The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank

Last week I stumbled across my new favorite way to find FREE Nook Books! It's on the Barnes and Noble site directly. At the top, they have some of their most popular FREE eBooks, and below that, you can search by genre. See what I'm talking about here.

When I finished looking through these titles, I had 4 books in my cart.

I finished my first one Monday night.

The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank is one of a 3 part series (how do I keep coming across series? I don't know) called The Wedding Pact.

Honestly, I haven't read a romance novel since my high school days. It was easy to get back into the swing of things though. These novels, although at times predictable, are always a nice, feel good read (even if tears are involved).

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 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?Source
This novel I would not recommend for children. There are two or three sex scenes that are not super raunchy, they are raunchy enough to have kids asking questions.

Some of the characters lacked development. Megan's best friends, Libby and Blair especially. They were written to be polar opposites with very little back story. I felt the same about Josh's brother, Noah. I wish there were more depths to their characters.

On the other hand, I love Megan's grandma! She is hilarious, and a great comedic relief in the story. Just imagine, a semi-nudist grandma strutting her stuff around right before a wedding. Yes! She's a perfect addition to the book.

The lack of character development, by no means takes away from the overall story. I would recommend this to anyone for a fun, vacation on the beach read. This is the perfect summer read, and since Texas can't decide what season it wants to be, I can read summer reads in January!

I don't plan on continuing the series just yet, but maybe one day.

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