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Book two in the USA Today bestselling The Wedding Pact series. 

Divorce attorney Blair Hansen is convinced that marriage should be based on practicality, not passion. But as her own wedding approaches, she finds herself remembering her law school boyfriend, the only man she's ever loved, and regretting what might have been. Then a twist of fate lands Garrett back in her life, and the man who loomed large in her past is suddenly casting a shadow over her wedding, making her question everything. To complicate matters further, the job she loves is in peril, and she can feel the ‘perfect’ life she’s fashioned for herself start to crumble under her feet. Could everything she's believed about life and love be wrong? 

Garrett Lowry is a divorce attorney who's ready to settle down. The problem is that he can’t find a woman who suits him nearly as well as the one he loved and lost. He broke her heart by playing the field after their break up—something he’s always regretted. But after months of pining for Blair, Garrett stumbles across her in a freak coincidence—and then destiny keeps throwing them together, the coincidences becoming ever more unlikely. He’s convinced it's a sign they should give their love a second chance, but Blair is engaged to another man—a man who is absolutely wrong for her. 

Can Garrett convince Blair that a player once isn’t a player forever, and that happy endings aren’t just for dreamers?

The Wedding Pact and the Bachelor Brotherhood series:

The Wedding Pact
#1 The Substitute (Megan's story)
#2 The Player (Blair's story)
#3 The Gambler (Libby's story)
#4 The Valentine (Blair short story)

Bachelor Brotherhood
#1 Only You (Kevin's story)
#2 Until You (Tyler's story)
#3 Always You (Matt's story)

Book Reviews

The Player
Average rating
4.1 / 5
The player
April 30th, 2016
Not as funny as the first but it still was a good read....now on to the last in the series. I'm going to miss these characters.
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The Player
January 2nd, 2016
Excellent read. Wonderful characters. Loved the two main characters, and how the others meshed so well with them. Can't wait for the next book in series.
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Was good follow up to first one
September 1st, 2015
Was a great funny read and this is why you have great friends or at least hope you do for this reason they keep you strong enough to let someone else help take control fait has a funny way of teaching people
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Cute and corny!
July 25th, 2015
I absolutely loved this novel! So cute and cony with just the right amount of heat! recommending to my friends for sure!
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Second book in series better than first
July 8th, 2015
I enjoyed this book better than the first book in the series. Blair is a complicated character, full of contradictions but that is what made her real to me. I liked Garrett as well. He made some dumb choices as a young man in college but who hasn't done that?? He recognized what he lost with Blair and was willing to take a risk to get her back. There are still some scenes in this book that are not believable but I liked the writing in this book enough that I am willing to give the third book in the series a try - Libby's story.
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Can't wait
June 27th, 2015
This author has quickly become one of my favorites. I can't wait for the next book in this series as each one just gets better.
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Buy Now
June 9th, 2015
I LOVED this book so much. I couldn't help but fall in love with Garrett and Blair. The whole gang makes an appearance and was not disappointed in the party at knickers house! This book fallows a very sad story of love gone wrong. So glad the ending was a good one. LOL don't want to give anything away. This was a fast read and I stayed up half the night bc I couldn't put it down. I put this as a top reread story for me so yes most differently would recommend this book and the first to friends, family, strangers in line, Doctors office visit..... can't wait till The Gambler comes out. And, yes I would recommend Denise as a author that everyone has to read. THANKS FOR A GREAT BOOK.
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An awesome romance with texture and attitude!
June 6th, 2015
Denise Grover Swank does a wonderful job with everything she writes. Rose is still my favorite, but I loved The Player! I adored Bailey in The Substitute but I wanted to kick her too. I couldn't wait to read her story and it was everything I could have hoped for. I don't think this is a spoiler to say the ending was PERFECT. I was so proud of her. Garrett is awesome!
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Awesome! !
June 3rd, 2015
I received a ARC for my honest review. I love Denise Grover Swank's books. I usually stick to her paranormal books being thats the genre I like to read. I was given the chance to read this book before the release and thought why not. I was not disappointed. This book took me back to my teenage years when I first got into reading Harlequin and Silhouette books . Denise has such a command with words she is pure genius when it comes to creating a beautiful romance story. I wish I had read the series sooner. I am greatly looking forward to the third installment in the series.
