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Marriage Meltdown

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  718 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The seven-year itch!

On the outside Gina Tyson seemed to have the perfect marriage - but inside she ached with frustration at the distance Reid had placed between them.

So, Gina decided to challenge her husband - and was shocked rigid by what she heard. She had to do something to show him just how much she really desired him - had always desired him. But she'd have to act fa
Hardcover, Large Print, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jun 06, 2012 Leona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hqn-presents
This is one emotional roller coaster and definitely one of the best HPs out there. But I am slightly be forewarned that the rest is filled with Spoilers. Read at your own risk!

Reid and Gina have been married for seven years, with three lovely children. Gina is beginning to sense that Reid is withdrawing from their marriage and is fearful that he might be having an affair, or about to start one. Over dinner one night, she discovers that he is going on a two week business trip with his
Nov 13, 2011 Dee rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favourites published by Harlequin.

It is a brilliant story full of emotion. Gina & Reid are married but with 3 children but he feels neglected and that she only wants him to provide her with babies. Their sex life is predictable and in his opinion she only participates to keep him happy.Although he wants more and wants to be wanted for himself he cannot bring himself to have an affair.

Meanwhile his Personal Assistant has got the hots for him and Gina realises. She t
Not sure how to rate this. I'm not a real fan of reality in HPLand and a couple of books I've read by Darcy have strayed too far into that territory for my personal tastes.

I see what she was trying to do with the 'what happens after riding into the sunset' type of approach to an HP. I think she succeeded in many ways as far as addressing the things - mostly never spoken of - that get between a husband and wife. And, honestly, it is good food for thought for those of us who are married or in a lo
Nov 13, 2015 Gisbelle rated it did not like it
Point of View: Dual (Gina & Reid Tyson)
Writing: Third Person | Past Tense
Setting: Sydney/London
Genre: Adult | Contemporary Romance

Personally I think the storyline was a little outdated. Maybe if I had read this book 10 years ago, I might have enjoyed it more. Or maybe not. The most irritating part of the book was the main characters. Both of them really made me mad because it was just pure frustration when Gina was all submissive and pathetic, while Reid was being one of the biggest fictiona
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I thought this hero was unnecessarily cruel to a woman who was a known virgin from a strict upbringing. Idiot! Is it too much to ask for these guys to communicate-wait, they're men. Never mind.

LOL Low blow, but I am married; so, I can say that in all honesty...MOST men find communicating a struggle.

There's more than a bit of real life in this book, and I appreciated that fact. I have seen women too often get wrapped up in being everything EXCEPT a wife-which should always come first. Yes, even b
Dec 17, 2011 Marajean rated it really liked it
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This was very good emotional read,Reid - Gina have been married for 7 years outside everything is perfect but inside they know nothing is right,their marriage is melting and dying and Gina is being feeling it strongly that Reid is either having an affair or thinking of having it which proves right Reid is thinking of having the affair yet he has not decided with whom but his PA Paige Calder has been giving him signs that she is ready to do anything but Reid has not yet given any signs to ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my god I was furious at this hero! His wife was a virgin raised by nuns and he expected her to be a wild sex animal? He was the one with all the experience! He was much older than her, he had been married before and he was clearly a sophisticated man. So his cruelty towards the heroine broke my heart. Plus he was seriously on the verge of cheating with his bitchy slut secretary. He drove me crazy!

Still I loved all the angst. This book has all the things I love in a harlequin romance: intrigu
What a wonderful book. I don't know why I resisted reading it. When at least half of all marriages end in divorce it's refreshing to read about a couple, even a fictional couple, who manage to dig themselves out of a probable marital failure and make the relationship work.
Gina, the heroine, realizes that her husband of almost 7 years has become a stranger who never sees her anymore except as the mother of his children. She realizes that her husband, Reid, doesn't seem to desire her anymore now
I have seriously put off reading this book forever because I knew based on my friends reviews and the synopsis it would be a difficult book to read and I had to wait until I was in the right mood for it. This book reminded me a lot of The Ultimate Betrayal by Michelle Reid. I can basically copy/paste my review from the other book because they are that similar in setting, range of motions, angst factor,...

If you want to read an angst-fest book about infidelity, you have found the right book. I r
Jul 31, 2012 Vanessa rated it liked it
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Jun 28, 2013 Floqueta rated it it was ok
Well written, emotional, but I could stand the "Hero". Such duplicity. (view spoiler)
I guess this would've have been a decent and entertaining read, however I couldn't get passed the fact that the hero intended and planned on committing adultery. No. Just no. You worthless scumbag. You have three children and a wife, and you want to have an affair with your PA. Ugh. In the mood I'm currently in, I can't stand the thought of infidelity. Not even a whiff of it. Dropped. May, or may not read again in the future. I've read Emma Darcy stories before, and this is the final nail in the ...more
Sep 08, 2011 sbf20112011 rated it really liked it
This one was surprisingly good! I didn't think I'd like the premise, because we all like the fiction that sex is always hot between our H/h, and that by the time they're living together, married, with children, they've already hit their HEA, but actually this worked pretty well. I was pretty mad at the H at the beginning, but the roles switched at the end and he redeemed himself pretty well. Not bad.
Feb 06, 2014 Tia rated it liked it
Heroine was pretty brave to face all the facts and do what she had to do. However taking him back after her husband emotionally cheated on her with a slutty PA, is just ridiculous. After all the angst and heart wrenching emotion, I decided if it was me, I would of just killed them both and hid the bodies pretending they ran off together, problem solved.
i own this book and have re-read it several times, and since all my DT books are packed up awaiting a move, i saw this book discussed on on of the amazon fora i lurk on and decided to re-read it again! the hero, term used loosely, is 11 years older than his 2nd wife, who was a very sheltered virgin when they married, and after 7 years of marriage and very vanilla sex, he is....bored with his wife in bed, and wants more. on a business trip he plans to stay in a suite with his PA, who is obviously ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I diagnosed both characters with dingus batiusitis.

