An Ex to Grind: A Novel

An Ex to Grind: A Novel

by Jane Heller
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An Ex to Grind: A Novel by Jane Heller

The battle of the sexes rages on in this smart, witty, and extremely timely comedy from the phenomenally popular Jane Heller

At first, Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks adores Dan Swain, her pro football player husband who's got a sexy Oklahoma drawl to go with his athletic good looks. But then his career comes to a screeching halt and he spends the next few years out of a job, seemingly unconcerned about it. Suddenly, she's the one bringing home the bacon and falling out of love with the paycheck-devouring, couch-sitting mooch. Divorce is the answer, she decides -- only to learn she has to fork over alimony while he lives like a prince on her income and she has to share custody of their precious dog, Buster. Consumed with the unfairness of it all, she plays dirty, hiring a high-profile matchmaker to find some unsuspecting female she can dump on Dan for ninety days and cause him to violate their cohabitation clause.

But then Melanie's scheme backfires. Her ex's new love revitalizes him, miraculously transforming him into the focused, responsible go-getter she always hoped he'd be. And now, with the ninety-day clock about to chime, she realizes she wants him back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061860492
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 18,306
File size: 491 KB

About the Author

Jane Heller promoted dozens of bestselling authors before becoming one herself. She is the author of thirteen books including An Ex to Grind, Infernal Affairs, Name Dropping, Female Intelligence, and Lucky Stars. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she is at work on her next book.

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Ex to Grind 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A funny, light read. You can't stop turning the pages to find out what Melanie is up to next!!! :-)
boonyuke 25 days ago
The main female character (Melanie) was not likable at all. In fact, she was pretty stupid for someone who was supposedly so smart. I was irritated with her from start to finish, which made for a long, unpleasant read. There is something to be said for the rushed and seemingly incomplete ending, because I couldn't finish this book fast enough.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A lot of the story was cliche and almost apparent. Very predictable. I wished the ending had a better ending....why make the distance and not go the distance? This book was nerve racking to say the least because of the main character and her own thoughts in her head. No woman especially a millennial woman thinks the way the main character does or would ever consider the actions of the main character....we would go harder!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was at the local library and was searching the shelves and found this i saw the library had quite a few of her books (always a good sign to me) i finished it in two nights.....easy read...funny and just great chick lit. Definitely my type of book i read to relax. Cant wait to get more of her books and will watch B&N for sales.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Every book Jane Heller writes I read. Her style of writing is fun, interesting, and truly entertaining. This book is all of these things and more. You will really enjoy these characters. Even Buster the dog is entertaining! Jane Heller's novels are just delightful! I'm looking forward to the next novel by Jane.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks and football hero Dan Swain seemed like the model married couple until he blew out his knee ending his sports career. Dan becomes a sponge living off his wife¿s income, but doing nothing with his life. Disappointed and disgusted with her 'bumbo' husband, Melanie divorces Dan, but New York forces her to provide him with alimony and joint custody of Buster the dog................ Melanie detests paying this slacker any money so she hires matchmaker Desiree Klein Heart Hunting to find Dan a woman to live with for ninety days, which will end her payments to him. Instead Buster introduces Dan to his veterinarian, they fall in love and he now has a cause to better himself and get past the self pity. However, Machiavellian Melanie sees in the new Dan the old Dan that she loved and married; she wants him back so she revises her plan not caring who is hurt in the process even Evan who offers kibble to Buster as a way to Melanie¿s heart.................. Though Melanie rationalizes why she throws ethics out the window, fans will not feel empathy towards the wicked witch of the east. On the other hand, the transformation of Dan from superstar to super slacker to superman seems real as Melanie gives no support emotionally when he most needs her while his new love encourages him to get back in the playing field as a coach. Fans of Jane Heller will see her trademark humor underlying the serious plot, but the star Melanie fumbles the ball as she is too callous about others for the audience to care about her................. Harriet Klausner