The Marriage Game Author:Fern Michaels 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 Dougl... more »as 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 together a highly unlikely team: Mrs. Kayla Rainford, an architect who moonlights as an exotic dancer; Mrs. Zoe Rainford, a plumber; and Mrs. Olivia Rainford, a former cheerleader and cartoon artist. Sam and Slick flunked out of FBI training school, but they still learned a few things there -- like how to plan a mission. And the fivesome is determined to do whatever it takes to bring down Douglas Rainford III.
Whatever it takes means attending a top-secret private special-ops training camp in the North Carolina mountains, where Sam meets fiercely disciplined ex-CIA operative Kollar Havapopulas. Six feet three and handsome as a Greek god, "Pappy" is the best at what he does -- transforming civilians into highly skilled fighting teams. What he's less adept at, however, is telling a woman how he feels, and before long he discovers he's developing some very warm feelings for Samantha Rainford -- an attraction that seems fated to be a total disaster. Two personalities as strong as Sam and Pappy are sure to strike sparks, but will the fire that burns between them consume everything in its way?« less
I couldn't even get halfway through this book. The premise took a left turn with the heroine & 4 other women making a choice only an idiot would make. Everything that follows requires that the reader overlook that piece of idiocy. That was the end of my suspension of disbelief.
This is not an author that I often read. I enjoyed the story though never understood how it really related to the title.
If you like heroines who can kick butt, but still fall in love, then this is the story for you!
This was one of the first books I read by this author. I enjoyed the plot, and the characters were OK, but there was something odd to me about the dialogue -- it seemed stilted and awkward. It kept distracting me from the story, even though I really wanted to know how the story came out in the end.
If you like Fern Michaels' "Sisterhood" series you'll like this book. It bears some similarity to the "Sisterhood" series in that the main character Samantha (Sam) Rainford and her friends enroll in boot camp on top of Pine Mountain. This time, the mountain is run by Kollar "Pappy" Havapopulas. Sam and all the members of her team complete the rigorous training only to have Sam "wash out". The team sticks together, though, and goes on to find Sam's and the other "Rainford wives'" ex-husband to seek justice for what he did to them. This doesn't give Sam the satisfaction she had originally hoped for and she returns to Pine Mountain to tie up loose ends with Pappy. There's more to the story but I don't want to give it all away so you've have to read it to find out the rest.
At first I wasn't bowled over by this book. It starts out too much like the Sisterhood series; women working together to right an injustice. But the more I got into it, the more I like it as it becomes more of a love story rather than a tale of revenge.