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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.
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What’s this? Another raving review for a Lauren Layne book? YES! I was hooked to the premise of Walk of Shame even before I read the book. The synopsis immediately caught my attention with the description of what looked like a grumpy hero and perky girl falling in love with a NYC setting. I mean what’s not to love about that premise? As expected, Walk of Shame was another flirty and fun rom-com from Lauren Layne. It’s a book that’s delightful from start to finish and will have you smiling, laughing and swooning – honestly, could there be a better combo?
I was initially a bit worried that I’d find Georgie to be annoying, but I actually found her to be very lovable. She was a very happy-go-lucky character, and she has definitely got an effervescent personality, but never in an irritating way. She’s the kind of girl who brings sunshine to a gloomy room as cheesy as that sounds. I thought Georgie was funny, kind, loving and despite being a rich man’s daughter, very humble. Now imagine the complete opposite of that, and you’ll get her love interest, Andrew. This guy was a work-a-holic, a gym rat, and a grade-a grump, who fortunately has got a hidden sweet side to him, that he only allows his lady love to see. Of course that meant that I found him to be completely irresistible! Andrew was an introvert, who didn’t really allow his more sensitive (and secretly alpha) side to come to surface, until he became entangled with Georgie. I loved watching him peel off those rough layers and getting to know the great guy who resided within all those rough edges.
Georgie and Andrew together were just pure unadulterated fun. The banter, the bickering, and the longing between these two kept me hooked to Walk of Shame from the beginning. They had a great dynamic between them, and I loved watching Georgie get under Andrew’s skin. At first glance, they seem like a couple who would be completely at odds with each other, but as the story progressed, you see just how in actuality they fit like a lock and a key. They brought out the best in each other, and that made them a spectacular couple. Walk of Shame also had one of my favorite romance tropes ever: when a couple falls sick and they take care of each other, subsequently falling in love! Lauren Layne also always writes her couples with a hefty dose of chemistry, and the chemistry between Georgie and Andrew was red-hot. Under all that squabbling was a mountain of sexual tension that never fizzled out. Tell me that doesn’t sound ridiculously entertaining? And you know what was even better? How the kissing scenes were as steamy as the sex scenes! Walk of Shame book featured some of my favorite kissing scenes and you bet, I’ve re-read those scenes a million times already.
I love a lot of books by Lauren Layne, but Walk of Shame just shot up to the top of my favorites. I loved every moment that I spent with Georgie and Andrew and I have no doubt fans of Lauren Layne and fans of contemporary romance will love these two just as much as I did. If you’re in the mood for a sexy, frenemies-to-more type of book with plenty of entertaining dialogue, look no further – Walk of Shame is the book for you.
I feel like I’m always equal parts nervous and excited when I read a new Lauren Layne book. On one hand, my expectations are always high for an LL book cause I freaking love them so much. Then there’s always that small part of me that wonders what if I don’t like this one? Luckily, that wasn’t the case with this book. Even though I’ve been in a major and awful book slump lately (this is the only book that I have read in over a month) I knew I couldn’t NOT read this one. Almost as soon as I got a copy, I had to start reading it, book slump be damned!
Walk of Shame was such a fun fun book! It was funny and sexy and flirty and had so much amazing chemistry, it was hard not to fall for these characters right away. Even before the book came out, I was worried that I wouldn’t like Georgie. I was hoping she didn’t come off as spoiled and/or immature but LL did such a great job with her character. Sure, she liked to party and go to charity events but she also cared about these events and helped organize them. She was also a bit bored with her life and thought that her character growth and development was so great. I loved Georgie, even if most of the book I thought her name was Georgina instead of her actual name Georgianna.
Andrew was the complete opposite of Georgie and I loved how great they meshed almost as much as I loved how much they clashed at times. I loved their bickering and those moments when they find out a bit more from each other and realized how much they actually liked each other. Andrew could have come off as boring and stiff since he’s so used to his kind of… boring routine. Leave for the gym by 5am, spend the whole day at work, rinse and repeat as needed. Poor guy, his highlight of the day were his 5am interactions/arguments with Georgie. I loved seeing how little by little, Georgie made him loosen up a little and reveal the fun guy hidden inside. Likewise, he also complemented her personality, I feel like they brought out the best out of each other.
And speaking of best, their chemistry was just so so good! I’m such a sucker for the enemies to lovers romance trope and this one is one of my new favorites. As much as I loved them trading verbal blows at each other, I loved their flirty and sexy moments just as much, if not more. Is there anything better than breaking down each other’s walls with insults and hot kisses? I don’t think so. As you can see, this is another LL hit for Nick and I. This book was just pure fun and although it was on the lighter side, there’s nothing wrong with that! Walk of Shame was exactly what I needed and what I was hoping it would be. I’m adding this not only to my ‘LL favorites’ list but to my ‘must reread soon’ list.
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