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15 Minutes of Shame

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I would actually rate this over a 5 star read! Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa Daily follows the life of Darby Vaughn after her life unravels quickly on a very public scene. I felt the main character very relatable and likeable. I laughed, cried and yelled as her story went along! I found myself eagerly waiting for things to work out in her favor! In my opinion a very well written book makes you picture the story as a movie in your head! This novel achieved this for me. I kept picturing current actors/actresses that I believed could portray the various characters. I absolutely would love to see this novel made into a movie! I 100% recommend this book to everyone! It was beyond what I expected and I absolutely could not stop reading it! 

Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book in return for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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Really cute, and fun. Totally surprised me certain times. Glad I picked it up. 

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this ARC.
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This book was a beautiful gem that i thoroughly loved. The cover sucked me in and to read such a beautifully written, easy to follow, page turning read was wow. I love discovering new authors because you never know the book hitting your favourite book list and this book is one of them
So enough praise. Let's review ... or try to review the book.
I loved the main character and it was a delight looking into the thought of an author albeit fictional but still. The story. Friendships.  I'm a huge sucker with stories on friendship and finding love again even if it means starting over
I wish i could give this book all the stars because it was such a beautifully written book but for now we'll start with five and big recommendations till I'm told to shut up
This gem definitely deserves a spot in your tbr list
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This was an enjoyable read! Rather quick and fun. I flew right through it. I don't think it gave me the wow factor I was looking for but I didn't hate it either.
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This was a difficult book for me because I felt the main character could not get out of her own way. she was so focused on things that I felt she had no control of. maybe I am wrong but this is just my take. I of course did not like her ex or the wife but her wanting custody of their children I thought was a little extreme though I did understand what she went through. just felt off for some reason or maybe I was expecting more I don't know.
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This was a super cute read about a relationship expert who gets back up after having the biggest fall of her career. I really enjoyed reading this and loved the plot. It was a really quick read (which goes to show just how much I liked it). I have to say, some of my favorite characters were probably Darby's girlfriends and all the emotional support they provided throughout the book. I also LOVED the love interest Holt. My only complaint was how repetitive Darby would get when talking about her step-kids. Other than that it was an excellent read and a change of pace from other rom-coms.
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15 MINUTES OF SHAME has quirky moments that made me feel for poor Darby and all she went through orchestrates by her husband.  It has poignant moments where Darby pours love into her husband’s children.  

I was so angry with her husband, Will for discarding her so easily.  As the book progresses we learn a lot more about that fateful day when Will left his wife for his ex-wife.

Then we have Holt, Darby’s divorce attorney.  I think we were a little cheated on watching Holt fall in love because he is so stoic and kept up a resistance for professional purposes.  I wanted Holt to sweep us off our feet, but he couldn’t for some very good reasons.

I’m really glad I read this book.  It’s fresh and held my interest.

I read a copy of this book by NETGALLEY am providing a voluntary review.
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I enjoyed reading this book a lot and had a lot of laugh out loud moments. However I feel like it read very fan-fictiony and it could use another round of editing
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(First of all, thank you so much NetGalley, publisher, and author, for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis: Darby was a month ago America’s favorite TV relationships expert, but now she is the loser facing a major scandal, whose catastrophic love life is splashed across TMZ, social media, and every gossip show and supermarket tabloid — all because her husband dumped her on national TV. For a reality TV star. And that’s not even the worst part. Now, she is scrambling to un-shamble her life, make a comeback, and salvage what’s left of her heart and  career — which is constantly complicated by the fact that she keep publicly screwing up (on camera, no less), her publicist is advising her to do some (let’s say questionable) stuff to get my career back on track, and most of all, because she can’t tell if her insanely sexy divorce attorney Holt is flirting with her, or just giving her legal advice.

I loved the cover and synopsis and I was dying to get to know the characters and how their relationship grow up, however the descriptions, monologue, and the late appearance of the love interest was to much for me.
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Loved the story line and mystery to this book, I will admit the first couple of chapters were really hard for me to get through. It just felt very chaotic to me, which in turn it was. Once you got onto the next chapters it started to get easier.
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This was such an enjoyable book! The humour and tone of this book was very fun and I laughed out loud multiple times. I would describe this book more as women’s fiction than romance, since it was more about the main character, Darby, finding herself after a break up, than it was the romance. However I liked this focus on Darby rather than the romance. 

I loved the romance concept and I am such a fan of more slow burn romance so I really enjoyed it. The love interest Holt was a genuinely good guy and he was such a hottie with his declarations of love. Darby was a little annoying at times, but I also think that she grew on me as the book went on, and I understanded her motivations in the book aswell as the choices she made around her divorce proceedings and public life as a celebrity. 

My main issues with the book were the writing style and the conflict at the end of the novel. With the writing style, it just felt like the Darby was telling us a lot of things rather than showing them. Like she said she loved her husband at the beginning of the book however there’s really nothing to prove that she did, and as a reader you can’t figure out why. I think this is why the conflict at the end of the novel also didn’t make sense to me, especially since Darby is a dating coach. I also feel like since the romance was so slow burn there didn’t really need to be a third act conflict. 

Overall, I still have a good time reading the book and would recommend it to others if the synopsis sounds like something you would like! Darby’s dating advice snippets were also great throughout the book!
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National beloved dating expert Darby's husband has reunited with his ex-wife and what could be worse... she found out on National TV! She hires Holt, a divorce attorney to help her move on and gain custody of her stepkids - I am still confused as to why she attempts to gain custody of her two step-kids - why not leave them with their now reconcilled biological parents?

