Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame

by Lauren Layne

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Overview

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the 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.

Praise for Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame is everything we have grown to love about Lauren Layne. It’s fast-paced, the characters are layered, and the chemistry always smolders.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

“I have three words to describe Walk of Shame: fun, fun, fun! . . . There’s nothing sexier than seeing Andrew lose control.”—Harlequin Junkie (top pick)

Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:
IRRESISTIBLY YOURS
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
I THINK I LOVE YOU

Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:

The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS

The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY  | BROKEN | CRUSHED

The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399182082
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Series: Love Unexpectedly
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 203
Sales rank: 3,282
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lauren Layne is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

Read an Excerpt

Georgie
Tuesday morning

Let’s talk about five a.m. for a second.

Also known as the worst hour of the day, am I right?

Here’s why:
If you’re awake to see five in the freaking morning, it means one of a few things, all of them heinous.

Scenario one: You’re on your way to the airport for an early morning flight. Heinous.

Scenario two: You’ve been out all night, and now your vodka buzz is fading, and you’re just sober enough to realize that the rest of your day will likely involve Excedrin, carbs, and indoor voices. Heinous.

Scenario three: You’ve got a crap-ton on your mind, and you’re lying awake in bed, staring at the ceiling, hating your life. Maybe hating yourself a little bit, I dunno, who am I to judge? Heinous.

Now brace yourself, because scenario four is the most heinous of them all: You’re awake at five a.m. because you’re an uptight prick whose schedule is even more rigid than your posture, and your life is an endless string of working out, the corner office, repeat. You’re also likely the type of person who subsists on protein shakes and kale smoothies, and you have been known to utter the phrase the body is a temple, thus solidifying what we already knew about you.

You have no friends.

But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

See, it’s five a.m., and I, Georgie Watkins, am . . . kind of excited about it.

I know. I know. Four months ago I’d have bet my favorite vintage Chanel bag that there was exactly zero chance I’d actually look forward to the ghoulish hour of five in the morning.

And yet here we are.

I guess you could say there’s a scenario five on reasons to be up this early.

“Good morning, Ramon,” I sing, pushing through the revolving doors of the luxury high-rise on 56th and Park, the place I call home.

The concierge/security guard/all-around good guy glances up and gives me a friendly smile. “Ms. Watkins. Good morning.”

Usually the massive front desk is a bustling, busy affair. Starting at around seven, an army of well-dressed concierges will be smoothly facilitating the needs of impatient residents, as tiny dogs let out sharp, high-pitched barks of greeting from their Louis Vuitton carriers.

But that’s later.

Right now, the luxurious lobby is mostly silent, with just the lone overnight guy working the front desk, holding down the fort until the day guys arrive to handle the morning crush.

My new Tory Burch clutch tucked into my armpit, I hold up the box in my hands and waggle my eyebrows.

“Brought you something.”

Ramon’s smile grows wider, brown eyes lighting. “My wife says you’re going to make me fat.”

“Tell Marta that the dad bod is totally in style right now,” I say, setting the box of donuts on the counter and lifting the lid. “Unless, of course, you don’t want a maple bacon donut?”

Ramon is already reaching inside the box, shaking his head in reverence as he lifts the sugary treat. “Still warm.”

“Well, technically the shop doesn’t open until five, but I’m such a loyal customer, they let me in a bit early,” I say, surveying the array of donuts and trying to decide if I’m in a chocolate kind of mood or if I want to risk the powdered sugar one.

Since my Alexander McQueen minidress is black (the archnemesis of powdered sugar), I reach for the chocolate as I set my clutch on the counter and fish out my phone: 4:58 a.m.

Two more minutes.

“How’s Marta dealing with the pregnancy of baby number three?” I ask, taking a bite of the donut and shifting attention back to Ramon, who’s already polished off his donut and is contemplating a second. I nudge the box toward him.

“She’s good,” he says. “Excited that we’re finally having a girl.”

