About the Book:
Two years ago, Billie Tarrow’s husband left her for another woman. Shamed and divorced, Billie retreated to her family home in Port Townsend, far from her old life in New York. After a near-death encounter, Billie decides to return to the city that took everything from her.
But sometimes in the midst of heartache, hope suffocates the pain.
Satcher Gable has carried a torch for Billie for ten years. When she suddenly returns to New York a single woman, he can’t believe his good fortune. But convincing her to walk away from her heartache is proving more difficult than Satcher anticipated. A changed woman, Billie’s only goal is revenge.
There’s a lot to be said for spiteful pettiness. It’s underrated by those moral do-gooders who jive to the beat of karma.
I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading ‘F*ck Marriage’ but I quickly realized this story was a classic, twisty, sarcastic and smart Tarryn Fisher story. Billie, the main protagonist, is not entirely likable but she is certainly out to reclaim what she thinks is rightfully hers. And it is so much fun watching her do it.
Pearl stole a married man, and now I am going to make sure their marriage never happens. Woods is mine.
This starts out as a story about obsession but turns into much more. Billie created a successful blog but along the way, she lost sight of her marriage. She was blindsided when her husband Woods, the love of her life, left her for another woman. Pearl and Woods now work at the blog that Billie created but she is back in New York, determined to win back Woods, no matter what the cost.
Billie and Woods met in college and she never in a million years dreamed he would ever leave her. But when he left, Billie sold her share of the blog to Woods’ best friend, Satcher. Billie then moved to Washington state to heal but now she is back. Satcher hires Billie back and it quickly becomes evident that Billie might end up ruining her own life as she sets out to ruin Woods’ life.
This story is about life after divorce, healing and finding love again. It is never sappy or sentimental and Tarryn Fisher as usual creates lots of surprises along the way. I read this book in one day and loved Billie’s journey back to herself. Billie couldn’t see what was right in front of her until it was almost too late.
He made me feel special, but I hadn’t been. I was an enhancement to the life he wanted, not the partner with whom he wanted to weather any storm in life; a side dish rather than the entree.
I had some minor issues with the story but overall I really enjoyed it and loved the main characters. Satcher was very memorable and as always, I loved Tarry Fisher’s dark humor and sharp observations on life, relationships and marriage. If you like character-driven stories, then you’ll love this surprising, ultimately romantic book.
(ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.)