So let's see... h was raised in a vacuum and is allergic to displays of well, anything. I'd call her frigid but uptight is a better description.

H, having not been raised in a vacuum, expects... well, I don't know what he expects. For certain, he gives off vibes to the h that she's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't - at least until she, realizing there's a rival, throws off the coat of propriety and chases him down a few times.

But he's
Apr 05, 2016 Joy rated it did not like it
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Feb 18, 2015 Shen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a great read about saving a dying marriage
Recommended to Shen by: Addie, my elderly neighbor who has masses of old Harlequins.
Title – Marriage Meltdown
Author – Emma Darcy
Publication Date – January 1, 1997
Type – Paperback
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

This was one intense book. The possibility of this situation actually happening in some form made this such an excellent read. It is one of the best Harlequins that I have ever read.

Gina and Reid Tyson have been married for seven years and things in their marriage are not what they seem. The intimacy has been lost and Gina is afraid that she is losing her husband
Oct 25, 2013 bombay_sapphire rated it really liked it
It was a good book, especially well done about a sensitive real life topic.

I didn't like Reid though. Even in the end, when he finally came to his senses I still thought he was a grade A jerk and is so lucky Gina didn't just walk away and divorce him.

He accused her of being selfish, self-centered, self-involved; caring only for her needs and not giving, when he himself was all of those things and never really quite admitted it (how pathetic that instead of talking to her- which was the biggest
Whew! This was a difficult book to get through. The heroine was so brave to face her fears/instincts about what her husband is up to. I really liked her attitude. The hero was an idiot who only understood women if he put them into neat boxes. Wife/mother/homemaker or career woman/exciting sex partner. He was entitled enough to think he could have both in his life.
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Nov 04, 2015 Lede rated it really liked it
Reid behaved like the typical guilty husband thru the majority of the book; critical of Gina, cold, withdrawn, eviscerating her character(the scene in bedroom with cushions as props, was excellent!), projecting his own sexual inadequacies onto her(he obviously could not combine the sex he wanted with warmth and love). He also came across as a serial cheater; he says to himself that he can get sex anywhere, he was very blase about taking the next step with his secretary, he was enraged that Gina ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Livia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
This is a novel I frequently reread. A marriage in jeopardy is one of my favorite storylines and I am a big fan of Harl Pres author Emma Darcy.
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Nov 24, 2015 Bam Harlequin-Junkie rated it really liked it
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Oct 23, 2016 Love Butterfly rated it it was amazing
Good story
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Vicki Parsons
Feb 02, 2015 Vicki Parsons rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I just did a re read of Marriage Meltdown and I have to say I really admire this book. As to the hero's attitude, I think everyone is going to see that through the filter of their own feelings about fidelity and marriage. I really liked what Darcy did in terms of letting us see Reid's feelings and motivations as well as Gina's. All too often in an HP you just don't have any idea what the hero is thinking, but she really did a nice job of letting us into Reid's mine. In his own way, he
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Aug 16, 2012 Narita Wijaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Personally aku suka sama novel yang ceritanya tentang pasangan suami isteri yang bermasalah dan menyelesaikan segala keribetan"nya...karena cerita dongeng biasanya berakhir setelah pasangan itu menikah...padahal kan ngga, pernikahan itu kan awal baru, dengan permasalahan baru...

novel ini juga bertema kayak gitu pasangan Reid dan Gina yang menikah selama 6 tahun dan punya 3 orang anak jadi semakin menjauh dan menjaga jarak, karena kesibukan dan kurang emosi yang bikin banyak kesalah pahaman... mu
Apr 06, 2016 Romance_reader rated it really liked it
Quite a relatable story. The issues, responses and dialogues between the H and the h seemed real and not superfluous and I loved how the author described the complexities of the protagonists' marriage (the hero considers cheating on his wife; which, though, is an unpleasant thought; is quite plausible given the widening distance between himself and his spouse - owing to family obligations and the heroine's own strict upbringing)in a very believable manner. I loved how the h tried to win her ...more
This could have been a 5-star read if not for 2 things: The other woman did not have to turn "evil" - just the way she was portrayed before the over-the-top change would have made this realistic. Also, when the h was trying to change things, I think the H was rejecting the attempts too much.

The characters thoughts and actions are fairly realistic - IMO - when 2 people in marriage get caught up in work and kids, stop communicating and attempting intimacy. Both begin to feel the distance and lack
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