Fifteen Minutes of Shame

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What happens when America’s favorite dating expert finds out on national television that her husband is cheating on her? Darby Vaughn’s fifteen minutes of fame quickly becomes fifteen minutes of shame when the story of her divorce is splashed across supermarket tabloids. If Darby takes her philandering husband back, her career will be over. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose the only man she’s ever loved. As she rebuilds her ...

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Overview

View our feature on Lisa Daily's Fifteen Minutes of Shame.

What happens when America’s favorite dating expert finds out on national television that her husband is cheating on her? Darby Vaughn’s fifteen minutes of fame quickly becomes fifteen minutes of shame when the story of her divorce is splashed across supermarket tabloids. If Darby takes her philandering husband back, her career will be over. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose the only man she’s ever loved. As she rebuilds her life with help from her girlfriends, Darby has to make some tough choices, but she stays true to her heart every step of the way.

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A real-life dating columnist and book author (Stop Getting Dumped!), Daily puts her debut novel's heroine into her professional shoes. Darby Vaughn, 31, is enjoying her success as the nation's most popular romance expert: she's got bestselling books, TV appearances and even her own perfume. But her empire threatens to topple when her cheating husband, aka her publicist, humiliates her and leaves her vulnerable to giant aftershocks in the press. After a few days of intense girlfriend therapy, Darby emerges from the haze of margaritas and sappy movies to rebuild her life starting with "spin dating"-i.e., "dating for publicity." Besides being photographed canoodling with a basketball star and a young model, Darby hires the best divorce lawyer in town, who also just happens to be the hottest. Daily keeps things moving along quickly, and though her style is not exactly seasoned, she delivers some surprising depth and a heroine with heart to root for. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452289130
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 511,711
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Daily is a TV relationships expert and the author of Stop Getting Dumped!: All You Need To Know to Make Men Fall Madly in Love with You and Marry "The One" in 3 Years or Less. She’s a syndicated relationships columnist who’s been everywhere from iVillage Live to MTV to Entertainment Tonight, and quoted everywhere from Cosmopolitan and US Weekly to The New York Times. Women from sixteen to sixty flock to Lisa’s Dreamgirl Academy classes across the country. Lisa lives with her husband and two children in Florida.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Great book!

    I was hooked within the first few pages. It's such a fun, easy read....and will have you laughing out loud in some parts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    Fifteen Minutes of Shame is Shameful Pleasure!

    Fifteen Minutes of Shame by "experienced dating expert and virgin novelist" Lisa Daily is chick lit at its guilty pleasure finest. It's the equivalent of enjoying People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue (usually the only issue I buy all year) in that it's clearly style over substance, but it's undeniably delicious. It won't really stimulate your intellect but it will make you laugh and reminisce about your own dating exploits.

    TV dating expert Darby Vaughn has just been dumped by her once seemingly perfect celebrity publicist husband Will Bradley, and his ex-wife, reality show actress Gigi Bissanti, who informs the media that she is getting back together with her husband and their two children so that they can be a family again. Darby is informed of this as she's about to be interviewed by Matt Lauer on The Today Show for her latest book about how to snag a man called The Dreamgirl Academy (based on Lisa's real life Dreamgirl Academy classes for women) and promptly vomits into a chrysanthemum arrangement on the coffee table before fainting on national television.

    So much for Darby's marriage, family, career, or reputation! Or is it? With the help of her weasel-like husband's ex-assistant Kendall who takes over as Darby's publicist, her "dreamgirl" best friends, and one of Sarasota, Florida's finest divorce attorneys: the handsome, integrity-laden Holt Gregory, Darby slowly picks up the pieces of her shattered life.

    Fifteen Minutes of Shame is well-written and exceedingly funny with dating tips from the Dreamgirl Academy or advice columns by Darby Vaughn published at the end of each chapter. However, I wanted to like Darby more than I did, and I found it just a bit of a stretch to believe that she would risk everything she had ever worked for to fight for custody of Will's children, even though she had raised them for 3 years while Will and Gigi concentrated on their respective careers. It was interesting to consider the rights of step-parents in custody cases and I can understand how a step-parent can fall in love with someone else's children, but what I couldn't understand was how Darby managed to have such a successful career of her own, up until she discovered Will's infidelity, and still found time to be the primary caregiver of his children.

    Darby's career never really falls apart as she begins taping a reality dating show within weeks of her public humiliation, and while you feel sorry for her in the beginning, it doesn't take long for your empathy to dissipate because she just doesn't really have to struggle much to pull her life together in the aftermath.

    The development of her relationship with her attorney was predictable and the whole, rather clichéd story felt like a series of segments on Entertainment Tonight - which is okay, if that's what you're looking for.

    Even though by the end of the book we see some growth in Darby's emotional intelligence, she's just not the kind of woman I could realistically cheer for. I didn't think she deserved Holt Gregory (who really was written as the perfect man) and couldn't understand why a man like him would fall for her because she didn't seem to be deep enough for him. But then again, what do I know? I'm still single and am probably in dire need of Lisa Daily's dating advice!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    A funny book with likable characters.

    Darby Vaughn is America's relationship expert. She has a successful dating tips book, TV and radios shows, a loyal following of fans and a perfect marriage. That is until her weasel of a husband dumps her for his ex-wife. To make matters worse Darby finds out about the break up from Matt Lauer on the Today Show and she promptly tosses her cookies on live TV.<BR/><BR/>Utterly humiliated Darby runs to the comfort of her "Dreamgirls", the group of friends that have been there for each other since college. After wallowing in shame and margaritas for a few days Darby has to pick up the pieces of her failed marriage and rapidly failing career and figure out a way to win back her family.<BR/><BR/>Fifteen Minutes of Shame had me cracking up from the opening scene. Darby is a wonderfully likable character that goes through this horrible experience and still comes out a winner. The plot is typical chick-lit but the story is still a page turner because of Darby's struggles and ultimate triumph. <BR/><BR/>Author Lisa Daily is a real TV relationship expert with a published dating book so peppered throughout the book are tips and pieces of advice that I found helpful and able to apply to my marriage so that was an enjoyable plus with this read. Romance and chick-lit fans will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

    I couldn't put it down

    I decided to buy this book because it was recommended through one of those "if you like that author you might like this author" type of searches. And it was GREAT! Totally a girly book, one of those indulging junk food for the brain type of books. It's the perfect book for lounging around and relaxing while you read. I got completely pulled into the story and finished it within 2 days. It's funny yet dramatic and touching.<BR/><BR/>I will definately be looking for more books from this author! She's great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 15, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved this book from the beginning to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Couldn'r put it down

    Smart and sassy though predictable in the way these kinds of stories are. Still, it offers a twist on the old chick-lit formula that kept me reading until far past my bedtime.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    LOVED!

    I absolutely loved this book! It was so cute and kept my attention the whole way through. This book was by no means realistic, but that is part of what I loved about it!

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Thought it was so vair FABBY!

    Love love loved it!

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