WHY I READ IT
I loved the blurb and was in the mood for an engaging rom-com.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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.
“You know, all this time I thought our biggest obstacle was our difference in schedules, and if we could just figure out how to fit into each other’s life, we’d be okay. But it’s so much more hopeless than that, isn’t it? Because I’m always going to be the girl who wants the fairy-tale ending, and you’re never going to be the guy to give it to me. Are you?”
Every so often, I come across a book that reminds me why I love the romance genre so much. Walk of Shame is that book. This was simple, gorgeous love story about two opposites attracting in the most explosive way. Whenever I pick up a Lauren Layne book, I know I’m going to get a well written story that keeps me interested, but what I sometimes forget about is the feels.
So. Many. Feels.
From the moment Georgie walked across the page, I was hooked. How could you not fall in love with this sweet, considerate socialite, who waited in the lobby of her apartment at 5am to catch a glimpse of, and spar with her dull, rude, infuriatingly hot neighbor? Georgie lived for those moments. She couldn’t start her day without it. Andrew may have made it seem like every word he spoke to Georgie was forced, but what he really cared about was self-preservation. The stuffy, too smart for his own good divorce attorney was about to have his world rocked, and he never saw it coming.
Too often, I feel like quantity takes precedence over quality, but not here. There was just so much to love about this book. The writing was flawless. Every time you pick up one of Lauren Layne’s books, you are getting high caliber writing. You are getting a well thought out story with great flow and development. You are getting characters that feel like old friends. My heart started racing at all the sweet, and my stomach would plummet whenever Andrew was a total jerk. I wanted to kick him, as much as kiss him. I suspect Georgie felt the same way
I have a total girl crush on Georgie. She was just so much fun to hang out with. She was tough when she needed to be, but wasn’t afraid to show her softer side. She made no apologies for who she was. Andrew was Georgie’s complete opposite. Stiff and gruff, nothing seemed to make the man smile. While I loved Andrew and his evolution during the story, Georgie was the real hero. She just had it all. More females in romantic comedies should take a page out of Georgie’s playbook. You don’t have to be a ditz to be endearing.
The storyline is a bit predictable, yet still perfect. It has a bit of a slow burn to it, but the simmering serial tension keeps it hot. Overall, this is another five star boom from Lauren Layne.