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In a celebration of friendship and love, acclaimed bestselling author Fern Michaels brings her trademark wit and warmth to a thrilling story of a group of women who bond Survivor-style... and find romance along the way. When Samantha Rainford—newly wed to Douglas Rainford III—returns from her honeymoon to find divorce papers, she’s shocked and heartbroken. Discovering that ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2007)
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April
Jan 21, 2009 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I checked this audio book out from the library and what a waste of time. This book is completely ridiculous, poorly written, and unbelievable. Here is a sneak peak at what you missed; a U.S. Senator marries eleven women and divorces them after the honeymoon without being recognized. Five of these bimbos (the Senator's exes) take special ops training after two (one of whom is a model) were dumped from FBI training. One of the bimbos falls for the special ops trainer, “Pappy”. Pappy and his wolf d ...more
Jennifer
Feb 27, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who wants to waste 8 bucks
So the other day I threw out my back. As I waited to have my prescriptions filled, I grabbed a couple of paperbacks from the grocery store, figuring I could use some good brain candy while I spend the next couple days in bed.

I'm sad to say that even on muscle relaxers AND Vicodin, this book sucks. I made it through the first 50 pages or so before tossing it to the floor in sheer boredom and disgust. I think we're told the premise of the MC's problem (married quick, three-week honeymoon, served w
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Chelsea
Nov 22, 2008 Chelsea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I rarely give this bad of a review because let's face it, I'm not really all that picky when it comes to my reading material. First of all, the plot was preposterous...I mean, I'm all for suspension of disbelief in order to get into a novel, but this was ridiculous. Ch. 1 is about her divorce after only 3 weeks of marriage, then ch. 2 she's into the FBI training program and just flunked out, then ch. 3 she contacts all the previous ex-wives of her ex-husband and they decide to get even, but ...more
Love Fool
When Samantha Rainford --- newly wed to Douglas Cosmo Rainford III --- returns home from her honeymoon to find divorce papers waiting, she's shocked and heartbroken. Then she discovers that she's not the first to be abandoned --- she's one of four (or maybe more) ex-Mrs. Rainfords --- and decides it's time to put into practice that old truism: Don't get mad, get even.

Ummm what the fuck did I just read? Seriously, what did I just read? This book made no sense at all and when did Samantha and all
...more
Laura
Jul 04, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to many reviewers, I didn't think this book was horrible. It is NOT a great work of fiction or even a great romance novel, but it is not horrible. I picked this book up because I remember my mother reading Fern Michaels on the beach when I was a kid. After reading the completely improbable teaser on the book jacket, I just had to read it! The combination of "revenge of the multiple ex-wives" and "super secret spy boot camp" was to good to pass up. If you were not prepared to suspend you ...more
Just - The romance reader
I totally enjoyed this book! Honestly, I can't remember the last time a book has sucked me in like this one - it's been a while. The story was one of drama and romance like most of the books I go for, but there was something more to it. The plot was a little different, with Samanthan being a real go-getter. She's no holds barred tough, independent, a born leader, yet she's also feminine, graceful, and even reserved and sometimes insecure.

