The Substitute - Denise Grover Swank

The Substitute

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2015-01-11
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 3,208 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)


  • Wonderful

    By momomo17777
    Josh is flying to Kansas to meet Bart Vandamere so to save his company from bankruptcy. On the plane, he meets Megan. Megan gets drunk on the plane and Josh tries to help her. At the airport, he recognizes that Megan is no other than bart’s daughter. Megan had not told her parents that she had broken up with her fiancé, and her wedding is coming up in days. Josh convinces Megan to pose as her fiancé. This book kept me flipping through the pages. I love the plot and characters. Wonderful book! Morton Rowling, author
  • So great!

    By StoneHaven126
    This was a very fun read! Read the whole book in about 3 days! It’s suspenseful and exciting
  • Loved this book!

    By Candycorn143
    I laughed out loud quite a few times! Really loved this book and I’m definitely going to continue the series. My first time reading a book by this author but definitely not my last.
  • Really Good

    By Shanaynay12345678900987654321
    A little cheesy and cliche but I loved it. Excellent book.
  • The Substitute

    By Sug36ll
    Funny, loving, dramatic and suspenseful all in one story!! Enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for keeping it clean. JK
  • Loved it!

    By sbsbrinson
    Megan and Josh’s story is funny, sad, and a great love story! You will love it!
  • Funny

    By Montanafilly73
    A very sweet and funny story. I loved the story of Megan and Josh and found myself laughing out loud many times! Can’t wait to read more books by this author.
  • Such a great start to a series

    By speed reader 71
    This book was so good! I loved the rom-com genre which is different than this author’s other works-but, it’s still just as great! If you love romance and comedy, then this book is for you! Give it a try and don’t forget to leave your review afterwards. After this series, go check out her other books if you haven’t already. I have read all of her Rose Gardner series and absolutely love them! She also wrote some books under DG Swank so check those out too! I promise you’ll love her books!
  • Funny but boring

    By Dinaki1
    I finished reading this book and I didn’t like it.
  • If only!

    By Diggorygun
    I wanted so badly to finish reading this because I initially liked the premise. Unfortunately, it just dragged on and on. I found myself skipping huge sections of it, scanning for the good parts. I eventually gave up.