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The Wedding Pact series by Denise Grover Swank
Publisher: DGS Jan 2013 – Sept 2015
Number of books: 3
Even though summer is over, that warm, happy feeling doesn’t need to go away! All you need to do is check out this series. I picked this up over the summer on a recommendation from a friend and it’s totally perfect for when you need to indulge in some sweet contemporary romance. And if you love grannies with all the sass!
The Substitute is the first and my favourite of the series. It follows the trope of pretend boyfriend, when Maggie heads home to her own wedding without a fiance, but the best part is the slightly ridiculous mishaps that led to Josh being said fiance. The two of them are super cute and there is a bit of a insta-love feel, but I love them together anyways. And somehow despite the lies that would have easily could have been blown up to annoying proportion, there was a level-headedness by Maggie and Josh that I truly appreciate.
“Hey,” Josh murmured sleepily, cracking his eyes open. “I know you’re probably into those Twilight books and movies, but it’s actually kind of creepy for someone to watch another person sleep all night.”
The Player features one of Maggie’s best friend, lawyer Blair. I wasn’t a huge fan of Blair in book 1. I found her to be very rude and not just not very likable or nice. She did redeem herself a bit in this. This is a second-chance romance with Blair and her college ex-boyfriend, Garrett who returns back into her life just as she’s planning on getting married. I really liked Garrett and man did he have to work hard for this happily ever after.
The Gambler is the last of the trio with our spunky Libby and slightly-unreliable Noah and their slightly unconventional friendship (turn romance!). Both are considered players and not ones to settle down, but after pulling a runaway bride move, Libby ends up in a car with Noah and a trip to Vegas that includes maybe a Vegas wedding for unlikely couple? Because we see both Libby and Noah in both previous books, I love seeing the character development and the fact that their relationship didn’t seem too insta-love. I really liked them together and how they definitely understood each other and that fact that Noah was so rational! Did I mention how much I love rational heroes in romance novels?
“You’re going to make me go in there, aren’t you?”
An ornery grin spread across his face. “Let’s just say you’re going in one way or another.” He winked/ “If you make me pick you up, I’ll put you in a fireman’s hold and tell everyone I’m carrying you over the threshold.”
All three stories have a pretty strong flavor of family which is both fun (and frustrating for our characters). I love, love Maggie’s Gram (who’s in all 3 books and is just the best and lives life to the very fullest). And add in Garett’s Nana and you just got hilarity galore.
“Object?” Gram asked in disbelief. “Why would we object? I’ve been shipping you two since you first laid eyes on each other.”
Overall, The Wedding Pact is a fun, easy, breezy, summer romance series about 3 best friends with slightly crazy wedding hijinks and romances.
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