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Two years ago, Billie Tarrow's husband left her for another woman. Shamed and divorced, Billie retreated to her family home in Port Townsend, far from her old life in New York. After a near-death encounter, Billie decides to return to the city that took everything from her.

But sometimes in the midst of heartache, hope suffocates the pain.

Satcher Gable has carried a torch for Billie for ten years. When she suddenly returns to New York a single woman, he can't believe his good fortune. But convincing her to walk away from her heartache is proving more difficult than Satcher anticipated. A changed woman, Billie's only goal is revenge.

307 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 15, 2019

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Tarryn Fisher

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I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories.
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word "smolder". If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don't be mean to me; I'm half badass, half cry baby.

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Profile Image for Funda Demir.
146 reviews188 followers
May 18, 2019
First half: 5 stars.
Second half: 0 stars.

The second half must have been written by someone else. That’s the only explanation.

These are the stuff just from off the top of my head. It goes on and on and I can't waste any more time on this. Which is sad because I loved this author's previous work. But this was such a disappointment. Thank you, next.
Profile Image for Bibi.
1,282 reviews3,263 followers
April 5, 2022
Oh boy, I've never once had such a visceral reaction to book characters as I did Billie, Woods, and Satcher.


I'm torn.
On the one hand, the first half was perfect, with each character owning their space, establishing intents and motivations. Billie, the scorned wife, awakening from a 2-yr hibernation, intent on reclaiming all that was lost and stolen; Woods, the ex; Satcher, Wood's best friend (also, the most stereotypical character). Alongside minor but important characters: Jules, Billie's friend; Pearl, the mistress.

On the other hand, the pacing was off, the timelines confusing; more than that, there were too many loose threads. Random characters or events that were utilized strictly to drive the characters into a particular situation that was completely unnecessary or never revisited (the accident, for example). It became messy, too messy.

So instead of the messy half, I'll concentrate on the parts that spoke to my soul. Boy, that Tarryn sure can evoke all sorts of emotions and even though I've never been divorced, I felt THE PAIN. It permeated the atmosphere and the prose; similarly, the characters were authentic... flawed, sometimes stupid, but ultimately real.

I felt THE PAIN.

FYI: if you're looking for a coherent and topical review, this isn't it.

On a very personal note (and I have to be discreet cos my kids sometimes stalk my reviews), I got married at 23yo and have been married for the same length of time and on each anniversary I ask (it's a cultural thing) my hubby for a divorce. He thinks I'm either joking or nuts, but I'm quite sane and deadly serious. Of course, he says no.

For context, I was late for my wedding, hadn't booked hair or makeup and basically would have been a runaway bride had my parents not hidden my passport. TRUE STORY. Which is understandable considering I'd already broken 2 engagements and declined a third proposal.

I saw my mum love my father with all her being while he (handsome and oh so charming) had a bit of a roaming eye. I vowed never to marry.

But I wanted kids.

You're probably wondering why you need to know this and how it's relevant to this book. Well, there's no correlation, except this book took me back and wrung out my heart. Billie was chasing the very thing I wanted no part of and that symbolism was emotionally moving to the point that I literally would put my reader aside simply to contemplate and yes, shed a tear or two.

I know most readers will find parts of the story unpleasant particularly the aforementioned second half, but for those who want authentic (or as close to real-life) situations where things don't always align or progress as planned, where life sometimes throws curve-balls, where lost dreams clash with lost loves, and new relationships stumble on the tails of old ones, then you must read this book.
Profile Image for Kelly (and the Book Boar).
2,451 reviews7,559 followers
May 23, 2019
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I’ve mentioned enough times to turn the dead horse into nothing but a pulpy mess that Tarryn Fisher is a bit of a hit or miss author for me. That being said, she’s one of the only authors the pornbrary doesn’t stock on the regular so I know I will be one-clicking whatever her new release is the day it comes out. Such was the case with Fuck Marriage both for the aforementioned pulpy horse reasons, as well as because I thought this was going to be a revenge story. However, when I began reading I discovered the "revenge" in question was going to be in the form of a cheated on divorcee who seeks revenge on her ex/his new fiancé by . . . . banging him???? That’s unfortunate. I think the rational thing for a woman in that position to do would be double homicide, but hey I’m not the writer. I reset my sights and prepared myself for a super soap opera-ish good time. And that was 100% okay, because . . . .

