Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Title: Walk of Shame
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Georgie and Andrew
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

My Review:
This book...

I'll be honest, I see Lauren Layne's name and I know I want to read it...regardless. So I'll admit when I started reading and the heroine was a socialite...not a character that I would normally get attached to or even like. But that is the amazing element of LL's stories...she makes you fall in love with her characters. You just can't help yourself. 

And I promise you that you will fall in love with Georgie. She spends her nights out at parties, coming home at 5 AM just in time to see Andrew as he's leaving for the gym on his way to work. They have a contentious relationship. He thinks she's flighty and silly. She thinks he's staid and stodgy. 

But Georgie is one of those people...everyone loves her because she truly cares and listens to everyone around her. She's outgoing and genuine. And it truly bugs her that Andrew DOESN'T like her.

This is an awesome example of enemies to lovers or opposites attract tropes. Andrew and Georgie cross swords (and dialogue) throughout the entire book and that's one of the things that makes it so much fun to read. There are little glimpses for each of the characters though that there are more emotions going on besides just the aggravation that they show to one another. It's so good. 

The emotions are nuanced into the characters and story brilliantly. There were moments when I smiled as I read and there were even a few tears toward the end. I loved this book. If you had told me that I'd fall in love with a party-focused socialite I would have told you no way, but the brilliant, slightly repressed and awkward Andrew is the perfect foil for Georgie. I love them together!! 

Another brilliant book from Lauren Layne!! I highly recommend this one. It's most definitely in the running for one of the Top Ten reads of the year.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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