by Fern Michaels

April 2007
ISBN: 0-7434-7745-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books

Fern Michaels is a prolific author, and perhaps becoming too prolific. Her release The Marriage Game started out as a highly entertaining read, but within the first few pages the entire tone of the story changed. For me it was a turn for the worse.

Samantha Rainford thought that when she married it would be a forever deal. She was so certain of that, she thought signing a prenuptial agreement was not a problem. Now with the honeymoon of three weeks barely behind her she’s about to sign divorce papers. The choice wasn’t hers, but that of her soon to be ex-husband Douglas.

While Samantha is licking her wounds her best friend known as Slick is being replaced as one of the top models in the world. Slick has wounds of her own that need licking. How this inspires both women to apply for and be accepted as FBI recruits was a part of the story that I missed or wasn’t written.

Both women flunk out of the academy, but for different reasons. Soon however they’re being recruited for a very secretive agency and must agree to give up more than they thought they would. However, at the end of a predetermined amount of time they might end up with more than they dreamed possible.

Along the way Sam manages to convince the secret group to recruit some other women also known as the Rainford wives…it seems that they all fell prey to the love ‘em and leave ‘em man. While in training they plot the downfall of Douglas Rainford…if they can find him.

Somewhere along the way I think The Marriage Game lost its purpose. I think it could have been a highly entertaining romantic comedy, but I feel like Ms. Michaels was trying to woo the fan base of people like Suzanne Brockman who like the military reads. The Marriage Game is a must read for Fern Michaels fans, but for those new to this author, she has a vast and much better back list to choose from.

Reviewed in July 2007 by Sandi.

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