And all was good – or at least real readable – until about the halfway mark. Then . . . . .

Seriously. WTF happened? Did some bills need to get paid so this thing had to be released pronto? Did someone else write it? (For real, that’s what it seems and if that is the case, Dear Tarryn Fisher: Your co-writer is turrrrrrrrrrrrible at his (or her, but my Spidey Senses tell me it might have been a him) job.) I’ll still be first in line when The Wives comes out later this year, but this one?????


File this under awkward emails with husband . . .

ME: FYI I just bought a $4 Kindle book in case you see that random amount come through

HUSBAND: What did you get?


ME: Fuck Marriage

Profile Image for Chelsea Humphrey.
1,440 reviews78.1k followers
Shelved as 'dnf-lost-interest'
May 17, 2019
When Tarryn Fisher drops a new book, you drop everything else to read it immediately.

Profile Image for Jennifer Kyle.
2,379 reviews4,627 followers
May 19, 2019
3 Stars

"The fact that no one knows me as well as my ex-husband, who left me for another woman, is both devastating and frightening like I’m not worthy of being known fully."

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As a divorcee from a twenty year marriage, that did include a cheating spouse, I was interested to see what Tarryn Fisher’s spin on a heroine who returns to face a similar situation as mine own would be.

"Pearl believes herself to be Woods’ hero. It’s comical really, that she thinks she swooped in and saved him from something bad (me).”

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Tarryn’s writing was on par for some of the book, then sadly the story line and writing felt like it starting slipping. There are spoilerly things that occurred that had me rolling my eyes. I think as a whole, the story felt unpolished.


I’m a fan of her books and will always read what she writes; however, this one didn’t flow with the ease of her previous works. There were still things I connected with like the heroine’s feelings about the marriage and returning to work with her ex and his unapologetic fiancée. Thrown into the mix is Satcher, her ex’s best friend. He’s also the majority owner of the blog. Who is also been harboring a big crush on our heroine Wendy/Billie and things do get interesting.

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Once Billie and Satcher connected beyond friendship, I was on board. That is until a character named Jules who totally got the shaft in this book enters the story fully. Things were chopping the second half of the story; however, I did reread the whole second portion of the story and feel that I would have been happy with neither of these men being chosen.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
Profile Image for Bindi Boo .
578 reviews116 followers
May 17, 2019
*contains spoilers*
SO BAD I nearly cried because I actually felt the death of my feelings.

I gave it 2 stars for the first 40'ish % of the book. Utterly amazing.
The writing was spot on and the feelings the author got out of me was commendable. I choked up, I cried, I smiled and laughed for/with Billie. She sounded strong yet vulnerable, vengeful yet kind and I was all geared up to see where and how she would take her life back.

And then....the next 60% happened. An utter TRAIN WRECK! To say I am disappointed is an understatement. Why do authors do this? If you proclaim your book to be a 'romance' please ensure your plot stays in that zone, not 'Yea, I fell in love with someone else, but she left, so I'll fall in love with you instead, oh wait, she's come back now so I'm confused' Yes he was confused and had 'feelings' for Billie, yet he still had a proper live in relationship(and sex) with someone else for months!! Urgh, and I'm not even going to bother commenting on Billie's decisions. This book was an utter joke to say the least.

Love is not that mundane. Please don't make it a joke. I take love and marriage seriously, but evidently not the characters in this book. Yes shit happens, both in love and marriage, but I expect some level of maturity to handle the breakdown, especially when the characters are apparently in their 30's. Yes, it was angsty but I rolled my eyes EVERY DARN TIME this wishy washy couple made their stupid 'decisions'.
Profile Image for Dilek VT.
1,543 reviews1,408 followers
Shelved as 'never-no-way'
May 17, 2019
Initially, I wanted to read this book, thinking it would be a sweet revenge story.

Now that I have read my awesome friend Funda's "epic review" she has written for me [yeah, I am that special :) ]- what was I saying, yeah, now that I have read her stunning review, I won't be touching this book with a ten-feet pole! It is gross, frustrating and dumb. It's puke-worthy, indeed!


All the information about this idiot and spineless heroine makes me think that somewhere in the literary world, there was a competition about "Who can create the most pathetic heroine?" and Tarryn did her best to win it. And, she nailed it!

