Four out of Five Stars
Title: Walk of Shame
(Love Unexpectedly #4)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
About the book
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.
4 “Perfectly Ridiculous Early Mornings” Stars
ARC via NetGalley
Thank you, Loveswept.
This book was freaking adorable. And sexy.
Walk of Shame is my second Lauren Layne book, and I’m so, so happy I gave this author a new chance after not falling hard for the first.
This is the story of Georgianna (Georgie), a NYC heiress with a great sense of humor, a big heart and a life-is-good attitude. Georgie is a believer of true love and happy endings, and she’s the life of every party. I loved how the author showed Georgie’s kind hard from the beginning, making her interactions with the concierge something fresh and fun. Being inside her head was a breath of fresh air.
Georgie is extremely likable, and that’s clear from the way everyone treats her. Everyone excepts divorce attorney and her way-too-serious-neighbor Andrew.
Every morning at five a.m., Andrew and Georgie met at the lobby. He’s going out to the gym, then the office where he made partner at age 30 because of his high IQ and driven personality. She’s getting home from one of her nights out with her super rich girlfriends. They couldn’t be more different, but they make taunting and teasing each other part of their morning routine.
The hate-to-lovers vibe in this story is instant and appealing. I felt the sexual tension from chapter one and devoured this book as I waited for Georgie and Andrew to give in to their obvious attraction. There was enough of that to keep my heart pounding fast.
The biggest source of tension between them is the fact that Georgie and Andrew live in different worlds despite being neighbors. He’s all business, all logic. She’s all fun, all emotion. The non-romantic part of me finds it hard to see them lasting, but the romantic part of me (a much bigger part, I guess) thought it was adorable that they found their way to each other despite their differences.
Walk of Shame was a great “opposites attract” romance with a enemies to love trope, lots of sexual chemistry, just the right amount of sexy scenes and some funny parts that helped lighten the mood. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d highly advise picking up this book.
Guest review contributed by U.S. – Brazil Book Review. As a book review diplomat of sorts, this blogger reviews books in English and Portuguese. If there’s romance in the book, she’s probably loving it.