I enjoyed the details of the paramilitary training, which
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Jess
Jun 24, 2008 Jess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that this book has an average rating of over three stars. When I rate my books on Goodreads, I often feel like I may be giving them too many stars--but then I remember how terrible this book was and how it defines one star to me, and use that for scale. This book was so awful that I only got about halfway through it. The only reason I bought it was because we were at the beach and I had read everything I'd brought with me, and this looked the most promising out of the crappy book ...more
Jan
Jun 26, 2009 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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Pamela Pickering
Ay yi yi...First I should say, I rarely read chick lit anymore but every once in a while I just want something nice, easy, and light to pass the time--especially with an audio book. I use audio books to entertain myself while I do a home project or to pass time during a long drive. I checked this one out for both purposes. I can't say if I've ever read or, er...listened to a Fern Michaels' book before but it will be a LONG time before I pick up another (if ever). I only made it to disc 2 before ...more
Amy
Jun 12, 2009 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered a huge bag of books free from a friend who was moving, and this was one I decided to take. I thought it would be fun to read a just-for-fun novel. That may be true, but not in a case like this where the plot set up is completely unbelievable, the writing is horrible, and the characters are one-dimensional. Read some of the other one-star reviews for specifics. I couldn't get more than a few chapters into it. I'm kind of amazed this even got published, but I guess the author wrote a ...more
Susan W
Oct 23, 2011 Susan W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I cannot understand the low ratings by people stating it was too far fetched. I wonder if those same people believe that vampires actually exist? Maybe they still believe in Santa too! I read a book to be entertained. Loved loved it. I was into it right away. The main character is feisty and I like that -I prefer strong female leads. The women have fun and are vindictive. The book is about a woman who got burnt, looking to make the man she fell for pay and in the midst of it all really ...more
Cathleen
Mar 26, 2009 Cathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
Picked this book up in a freebie bin at my doctor's office the other day... THANK GOODNESS. I would have been very upset if I had paid for it! The plot was so utterly ridiculous. I would give it 1/2 star if I could. "Scorned wife joins FBI, flunks out, joins a secret society and formulates a plan to get revenge on the ex-husband." Seriously? A friend of mine was recruited into the FBI and believe me, you don't just walk in the door and say "Here I am! Sign me up!" I also couldn't get past the ni ...more
Rachel Brand
I have a distant memory of a truly terrible chick-lit novel which my mum borrowed from the library and thought was so unrealistic that I had to read it to believe it. I think I managed to read a couple of chapters before giving up. Today I stumbled upon this book by accident and realised instantly that this was the book. It makes me giggle to just think about it! :)
Karissa
Nov 19, 2016 Karissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-2016
I stopped reading Fern Michaels a few years ago when I decided that she lost her touch. Plain Jane and What You Wish For are personal favorites of mine, but she hasn't done anything like those in a while (I think). I picked this up for the light read I knew it would be. It delivered there, but the plot line was so utterly unbelievable.

Sam Rainford returns from her honeymoon to divorce papers. She soon discovers that she isn't the first, second, or third ex-wife of Douglas Rainford III. So she d
...more
Kirsten
Dec 06, 2016 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so self-indulgent and silly! Loved it to bits and pieces. Who cares if it was unrealistic and made no sense? It was just so satisfying. Pappy was hot, the main chicks were hot, the side pairings and action and mystery were hot. It was good, if you don't mind it not being too serious!
Monkeyface
May 21, 2014 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to The Marriage Game by Fern Michaels.
When Samantha Rainford - newly wed to Douglas Cosmo Rainford III - returns home from her honeymoon to find divorce papers waiting, she's shocked and heartbroken. Then she discovers that she's not the first to be abandoned - she's one of four (or maybe more) ex-Mrs. Rainfords - and decides it's time to put into practice that old truism: Don't get mad, get even. With the help of her longtime girlfriend Slick, a glamorous fashion model, Sam gathers to
...more
Phylisha Stone
Dec 23, 2016 Phylisha Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not a big fan of FM normally, I did enjoy this book. The revenge theme was both funny and serious. I enjoyed the characters and the HEA at the end.
Marcia  Haskell
Jul 05, 2011 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In a dazzling celebration of the power of friendship and love, acclaimed bestselling author Fern Michaels brings her trademark wit and warmth to an action-packed story featuring a group of diverse women who bond Survivor-style under the most unlikely of circumstances ... and find romance along the way.

When Samantha Rainford --- newly wed to Douglas Cosmo Rainford III --- returns home from her honeymoon to find divorce papers waiting, she's shocked and heartbroken. Then she discovers that she's
...more
Judy
Feb 03, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Samantha Rainford just spent a fabulous 3 week honeymoon with her new husband Douglas Rainford III. She hadn’t know him long only 3 weeks, and now as she returned to pack her personal things, she is served with divorce papers. Shocked and heartbroken she discovers she is the 4th Mrs Rainford to receive this treatment. She is mad, so she decides to enlist the help of the other 3 Mrs. Rainfords and not get mad but get even.
She and her best friend Slick, along with Eric Hawkins, are approached by
...more
Rebekah
Jun 22, 2012 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly ridiculous, did Fern Michaels actually research any of the subject material before putting pen to paper? She clearly has absolutely no understanding of the FBI recruitment process. This book was just too unbelievable to be enjoyable in anyway, besides the fact that a US Senator manages to marry and dump 5 complete bimbos, cometly under the radar, without being busted; two of these loonies then on a compete whim decide to join the FBI as agents, oh, because it's so easy....you know, to ju ...more
Laurel
This story is about a woman (Samantha Rainford) came back from her honeymoon to find divorce papers from her husband. Then she discovers that she's not the first to be abandoned like this, she's one of four ex-Mrs. Rainfords. She decides to get back at her ex-husn=band, no matter what the cost will be. With the help of her best girlfriend Slick, a beautiful ex-model, Sam gathers together a team: Kayla Rainford, an architect who's hobby is to be an exotic dancer; Zoe Rainford, a plumber; and Oliv ...more
M Strawberry Reviews
I've read a few books by this author (all of them given to me) and I don't know what was worse, this one or 'Hey, Good-Looking' I may be wrong about the title of that one, but it was the one with three aunts called Ducky, Dodo, and... uh, I forget the third one, I think it was Diddy?

