Wife Extraordinaire proves that wife-swapping, even for the fictional reality show Trading Wives, is a bad idea, rife with inherent dangers. The characters’ greed, jealousy and treachery make a hot mess of their lives. Their attitudes toward each other make them hard to connect to, and neither wife is extraordinary.
Two couples, Troy and Trice Davis and Leo and Charlene Bunch, lured by the $10,000 payday, decide to trade partners for a hidden camera reality TV show for a week. The Davises are middle class and the Bunches are from the ‘hood. Despite the cameras, Charlene is determined to get into Troy’s pants, and her husband is catching feelings for Trice. Cameras? What cameras? They seem to forget they, and their wedding vows, exist. (DAFINA, Jun., 304 pp., $7.99)