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The Player

(The Wedding Pact #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,109 ratings  ·  509 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by DGS
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Player is book two in The Wedding Pact series by Denise Grover Swank. This author can just about do it all. She can make you laugh, make you cry, make you angry, and make you sigh. This book covers just about all of these emotions.

Blair Anne Myers Hansen is a tough woman, or at least she wants you to think she is. There is only one man that she has ever let see her vulnerable side and that was five years ago and he was the man that broke her heart. Now she is a divorce attorney. She sees the
Oct 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: insomnia-cured
This novel tested my patience throughout the length of the book!!!
All the pet peeves combined in a single book ???
What more can a girl ask for ???


▬Love triangle ?? ✅
▬Two brother/Cousins one girl?? ✅
▬Family drama?? ✅
▬Pathetic MCs?? ✅
▬Cheating Partners?? ✅
▬Poor writing?? ✅
▬An attorney who can't win a single argument in real life?? ✅
▬No chemistry between the MCs ?? ✅
▬Marriage calling off with one guy, calling on with the other, then calling off with the seceond guy to call on with the first one
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2nd-chance
I have absolutely loved every book I have read by this author but this book did not work for me at all. Blair is a successful attorney but she is so stupid when it comes to her personal life. I did not feel any kind of romantic connection between her and Garrett or even why she was with Neil. I had so many issues with all three of them and the silly back and forth that I just could not enjoy this story. I will read the next book in this series because I did love the first one but this particular ...more
Zel Polev
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Denise Grover Swank did it again. The Player, the second book in The Wedding Pact series won me over hands down.

I must admit I was a bit unsure whether I’d like this book or not. I didn’t mention this in my review for The Substitute (the first book in the series), but Blair, the heroine of this book was portrayed as such a despicable, skeptic BITCH who was full bent-on stopping Megan’s wedding and her portrayal frustrated me so much. So I think my concerns and hesitation about this book was legi
Jamie Davis
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Mccurdy
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~~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 Bla
I had no expectations going into this book. It was free, and looked like it was going to be a veritable trope fest of cutesy couples running around the altar so I was more than prepared to dislike whatever contemporary crapfest the author came up with.

Surprise! It was pretty funny.

The heroine is in a boring relationship with a boring fiancee so she can make partner at her law firm. A emotional and passionate relationship has left her cold. Her old flame shows up to put a wrench in her plans.

Jun 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
what the fuck?

did not finish at 80%. i could finish the book. i could. but i don't want to because it will be a complete waste of my time.

this is the most ridiculous book ever. i felt like i was reading some soap opera shits. what's up with all the cheesy storylines and theatrics. the common 'misunderstanding' plot is just lame.

and the fact that blair went from agreeing to marry neil, then to garrett then back to neil AND THEN GARRETT AGAIN? fuck off. i do not have time for this childish crap
2.5 Stars. I really enjoyed parts of this. I like the 2nd chance romance trope and thought it was done pretty well here. I liked Garrett. Blair was just so, SO unlikable, though! I hated her in the first book of the series and thought being in her head this time around would make me understand her behavior, but it didn't. Sure, she was hurt in the past, but I don't think that can completely excuse how bitchy she was to everyone, including her best friends who were always there for her. I was goi ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stormy Udell
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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 f
Melanie Hodges
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply amazing! I must admit I wasn't keen on Blair in The Substitute but being as this is her story we obviously see a lot more of her character and her vulnerable side.

She's engaged to the smarmy, creepy Neil who makes my skin crawl. He also has the most horrible family, especially his controlling mother with her 'curse kitty' purse for every time Blair swears, which, being around his awful mother is quite often!

Neil's nana insists on making the cousin he has hated since childho
Amanda Dryden
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Bl
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, e-books
I was giving an eARC in return for an honest/early review for its' upcoming release

Two lawyer driven people are about to get their second chance in correcting a wrong to an right.
Blair is determine to get her career push by becoming partners at her firm, however there's a snag . . .

