The Sexy, Flirty & Fun Rom-Com You Didn’t Know You Needed & A Fabulous Giveaway: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

The Sexy, Flirty & Fun Rom-Com You Didn’t Know You Needed & A Fabulous Giveaway: Walk of Shame by Lauren LayneWalk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly, #4)
by Lauren Layne
Release Date: April 18th 2017
Published by Loveswept
Genres: Adult, Chicklit, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Nick’s Review

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.

Nereyda’s Review

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.

Giveaway

Every social darling has her bag of must-haves that keeps her looking fabulous while on the go. In honor of Lauren Layne’s latest socialite heroine, Georgianna, this giveaway represents our version of a belle’s main necessities.

Enter for your chance to win a travel’s mug perfect for keeping you caffeinated, a bottle of eau de Loveswept perfume that will turn heads, a Goal Digger planner to organize your busy social life, and of course a gift copy of WALK OF SHAME by Lauren Layne courtesy of the wonderful people over at Loveswept & Lauren Layne.

*US residents only*

April 10th – April 18th

PRIZE DESCRIPTION:

1 Traveler’s Mug
1 bottle of Loveswept perfume
1 Goal Digger 2017 Planner
1 ebook copy of WALK OF SHAME by Lauren Layne via B&N or Amazon

 

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  • Um this sounds amazing!! I love rom-com type books – especially with the enemies to lover trope . Is this a stand alone or can be read like one though? Great review ladies!

    • It can be read as a stand alone, Grace. I’m actually not sure why it’s part of the Love Unexpectedly series, but anyways, all the books in that series are unrelated to each other – there are no character overlaps. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • I just read a review for this book before coming on here and decided to check it out for myself as well. I’m glad Lauren Layne continues to amaze both of you ladies. I know you two have been the leader of her fan club for a while. 😀

    • Aww, thanks, Joy! We do love her! 😉

  • This sound delightful. I love both of your enthusiasm for the author and her stories. It is so much fun when an author delivers again and again.

    • It doesn’t happen often, but LL is definitely an author who delivers! 🙂

  • Nikki H

    I am really enjoying her books!

    • So happy to hear that!

  • Oooh, a grade A grump with a hidden sweet side! My favourite kind of love interest. Of all the Lauren Layne books you’ve discussed and reviewed Nick, I think this one is going to be the best fit for me. Who knows? Maybe I’ll discover a new favourite contemporary romance author in the bargain! 😀

    • Ooh I hope you give it a try, Danya! She’s a fun author.

  • I’ve only read two Lauren Layne books, and one of them was a novella. I clearly need to read more of her books. Actually, the premise of this book isn’t something that would normally grab me, but now I’m kind of curious after your reviews. And Nick, I love the “sick and need to be taken care of turns to love” trope too! One of my favorite scenes in Act Like It, actually!

    • You definitely do, Quinn. I can see you enjoying her stories. OMG yes, that scene in Act Like It was perfect!

  • I haven’t read any books by Lauren Layne, but this one looks cute! I love the synopsis and I am glad the character banter worked for this couple! Great reviews!

    • Her books are super fun if you’re looking for a chill, quick read! Thank you!

  • Kathleen Bylsma

    Love Lauren’s books and so excited for this one!

    • I hope you love it, Kathleen!

      • Kathleen Bylsma

        I know I will. 😊

  • oh this sounds like a fantastic book, Layne’s books are a hit or miss for me. But I definitely think I would enjoy this one especially since I have a weakness for grumpy on the outside and sweet on the inside heroes.

    • I hope you’ll like it if you give it a try! The boy really was swoony.

  • Eva

    This one wasn’t on my radar but you both have made me a LL convert! This one sounds so good! Great review – miss you guys!!

    • I hope you enjoy it, Eva. Hope you’re doing well!

      • Eva

        starting it tonight! yay!

  • Haven’t read this but for some reason I can totally see Anna Kendrick play Georgie. This is classic romcom and frenemies-lovers never gets old!

    • Oh yes, she would be a fun Georgie! It totally is.

  • Anita Byars

    Fantastic Story! Loved Georgie’s outlook and positive attitude on life! Loved the witty banter between them and their charming morning meetings. Love, Lauren Layne’s stories.

    • I’m glad you loved it, Anita!

  • Jasprit

    Aww I’m thrilled to see that this book was a success for you both, I feel the same going into a book by Layne lately, I’m really excited about reading it, but also quite nervous at the same time too. But these reviews from you ladies has me super excited! I can’t wait to meet Georgie and Andrew! Also thank goodness I don’t have to wait too long for the release date either! Lovely reviews ladies!

    • I think you’ll enjoy this one, Jasprit. I can’t wait for you to read it.

  • I’M. SO. MY FAVE TROPES GUYS HOLD ME. I’m currently making that face of the little boy meme for “pinch me” because this sounds TOTALLY up my alley. I love how Georgie is humble about her money, and her effervescent personality seems so fun in contrast to the grumpiness of Andrew! I could ramble on and on about how excited I am for this, but I shall just have to wake up early next week to download it on my Kindle when it comes – heeee!

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

    • Aila, this was so much fun and I think you will have fun with it too. 🙂 Can’t wait for you to read it!

  • Jazmen Greene

    Ooh this sounds so fun!

    • Loads of fun!

  • your fav of the authors? Oh awesome 😀 me thinks I need to read her books. Maybe I should make this one my priority I love the blurb and it sounds SUPER cute.

    • Yeah it’s one of her best ones in my opinion. It totally delivers on the cute.

  • Nereyda, I am much like you when it comes to a Lauren Layne book. I always feel a little hesitant going into any book from an author I love. There’s always the doubt in the back of my mind that this might be the one I don’t like. Glad this one went so well for you both and thanks for reminding me I have a whole heap of Lauren Layne’s back catalogue to get through. I always want a romance with excellent chemistry so I will definitely be reading this.

    • You should read all the LL, Becky! But definitely put this one at the top of your list.

  • Kim

    I just started reading this author and have liked the few books I’ve read.

  • neabarabea

    I’m reading ti right now and I’m really enjoying it! 🙂 x