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Must read! 5 stars!
June 2nd, 2015
The Player is the second book in the Wedding Pact series. This book focuses on Blair's (whom we previously met in The Substitute) upcoming nuptials. The Player ran me through a gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to rip someone's face off, I laughed some more. It's easy to get attached to or form strong opinions about the characters that Denise has written because she does amazing character development and has given depth to each character. The Player brings back the key characters from The Substitute and tosses in some new ones as well to get acquainted with. Denise keeps it fresh and up to date by adding in elements that reflect the current social media aspect of life. All in all, this was a great addition to The Wedding Pact series and I'm definitely looking forward to Libby's story next! *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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I just loved Blair and Garret
June 2nd, 2015
As you all know by now, Denise Grover Swank is one of my favorite authors. I will pretty much read whatever she writes, so of course it shouldn't be a surprise that I dived into this new story the first chance I got. In True Denise Grover Swank fashion, the story catches you from the first word and it doesn't leave you until the last sentence. The book is filled with romance, heartbreak, laughter and some pretty interesting characters. Both ones you will fall in love with and of course those you will hate. From the moment I finished The Substitute, I couldn't wait to read Blair's story. Considering how pragmatic and distrustful she was of Josh in the first book, I knew that for her to find her true love it will take an extraordinary man and special circumstances. I have to say that I really enjoyed getting to know Blair better. The heartbreak she lived through and being disappointed more than once in her life formed her to be the cutthroat divorce lawyer she is. Blair is independent and strong and of course she needs a strong man beside her. Unfortunately, that's not the man she is going to marry. If I have to be honest, Neil kind of gave me the creeps most of the time. And with good reason. Garret on the other hand, is a completely different thing. He is quite the man candy and he is also Blair's other half in every way. And the fact that they have history together doesn't hurt :) Their interactions through the story are sometimes fun, sometimes heartbreaking, frustrating or even down right fun. I loved that Garret was ready to give up everything for his one true love. And with a lot of help from Nana Ruby and their friends Garret and Blair find they HEA :) I quite enjoyed also reconnecting with the characters from the first book :) It was quite fun to see what happened after the wedding with Meghan and Josh and their crazy family :) In a few words, this is definitely an interesting and fun read :) It has a little bit of everything: romance, deception, heartbreak, fun and of course some hot scenes that will definitely increase the temperature :) The characters are quite interesting and will make you connect with them and feel what they feel. Or said in short, another page turner by the great Denise Grover Swank. Now the only thing left is to wait impatiently for the last story in The Wedding Pact Series. And I am sure it will be another captivating story :) This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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Second Chance Love
May 31st, 2015
Second Chance Love When I started reading this second installment of The Wedding Pact series, I was afraid I wasn't going to like it because I did NOT like Blair in the first novel of the series. I cannot begin to tell you how wrong I was! I'm not a lawyer like her, or by any means beautiful, but I identified with SO MUCH of Blair's backstory. She's a far more fascinating character than I thought she was. Denise crafted a well-rounded leading lady who is one super bad-a! Don't mess with Blair A.M. Hansen... she'll serve your bootie to you. The chemistry between Blair and Garrett was off the charts. It was clear in the last book how wrong Blair and Neil were for each other, and this book shows the reader why. It was great to see Megan and Josh living a happyily married life together! Grams made an appearance that was nothing short of hilarious. And A LOT of insanity ensued as cousins Neil and Garrett fought each other every step of the way. I thoroughly enjoyed The Player! With two books down, there's only one book to go. I cannot wait to see what Denise has in store for Libby in the third and final Wedding Pact series. *****FIVE STARS***** *My review is based on an ARC I received in exchange for an honest review. I was going to read and review it regardless. :)
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The Player - Another great book from Denise!!!
