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Published: 21st January 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Main Characters: Megan, Josh
Date Read: 8th June - 13th June 2015
Date Read: 8th June - 13th June 2015
Synopsis:The first book in a humorous contemporary romance fromNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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?
I had wanted this book as soon as it came out as there was just something about that blurb that drew me in and I wasn't disappointed...
I love this cover its cute and it also is in keeping with the story which I love. I love the softness of the cover as it gives it a romantic feel to it. For the first time it actually wasn't the cover that drew me to this book but being a beautiful cover did help.
From the very first page I was in love with book and it didn't stop there the whole book was a breath of fresh air. I haven't read many books that are romcoms but after seeing what this one had to offer I know I will read more from that genre. It was such a light hearted, fun and romantic book that was a refreshing change from all the angst ridden books that I have read recently. The Substitute's setting was set over a few days so I was a little surprised with how much I didn't care about the insta-love because of the way it was written I was able to get swept away with the whole story. The chemistry between Megan and Josh was undeniable they sizzled but they also had a great banter going on as well. As well as the romance there was some family issues in their but with all the humour it didn't feel like it dragged the book down as I was literally laughing out loud in every chapter. I do think that maybe the ending was a little rushed but I was able to forgive it as I loved everything else about the book plus I do hope that we get a bit more from this couple in the next two books just to see how they are getting on.
I pretty much loved every single character in this book except a couple. Megan was a great female character even though she did came across as a bit of a push over I was able to forgive this once we actually met her mother. I loved Josh from the very beginning because even though he was hiding a lot of things he still came across as a sweet guy and very romantic. My favourite character in this book and maybe out of all the books I've read has to be Megan's Grandmother as she was hilarious every page that she was on she stole the page especially one particular scene where she is doing yoga in the nude when Josh walks in on her it was the funniest thing I have ever read.
Overall this was the funniest and most sweetest book I have read ever! I have now read a few of Denise Grover Swank's books and this one has to be my favourite and I can't wait to continue with this series, I just hope it's as good as this one.