Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne REVIEW

Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly)

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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.

I've started (and sadly yet to complete) my Author Spotlight series with Lauren Layne (you do not want to see how many drafts I have under that tag) and that was because I have really and truly loved the books she delivers us. I wanted an opportunity to showcase her work without the long reviews of single books.  I get excited every time her monthly newsletter comes out and I know I have to plan my days around her releases. 

Walk of Shame was originally a standalone and is now a standalone within the Love Unexpectedly universe. Previously, Good Girl probably had the crown for my favourite of the series but Walk of Shame may just have pipped it to the post. Walk of Shame follows the delightfully ridiculous Georgie and Andrew the boring lawyer. When we first start the book, they only see each other at 5am, Georgie is coming in from a night out, Andrew leaving for a long work day.

Their encounters can't really last for more than two minutes max and yet, as much as the characters themselves I found myself looking forward to them. Andrew and Georgie have such a natural spark that when denying it turns them straight into school children. 

I did foresee an issue arising pretty much straight away but I loved how it was dealt with and that the characters are allowed to feel what I felt was not only pretty natural to humans in general, but specific to their characters too. TO me, Lauren has an amazing way of making her characters feel like your best friends that you can actually imagine going through these issues, so I honestly felt Georgie's reaction to events as if I were truly watching them unfold myself. 

I loved both Georgie and Andrew's personality. Georgie's ability to charm anyone worked so well with Andrew's inability to learn about the individuals he spent time with. I also loved Andrew's quiet humour, you could be forgiven for assuming he wasn't witty but you would also be wrong, he had me cackling.

Overall, this was a delightful romance book and I'm so thankful for the day I decided to finally check out Lauren Layne because my goodreads friends wouldn't shut up about the Stiletto/Oxford offices!

Rating: 5 stars

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