What I have learnt from my friend's review makes me think that the book deserves minus 5 stars with a middle finger 🖕

Here you are - read Funda's review and save your money:

June 3, 2019
5 ⭐'s

“Don’t forget the ice.”

I LOVE Tarryn Fisher's books...some more than others. She had me at The Opportunist so there was no way I wasn't going to read this one and I LOVED it!

Thank goodness since I was seeing a lot of DNF's for it and while I can ~sort of~ understand that, I was too curious to let that stop me.

The story is about Billie who thought she had a great marriage but finds out her husband, Woods, has been having an affair with her assistant, Pearl. Billie leaves New York to go home to Washington and lick her wounds...for two years. She's back now to get what's hers.

Soon after she arrives, she runs into Satcher, Wood's best friend, and who she sold her part of their blog to. Satcher offers her a job managing and she takes him up on it. Of course, this means working with Woods and Pearl but she's all too ready to take them on.

And take them on she does. She's thin, fit and dressed to kill and Woods definitely notices. So does a very unhappy Pearl. Lines are drawn in the sand and the fun begins.

But the fun I enjoyed is the happenings between Satcher and Billie. Yes...Satcher...who da thunk? What an amazing journey but oh no, Tarryn wouldn't let things be that simple, oh no! There's a twist and it's a doozy.

I'm not a fan of this whole not communicating but then again, it makes for some nice juicy angst so I can't complain...too much.

One thing that is exceptional about Tarryn's books is the little nuances she adds...little every day things that we don't think about too much. The button was absolutely fantabulous!! Oh the feels...I LOVED it.

And I loved the ending...a little unconventional but that's Tarryn. BTW...I happened to be in Cancun when I was reading this AND in Tulum. It's HOT AS HELL there so that did take away a bit of the romance for me but I loved it all the same. Definitely bring the ice!!
Profile Image for Brandi.
633 reviews1,278 followers
May 22, 2019
3.5 Stars

I am a long time fan of Tarryn Fisher, her style has rarely not been a win for me.

“He taught me love, and then inevitably, he taught me loss.”

She excels at bringing that special something to her stories - extremely flawed characters and circumstances. Her stories are messy and angsty - I love that her heroines/heroes are not cookie cutter perfect. F*ck Marriage deals with the heartbreaking reality that sometimes the life we plan on, the love we invest, sometimes it just doesn't work out.

As it turns out, the most painful experience of my life was laying those eight years of a relationship into a grave I was forced to dig myself. The person doing the leaving hands you a shovel and you bury something you once lived to nurture.

I really enjoyed the first half of this story, but some of the curve-balls thrown, just felt...unneeded...honestly, it took away from my enjoyment and rating..

Profile Image for Rejane.
1,341 reviews63 followers
Shelved as 'no-way-jose'
May 23, 2019

I have to say: F*UCK THIS BOOK.
After reading Funda’s review I wonder if maybe someone in printing printed the wrong author on the cover. It’s very unfortunate Tarryn Fisher went this soap opera-ish path in her book. And a very bad one with a pathetic stupid brainless bitchy female mc. What an embarrassment 🤦🏻‍♀️

December 25, 2020
I admit it. I couldn't put this book down. This is my second Fisher book, and I can tell you that she has done it again! I love how brazen the title is, and it initially intrigued me to buy it. The content inside the book, is mostly just as good.

I was lead to believe that this was a book that was going to totally condemn marriage, but surprisingly, I was mistaken, and not at all in a bad way.

I thought the characters were developed adequately, but despite that, I personally didn't like the main protagonist called Billie. I thought at times, that she was entirely thoughtless, as well as stupid, and I wanted to grab her by the shoulders, look at her square on, and ask her what the fuck she was playing at.

There is much dark humour in this, and tasty twists, which I've experienced before with Fishers book "Atheists who kneel and pray." She is rather good at throwing a spanner in the works.

I must say though, despite my positivity, I didn't enjoy the second half as much as the first. I felt like the story fell a little flat, and Billie, our main protagonist, became even more childish, which was frustrating, as overall, I was enjoying the story. I feel the ending was ridiculously rushed, and I'm left wanting more. Thank you Tarryn Fisher for entertaining me, once again!
Profile Image for Christine (Shh Moms Reading).
1,308 reviews547 followers
May 17, 2019
I finished this in one sitting...at 3:30a and I’m not sure how I’m functioning right now.

Tarryn Fisher writes with purpose... every word and action carefully thought out and planned.

