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She Sins at Midnight

by Whitney Dineen

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(Edited to add this part here: Also - probably just skip my review. I just looked at all 1 star, 2 star, and 3 star reviews. Not a single one of them mentioned two of my three negatives. So, obviously, I read a different book, or more likely, just read it 'wrongly'. Therefore I'm just going to spoiler all the rest since obviously I didn't read this 'correctly'.)

ETA2: I wrote this while looking at GoodReads reviews. Then posted it here. There's enough spoilers in my review to keep it locked behind spoiler tag, but I do notice that there are no other reviews here on LibraryThing.

Looking at some of the reviews before I actually write something . . . . wait, this was supposed to be a parody? Hmms, that vaguely changes some of my negatives. I think.
It was an interesting book. I think I laughed once. So the humor part kinda failed with me. Even saying that, I probably could have given this four stars but for 3 issues:

1) the causal rape of the lead character set up by her own father. Father leaves window unlocked. Because of that, the woman wakes up during the night to find a man on her. Who then proceeds to have her way with her. She's of the vague opinion she might actually be dreaming. And, quite frankly, I might even have liked it if it had turned out she had been dreaming. But she wasn't. He was apparently there to explain himself. Instead he ravished her. This is one of those iffy ones where I can let someone talk me into saying - okay, isn't actually . . . as bad as I thought. Second one though . . . .

2) the causal rape of Melinda. Which was basically explained away with 'she's an evil bitch so she deserved it', I assume. She's in the shower. A man who hasn't actually proposed yet, though both have this vague idea that he will shortly, enters bathroom while she's in there. She makes some vague comments indicating she doesn't want him in there. He replies with something along the lines of 'I don't need to ask your permission. I own you.' Seriously? This . . . no one else had a problem with this?

3) The causal slut shaming. Oh no! A woman had sex with five different people in a one or two week period of time! I forget if they said one or two weeks, but 3a) one of the sex acts was a vicious rumor; 3b) one of the sex acts was her being raped; 3c) one of the 'sex acts' was her attempting to seduce a man, while naked, which didn't actually work; 3d) which left the sex act wherein she was taken advantage of by a bartender while she was super depressed and so drunk she didn't have a clue where she was or what she was doing (and considering it's a bartender involved, he's supposed to know. By law. I think. I forget now). So. That leaves the one where she gave a blow job, it is assumed, to her agent. Again, is assumed. So she had consensual sex once. I think. Compared with every other woman in the book, who apparently had sex also. But . . . whatever.

Even saying all that, I probably could still have given this four stars but for the causal rapes. And dubious consent sex acts. I mean, to a large extent, I liked the writing, I liked the characters (largely, even though two of the 'heroic men' were off causally raping women), and it was a largely pleasant little fluff story. There's a high likelihood I'll read another book by this author.

Really, I can be talked into or out of or however to word that, most of the negatives, but for the 'I don't need your permission to fuck you, I own you' that Oscar drops on the naked Melinda as she attempts to shower. And he strips naked. And joins her. And fondles her. Without that one scene I could probably give this at least 3 stars, with me talking myself out of the other negatives. Without those other negatives I'd give this four stars.

Parody, romance, chick-lit, whatever this was - it isn't a genre I normally read. Heck, I was thinking, up to the 62% mark, that this was pretty refreshing. Based on the stuff I normally read. Heck, up to there I might have possibly given five stars, based on how the remaining 38% might have turned out from there in a what if world. But around there is when all the causal 'oh, I don't really mind you forcing yourself onto me' began.
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"This whirlwind comedy/drama...centers on Lila Montgomery and her high school crush, a hilarious cat fight with a Hollywood starlet and her award-winning romance novel nobody know about. This fun, quick read examines the envies and dissatisfactions in women's lives, reassuring reader that no one's life is truly perfect." --Kirkus Review Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she's a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she's been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she's determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever! That's why Lila has chosen to publish her sexy narrative under the nom de plume, Jasmine Sheath. With her fifteenth high school class reunion on the horizon, Lila finds herself at a crossroads. More than anything she wants to go home and see her childhood friends but is embarrassed that she hasn't accomplished the things she feels she should have by this time in her life; mainly marriage and children. After another brutal run-in with Melinda Forrester, Oscar nominated actress and client of her boss, Josh Furber, Lila decides that fleeing Hollywood for a month is the best thing for her. Lila packs her bags for her childhood home of Bentley Hills, sure that her friends and family will be the touchstone of normalcy that she so desperately needs. What she doesn't expect is that Melinda will follow her and a tabloid media circus will ensue! Not only does Lila discover that her home is nothing like she remembers, but she meets and falls in love with the very man that inspired the hero in her novel. She Sins at Midnight is full of laugh out loud hi-jinks that will make you never look at Hollywood the same way again! Author, Whitney Dineen, swears that this novel is based purely on fiction and that any characters bearing any resemblance to any celebrities you know are completely and totally fictitious; even though she spent eighteen years in La La Land, with a celebrity client base for her real job...
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