a cheating *******. Josh is fighting to save his business when another company stole his designs. When they end up sitting next to reach other on a plane to Kansas City their worlds collide and they both could be the answer that the other one needs.
There are moments of hilarity mainly from Megan's elderly grandmother who is so not into acting her age.
I enjoyed this book from start to end and had trouble putting it down.