F*ck Marriage gave me high anxiety because I didn’t know how it would all turn out. Billie is actively seeking revenge when there are so many better things right in front of her to focus on.

Let’s face it... cheating... divorce sucks. The heartbreak and repercussions of actions even more devastating. I liked Billie’s sass and her strength and felt such heartache experiencing her sadness in the face of her ex and his new fiancée. Watching her spiral and drink and navigate these feelings felt authentic and real.

The secondary characters, while some I hated and couldn’t stand, all played their part to move the story forward and helped our heroine grow... find herself... realize what was important to be happy. I absolutely loved Satcher. I’m calling him as mine first. 😍

Was everything perfect? No. Did I want some things to be different? Yes. There is something later in the story that gutted me and at the end, I wished for more time... maybe an epilogue.

But in true Tarryn fashion... she captured me with her words... with her characters... with the journey... and my book loving heart is more complete because of the experience.

If you haven’t read this author before, each and every book is different and gives you things to reflect on. This book was no different. ❤️
June 7, 2019

A heroine, an ex-husband and an old friend, a delicious recipe for an engaging, all the feels kind of novel.

Heartache and hope take centre stage for the main protagonists of this story. Billie Tarrow and Satcher Cable are old friends, he has always had more than friendly feelings towards her but sadly, she had her heart broken by another. There's a touch of mystery and a dose of heartache and drama. I absolutely loved the first half of the story; the premise and air of mystery and the heartache of the heroine was all so engaging to me. I have thought long and hard about what to say and how to rate this story because I have to be honest and, simply put, the second half of the book did not feel cohesive to me, I feel like this great idea of a story never quite found its best way forward. The decisions of the protagonists were not always believable and I don't feel that the timeline transitions were as seamless as I prefer. It seemed like perhaps certain plot points needed to be hit but they didn’t really work with the flow of the story or add to the development and were there mainly for shock and angst, as a result I personally felt neither shock nor angst at those intended moments. *really sorry*

Having said all that, this author is a talented writer, the first half is golden. I think I am frustrated with the finished product which, had it continued to shine for me would have been a full on, shout it from the rooftops, 5 star read, so maybe, just maybe it's me and other readers will love the entire novel.

Thank you for the advance copy provided
Profile Image for Lisa B..
517 reviews581 followers
May 20, 2019
If you're cruising Amazon for a kindle copy of Fisher’s new book, I suggest you pump the brakes, hit reverse, and steer yourself toward another book.
Profile Image for Carlene Inspired.
931 reviews245 followers
June 5, 2019
4.5 Stars

Billie is done with her two years away, she's ready to return to New York with her slim waistline and her green eyes blazing with revenge and some unclaimed jealousy. She's out to do to Woods, her ex, exactly as he did to her, no matter the people she must step on along the way. Only, along the way she discovers that living again, even in the shadow of her divorce, isn't so bad. Woods' best friend Satcher is there as a voice of reason, as a friend to her again, and in time, as the one thing that makes her realize her wrongs. Life is messy though and just as Billie feels she has her bearings it throws a new twist at her, one she doesn't know how to face.

"The fact that no one knows me as well as my ex-husband, who left me for another woman, is both devastating and frightening like I’m not worthy of being known fully."

I typically don't review Tarryn's books that I buy for personal reading, I just star rate and move on. However, since I did use this book in my wedding I feel like I owe it to the story inside to give my review. The cover and title of F* Marriage is classic Tarryn, it's a gritty story about heartbreak, love, and, obviously, marriage. It's the kind of book that makes you sit back and think, a contemporary romance that isn't roses and butterflies and easy love. You see, our heroine is out for revenge against her husband and that clouds her vision, her entire world really. She misses the affection of another, she loses sight on herself, and she allows the ugly feelings inside of her to win. F* Marriage is a book based on the pitfalls of divorce and the side affects of being cheated on, it's also a story of hope and rejuvenation; it's a book I can personally say I didn't know I needed.

"I don't go by Billie anymore."
"Why not?"
"She was married to you."

