A Night in With Marilyn Monroe

A Night in With Marilyn Monroe

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After dating the hottest man on the planet, Dillon O'Hara, Libby Lomax has come back down to earth with a bump. Now she's throwing herself into a new relationship and is determined to be a better friend to best pal, Ollie, as he launches his new restaurant. Despite good intentions, Libby is hugely distracted when a newly reformed Dillon arrives back on the scene, more irresistible than ever. And when another unwelcome guest turns up on her battered sofa in the form of Marilyn Monroe, Libby would willingly bite her own arm off for a return to normality.
Publisher: London: Harper, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780007582266
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,20 cm

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FindingJane Jul 12, 2017

Libby Lomax is a bit of a drip. After all this time, she still hasn’t learned to stand up to her demanding sister or domineering mother. She does show a bit of firmness near the end of the book but, for most of it, she allows herself to be pulled in all directions. She lets guilt and her gonads do the talking, ignoring obvious signals of homosexuality as well as (not so obvious) signals about her long-time friend Olly’s true feelings about her.

Libby comes off as being so spineless that she tries to emulate first Audrey Hepburn and then Marilyn Monroe’s tactics. Presumably, it takes Marilyn Monroe to give her a wakeup call about men. Yes, that lovely, baby-voiced gal who had three husbands, three divorces and numerous flighty lovers is the one who’s going to give Ms. Lomax style tips. But Marilyn isn’t there to aid Libby so much as get herself a real girlfriend.

Thus, Libby gets swamped with dealing with Marilyn’s quivering neediness, Cass’s prima donna act, getting her own jewelry line on track, her girlfriend Nora’s upcoming wedding and helping with Olly’s restaurant opening. With all this going on, it’s no surprise that she forgets appointments, promises and dates.

It doesn’t help that Dillon’s back in the picture. After abandoning her for a Finnish model and leaving Libby stranded in Florida with no passport, little money and an impending hurricane, she says goodbye to him. No, wait, she really doesn’t. Dillon comes back out of the blue, a supposedly reformed man. Does she tell him to hit the bricks? Does she slap him? Does she call him foul names and threaten him with harassment? No, of course not. You wonder why this girl doesn’t simply have a welcome mat at her front door…or tattooed on her back.

Her pathetic efforts to get her life on track also lead her into comical situations more reminiscent of an “I Love Lucy” episode than an actual existence. (In the first book, she somehow accidentally set her hair on fire.) She yearns to get a boyfriend. I wish she’d get a real life.

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