May 30th, 2015
Denise gives us the second installment to the Wedding Pact series and it doesn't disappoint! Just like The Substitute, this book was a fast paced read full of characters you fall in love with (Garrett and Blair), some you want to push off a cliff (Neil), those you already love (Megan, Josh and Libby) and the ever spunky grandmother (Nana Ruby). Even Knickers and Gram make an appearance! I am so happy that Blair got her own book! She’s tough, ambitious and driven, but in a relationship of convenience lacking sparks and most of all love. Her wedding to Neil (aka the evil weasel) looms upon her and you can see she just doesn't have her heart in it. Enter ex-boyfriend Garrett in a “chance” meeting in Phoenix and her world suddenly gets turned upside-down. I desperately wanted Blair to give Garrett a second chance, but completely understood her reluctance. He broke her heart at a time when she needed him most. I fell in love with Garrett instantly. Talk about being humble, knowing you screwed up in a big way yet determined enough to go get the only woman he ever loved. After five years of replaying his mistakes, Garrett’s only concern now was Blair and her happiness. Plain and simple. Talk about the perfect guy! I do wish there were more hot scenes with Blair and Garrett. Who doesn't like some steamy sex?! However it really wasn’t needed. The story was solid and the sexual tension between Blair and Garrett was just right. But maybe Denise can give us a novella of their wedding and honeymoon (hint, hint)! I definitely recommend The Player to anyone who likes a fun, fast read with a HEA. It left me with a “book hangover”. Now I can’t wait for Libby’s book, The Gambler! **I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
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Gotta love The Player!
May 30th, 2015
I received an ARC for an honest review. If you have not read The Substitute - stop what you are doing and go read it now. After you have read The Substitute, I know you are dying for my review so here it goes: DGS has done it again, swept me up and made me fall in love with her writing all over again! Blair and Garrett dated in college but broke up after a year. Fast forward several years and Blair is engaged to marry Neil. As fate would have it, Blair runs into Garrett twice unexpectedly the week of her wedding. Does Blair follow through and marry Neil or does she ditch her fiancé for a guy who broke her heart in college??
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Blazer Finds Her Man.
May 29th, 2015
Denise brings the girls back together in this second book in the Wedding Pact series. This one is Blair's wedding. We also get a peek as to what Megs and Josh have been up to, as well as Libby. Practical, pragmatic, sensible Blair wanted a heart-stopping, butterflies-in-her-stomach kind of love. Was she going to find it with Dr Neil Fredrick? These are the things Blair was contemplating whilst stranded on her way home to finalize her wedding, when in walks Garrett Lowery, her ex. Garrett Lowery was her boyfriend back in college 5 years ago. After a heated argument, Garrett storms home to cool off. Blair waits until the morning to go over and sort out their problem when she is greeted at the door by a strange woman only wearing her underwear. No second chances is Blair's middle name, and even though Garrett pleaded to let him explain, that ended their relationship. Not seeing each other in 5 years, they have now met twice in a 24 hour period. Garrett thinks it is kismet - a sign of pursuing Blair and working out their differences. But she has other ideas, and the major one being her wedding. He also has to sort out a family feud between his mother and Aunt, at his Nana Ruby's insistence. Garrett only has a few days to convince Blair that she is not meant to marry his boring cousin, but instead she is meant be marry him. Denise brings plenty of humor into this tale, and one of course that has you laughing is Megan's Gram, who makes an appearance at the Kitchen Tea hosted by Knickers. Grams loves a good party, so she was happy to join in on the one in the pool! Another scene that had me giggling was when Neil's mother is faking to joke, and her husband asks "does anyone know the Heil Hilter?" To which Garrett replies, "it's the Heimlich, Uncle Gene,". I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it whole heartedly. It can be read as a stand alone, but you would be missing out on the other girls weddings, which would be tragic in my opinion. I was luck enough to be chosen to receive an ARC for an honest review.
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You can't beat The Player!
May 29th, 2015
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.* I absolutely love these romance comedies that Denise Grover Swank has written. The Substitute was hilarious and emotional. The same can be said for The Player. The story is funny, dramatic, surprising, and something that everyone will enjoy. I don't tend to like romance novels because they are all the same. Not true for this series. In this one, Blair is getting married but it's a marriage of convenience, not of love, which is totally fine with both Blair and her fiance. However, she's been pining for her long lost boyfriend Garrett. What she doesn't expect is to run into in not once, not twice, but 3 different times. Is it fate telling her to rethink her decision to get married? Is it the "wedding curse" that is messing with her? She's got her life set on a specific course and things have to go according to plan. Or else. The romance in this book was not over the top, not insta-love, not predictable, and completely believable. Both of the main characters are human, and they are flawed. We all question our choices when faced with life changing decisions, especially when we are young. Denise Grover Swank does a great job portraying these characters as realistic and they are totally charming. There are a lot of characters in these stories but you never feel like they are unnecessary or not important. Everyone plays a role and is included for a specific reason and not just place filler. The sexy bits (what few there are) are not too sexy for me and have just the right bit of heat for me. I highly recommend this book and this series and can't wait for the next installment.
