Ex to Grind
Jane Heller

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Narrated By: Caroline Shaffer

Duration: 11 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

The battle of the sexes rages on in this smart, witty, and extremely timely comedy from the phenomenally popular Jane Heller.

At first, Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks adores Dan Swain, her pro-football player husband who has a sexy Oklahoma drawl to go with his athletic good looks. But then his career comes to a screeching halt, and he spends the next few years out of a job, seemingly unconcerned about it. Suddenly, she's the one bringing home the bacon and falling out of love with the paycheck-devouring, couch-sitting mooch. Divorce is the answer, she decides—only to learn she has to fork over alimony while he lives like a prince on her income, and she has to share custody of their precious dog, Buster. Consumed with the unfairness of it all, she plays dirty, hiring a high-profile matchmaker to find some unsuspecting female she can dump on Dan for ninety days and cause him to violate their cohabitation clause.

But then Melanie's scheme backfires. Her ex's new love revitalizes him, miraculously transforming him into the focused, responsible go-getter she always hoped he'd be. And now, with the ninety-day clock about to chime, she realizes she wants him back.


Contemporary romance, Fiction: general and literary

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“Come along for a witty, fast-paced, and clever ride! Jane Heller is at the top of her game.”

Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

An Ex to Grind was a joy from beginning to end.”

Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author

“Wildly inventive.”



USA Today

“Jane Heller is feisty, funny, and fully in control.”

Boston Globe

“Sharp, witty.”

Palm Beach Post

“[Heller has a] zippy style and culturally astute wit.”

Publishers Weekly

“Heller explores the changing dynamics between men and women in our society with her usual wit and intelligence, drawing a funny and insightful picture of divorce and beyond when dreams are attained and lost.”


An Ex to Grind is the perfect battle-of-the-sexes tale for today’s world.”

Karen McCullah Lutz, author of The Bachelorette Party

“Lively, warm, and wise. Melanie Banks is a heroine to root for, and I couldn’t put this book down! ”

Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde

“Heller does a fine job of balancing character against plot, creating a story that is both heart-touching and full of wisdom.”