Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne Release Blast

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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And who is he, you ask?

Andrew Mulroney, Esquire.

I know this because we moved into the building on the exact same day, and right before we got into a horrendous fight over whose movers should have access to the building loading dock first, he handed me his business card.

The thick white card stock declared that he had a fancy law degree to go along with the fancy suit he was wearing on a Saturday.

Andrew handed it over with such superiority, I actually wished for a half second that I had a business card of my own that would somehow be better than his. Like, lined with gold or something. No, platinum. With a diamond in the corner. It would be too heavy for him to hold, and he’d drop it, thus having to kneel at my feet to pick it up.

But then I realized it was just as well that I didn’t have a business card.

Because it would say... what? Georgie Watkins, professional party girl?

Anyway, I digress. Despite the high temps of that swampy July morning, the encounter had been the start of an epic cold war.

Me, the socialite in apartment 86A against the uptight esquire in apartment 79B.

I’m not entirely sure I’m winning the war, but I’ll never tell him that.

I let my gaze drift over Andrew, even though his appearance rarely holds any surprises. The man’s a lesson in sameness, like some sort of anal-retentive version of Groundhog Day.

There’s always the black mug with some healthy gunk inside held in his right hand, Tom Ford briefcase and Armani garment bag in his left, containing what I know to be a perfectly tailored three-piece suit.

Andrew’s coppery hair is perfectly styled, although I’d swear that there’s some natural curl in there threatening to disrupt his perfect order. I imagine that annoys him, so it therefore makes me happy.

Let’s see, what else about my nemesis?

He’s got a hard, unfriendly jawline that’s perfectly shaven.

Dark brown eyes, cold and flat. Black gym bag over one shoulder.

I suppose you could say he changes up his attire, because he does alternate between black and gray gym shirts. But considering that they seem to be the exact same fit, both colors molding perfectly to his impressively sculpted upper body, we’re not giving him any points for variety there.

Same goes for the lower half. The black shorts worn in summer have given way to sleek black sweatpants now that October’s upon us, but they’re both black and Nike, so we’ll give him no credit for changing it up there either.

The shoes, though...

I do a double take.

Well, well, well...

Instead of the usual black gym shoes, the man’s shoes are red. I don’t know how I missed it before.

I drag my eyes back up his body with a grin, and he gives just the slightest roll of his eyes to indicate that he’s noticed my slow perusal and isn’t fazed in the least.

“You went shopping, Dorothy!” I say happily.

He stares at me. “I don’t shop.”

Of course not. Far too frivolous.

“No, that makes sense,” I say, pointing at his feet. “Glinda would have given these to you.”

Andrew looks down at his Rolex watch. “I’ve got to go. Have a good day, Mr. Ramirez.”

“You too, Mr. Mulroney,” Ramon says with a deferential nod. “Enjoy your workout.”

“Yes, do,” I say, turning and watching as Andrew moves toward the front door of our building. “What’s on the schedule today? Treadmill, or just skipping down the Yellow Brick Road?”

Andrew Mulroney, Esquire, doesn’t respond. He doesn’t even turn before pushing through the revolving doors and stepping out into the still-dark autumn morning.

Now come on. Tell me that wasn’t at least a little bit fun, despite the ungodly hour.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Lauren Layne does it again with another great, fun read! Layne is on my list of "must read each new book" authors. This series is fun and quick to read. I completely fall for her characters and find myself deep into their story and hoping for their happily ever after.

Georgiana is a party girl and finds herself coming home at 5am from an evening of club hopping, let's just say, pretty often. Andrew is a divorce lawyer, he's a type-A personality and a driven workaholic. He finds himself leaving at 5am to head to the gym, like clockwork. The two keep finding themselves in the lobby of their shared building quite often but they could not be less alike. Andrew finds Georgie ridiculous in every way and Georgie loves to keep Andrew annoyed. These two have the perfect "we can’t be right for each other" chemistry! Man, the miscues were perfection and Andrew was a complete jerk enough times to make you want to strangle him. BUT, you wanted the two to make it. Something about these stories draws me in wholeheartedly. Layne can write a helluva good angsty couple. Can’t wait for the next one!

As much as I enjoyed reading Walk of Shame there was a small part of mildly annoyed by Georgie, the main character. That's not to say I didn't like Georgie, because she was such a fun character with her quick wit and an endearing personality, but I just wish maybe her character had a job that wasn't just being a NYC socialite planning charities and living off of her inheritance from her grandmother. However, all in all though, it was still a great read and I think fans of Lauren Layne will have no trouble warming up to Georgie!

Heiress Georgie Watkins has a party girl image to maintain, which is how she ends up doing a verbal sparring session most mornings with celebrity divorce attorney, Andrew Mulroney, as he leaves for the gym and a long day at the office. Those mornings are starting to become what Georgie looks forward to when she's on her way in after a late night out.

Andrew thinks Georgie is a spoiled "Park Ave Princess" who inherited her penthouse without earning it, but one early morning sparring session turns into an unexpected heated kiss caught on camera by the paparazzi. Suddenly sparks are flying between the cynical divorce lawyer and the NYC socialite...

I quickly became a fan of Lauren Layne after reading the Wedding Belles series, which I absolutely adored and highly recommend! Although Walk of Shame wasn't quite as endearing to me as the Wedding Belles were, it was still another great happily ever after read by Layne and I am definitely excited to see what she writes next!

FOUR STARS for Lauren Layne's Walk of Shame.

This is another in the series (each of which is a standalone) of really enjoyable flights of romantic fun. This story is about the party girl who wants more, the divorce lawyer who didn't want anything, and how they both need each other.

Here we have two perfectly ridiculously opposite characters who somehow just fit magically together. The journey is full of fun, hope, and smidgeons of sadness. Ms. Layne builds up her leads without overdoing the description, but more by giving us their inner thoughts and being clear about their relationships with others. This ensures that the reader is completely absorbed in the story and as the passion develops, the pages just demand to be turned.

Really good read, enjoy!

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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