Lauren Layne has done it again. Walk of Shame is yet another reason why she should be on everyone’s one-click list.
The latest work from Lauren Layne, Walk of Shame, may be her best yet. It surely is textbook Layne as it hits on all the things I’ve loved from her previous books, and kicked up a few things a notch or two. I am always floored that she can continue to knock it out of the park, and give her readers six or so books a year as well. Check out the synopsis and our review for Walk of Shame, and make sure to grab yourself a copy, too!
About ‘Walk of Shame’
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’ book review
This book is Lauren Layne at her Lauren-Layne-iest. I’ve fallen for her heroes and heroines before, as Blurred Lines, Crushed, I Wish You Were Mine, and To Have and To Hold remain near the top of my all time favorites list. I simply haven’t met a Lauren Layne book I haven’t loved, and I don’t think I ever will.
Her way with witty banter, realistic complications, and the most touching reunions has had me coming back for more again and again. If she writes it, I will read it (which, I guess, is the romance-reader version of “If you build it, they will come”). She has truly outdone herself with Walk of Shame, as it hit on all the things I want from one of her books. Georgie and Andrew are both completely functional, pulled-together humans when we meet them, but it isn’t until they take a chance on each other that they reach the pinnacle of ‘perfectly ridiculous.’
I’ve never really found myself relating to a socialite heroine. Almost every time I read a romance novel about a well-off lady that hits the clubs every night, I find myself unable to fully connect with their story. It just isn’t a reality I could imagine for myself in my wildest daydreams.
However, one or two chapters with Georgie, and I had no problem seeing how she and I were alike. We may not have matching bank balances, but we both try to share joy and bring smiles wherever we go. While she doesn’t earn a weekly paycheck, she works hard to bring goodness into the world, and any heroine genuinely trying to do good is a winner in my book.
At the same time, Andrew’s contented discontent with his life was all too easy to relate to. He has his routine and it works for him, but he knows he is missing something that could make his world come alive. The fun of watching a man like him, who uses full names for people even when he knows they prefer a nickname, and whose dedication to his daily workout has him greeting the club-goers as they trudge home after a long night on the town, accept that what he truly needs in his life is a flash of color and a dollop of whimsy was my favorite part of Walk of Shame.
Andrew and Georgie are the epitome of what I look for in a Lauren Layne book. Magical, consuming, and dare I say, enchanting do not even begin to describe what this love story brings to the table. I know I will be returning to Walk of Shame time and time again to relive the contentious battle of wills Andrew and Georgie fought on these pages. They not only survived the battle, but marched off their battlefield hand in hand, a little weary from the fight, but smiling victoriously nonetheless.
The books that Lauren has pulled together to form the Love Unexpectedly collection are quickly setting the standard for standalones for me. With so many series out there to keep up with, it’s so nice to know that each of these four books is always waiting on my kindle like a warm cup of cocoa on a cold, winter night. When I just need to sink into something comforting and familiar for a few hours, escaping the monotony of the everyday, I can step into Georgie’s shoes for a night on the town or pop in to do laundry with Parker Blanton. While it’s nice to immerse yourself in a series and see couples evolve as their friends or colleagues or acquaintances find love as well, it’s equally wonderful to know that some stories are great just as they are.