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How steamy is it? Simmering

Take Me to the Good Parts of This Book
Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit

  • Sexual Tension
  • The Substitute By Denise Grover Swank
Josh helps Megan with her dress.
  • Flirty Banter
  • The Substitute By Denise Grover Swank
Get his cell phone # before you marry him, Megan.
  • Kiss
  • The Substitute By Denise Grover Swank
Megan's tongue teases Josh's.
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • The Substitute By Denise Grover Swank
Megan succumbs to Josh's exquisite torture.
  • Proposal
  • The Substitute By Denise Grover Swank
Josh knows it's probably too soon, but…

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  • Sexual Tension
  • Josh helps Megan with her dress.
  • Flirty Banter
  • Get his cell phone # before you marry him, Megan.
  • Kiss
  • Megan's tongue teases Josh's.
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • Megan succumbs to Josh's exquisite torture.
  • Proposal
  • Josh knows it's probably too soon, but…

Publisher's Summary

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 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?

©2015 Denise Grover Swank (P)2015 Tantor

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Enjoyable & Fun Story

If you could sum up The Substitute in three words, what would they be?

steamy, lighthearted, fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

Megan was my favorite character because she was sweet and kind.

What about Shannon McManus’s performance did you like?

I will say it was funny to me to hear the narrator speak the men's voices (first time I've listened to a book with this), but she did a good job in consistency of all because I could tell from the tone which character was speaking each time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to keep listening and was annoyed life was getting in the way!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to books before, but not many. After recently signing back up with audible.com, I chose a few books to download and, after looking at the list decided I needed something a bit lighthearted. The Substitute sounded like just the ticket from the description and I wasn't disappointed. I found myself looking for opportunities to listen to the story, I wanted to know what was in store for Megan and Josh, the main characters (and now look forward to book 2!). The Substitute is a steamy, fluffy chicklit book that is perfect for a weekend getaway, rainy day curled up in front of the fire, or just about anytime you want to "read" something simply for fun.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A sweet, funny read!

Absolutely loved this book! Megan and Josh are adorable together! All the characters in this book add the perfect amount of everything to the story and what a wild ride it is! Can't wait to read the other books in this series! Knickers and Grams are hilarious!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 01-16-17

I used to like the name Megan

I didn't enjoy this story. It's completely unrealistic but I can handle that. My biggest issue is that there is not one likable character. The heroine is a doormat, the hero is unethical, mom is a horrible momzilla, dad is a cheating bastard, granny tries to be funny but fails miserably and even Megan's friends are terrible. I couldn't connect with any character and the story felt like it was 5 hours longer than needed. The whole story takes place in 3 days and the book is over 10 hours long. Way too long and drawn out.

The narrator was ok. My only issue is the robotic way she would say the name Megan. And it is repeated a gazillion times throughout the story in the same robotic way. So no, I don't recommend this series at all.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Far fetched premise made unbelievable by unremarkable narrator

This book could have been passable with a more experienced narrator. Shannon McManus was reading rather than performing, and her inability to to infuse substance into the characters made it difficult to believe in the emotional bond that Denise Swank was trying to develop. The result was that the whole package came across as lame.

For the first two thirds of the book Josh kept describing Megan as amazing and special, but there was absolutely nothing in her words or actions that supported such an appraisal. She was afraid of her mother, she persisted in perpetuating a colossal deceit, she had no backbone and the only coping mechanism she thought to employ was avoidance. Other than being pretty and making a couple of witty remarks, there was nothing about her to warrant Josh’s admiration. Watching her fall for him as he stood up for her and supported her was conceivable, but the idea that Megan had enough substance to earn Josh’s love was far fetched.

I got this as part of the Romance package...so it did not cost me a credit. If it had, I would be asking for my credit back.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Substitute: Wedding pact series

I did chuckle now and then, but the story was too predictable and at times boring.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Nary a sympathetic character in sight

Lady narrators who try and pitch men's voices low always hit the same pitfall - it limits the vocal range, and therefor limits the emotional range, making the male characters seem flat. This narrator also ended every sentence of the leading man with a downward swoop, which didn't help.

This does not, however, account for the fact that every female character fit into two archetypes: the Bitch or the Bubblehead. Which makes me so sad! Women are amazing and complex, and should be written as such.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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ALL of Denis e Grover Swanks books that I have read, and they are more than a dozen, are some of the best books I have read.

I really enjoyed this book. I never get tired of reading her books! Keep writing these interesting books!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good

This story was cute, though completely predictable. I wish it was a few hours shorter as parts certainly dragged, but overall it was well done.

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Loved it

I've read the Substitute before and loved it. The characters and story line is fantastic. But Shannon bring it's to a whole other level with her voices of the characters. I didn't think Grams could be funnier, but her tell about naked yoga out loud had me laughing so hard I had tears. You will love this book whether it's audio, paper, or ebook.

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cute

this book was entertaining. I thought it was a little too unrealistic but it was cute.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-15-17

Light hearted and very romantic

Great story line, paced really well.
much more romantic than I was expecting it to be. Josh is a honey. Grams is shockingly fabulous.
Such a sweet story if you enjoy light comedy which I do if I have listened to something heavy.