Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Published by Loveswept on 04/18/2017
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.
Walk of Shame was my first experience reading Lauren Layne. I’ve seen her books around a lot and was familiar with her name, but for some reason there just was never a book that really jumped out at me. When a friend of mine, who just might be more opinionated than I am, gave this book a glowing review, I couldn’t resist. The cover is adorable and enemies-to-lovers is one of my all time favorite tropes. I was not disappointed.
Layne’s writing is excellent. She pulled me in right from the beginning. It flowed well, making it an easy read. It’s one of those books that you sit down for a few minutes to read and before you know it you’ve read a hundred pages.
Everything about this book worked for me – except the characters. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a touch, that’s not exactly true. I never felt like I truly connected with Georgie’s character. She’s this spoiled rich socialite who, by all appearances, parties every night until 5 AM and when she gets bored, she might chair a committee for a charity. The lack of drive to do something with her life was kind of annoying for me. I didn’t feel like her character went through any real growth.
In the case of Andrew, it’s kind of the same story. Except opposite. Same in the way that I didn’t really connect with him, but opposite in every single personality trait. He’s unflinchingly stringent in his routines. Georgie eats donuts on the daily and he won’t stray from his boring protein shake on the way to the gym. He’s a serious, hardworking lawyer and relatively boring. Uptight is a great word to describe him. I loved that they were polar opposites, I think that can really serve to heighten the tension, but he never really loosened up the way I wanted him to and Georgie never really grew up the way I wanted her to. Though, it must be said, I’ll give Andrew a little credit. He had some minor character growth. He could’ve done better though.
But, having said all of that, I really couldn’t put this book down. It was fantastic. The tension was great and I ate up the verbal sparring. Good banter is one of my very favorite things in a book. It was certainly entertaining. I recommend this one when you’re in the mood for something funny, sweet, and easygoing. Great rom-com for everyone.