Can she show her bosses that she has a softer side?

All Garrett want to do is settle this never-ending feuding over an family heirloom and get through this wedding that he all of the sudden got put into.

Both Bl
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 thinkin ...more
Jo Ann Reinhold
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Denise Grover Swank has done it again! This delightfully humorous addition to her Wedding Pact series is just so much fun to read and full of laugh out loud quirky situations and heart warming moments that will make you smile. I love Denise's style of writing, no mater what genre she is dealing with, she brings her unique sense of self to each of her books with character driven stories that will touch your heart!
Thank you once again Denise!
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, second-chance
Ridiculous fun, and with a great ending.
Unfortunately, it used the same formula as #1 in the series. which made it a little too predictable along the way. I would have loved more scenes with the icy cold, closed off Blair and her first-love, player Garrett; who turns up five years after they broke up to stop her impending wedding and convince her to choose him insteaf. But he only has five days to do it!
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Twisted fun

Wow this book was a absolutely frustrating yet highly addictive read. I absolutely loved it.

Blair is getting married soon to Dr. Frederick. But yet she has her doubts. Especially lately. She doesn’t really love him, but he is
compatible and safe. But things just go from bad to worse when his cousin in the wedding turns out to be the very man that broke her heart in law school. Now the seeds of doubt is worse and she doesn’t know what’s true and what’s a conquest.

Garrett is lost in li
Mrs. O Living the Chaos
The Player - Another great book from Denise!!!

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
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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 tot
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 import
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denise has done it again! She brought us a new series that is everything we want in a romcom! In The Substitute we fell in love with Megan, Josh and all their friends, including Blair. In the Player we get her story, one full of craziness and family and tough decisions and people who need a good throat punch...or ten. Blair was the hard ass we loved for her strong devotion and protection of her friends. Here we get to see the conflict and heartache her mind and heart go through on a daily basis. ...more
Sandra Lancaster
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
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Admittedly, I really liked and enjoyed everything about the first 2 thirds of this book. It was easy to read, had its swoony lollipop moments and made you root for the hero but after the 65% mark, the drama-for-drama's-sake started piling up until it slowly started to turn into a Melrose Place episode.


Then the ending (as sweet as it tried to be) was like watching a cheesy 80's rom com where the "stop the wedding" cliches were all tied up in it's slightly rushed, slightly over-the-top, rainbow ri
Samantha Smith
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Having read The Substitue (No1 The Wedding Pact series) it was nice to see characters from The Substitue still playing a roll on this new story. The Player is based and centered around Blair and I was egar to find out more about her. In the first book she was very closed and guarded and within a book of her own I knew that Denise would open her character up and show her many sides. I wasn't left disappointed!!

After the first chapter
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointing read. I loved the first book in the series. The heroine of book two, Blair, was awful in book one. I had high hopes the author would redeem her character when she starred in her own story in book two. It didn't happen. Blair was so stupid. The hero, Garrett, was also stupid. Blair was marrying a man who was so obviously cheating on her and such a scumbag that he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She was willing to marry him even though she didn't love him so she cou ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the books by this author. I love her Rose Gardner series! I was excited when the author said she was writing this series. This series does not disappoint, it is right up there with 28 1/2 wishes. I loved The Substitute, the first book in this series. It is easy to get lost in these books. I love how easy they are to read and how real the characters are. The Player was no exception. It was a great escape and an easy book to fall in love with. The same characters appear from the ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandy Bartles
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly love this new series by Denise Grover Swank and hope it will continue on after the stories of the three best friends. I can think of two possibilities coming from this book alone! Blair and Garrett's story was intriguing and having it take place in less than a week made for faster action, with no time for boredom to set in. I can't remember the last time I read a book that got so many laughs and gotchas. It was really nice spending time with the characters from the previous book and I lo ...more
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