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Another Win
May 29th, 2015
**I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*** Let me start by saying Blair is a woman after my own heart. I've loved her since she first showed up in the Substitute. Her brash, warrior attitude is not only front that helps her protect those that she loves the most and herself, its also truly a part of who she is and I love all of her. Her sharp mind, quick wit and fierce demeanor would be a challenge for any man, so finding a man that will push her to let go of her hard fought for control would be tough. Garrett was more than up for the challenge. HIs support of all things Blair, his willingness to sacrifice his own heart for her happiness and his overall charm won me over. It was hard fight I'll admit. I wasn't completely sold on Garrett from the beginning and not because of his 'player' status. It took me a while to really get to know him in order to see how he fit for her. At one point, though, during Blair's loss of control, before she started listening to her heart, Blair spiraled, taking me with her. I was confused about who she was becoming and for a while I thought I wasn't going to like Denise's latest release, then as the ending drew nearer I realized that I had unwittingly been on one of Denise's character building roller coasters for both of them. Both Garrett and Blair were built, torn down then rebuilt into something far more beautiful than they ever started as. This is why I read Denise. After countless books she still manages to take me on a ride that I'd never expect. While this is essentially a Rom-Com, so the plot is predictable - the characters are not. Things that you might right off as, 'trying to hard' turn into mind blowing changes that I should have seen coming - but I didn't. Maybe because Blair is a woman after my own heart, I was blind to the natural growth (begin to close and all that jazz) initially but by the end, in true Denise fashion it all came tumbling into perspective. Great job Denise on this sneaky, sneaky win! I can't wait to see how you surprise me in the future!
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Loved it!
May 28th, 2015
This is the 2nd book in this series and although I had not read the first book, I didn’t think that it was an issue starting with book #2. Blair is all set to marry her fiancé in a couple of days when her flight back to Kansas City gets delayed and she sees her ex-boyfriend, Garrett (the one who broke her heart) in the bar of her hotel. Blair’s father was a cheater and she is convinced that her ex was a cheater and she has built a wall around her heart. Can Garrett (who has never stopped thinking about her) win her back in time to stop the wedding? The writing and the story line of this book are very well developed. So much so that you will feel like you are right there along with the family. I thought this book was very entertaining. I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review – I liked it so much that I am now going to buy Book #1!
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Funny, emotional must read!!!
May 27th, 2015
Denise does it again. I LOVED the first book in this series,The Substitute, and didn't think it could get better, but Denise once again proves me wrong. As always you are drawn into the story and feel like you are reading about your friends. I couldn't put the book down. You will go through many emotions in this book. It is witty and will have you laughing out loud with the some of the antics. We got to know Blair a little in The Substitute, but I loved getting to see her vulnerable side. She is a divorce attorney and that has caused her to be jaded when it comes to love and add to that her past relationships, she is scared of risking her heart and getting hurt again. But we soon learn she does want her HEA. You will really feel what Blair is going through and want to be there to comfort her. I was rooting for her and Garret through out. It still always amazes me how Denise can make you feel that the characters are real. I wish they were so that I could punch Neil and give him a piece of my mind. (Nevermind the fact that I was while I was reading lol). I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book for my honest review.
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Ozark Penny Pinching
May 26th, 2015
~~I received this in exchange for my honest opinion~~ Denise has done it again. This book will definitely make you laugh hard at some of the crazy things that happen in this book. But what can you do? They are family (or at least they will be). Blair is the next to get married in The Pact series. She is a nonsense kinds of woman. She is also a divorce lawyer, she knows that when you love someone or something, it will break, or you will. When her past sneaks up on her, will she be the same old Blair, or will she remember what it is like to feel? OK, so I stayed up until almost two reading this book, yes, you are not going to want to put it down.. AT ALL!!! There are parts of this book that you will laugh... with such lines as "does anyone know the Heil Hitler". That is just the beginning of the shenannigans. I had tears in my eyes, I was laughing, I was angry. Hell, I think I went through the entire steps of grief, this book as it all! If you loved Gram and her Naked Yoga, you will love Nana Ruby and her Ozark penny pinching (I know I do!!). You need to get this book now!! You will not regret it at all!!
