I’m sorry, but my review contains some spoilers. Don’t read it if spoilers offend you. You’ve been warned!
The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) has pacing similar to Denise’s Rose Gardner Mysteries. I will say that I initially had a tough time dealing with the point of view, but I eventually got over it. I had fun reading it from beginning to end!
I laughed A LOT. And cried (among other things, over a wedding dress… FOUR TIMES)! Seriously… I cried about Megan initially finding out her mom switched out her dress… then when she tried her original dress on… then when she found out the original dress was sold… then when she was delivered her original dress by her soon-to-be husband. That KILLED ME! Out of all the crazy things that happened, that had me in a puddle of tears.
I’m normally not a fan of “insta-love” stories, but this one just worked. Megan and Josh have a chemistry that’s just off the charts. They’re ADORABLE together! I love the fact that so many characters did not trust Josh from the start (and rightly so)! I have to say that when I finally met the real Jay, I hated him completely. He was mean in a cruel way, and in just a few short minutes was physically abusive with Megan. I wanted Josh and Kevin to do far worse damage to the jerk.
Megan’s grandmother is a scene stealer! She’s got a few screws loose, and is a total hoot! Megan’s besties, Libby and Blair, are a perfect complement to their friendship triangle!
I cannot suggest The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) by Denise Grover Swank enough! It’s such a great beginning to what I’m sure is going to be one heck of a series. ****I’m giving it 4.5 stars for the fun story, steamy romance, and all-around hilarity!****