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Burning Down the Spouse

(Ex Trophy Wives #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  61 reviews
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen...the latest from national bestselling author Dakota Cassidy!

After discovering that her famous chef husband was cheating, Frankie Bennett lost her mind-on live TV. Now Frankie is broke, unemployed, and hiding out in her aunt's retirement village. That is, until Maxine Henderson-Barker-reformed trophy wife and owner of Tro
Paperback, 356 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley Books
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Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dakota is pretty much the only author that can get me to read contemporary lit. This series really defies easy genre definitions though. It's definitely too much of a significant novel to be what I'd consider chick-lit, despite the humor and banter. It could certainly be shelved in the romance department, but again, although the romantic stories are very important, they aren't the core of the story. Really, it could most properly be considered an inspirational story, instructional in a way, alth ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Love this 2nd book in the series :) Lots of good laughs and drama LOL. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Write faster Dakota :)
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Burning Down The Spouse (Ex Trophy Wife #2) by Dakota Cassidy
Contemporary Romance
July 5, 2011
Trade Paperback
Berkley Trade

Favorite Quote:” Wow, I sound like one of those commercials where everything is gray and dreary until you take a Xanax, or in this case, a Maxine, whatever it is, and poof, it magically makes your world go all bright with shiny colors again. Well, except for those nagging side effects like anal weeping and eyebal
Cherie Clark
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series, and it was just awesome, loved it. Love how these women out their lives back together. 🌟🔥💜⭐🔥🧡⭐🔥💛🌟🔥💚🌟🔥💙⭐🌟⭐
OMG this one was a lot of fun! I think I liked this more than the first just because of all the extra hijinx going on with her ex-husband who just, omg couldn't be ANY worse. Can't wait for more. ...more
OMG this book was hilarious.
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Quite a surprising ending.
Reviews by Shavon
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Scary to think where all this could take us.
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All the characters in Burning Down the Spouse (Ex Trophy Wives #2) have dimension.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Burning Down the Spouse by Dakota Cassidy
Contemporary Romance –July 5th, 2011
3 1/2 stars

Burning Down the Spouse is the second in the author’s humorous Ex Trophy Wives series. It is a fun, light-hearted romp for the summer.

When Frankie discovers Mitch, her celebrity chef husband, cheated on her, she has a melt down on live TV! They soon divorce, but because Frankie naively signed a pre-nup she is now dirt poor. In a funk and looking worse for wear, Frankie sleeps in and never goes out. That is u
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Dakota Cassidy’s I’ve read and it certainly won’t be my last. I really enjoyed this book - so much that I finished it in one sitting.

When Frankie discovers her celebrity chef husband, Mitch, of 18 years cheated on her, she goes ballistic on live television. Since she signed a pre-nup, Frankie ends up with nothing but her car and dog, Kiki, once Mitch divorces her. Now living with her Aunt Gail, Frankie ends up doing nothing but lie in bed under the covers for six month
Christi Snow
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Review:

I absolutely love Dakota's books and her writing voice. They crack me up. They entertain me. They make me smile. This book, #2 in the Trophy Wives series, was no exception to all of those things.

In this book we meet Frankie, moments after her live-on-the-air meltdown when she finds out her celebrity chef husband of eighteen years was cheating on her. This revelation sends her into a divorce, poverty, and depression. This is where Maxine (heroine from book #1) comes in, as a former trop
Ann Lee
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Title: Burning Down the Spouse
Category: Contemporary
Reviewer: Ann
Reviewer Email:
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: July 5, 2011
ISBN Number: 9780425241080
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Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5
Format: PRINT

Frankie Bennett has the “mother of all meltdowns” after finding out her famous chef husband is cheating on her on live TV. Now she finds herself at her aunt’s retirement village, broke
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Frankie has seen her life fall apart and can watch it over and over again since she had a massive freak out on live TV when she discovered her husband of 18 years was cheating on her with someone named Bamby... spelled with a “y.” Left with nothing, thanks to the pre-nup she signed to show how much she loved the bugger, Frankie was now hibernating in the guest room of her elderly Aunt Gail. She would still be there if it wasn't for the noisy daughter of one of Gai
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bought for Myself
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50

NOTE: I love Dakota Cassidy's humor there is no secret about that. However, Burning Down the Spouse pulled on my heartstrings and the family made me smile. Seriously, I need to find a Big Greek Family to attach too especially if they have a single son named Nikos :)

What I Loved: Family, Family, Family! In Burning Down the Spouse, family (born to, adopted, or by choice) is the most important thing. It was so much fun to wat
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Frankie Bennett, wife of celebrity TV chef Martin Bennett, just "lost it" on national tv. See, her celebrity chef, husband, Martin,has been cheating on her with Bamby (with a "Y"), a much younger woman and host of her own cooking show.
After 18 years of marriage,Frankie finds herself with no husband, no money and lots of bills.Frankie doesn't want to face the world so she hides out at her Aunt Gail's. That's where she meets Maxine Barker. Maxine is an ex-trophy wife herself
who has started an em
Alice Janell
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Need a good romance and a lot laughs?

Read Dakota Cassidy.


I fell in love with the fabulous Queen Dakota with her "Accidental Friends" series. But her newest series that follows ex-trophy wives? If I were a little dog, I'd hump the shit out of Dakota's leg. That's how excited I am with this series.