Billie is an emotionally charged woman, she goes after what she wants in a way I respected, but in F* Marriage I also found myself liking the other characters too. Woods is a narcissist, he plays the game well, but something about him just was likable and felt sincere. Satcher, on the other hand, is your stereotypical best friend pining after the girl who got away, but I loved him. He's charming, self-aware, and sometimes a bit dumb, but he's so good for Billie. There are a number of other secondary characters, particularity one best friend, Jules, I really wish we'd spend more time with. Yes, there is OW and OM drama in this book, far more of it than my fellow reading friends might typically like, but as I love a good relationship triangle...or square as it may be, this hit the nail on the head for me. And yes, I rolled my eyes a few times too, Billie isn't always the smartest on her quest for revenge, she very easily steps on others and it is hard at times to like her. Being a scorned woman can change you, I know that thirst to come out on top all too well, but there's a time when you sort out what will really make you feel better and it takes Billie far longer than one might expect for her to realize that.

"Divorce isn't supposed to happen, but it does, and no one really knows how to deal with it. It frees you of one thing while imprisoning you with a thousand others. Life isn't even remotely fair."

I'll give you this, I likely enjoyed this book more than others just because I like anything Tarryn writes. I can see the flaws, this book absolutely went off track for about 40% of it, but it get's tied up and the ending I wanted was there and well, sometimes people get shafted in real life and that's what happened in this book. It's a bit more of a fun read from Tarryn Fisher and definitely more contemporary than some of her more recent releases. It's a novel that will have readers loving or hating it, the kind you have to read for yourself to decide on.
Profile Image for Ashley.
487 reviews218 followers
May 18, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

You guys have heard me gush about Tarryn Fisher’s books for quite a while now (that’s an understatement). She was one of the first authors I discovered when I started reading avidly again and quickly became my favorite. She has a way of injecting wisdom into every book in a unique way I’ve never experienced before. Her words hit me deep in the heart and have helped me to become a more confident woman. Naturally, when she releases a new book, I gobble it up like my life depends upon it, even when the title makes my friends worry about the state of my soul. 😉

The first half of this book was a joy to read. I was highlighting line after line and was eager to see where Billie’s journey would take her. I love Tarryn’s broken characters because they help women feel as if the things they’ve been through aren’t unique to them. They bring people together and make us all feel less alone. Billie was no different, having gone through a traumatic divorce. She shows readers that healing doesn’t happen immediately, even two years later, Billie was still struggling to regain her footing.

“I’ve already been on life’s ride from hell. I know all the turns.”

Unfortunately, after the halfway mark in this book, the story crumbled. Billie wasn’t a character I could resonate with in the least and she became desperate and wishy-washy. I felt as if the plot twists were too cliche for a Tarryn Fisher novel and didn’t add to furthering the story. The characters were twisted in an indistinguishable web that I didn’t care to untangle. I found their reasons for hurting one another to be unrealistic excuses for bad behavior – no one accepted responsibility for their actions and it was exhausting. Thankfully Satcher made the story more bearable for me, but he still didn’t do anything worthwhile enough for a lengthy mention.

“We aren’t meant to stay the same. Life hits us from every direction, and we build thick skin in those places … calluses. It’s the way we survive.”

Most disappointing for me was the lack of closure on some of the details added to this story. The ending felt rushed and made me ponder the unanswered questions for hours after I finished. This simply is not a five-star book. It was too unorganized and felt pieced together.

The good news is that Tarryn writes books for all women, meaning all of us won’t relate to every book she writes. I’m more of a Margo and you may be more of a Senna, or Yara, or Billie. Naturally, women who have been wronged or through a divorce are going to relate to Billie in a big way. Authors are continually pushing their limits and evolving, just as the rest of us, and it’s ok to not find a piece of yourself in every book they write. Regardless, I’m going to continue to have high hopes for anything Tarryn puts out and be eagerly awaiting it with a greedy heart.
January 18, 2022
I've noticed a trend lately where books include a tagline explaining how you should feel about it, like: "A heart-pounding thriller that will make you cry with terror." This one should have the tagline: "A bad book with a stupid title that will make you want to punch someone."
After my initial cranky review, I decided to up my rating because Tarryn Fisher can definitely write and clearly evoked a passionate, although negative, response from me. I was never bored with the story; but often incredulous or annoyed. She should try to write about people who aren't horrible and put them in plots that aren't idiotic.

Random thoughts about why every character in this book sucks, and why they don't act in any way that normal humans would act:
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,846 reviews
May 20, 2019
4.5/ 5 stars

*Make sure to check if you have the updated e-book. There was a mistake with the original version. Chapters 30 and 31 are in the wrong order. I had to read 31, 30, 32. Chapter 30 should start with "the call comes as I'm locking up...". If you don't see that then do 31, 30, 32.