“A girl!” I say, reaching across the counter and squeezing his massive forearm. “Congratulations, I hadn’t heard!”

“Just found out yesterday,” he says with a happy smile, apparently deciding that the occasion calls for another donut.

“Oh my gosh, I have the perfect baby gift,” I say, nibbling at a piece of my donut. “I saw this adorable Burberry onesie in Bergdorf’s the other day, with this precious little red bow—”

“Yes, because that’s what every infant needs,” a low voice interrupts. “A four-hundred-dollar piece of fabric that needs to be dry-cleaned. Don’t be ridiculous, Georgiana.”

I don’t have to look at my clock to know what time it is.

Five o’clock.

On the dot.

Not even bothering to turn around, I roll my eyes as my red nails tear off another piece of donut and pop it into my mouth. “Ramon, do you think you could talk to maintenance about adjusting the temp? It just got a little cold in here.”

Ramon’s been working here long enough to know my request isn’t for real. He’s not even paying attention to me. He’s already set his donut aside and has straightened up, practically saluting the newcomer.

“Mr. Mulroney. Good morning, sir.”

“Mr. Ramirez.” The voice is low and serious, a touch impatient, although not quite rude.

You know that adage that you catch more flies with honey? I’m not so sure it’s true. I bring donuts to the front desk guys just about every morning, and they adore me. I know they do.

But they respect him.

Giving in to the inevitable, I finally let my eyes flick to the side, my gaze colliding with a stern brown scowl.
I put on my widest, sparkliest smile, only because I know it drives him crazy.

As always, I see a muscle in his jaw twitch as I flutter my eyelashes.

“Good morning, Andrew,” I say sweetly.

“Georgiana.”

I resist the urge to roll my eyes. Only my late grandmother has ever called me that, and I’m pretty sure that’s because I was her namesake. Everyone else calls me Georgie. Well, okay, not everyone. Ramon and the other guys still insist on calling me Ms. Watkins, but I’m working on it. See: daily donuts.

I smile wider and push the box in Andrew’s direction. “Donut?”

His lip curls. In case you haven’t already gotten a read on this guy, he’s the type that sneers at donuts.

He lifts a boring black travel mug. “Already have my breakfast.”

“Blended-up quinoa sprinkled with a few bits of spinach and pretension?” I ask.

“Whey powder protein shake.”

“Sounds immensely satisfying.”

He takes a sip of the nastiness and watches me with cold brown eyes. “The body is a temple, Georgiana.”

There it is.

Full circle to my above commentary about what sort of people are up and about at five a.m.

Me? I’m the one just coming in from a night out, although I’m pleased to say that at twenty-six, I’m a lot better at it than I was at twenty-two, and no longer feel the need to drink myself into oblivion. A few glasses of champagne is my usual limit, and never past two a.m., so I’m perfectly sober at the moment. Fortunately, unfortunately . . . not sure yet.

Him, though?

Well, you already know which type of five a.m. person he is. Scenario four.

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.

I turn back to Ramon, who’s once again picked up his donut. “You don’t have to kiss his butt, you know.”

Ramon gives the slightest smile. “I do if I want a Christmas bonus.”

I lay a hand over my chest in mock affront. “You don’t kiss my tush, and I’ll still give you a Christmas bonus.”

“Respectfully, you’re a bit different from most of our residents, Ms. Watkins.”

“Does that mean you’ll call me Georgie?” I ask hopefully.

He merely smiles wider. “Enjoy your morning, Ms. Watkins.”

I sigh. “Thought so.” I push the box of donuts toward him. “Give these to the other guys when they come in. And don’t forget to take one home to Marta.”

“Will do, and thank you.”

I pluck my cranberry-colored clutch off the desk and walk backward toward the elevator, not even the slightest bit unsteady in my sky-high Jimmy Choos. “Enjoy your ‘weekend,’” I tell Ramon, knowing that although today’s Tuesday, Ramon has Wednesday and Thursday off.