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Awesome book
May 26th, 2015
Received an advanced copy for my honest review. This is the second book in this series but can be read as a stand alone. We first met Blair in The Substitute. She's a no nonsense ballsy woman. I love her personality. The way Denise writes makes you feel like you know the characters personally. I both loved and hated Blair. Hated how she was so closed off from everyone because of past hurts. But to hear how she described the reasons why she was getting married almost broke my heart. But you can't really blame her. Loved loved this book!!! You will never be disappointed in anything Denise writes.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Couldnt' put it down!
May 25th, 2015
I've never been real good at doing reviews, and when I accepted the ARC I wasn't real sure what I would say or how to say it. So bear with me =0) I immediately fell in love with Blair in The Substitute. She reminded me a lot of myself. Ice Queen, no nonsense kind of girl. And I was NOT disappointed in The Player. I loved getting to know Blair better. We start this story with Blair and her fiancee Neil. All seems well, until an unexpected chance encounter with her ex Garrett in a Phoenix hotel. Blair's world seems to tilt on its axis, though she tries in vain to not get thrown off her game by her player ex-boyfriend. As the story progresses we learn that not everything or everyone is how they appear. Everyone is pointing fingers and only one person has a big bag of skeletons in his closet. Garrett finds himself in a battle royal with Neil in order to protect Blair and to try and win her back. Denise Grover Swank has a way of writing that you are right along with that character. You feel like you're right there along with the main character, fighting their battles with them, falling in love when they do, being angry when they are. Thus far, everything I have read that Denise has written has made me laugh, cry, and scream out loud "are you kidding me, right now!??!" all within the same book. you will not be disappointed in this book.
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The Player is a must read!
May 25th, 2015
Wow! This book totally exceeded my expectations. I loved the first book in the series, The Substitute, and when Blair was introduced, I didn't initially see her as likable. However, as soon as I started reading The Player, I immediately loved Blair....she's a no nonsense type of girl who you learn not to mess with professionally or personally. Blair was burned once with love and was definitely not taking a chance on it again and I loved how she came to realize throughout the book just how important it is to be in a loving relationship. We learned early on that Garrett was regretting his choices from years past and realized that he needed to get the girl, thus the action in the book starts. Megan's Gram (whose appearance in this book was super funny) provided so many laughs and humorous situations in the last book, the same as Garrett and Neil's family did in this book. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud, which is a pretty impressive feat for me while reading a book. I didn't think it was possible, but this second installment in the series really pulled me in and I enjoyed it so very much, probably even more so than the first! This book was a fast paced, fun read, that kept us wondering what would really happen right up to the very end, I loved that! I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the last installment of the series!!
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Hilarious, tear-worthy comedy!
May 25th, 2015
I love Blair! I was an immediate fan of The Wedding Pact series after reading The Substitute. The Player lived up AND exceeded my expectations! Blair Hansen's marriage is looming, and it's anything but the romantic whirlwind romance her best friend Megan experienced. Blair is jaded about love, and she believes safe and steady is better than relationships relying on emotion and love. Dr. Neil Fredrick was not only a safe and steady option, but a necessary step in advancing her career. They might not be passionately in love, but the relationship works well into both of their career plans. Except for one thing ... Garrett Lowry ... When he walks into the hotel bar where Blair is stranded, her entire past threatens to undo the carefully laid future plans she's worked so doggedly towards. Her inherent mistrust of men, and the fact he broke her heart five years ago, only solidifies her resolve to stick with her plan of marrying Neil. Just like The Substitute, The Player is filled with such a variety of emotions. Despite Blair's tough exterior, you can truly sense her longing to give in to the passion she feels for Garrett. The humor is fantastic, and there were so many laugh out loud moments. I don't know how Denise does it, but she can weave humor into any story and have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Nana Ruby's no nonsense attitude is great comic relief to Neil's overbearing mother. You can't help but rally behind characters like Garrett. No matter his past mistakes, he's determined to win Blair back even if it means a mad dash to the finish line! The Player has me so completely stoked for The Gambler! This series is truly worth every bit of five star and more!
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