*This book has no connection to F*ck Love.

I have read and loved every book that Tarryn Fisher has ever written. She is one of my most favorite authors. So of course I was anxious to read this new book as soon as it was released.

This book is divided into 3 parts. The story mostly takes place in NYC.

The female lead is 30 year old Billie. This book is a contemporary romance. But it is a romance Tarryn Fisher style. Billie's ex-husband Woods cheated on her. And now 2 years later she is still extremely hurt, bitter and full of vengeance.

There are two main males in the story: Woods and Satcher. Woods is her ex. And Satcher is her new boss.

I think that this book focuses a lot on divorce and what it feels like to be cheated on. I was intrigued by Billie at the beginning of this book. And I was interested to see if/how she would get revenge. I was also wondering if she would try to get Woods back and what she would do if she could get him.

I definitely feel like the label of romance could be a bit misleading. A lot of the book is not very romance-focused. And for those who like sweet and sappy ... this is not that.

The tone was definitely not what I was expecting. Although it goes with the title. It wasn't like I thought that Tarryn would write a sweet romance. But I was expecting the first 40% to have a more romantic feel. However, while the beginning did not have an overly romantic vibe there were definitely some very sexy scenes in the rest of the book. And I did start to feel differently towards Billie. I adored Satcher and despised Woods.

I was fascinated by this story. And I really had no idea where the book was headed, which was great. This was definitely not like any book that I have read. Certainly it was very different from any romance. But I was drawn to Billie and I wanted to see her evolve. But this was nothing like most other romances.

There were definitely a few amazing twists that I was not expecting. The first 45% was more about revenge, while the second half had more interesting developments. I actually preferred that last 55%. That is when the book really became a romance for me.

I didn't like Woods at all. But I was intrigued by his actions. On the other hand I loved Satcher. But he made me so mad at times. And Pearl (the woman Woods' cheated with) made me want to strangle her.

It was hard to see Billie struggle being around Woods. I wanted her to have nothing to do with him.

This story captivated me. Especially because it was a romance. But the characters did not necessarily do what characters in typical romances would do. I sort of loved that Tarryn wrote the characters to do what she thought that real people would do (vs what a character in a romance novel might do).

When Billie and Woods were married they founded a lifestyle blog together. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. The blog and that office were such an important backdrop for this story. I loved it.

I love when a story is completely unpredictable. And oh wow there were some amazing things that happened that I did not see coming. I was so captivated by these characters. And I was not sure how the book would end.

Overall, this was another great Tarryn Fisher book. This is a book about divorce, cheating and pain. But it is also about love. This was a really compelling read.
Profile Image for Grecia Robles.
1,485 reviews341 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
May 23, 2019

Yo que dije al fin después de un largo tiempo leeré un nuevo libro de Tarryn Fisher pero GRACIAS A DIOS me spoilié el libro y me libré del peor chasco del año.

Simplemente esta historia no es para mí.

Profile Image for Linda.
780 reviews
June 1, 2019
3.5 stars, rounded up because I could not put it down.

Initially, when I saw this book come across my feed, I was a bit put off by the title and cover. Frankly, it seemed so brazen and gimmicky. Also, by judging the title and cover alone, it seemed like an angry, anti-marriage kind of book. But you know that saying: don't ever judge a book by it's cover. And even though I would like to say that I would never do that; I did. And you know what? I got it wrong. I am grateful for the reminder that I need to do better with that.

I will leave details of the plot out of my review. Personally, I only read one or two lines of the blurb and then read people's reactions to the book here on GR and on social media. One reader's reaction to this book made me one-click and bump it to the top of my TBR. Funny thing is I saw the review on some kind of social media and I can't remember where, who it was or even what they really said, I just knew that I wanted to give this book a try.

There are a lot of 5-star reviews for this book and a lot of low ratings. I ended up on the higher side. I had some issues with the characters behavior and decisions in the second half of the book, but I was fully invested in the outcome. I absolutely did not want to put this book down. Oh, and hello angst! This is a good choice for the angst lovers out there!

Overall, if I had a favorites list this book probably wouldn't make it, but I felt it was absolutely entertaining and worth the read!
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698 reviews160 followers
May 19, 2019
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I’m not sure how to rate this - 2.5/3?

