The Marriage Game

The Marriage Game

by Fern Michaels
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The Marriage Game by 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 Douglas 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501104466
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/25/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 661,977
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels has a passion for romance that stems from her other joys in life-her family, animals and historic homes. She is usually found in South Carolina, where she is either tapping out stories on her computer or completing some kind of historical restoration.


Summerville, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Hastings, Pennsylvania


High School

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The Marriage Game 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Samantha Rainford enjoyed her three week honeymoon with the man she thought she loved Douglas Rainford. However, when she came home one day she found divorce papers. His lawyer the wormy Mr. Pritzi of Pritzi, Pritzi, Pritzi and Pritzi offers her a $5,000 check as stipulated in the prenup. She tells him to tell Douglas where he can place his money even as she learns she is at least wife number four.-------------- Sam after consulting with her best friend Slick joins the FBI, but eight months later flunks out of their academy. Instead of whining she decides it is time to get back at that rat Douglas so she and Slick attend a privately sponsored training center where she meets former CIA covert operative turned civilian instructor Kollar ¿Pappy¿ Havapopulas. They want one another but first she must complete her mission to make Rainford pay. She successfully finds the other members of the Rainford ex-wives club and recruits them in a scheme to bring heartbreak and financial ruin to Rainford.----------------- This is a fun lighthearted comedic contemporary romance that takes a humorous page from the movie The First Wives¿ Club although the outcome is as unrealistic. The story line is driven by Sam as she trains for her quest and goes about trying to achieve her goal while also falling in love with Pappy. Though the architect, the plumber, and the cartoon artist are more caricatures adding eccentric humor than development unlike the fourth wife, readers will enjoy Fern Michaels¿ amusing take on THE MARRIAGE GAME.---------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read!
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TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
this isn,t my normal read but i tried it. Most b movies have a better plot. If you like soap operas then this is good for you. Most of it for me was unbeivabe.
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pjpick More than 1 year ago
Ay yi yi...First I should say, I rarely read chick lit anymore but every once in a while I just want something nice, easy, and light to pass the time--especially with an audio book. I use audio books to entertain myself while I do a home project or to pass time during a long drive. I checked this one out for both purposes. I can't say if I've ever read or, er...listened to a Fern Michaels' book before but it will be a LONG time before I pick up another (if ever). I only made it to disc 2 before I just ejected it in disgust! UTTERLY RIDICULOUS! Now I love a bit of escapism in a good story just as much as the next person but this story had absolutely ZERO believability. Save your time, money, library card, etc and pass up this one.
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BookmarkCP More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The characters were entertaining, the plot progressed and the outcome was good. I do think that the title is misleading and I almost didn't buy it as I thought it was a classic romance novel. I especially liked the training camp chapters. The characters struggled as most of us would. I would give this book as a gift.
Pamelangel More than 1 year ago
It was very entertaining and interesting. I enjoyed the characters and the idea of the plot was different. I appreciated the tasteful romantic scenes. The friendships and bond between the lead characters was strong and encouraging.
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kcCA More than 1 year ago
Great reading
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book - if you have read the sisterhood series, and enjoyed it - you will feel a certain connection to this story. It is almost like getting the background information on a new member of the family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the story seems a little far-fetched, I enjoyed reading this book. I read it in 3 days, it was hard to put down.