Anyway, this book started off with a fairly amusing premise, but dang it, it unraveled early on. Has Ms. Michaels ever been to a training camp? Tom Clancy did research for HIS books, and it shows! I also found the ch
...more
Laura
This is just as stupid and outlandish as it sounds. And I have no explination how I'm managing to stay interested, but I am. It's so weird and cheesy. But it's also funny (I'm not sure if it's supposed to be or not).

It was still going strong to the end. I can't get over how totally dumb the plot was, but I still haed to know what happened. I like Sam, maybe because Alpha likes her, and I like Pappi. He's totally oblivious about how to get the girl, and thankfully Sam is not someone to sit around
...more
Joyce
Jul 14, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a read to the end type of book it may not end the way the reader expects.

No spoilers a this is similar to the cover information. Samantha Rainford has had a whirlwind 3 week romance, 3 week honeymoon and 3 weeks later has been served with divorce papers. With a little research she discovers she is the fourth Mrs. Douglas Rainford, III. So she contacts each of them to discuss what went wrong and they becomes close friends and discover there may be more than four ex-wives. Look
...more
Jaimie
This book was super, super cheesy...I mean REALLY cheesy and not very well-written at all. So why the 3 star rating? I guess since I'm on vacation I'm feeling generous. Had I not been without reading material I never EVER would have read this book. I think the title and cover actually belong to another book entirely, the dialogue was terrible and the characters really one-dimensional. It was interesting enough, though, to keep me reading. So, if you like corny chick-lit with unbelievable plots t ...more
Lharn
Aug 28, 2009 Lharn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So the book jacket was more interesting than the actually book turned out to be. It started out good and went straight down from there. Parts of the book were interesting with the guy marrying and divorcing 11 women... and the women seeking revenge. It could have had a lot of promise... but a secret group of people being trained as Vigilantes... that just happened to include several of the divorced wives...kinda lame. I would not recommend this book. There are a lot of better romance/chick books ...more
Carol
Oct 09, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never under estimate the power of a group of pised off women. When Sam finds that she is not the first wife to be dumped by her ex-husband after the honeymoon, she and the other ex-wives set in motion a chain of activities that I had never imagined. I had no idea where this plot was going for much of the book and I was just along for the ride. But after a very unique plot and delightful set of characters, I did feel that the ending was just a little too pat. But would I have settled for anything ...more
Nishalini Rajasekar
I have never come across a book which was written so poorly.

The book title has no connection to the plot of this novel, was even shocked that a publisher actually agreed to publish this book.

Characters were interesting however there is no storyline...too dramatic (worse than the usual happily-ever-after genre)

Best read without any expectations. Should not be purchased.EVER.

Please look at reviews from goodreads before purchasing any novels at original price. (I only bought this book for RM8 durin
...more
Rushbug23
Jun 17, 2014 Rushbug23 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to this book and the reader was great. The characters are very likable. It is about a female(Samantha) that had been divorced unexpectantly after a 3 week honeymoon and she wanted revenge for it but ended up finding out that she wasn't the only one. It was funny, cute, sometimes annoying (Papi) and interesting. Many twists and turns. The title doesn't suit I think it should have been called the honeymooner or something but the title doesn't give anything aw ...more
Joyce
Feb 18, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost didn't read this book because of bad reviews. After reading it I can understand why some people wouldn't like it (some of the parts were kinda cheesy) but if you look at it overall, the book was really funny. The unrealistic part was the other wives seemed to adapt to the rigorous training right along with the ones that has just left FBI training. In the real world that doesn't seem possible. Still the same, I enjoyed seeing the bond this team forged and they never gave up. Enjoyed the bo ...more
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