The second book in the "Ex-Trophy Wives" series, "Burning Down the Spouse" follows Frankie, a woman who is the tabloid sweetheart after her catastrophic meltdown on live TV. While hiding out in
Jo (My House of Books)
3.5 stars

The second in the Ex-Trophy Wives series, Burning Down the Spouse might be better that You Dropped a Blonde on Me. Perhaps I sympathized more with Frankie and her live television freak-out on the set of her ex-husband's cooking show. The set-up is similar to You Dropped a Blonde on Me in the guise of a cheating spouse, but Frankie and her reaction (both to the cheating and the "tabloid scandal" that followed) put her in a better light than when I read about Maxine's plight in comparison
This book was pretty funny. I loved the setting and the characters, especially the members of the Antonakas family. The way Frankie's on-air rampage with a wooden spoon was written was fabulous. I'd love to watch someone go crazy on their cheating spouse in a television studio kitchen while taping a live show! That being said, there are two things holding me back from giving this book a higher rating. Number one: I felt that the author tried way too hard to use "cool" slang. I can only read thin ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Book started with a bang as our h goes berserk on national TV, destroying the set of her cheating husband's cooking show. Then wham, the h fell in a hole. A big vat of wallowing self pity and self loathing.
And I'm expected to believe the hot Greek dude can see past this skinny, apathetic, sulky hot mess and actually be attracted to her from day one?????
Worse, the author turns the hot Greek dude into a jealous asshole half way through the book.
The leads - plus the ex-husband, were all stereotype
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not usually into these types of books but occasionally I need a little bit of fluff and I did enjoy You Dropped a Blonde On Me so I thought I'd give this a try. Unfortunately it just didn't work for me. I think the author writes well and if ckick lit is your thing then you may enjoy it more than me. My biggest problem with it was predictability. I knew what the ex-husband would do before he even thought of it. My biggest issue, however, was (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedic-romance
Dakota Cassidy's sense of humor rocks my boat at every turn. The character of Frankie (Francis) Bennett and I have some similarities. She grew up learning to cook with her mother who made it fun. I had a mother who couldn't cook to save her life. I learned to cook in self defense and got really really good at it. Frankie went to Culinary School and found out she hated cooking as it was done in a restaurant. I turned down my grandmother's offer of a restaurant of my own.

See? Lots of similar thin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Third in the Ex Trophy Wives series this is by far the best. Former ballroom champion Melina Cherkasov finds out that her Svengali husband is a cheat on national television. He leaves her with nothing but her dog after 20 years of marriage. Melina is forced to go back to live with her dad in his retirement community in New Jersey where with help from Max, Jasmine and Frankie from the previous books Melina starts to build her life anew.
I really liked Melina. I loved her best friend Jackie. Drew
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: folks who love Greeks and cooks
Recommended to Stormy by: Ana Maria Estrada Sanchez
Alright, once again, this book was a bit too tame for me, but I think it was a relatively good read. The POV bothered me. I'm so used to first person, that the main character referred to in the third person was just confusing for me = distracting.

The story was interesting, though I don't identify really with the whole trophy wife thing. I liked Nikos and his whole crazy Greek family. I liked the support group around Frankie. And I liked Frankie's guts and some of the dialogue was hilarious!

I wou
K.A. Fox
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Another excellent installment in the lives of former trophy wives trying to find their way in the real world of diners, studio apartments and pesky things called budgets. Frankie is a mad whiz with a whisk when she makes her TV debut dismantling her husband on his cooking show because of his cheating ways. How she leaves that behind and finds herself, friends, a new family to call her own and, yes, LOVE, is a fast, fun ride. And Jasmine's story weaves itself seamlessly into the narrati ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, chick-lit, romance
I thought this one was so much better than the first. After a slow start things started to pick up when all the secondary characters showed up, they really made the story.

The cast of characters at the Greek restaurant was like a circus, but they made for lots of laughs. The new BFF, Jasmine, gave Frankie the smack down she needed at the start and was there for her as she started to live her life again. In fact, the secondary story with Jasmine was just as good as the main one.

I can't wait to s
These books are such fun. While I definitely liked the character of Maxine from the first book more as my lead heroine, Frankie was okay. However, her hunky Greek god certainly made up for it. And his crazy Greek family was a hoot. However, I was actually more intrigued with Jasmine and her mysterious blind suitor Simon. I like how there are sort of two parallel stories that go on and end up intertwining. Nice wayt to tell the story. I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for the next b ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book okay. I believe it did not really contribute anything new to the genre and I am sure in a few weeks at most I will likely get mixed up on exactly what happened here. It was a decent, light read. I did have some big issues with some of the language used. There was a whole "gangsta", "hood" talk in the middle of some conversations. It seemed to come out of nowhere and ruin any credibility for me. so Meh! ...more
Smut Junkie
I am in love with Dakota Cassidy's writing!! Snarky, hilarious, awesome characters coupled with brilliant, hilarious and romantic dialogue makes for one super delightful read! This one had another 'broken' heroine AND a little bit 'broken' and super jealous hero - boy, that makes for a fun ride! There is so much I love about this series that I had to buy it for my bookshelf and I'll just leave it at that!
I am in love with Dakota Cassidy's writing!! Snarky, hilarious, awesome characters coupled with brilliant, hilarious and romantic dialogue makes for one super delightful read! This one had another 'broken' heroine AND a little bit 'broken' and super jealous hero - boy, that makes for a fun ride! There is so much I love about this series that I had to buy it for my bookshelf and I'll just leave it at that!
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Dakota Cassidy is a national bestselling author with over thirty books. She writes laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, grab-some-ice erotic romance, hot and sexy alpha males, paranormal shifters, contemporary kick-ass women, and more.

Invited by Bravo TV, Dakota was the Bravoholic for a week, wherein she snarked the hell out of all the Bravo shows. She received a starred review from Publisher Weekly f

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Ex Trophy Wives (3 books)
  • You Dropped a Blonde on Me (Ex Trophy Wives #1)
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