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Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  408 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Suburbia is a jungle, filled with lots of vicious creatures.
Take the Paradise Heights Women’s League board. Lyssa Harper should have warned golden-haired DILF du jour Harry Wilder what he was getting into when she invited him to meet the mommies who run their suburban, gated community. At least he brought cupcakes. Since meeting the former Master-of-the-Universe turned st
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Pocket Books (first published May 5th 2010)
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I couldn't have been more surprised. When going on a long ride, I amuse myself with listening to a book on CD (or tape since my car is actually old enough to have a tape player! ) The Flying J Truck stop carries many items including DVD's, CD's, and Audio Books. I often stop and check them out since the prices seem to be reasonable but I don't usually expect to find something great. This book was one that I found there and I figured I would give it a try.

Josie Brown nailed it! Her depiction of
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives is a look at the dark underbelly of the moneyed suburbs where extramarital affairs run rampant. The pitiful "Desperate Housewives" style attempts at attracting newly single Harry make are both hilariously funny and deeply disturbing. The book is surprisingly deep at times and gloriously scandalous throughout.

Each chapter starts off with a famous quote about marriage. These aren't romantic, gushy quotes, but rather funny and realistic ones that pair nicely with
3.5 out of 5 rating

This book was gossipy and light and fun, while at the same time making me a little depressed. If that makes any sense at all. The story takes place in well-to-do suburbia. So of course there is gossip and cattiness and lots of characters you love to hate. Which is fun. But there was also a lot of cheating and it made me wonder if there are any good marriages out there (I mean, I know there are, but you wouldn't guess it from the book).

Each chapter started off with a love or ma
This summer grab a copy of Josie Brown's novel "Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives." It is a near perfect beach read. Women who live in suburbia with their families will especially be able to relate. Fans of TV's Desperate Housewives will love these very desperate housewives and husbands. The plot is complex and the characters are many. You'll fall in love with househusband Harry as easily as Lyssa does. You'll marvel at the Coven and how disruptive they are. A very fun read.
SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES is like Desperate Housewives come to book form, but with a bit more humor. In this story, Josie Brown has managed to create a robust mix of drama and humor to keep the reader entertained from page one straight through to the end. Looking for a hint of drama? Move on. Looking for drama oozing from every crack and crinkle of a book? This is the book for you.

Honestly, my favorite part of SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES were the quotes prefacing each chapter. I'

Harry and his wife have separated and living next door to the DILF (Dad I'd Like to F---) is Lyssa Harper. Harry is struggling with the new lifestyle change and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. He's juggling his job, raising his kids and dealing with the fact that his marriage is over. Lyssa decides that the proper thing to do is introduce Harry to the Paradise Heights Women's League Board so that it's members can help Harry with this difficult transition. Soon, he is inund
Jennifer Defoy
The title really holds true with this one! There were quite a few secrets that I never expected. The one at the end was a real treat :-)

The main characters in this one were pretty well written. There were a few scenes that seemed to be a bit out of character, but as the title suggests there were quite a few secrets, so maybe these were just more of them. I tend to think the best of people, and while I knew from the word go that DeeDee was trouble I never expected some of the other people to take
I'm nearly done with this page turning gem from Josie Brown. I may be a single woman living in Los Angeles, but the naughty mommies of Paradise Heights have me sucked in and addicted to this page-turner from the start! It's a great read which I love to dive into while lying out in the sun near the deep-end of my pool. The neighborhood DILF is anything but predictable and I'm both routing for and against the heroine Lyssa's relationship with her own husband (in favor of then against the increasin ...more
I wholeheartedly LOVED this book. It had all the right ingredients for a fun summer read, and then some: great characters, empathetic heroine, hero with a heart and soul, and a plot with a lot of twists and turns. That says a lot when you're writing about real people, as opposed to vampires, werewolves or superheroes who have to save the world. Instead, this is a book about a woman (Lyssa, the heroine) who, in the process of helping out a new friend, rediscovers things about herself that, in the ...more
Life in Paradise Heights, a prestigious gated community near the Silicon Valley, promises the happily-ever-after that many young couples want. But the fine print doesn't tell anyone to be careful, because "if something is too good to be true, it just might be."

For the women of Paradise Heights, the first crack in the veneer of their perfect kingdom is the break-up of a seemingly flawless marriage. The gossip mill is alive and well in the Heights, and soon everyone is speculating about what broke
As the marriage of the "perfect couple" on the block implodes, the women of the Paradise Heights Women's League Board are all aflutter with gossip, concern, and attempts to capture the heart of the newly single Harry Wilder. With the Wilder's marriage now broken and their unhappiness out in the open for all to see, the facade of many of the women and the state of their own marriages starts to crack. For many, appearances are far more important than reality: they put on a happy face, pretend all ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It blends elements of both chick lit and women's fiction into a delightful story of suburbia - and it is not always a pretty picture! This book actually reminded me a bit of Desperate Housewives - lots of infidelity, backstabbing, secrets, and sex! Just my kind of book!

Lyssa Harper befriends her neighbor, DILF du jour (Dad I'd Like to...well you know!) Harry Wilder after he is separated from his wife. He is floundering through life, trying to be a single dad and
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
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First things first - this is my FAVORITE "fun" read so far this year! This book is cool and fun and sexy without being TOO, if you know what I mean!

