Walk of Shame: Love Unexpectedly #4 by Lauren Layne

Walk of Shame: Love Unexpectedly #4 by Lauren Layne

It’s HERE!  Happy Book Birthday to Lauren Layne as the fourth in her Love, Unexpectedly Series is releasing today!  An absolutely wonderful read full of larger than life characters, heart and plenty of heat. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what others thought about the book and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win  a $20 Amazon or B&N eGift Card

Walk of Shame

It shouldn’t be this easy – to get dragged into a story with a heroine that ticks every box on the ‘annoying’ scale: gorgeous, rich, frivolous, famous for just existing with a major ‘thing’ for the hero: also gorgeous and famous, as a divorce lawyer, with a penchant for opening his mouth and inserting his foot. But it was Enchanting! Right from the start, I wanted to know why Georgie was all puppy at the pound turning circles and begging for attention from Andrew, who obviously had little time for her combined with that ‘first glance’ dismissal of her value.

But then we see it, Georgie’s heart and honest appreciation of the people she encounters: she draws people to her like moths to a flame: always open, friendly and up for a laugh. She is sunshine guaranteed to brighten your day (even at the end of a long night-shift) with a smile, a conversation or even a maple bacon doughnut, caged with 11 others from a bakery, a stop made after a long night of dancing and drinking with her friends.

Well, Andrew was a bit different:: rigidly adherent to his schedule, ‘deadly intelligent’, restrained and carefully confined within the little box he’s built for himself: suits that scream ‘successful attorney”, workout clothes that range from black to slate grey, a driven, restrained and dare I say, stuck in a rut man with a firmly held belief that Georgie is frivolous, ridiculous and just the girl he can’t stop thinking about.

So perhaps Georgie does have a bit of the Disney Princess about her, and yes, I swear that there were times that little birds should have sung her awake (at noon) and helped her dress, but she is just so perfectly optimistic and joyful in everything she does, always knowing that things will work out and love will prevail. She’s just driven to make Andrew see that: to force the door open to his heart and make him see that love and life are meant to be enjoyed and experienced. With movie nights with Enchanted, through charming his sister-in-law, partners at the firm, and pretty much everyone else, he’s loosening the reins on his tightly held control….although he never can quite get his balance. Socially awkward with anything more than small talk, even Georgie’s small talk is baffling to him, and he just can’t seem to find equilibrium around her. But he is hooked. Totally and completely. And Happy. The girl with the sparkles and laughter and unselfish need to have everyone around her happy, heard and enjoying the moment has him wanting….more.

Laughter, tears, concern and even a few moments where Andrew need to be hit with a stick, and not the happy one, I loved every moment of this book, and went right back in to re-read it a second time. A book hangover of legendary proportions, if you like your romance – you’ll love this book. And if you don’t fancy your romance (gasp!!) this will convert you…. Trust and believe.

Walk of Shame: Love Unexpectedly #4 by Lauren Layne

Title: Walk of Shame
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Also in this series: Blurred Lines, Good Girl, Love Story
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: 9780399182082
Published on: 18 Aoril, 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 203
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

 

 

 

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