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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)

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    Awesome book

    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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    The Player is a must read!

    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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    Couldnt' put it down!

    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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    Loved it!

    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!!!

    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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