Some fantastic quotes and lessons, but ultimately I wanted to strangle Billie for her indecisiveness and the decisions she made throughout the book.

Tarryn Fisher really made me feel heartache with Billie’s story. The first half was unputdownable. But after that I felt like I was witnessing a train wreck. I just couldn’t see Billie redeeming herself during the last half. Some aspects were out of her control. The rest though? She’s a 30-something woman, not a child playing with peoples emotions. And now that I’m writing this down, I’m kind of angry.
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931 reviews429 followers
July 6, 2021

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to start this story. I am such an avid fan of Tarryn’s, and somehow this one got by me. So thankful to my good friend AJ for rec-ing this baby to me and getting me to finally download this story.
This story started out two years after Billie’s husband Woods left her for another woman (who obsessively poached Billie’s husband). Billie was devastated beyond belief, she packed her shit and walked away from her life completely. After spending time licking her wounds, Billie picked herself up, dusted herself off and shed the weight and alcohol, and got her body wicked hot again before moving home with the intention of getting her man back.

Billie’s story was incredibly believable. All of her emotions felt entirely justified and brutally realistic. I sympathized with her in this story completely. Aside from her looking like a chronic alcoholic, I loved everything about her character.

Except for the cheating, Woods wasn’t a complete ass. He was actually a really nice guy, and Tarryn did an awesome job getting me to like him despite his despicable actions of the past.

What can I say about that "Sexy as Sin and Yummy as Chocolate" Satcher, but

Poor Jules. Well, you snooze, you lose. Don’t walk away from a good thing or you might miss out on the catch of a lifetime.

That hateful little bitch Pearl added some really fantastic drama to this story and kept it lively. She was a total asshole.

Yeah that IS what I meant.

This entire story sucked me in from the very first page and churned me out until the ending. I wanted to pull my hair out at Billie’s wishy washy actions towards the ending, but it all finally worked out. Tarryn Fisher is a God at writing realistic stories, and this story was spectacular. I adore how TF is not afraid to write real life experiences and she never pussy foots around the trigger chicks who hate cheating in stories. She writes from the heart and she writes every word with soul. I can’t ask for more than that!
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1,549 reviews330 followers
May 18, 2019
3.5 - 4 Stars

"There’s a lot to be said for spiteful pettiness. It’s underrated by those moral do-gooders who jive to the beat of karma."

I didn't know what to expect when I began reading 'F*ck Marriage' but I quickly realized this story was a classic, twisty, sarcastic and smart Tarryn Fisher story. Billie, the main protagonist, is not entirely likable but she is certainly out to reclaim what she thinks is rightfully hers. And it is so much fun watching her do it.

"Pearl stole a married man, and now I am going to make sure their marriage never happens. Woods is mine."

This starts out as a story about obsession but turns into much more. Billie created a successful blog but along the way, she lost sight of her marriage. She was blindsided when her husband Woods, the love of her life, left her for another woman. Pearl and Woods now work at the blog that Billie created but she is back in New York, determined to win back Woods, no matter what the cost.

Billie and Woods met in college and she never in a million years dreamed he would ever leave her. But when he left, Billie sold her share of the blog to Woods' best friend, Satcher. Billie then moved to Washington state to heal but now she is back. Satcher hires Billie back and it quickly becomes evident that Billie might end up ruining her own life as she sets out to ruin Woods' life.

This story is about life after divorce, healing and finding love again. It is never sappy or sentimental and Tarryn Fisher as usual creates lots of surprises along the way. I read this book in one day and loved Billie's journey back to herself. Billie couldn't see what was right in front of her until it was almost too late.

"He made me feel special, but I hadn’t been. I was an enhancement to the life he wanted, not the partner with whom he wanted to weather any storm in life; a side dish rather than the entree."

I had some minor issues with the story but overall I really enjoyed it and loved the main characters. Satcher was very memorable and as always, I loved Tarry Fisher's dark humor and sharp observations on life, relationships and marriage. If you like character-driven stories, then you'll love this surprising, ultimately romantic book.

(ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.)
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1,157 reviews221 followers
May 27, 2019
F*ck Marriage is an emotionally heavy novel that gets at the core of relationships, marriage, and what happens after they end.

Fisher’s novels have always been emotionally poignant and genuine in their portrayal of love and relationships. The emotions bleed from the pages and not a moment goes by where what Fisher presents doesn’t feel earned. F*ck Marriage is no exception.