Lyssa Harper is a likable, everyday mom like us, with a husband that doesn't QUITE meet her expectations, and lately, he hasn't been paying any attention to her in the bedroom either. She is a member of the Paradise Heights Women's League Board, and is next in line for
When the neighborhood's perfect couple disintegrates, Harry Wilder discovers that he's missed most of his children's childhood and decides to become a stay-at-home dad. When Lyssa Harper decides to help him learn the ropes of being a mom in the posh suburb of Paradise Heights, the neighborhood gossips really get going. While everyone tries to figure out what went wrong with the Wilder's marriage, themes of love, trust, friendship, and family are examined by everyone involved in this engaging sto ...more
Josie Brown takes us into a world of Lyssa, a well to do mommy living in the privileged world of Paradise Heights, a Californian suburb. As a delicious "desperate housewife" she toes the line living between the Desirables and Undesirables as married and single non-working women re-create their own adult version of high school. When the divorce of an elusive but attractive couple come to be, the scorned husband decides to take on the League of Women and incorporate himself in this new world think ...more
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I've been a fan of this author for a while. Loved her snarky Hollywood stuff. I was hoping her voice would translate well in the world of manic moms, and I was happy to see that it does.

What the author does so well is make us sympathetic to a woman who could be any of us: Lyssa loves her family, is in a marriage that could be better, and tries hard to make it so. The neighborhood she lives in could be the one outside my door: frenemies with too much time on their hands. They'd rather deal with
Just finished this, and loved it. Picked it up on a whim, from my local Target. (Never thought of buying my books there, but, was browsing...)

It was certainly deeper than I thought it would be, and I loved that about it. You can easily relate to the heroine, Lyssa, who is in a marriage that is certainly less than perfect, but for her kids' sake (and some issues that she has regarding her past) she doesn't want to rock the boat. However, the pending divorce of a neighbor, Harry, is her impetus f
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Fans of Desperate Housewives are going to gobble up SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES by Josie Brown. What happens with the gated community of Paradise Heights will leave you wanting more by Brown. Lies, backstabbing, cheating and carpooling wrapped together with some interesting female characters and one DILF makes for a page turning story. I loved this novel for many reasons...who doesn't like getting carried away in the gossip of suburbia, who doesn't love sex, lies sandal. You may know how ...more
Bought this book while on vacation. It was ideal for what I was looking to read this week because it has a plot that keep you turning the pages.

Loved the lead character, Lyssa, who is ambivalent about her marriage (like, who hasn't been there/done that?). What I would say I like the most is the way the author interjects humor into what could have been a sad sack plot. We all have a few crazy neighbors who take certain things too seriously, like these women do with the hero's divorce. I'm in the
Lyssa is my hero! I finally got this book when I went to NYC for the first and at The Strand Book Store!

Lyssa befriends the new neighborhood kind of divorcee, Harry, who is quite the lady's man, but everyone in Paradise Heights has an issue with their friendship including her husband and friends who are group of rambunctious sexually charge bitches.

Lyssa faces challenges of her feelings for Harry, her husband, and friends. Its a good read and if you want something good and addictive. This is wh
I liked this book. Although it was very predictable, it was a fun read. It takes place in a suburban neighborhood in the Bay Area, which is why the book was dear to me. (I miss CA.) I can totally relate to the cast of characters in this book. In fact, I think they all live in Snoqualmie Ridge! You look around the neighborhood and you think that everyone else has picture perfect marriages and the next thing you know, they're getting divorced. It happens everywhere - not only in books and in Snoqu ...more
Great book! Josie Brown does a great job of painting the truly surreal landscape of upper-class suburbia in the Bay Area. I enjoyed the characters and the story line and found myself very much sucked into their lives. The plot was fairly predictable--I wasn't surprised by any of the turns of events and saw them all coming from the first hints that were dropped. But the engaging writing and fun story still made this a great read that was hard to put down. Highly recommended chick lit!
Marta hoelscher
This was an absolutely delicious book! It was witty and snarky and a total delight to dive into! There's a bit of language, so for some it might not be the right fit. But those instances are few and far between and personally, for me, the humor and fun of this read far outweighed those instances. I honestly couldn't put this one down and read it straight through...grown up summer fun!
Kristi Downs
Okay...I really, really enjoyed this book. Think Desperate Housewives meets Mean Girls meets Something Borrowed. I didn't give it 5 stars b/c I wasn't hanging on every word and i wasn't hooked until the middle of the book, but it was very entertaining and refreshing read. Super pleased with it, glad I own it, and will probably read over and over.
I actually really enjoyed this book. While somewhat predictable, it was still enjoyable. And there were a couple of surprises that I hadn't seen coming. I couldn't decide between 4 and 5 stars, so I rounded up for good measure! ;-)

Look for a full review soon on my blog,
Just good juicy relaxing chick lit.
Juicy, interesting read!!! My favorite summer book! Perfect to take to the beach and get lost in! Josie Brown's writing flows effortlessly. She creates a beautiful blend of elegance and raunchiness in the risque on goings of the "desperate housewives" featured in her novel. I couldn't put it down!
Great read with a very fitting title. With each page turned, I could visualize the events as they took place. Some of the characters reminded me of people I actually know. I have a feeling that this book mimics real life for many more people than we are aware.
This book had it all, I sound the the infamous Stephan! Seriously Lyssa was a great character and it was such a humorous book with so many quotes I must remember! Anyone who wants a light read with humor needs to read her books!
This was good. I liked Brown's writing style and her humor. It was like reading a season of Desperate Housewives - similar story line, but including all of the wonderful additions you get when reading as opposed to watching.
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