It wasn't great but it also wasn't bad, if you are looking for a light romance with not much else going on this could be for you.
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I started this book a little worried it might be too Rom Com for me but I was very wrong. It was a slow burn but I don't feel that was the point of this book. I truly enjoyed the message  I got from this story.  It was a very light read.  I absolutely LOVED the image it gave for the thoughts women have about work and being a mother. Also, just how hard women can be towards each other.  Darby's thought process grew so much through this and I learned a lot just from her journey.
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Bear with me; I’m not the best at reviews, but I’m trying (and it’s my first Net Galley one!)😊 

Sometimes you just know you’re going to like a book within the first few pages. I definitely felt that way with this one.  I really enjoyed Darby and her growth through; and I really enjoyed how well Gigi was written. It’s not often that a character is written well enough that you just don’t like them. 

I did feel that the ending was sort of rushed, but it didn’t deter too much from the book.  I also struggled with reading some of the excerpts from Darby’s various columns (it was hard to see on the kindle sometimes). 

Overall, I’ll be adding this author to my list of go to’s and will definitely recommend this book!
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I read this book in one sitting because I could NOT put it down. Darby finds out her marriage is over on national tv. Her husband is reuniting with his ex-wife and it appears that he has been planning this for a while behind her back. Devastated, she hires Holt to help her get custody of her step-kids and manage her divorce case.

What did I love about this book? First, I loved how Darby's friends rallied around her. They were awesome. Second, I think Holt is my new favorite book boyfriend. The accent, that curl, and really, "all the things." Finally, I think Darby shows a lot of
growth throughout the book. She picks herself up and moves on. I don't want to give away the ending, but she makes a major decision and that shows that

This book is a keeper for me!
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Thank you to Siesta Key House Publishers and NetGalley for sharing this ePub with me in exchange for my honest feedback!

I am a self-proclaimed romcom addict and I knew after reading the book summary for 15 Minutes of Shame I had to get my hands on it.

Darby is a famous author and TV personality as America's favorite relationship expert. She is married to the love of her life Will and is the step-mom to his two children that she loves as her own. One of her wildest dreams was to appear on The Today Show, and when that dream becomes a reality her entire life also happens to crumble in front of her. Live on air, she finds out during the interview that her husband has filed for divorce, gotten back together with his ex-wife, and packed up and moved the kids across the country while she has been on her book tour. Throughout the book, she is trying to repair her career and image after becoming a viral sensation, all while going through divorce proceedings and trying to fight for her stepkids. 

My Thoughts:
UGH. Her husband Will is the ultimate antagonist. Did anybody else just want to junk punch him and slash all of his tires? Only a true sociopath can live a double life with zero remorse and end a marriage like that. Like hey babe maybe shoot me a quick text before I find out about your infidelity on live TV from Hoda Kotb? 

I loved all of the strong female friendships and their uncanny ability to pull themselves out of a bad situation with romcom bingeing and a pitcher of margaritas. Cause like SAME. Where can I signup to join this girl gang?

While I understood Darby's desire to get custody of her stepchildren, I did think it was completely unrealistic. The kids were living in a happy and safe home with their biological parents. Of course she loved them as her own while they were living under her roof, but marrying their dad for a few years does not mean you get sole custody of his kids when the marriage goes belly up. This book is in the romcom genre, but I felt like the majority of the plot was Darby's strategizing to get the kids back and the romantic part was kind of an afterthought. The story was still good, but not exactly what I look for when I pick up a romcom!

Lastly, the love interest Holt Gregory was first introduced at about 30% through the book, but their romantic storyline didn't really begin until 65-70% into it. His character felt a little less developed because we didn't have enough time to get to know him. After their first kiss, he tells her that she's the one. And I'm like wait what did I miss? Does he even know her?

I enjoyed reading this book but probably would not recommend it to my friends. Thank you NetGalley for sharing this book with me!
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Thank you Netgalley for this book.
A thirty-one-year-old is married to a divorced, rich man who comes with two kids. The kids love her and she loves them back. What can go wrong?
Darby Vaughn is a celebrated author and a relationship expert. She is married to a publicist named Will, and is now being an ideal stepmother to his children, Lilly and Aiden. Tragedy strikes when Darby comes to know that her husband is leaving her, that too in the most extraordinary way possible, which is to say, on the national television. She begins drowning in her own pool of tears and is looking for an explanation for her circumstances.
While releasing the knots of her severely entangled life, she gets to meet several supporting characters like Holt, her divorce attorney, her circle of best friends (also called as dreamgirl squad), and the dreaded ex-wife Gigi who is responsible for all the mess.
What I liked the most?
The past of the protagonist was engrossing and full of struggles. The explanation of her choices was rather surreal, but enticing. I also liked how the protagonist was shown as flawed and stubborn at times, making her thoughts unreasonable to the one who has never been through her circumstances, but relatable to those who have. It was quite comical that the names used in the book were Gigi, Yolanda, and Kendall, the reality stars we have watched as our guilty pleasure. 
What I did not like?
The story becomes a bit of a stretch at the end and someone like me who loves to read each sentence or word attentively, could not get through the end without rushing. It is witty but slow-paced in several parts. Sometimes, I was left wanting for more, for example, how emotionally intimate Darby and Will were. In some areas, on the other hand, I wanted a little less.
My Verdict: 
Read it only if you love books by Sophie Kinsella or Lindsey Kelk.
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I loved this book, quick read.  MC is quirky, and fun and strong. I couldn’t put this down 4/5. I would recommend this book !
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Darby is a total hot mess through out the book. I can understand why she waffles back and forth. I do think she forgave a little too easily because of she didn’t have anything to fall back on, where would she be? But she was lucky enough that she had options.
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I absolutely adored this book. From Darby’s heartbreak to her triumphs, I loved every minute. I think this book is cathartic for anyone who has been dumped and the little tiny bit of spice? *chef’s kiss*
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