F*ck Marriage follows Billie as she returns to New York after her devastating divorce. She’s got a plan with the only goal being revenge, but things go array when her ex-husband’s best friend enters the picture.

What I loved most about F*ck Marriage was Billie. All her thoughts and actions read as genuine. She’s a woman scorned and on a war path to exact her vengeance.

The dialogue throughout the entire novel is spectacular. Again, there isn’t a moment where the dialogue feels robotic or contrived. It flows smoothly from character to character regardless of the nature of the scene, so mundane scenes flow just as well as the emotionally heavy ones.

The chemistry between the Billie and Satcher is subtly electric from their first meeting onwards as it gains momentum. It’s apparent where the story is headed from that first interaction, but the path it takes is not at all what I expected. For this reason, F*ck Marriage is an incredible romance novel.

Overall, F*ck Marriage is another Fisher novel in a long line of novels that proves her writing skills are second to none.
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1,420 reviews78 followers
June 2, 2019
I really don't want to write a review because I don't know how I feel. The first part was great and I stayed up until 3;30 in the morning reading. I went to sleep happy.


But while reading the last 20% and enjoying my morning coffee


Throughout the book, Billie knew her flaws, which I loved and I get why she but the last 15% of the book was just a jumbled Bizzaro World of


Don't get me wrong, I did really like this as a whole, but the end needs less plot line, too much drama jammed into the last 15%.
May 17, 2019
The weird twist right before the end was so implausible and jarring it ruined the ending and the book for me. Also the time line jumping with no rhyme or reason was disconcerting and made it hard to follow in places. I felt like the book was mostly sad, painful, and depressing (making me feel that way as well) for almost the whole book with only an HEA in the last 3 pages. The reward was not worth the work to get there.
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275 reviews964 followers
October 13, 2022
Listen Linda. I googled “books similar to The Last Mrs. Parrish” and this was one recommended. After reading the synopsis, I was like “ok, I can get down with some revenge with a possible romance” but in the end this was just a romance book. 😂 I won’t lie, I was a sucker and actually enjoyed it in all its toxicity.

Is it similar to The Last Mrs. Parrish? Not at all. Am I still on the hunt for book like that? Yes.
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232 reviews155 followers
June 29, 2019
Rating: 2 stars
“If you don’t want your dirty laundry aired, live a life you’re not embarrassed of.”

Despite my low rating, I need to say that this book held great potential and some parts were cleverly written; unfortunately I found it lacking in several departments: originality, characterisation, incisiveness.

First of all, the main character, Billie, came off as an indecisive alcoholic: but this time, I really couldn’t figure out why, most of Fisher’s female characters had to drink on a daily basis. Most of them.
It’s like their distinctive trait and something that makes them all the same. I don’t know if I am being clear enough.

Pearl, the other woman, came off as a petty and self-righteous human being… While I would have preferred another kind of characterisation. Something that made me hate and respect her, like a dangerous dualism.
Instead, all I got, was a bidimensional antagonist always prone to fire insults after insults. Just because she could.

Woods… I didn’t really see anything in him.

Satcher was an interesting male character, but at the same time, I didn’t really understand some of his choices… For instance

Secondly I didn’t really grasp the intention behind the book… Because after a while, Billie stopped being the person she was, in order to become another and then another… all of them affected by a serious case of indecisiveness.

Thirdly, some plot devices, like pregnancies and babies and family issues… They all felt old, overused and tiresome.

Fourthly, the ending was quite anticlimactic and rushed.

In conclusion, despite my love for this genre I have come to notice that good contemporary adult novels… have become very hard to come by.
I don’t know how I feel about it, but that’s just my humble opinion on the matter…
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221 reviews14 followers
February 1, 2022
Why I hated :

■ Billie pinning over woods (to the future pearl good luck loving him). truth to be told after reading the first chapter I was considering to drop out but then again all thanks to the spoilers]

Maybe I am done with asshole heroes and their antics because satcher made me wet from head to toe..just saying 😉

■ The last two second chapters..unnecessary drama, how she waits almost 1yr to get back to Satch.
1yrear to finally understand her feeling ??? A 30yr old???

Now what I loved

● satcher and his unconditional love 3stars just for that

●1extra star for who she ends up with. Thank you for not making her a spineless doormat with stach as the other man @-@

● her writing
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