Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

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.


Not entirely sure how I missed writing a review for this book ... it's by one of my favorite authors and one of the best books I've read for the year ... so how did I miss it?!? No clue. I've got two boys that try desperately to make me lose my mind every day. Pretty sure they're doing a good job at chipping away at my sanity. 

Anyway ... If you've read a Lauren Layne book, you're well acquainted with how well Layne writes characters. You get a couple of pages into the book and you feel like the leading lady is a real person and you want to hang out with them immediately. That's how it is with every single heroine that Layne writes. Georgianna is no exception - she's this funny and extremely witty chick that you just want to go hang out with. She's unapologetically ornery and I found myself rushing through the pages just hoping for her next snarky comment or staged scene. Georgianna is perfectly ridiculous and if I weren't so into my husband (and dudes, tbh), I might totally fall in love with her. 

And Andrew. Sweet, baby Jesus ... I can't even put into words how much I just absolutely adored this stubborn man. Something about this dude was just sexy as hell. I don't know if it was because you could tell that he was a great guy underneath that indifference or what. Maybe it was because I don't think he knew how attractive his stubbornness was, especially when it started to crack. I better stop now before I give anything good away. 

Of course, true to Lauren Layne form, this book was just spectacular. It moved along at a fast clip and I just didn't want to put it down. Actually ... I didn't put it down. I got the boys off to school, made some coffee and then read all day long. This is the kind of book that will ruin other romance novels for you - it is completely perfect and perfectly ridiculous. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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