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BLOG TOUR: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown (Book Review 2010-104)

Product Description

Suburbia is a jungle, filled with lots of vicious creatures. Take the Paradise Heights Women’s League board. Lyssa Harper should have warned golden-haired DILF du jour Harry Wilder what he was getting into when she invited him to meet the mommies who run their suburban, gated community. At least he brought cupcakes. Since meeting the former Master-of-the-Universe turned stay-at-home single dad, Lyssa has been his domestic Sherpa, teaching him the ins and outs of suburban life. She just didn’t realize her friends would show up at his house unannounced with casseroles, leopard-print bikini briefs, and plans to rearrange his kitchen cabinets.
The truth is, if Harry and his wife, the neighborhood’s "perfect couple," can call it quits, what does that mean for everyone else? Lyssa’s husband, Ted, is a great father, but he pays her Pilates-pumped momtourage more attention than he does his own wife. Her friends gossip about the neighbors while ignoring their own problems: infertility, infidelity, and eating disorders.
When Harry sets boundaries with his new fan club, he is exiled from the neighborhood’s in-clique. But Lyssa refuses to snub him. What she never expects is the explosive impact her ongoing friendship with Harry will have on her close-knit pals—and on her marriage.

About the Author

Josie Brown's celebrity interviews and relationship articles have been featured in Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo,,, and She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and two children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press; Original edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439173176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439173176


This is the perfect summer read.  I completely lost myself in this one and I really think a lot of this story is based on fact.  Take one gated community and mix it with too much money, quite a few unsuspecting spouses, some infidelity and there you have it:  perfect summer read.  Even the community's name of Paradise Heights has to signal that all is not right here.  Lyssa is a likely heroine in that she always tries to do the right thing and doesn't even realize her own husband is taking advantage of her good nature.  I look forward to another book by this author and will have to go search out her first two novels.  

Stop by the other blogs on this tour:
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives: Tuesday, June 22nd
All About {n}:
The Book Tree:
Books Gardens & Dogs:
Arms of a Sister:
A Room Without Books Is Empty:
Busy Julie:
Bookin’ with Bingo:
The Down Home Diva:
Me, My Book, and the Couch:
Starting Fresh:
Frugal Plus:
Avid Reader:
Marta’s Meanderings:
Eclectic Book Lover:
Not Quite Susie:
Books and Needlepoint:
Books with a Cup of Coffee:
Knitting and Sundries:
Just Another New Blog:
Simply Stacie:
Must Read Faster:
Booksie’s Blog:
Reminder List:
My Five Monkeys:
My Book Views:
Taking Time For Mommy:
I Heart Book Gossip:
Book Junkie:
Jeanne's Ramblings:
Broken Teepee:
Tethered Mommy:
Just Jennifer Reading:
So Many Books, So Little Time:
Reading With Tequila:
Book N Around:
A Journey of Books:
Bella’s Novellas:
CuzinLogic’s Blog:


  1. This is the second good review I've read of this book today! It sounds great and is already on my wish list. Thanks for the review!

  2. Glad to hear you liked it, it does seem like a great summer read!

  3. I have seen good things about this book. It is definitely on my TBR list!

  4. I like that she didn't snub the guy like her friends did.


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