Title: Walk of Shame
Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: 18 April 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 is a wonderful feel-good rom-com, with its inclusion of references to the movie Enchanted, I would even go so far as to say it is the adult version of said movie 😉 Complete with the adorable divorce lawyer and the New York equivalent of a Princess, a Manhattan socialite.
Georgie and Andrew live in the same building, in fact, they moved in on the same day, arguing over whose moving van would go first. Initiating a sizzling battle of wits between the pair. Their sassy banter an aphrodisiac feeding their underlying attraction.
On the surface, Andrew and Georgie couldn’t be more different, whereas Georgie is outgoing and effervescent, Andrew is reserved and a little repressed. However, you know what they say about opposites attracting – while it is true to an extent with Georgie and Andrew, the more interactions they have the more in common they discover. They bring out the best in each other.
Unfortunately, there are other twists within the plot that act as a deterrent to their pursuit of a lasting relationship. In true Lauren Layne fashion, the direct address to the reader enables a deeper connection to the characters. While the twist was expected, the reactions and emotions it evoked were not diminished in the slightest.
Walk of Shame is predominantly told from Georgie’s perspective but the inclusion of Andrew’s point of view added to his appeal. I adored how completely bumbling Andrew was in his pursuit of Georgie, even when his attempts at humor backfired spectacularly you couldn’t help but cheer him on. Insight into his intellect and the trials he faced as an adolescent as a result helped add to his appeal.
Not to sound cliche but for me, Walk of Shame would make a fabulous holiday read where you can lose yourself in the pages and escape reality for a few hours.