A book that starts with an unusual twist turns out to be a riveting read despite a few bumps. Those were that despite the book's unusual premise both women read as stereotypes to me. For example, that Brandi took over a year and a half to clue in to Vernon's cheating rang false considering how astute she was in other aspects. That, Tanya, coming from such a horrifically abusive childhood (where she fought back) would become Vernon's "submissive" woman. It doesn't fit the way she's otherwise portrayed. But, other than a few moments of disconnect for me, I was very intrigued by this novel and its characters. That the women worked to improve themselves (without Vernon) and their relationship with each other really made me enjoy this book. I also grew to understand and like Vern, but man, he was a tough one to care for! Anyway, I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author.