When I step into the elevator, the button for the eighty-sixth floor is already lit up, courtesy of Ramon and the building’s fancy tech. I give a happy sigh and start to anticipate the prospect of crawling into bed and getting a few hours’ sleep before I have to be at my hair appointment at four.

And if for a second my mind registers the depressing thought that the most exciting part of my day has already come and gone?

I push it away.
 
 

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like just about every thing she writes, but this book really kept me hooked! There are a lot of little details that elevate this book from your average romance to great! I am not going to give away details, just pick it up and enjoy!
gaele More than 1 year ago
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. I purchased a copy of the title for my own library, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. I was not obligated nor compensated for this review.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Fun book.
Anonymous 18 days ago
interesting
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
Perfection!!! WALK OF SHAME is just the right blend of everything I love in a book. It is a delightfully funny, feel good story. It has great writing, witty dialogue, memorable characters and the story immediately drew me and I never wanted it to end. Georgiana (Georgie) Wilkins is a socialite. She doesn't work, she just enjoys life. She stays out all night and sleeps during the day. She spends her time shopping, having her hair done, working on charity events and going to clubs with her friends. She is fun loving, has a bubbly personality and she gets along with everyone. She is the exact opposite of Andrew Mulroney. Andrew is an uptight attorney who lives in the same upscale building as Georgie. Every morning they pass each other as Andrew is leaving for work and Georgie is coming home from another fun night on the town. Andrew is the most famous divorce attorney in the city. He is also a workaholic and follows a rigorous schedule. He sneers at Georgie's frivolous lifestyle and Georgie loves to say things to get under Andrew’s skin. It is highly entertaining as they lobby snarky remarks as they pass each other every morning. Andrew thinks Georgie is self indulgent and useless yet, he can't help but notice how attractive she is. There is a lot of sexual tension and verbal foreplay between Andrew and Georgie and they are confused by what they are feeling. Andrew is super smart, formal and hard working. He is the total opposite of Georgie’s friendly, relaxed demeanor. Andrew has never met anyone like Georgie and isn't sure how to act around her or what to say. Even though they are the exact opposite, they are good for each other. Georgie helps Andrew loosen up and Andrew helps Georgie take life more seriously. It is fun watching these two together and I also enjoyed the entertaining secondary characters. Perfection! Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid Lauren Layne, definitely fun, definitely emotional, definitely great characters. Nowhere near my favorite, Blurred Lines, but good. Wish there had been more insight into Andrew. Loved his character, but felt we were just getting to know him.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you just need to read a love story that renews your belief in the HEA endings that make you sigh, and smile, and whistle a happy tune. Walk of Shame is a perfect bedtime story for modern big girls and sweet dreams.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I enjoyed book, did feel that Georgie and Andy belonged together, regardless of their differences. I have to say that I was frustrated with them, he was 30 and she was in her 20's, but they acted like children. If they would have just spoken up, they could have avoided so many difficult emotions. I do understand that they were vulnerable, but just open your mouth, and get it over with. Regardless, I did enjoy, and am looking forward to next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne always gets it right!
rturn More than 1 year ago
Loved, Loved, LOVED IT! I didn't realize this book was coming out, so when I saw it as a new release I had to have it. I read this book in about 4 hours, I was immediately connected to the characters and their love hate relationship. Georgie wasn't a vapid, brainless character, and Andrew was the awkward brainiac that you love to root for. I wish the epilogue had been more about them and less of an update of those around them, but it still felt complete the way it was written. Another great story by Lauren!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Georgie is the cutest - one of my favorite characters ever. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my go-to authors with a fun story of Georgie and Andrew.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Walk of Shame, Lauren Layne Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,  I loved Lauren's Oxford sereis, so really looked forward to this one. For me though it was a disappointment. Looking at early reviews I see lots of readers love it yet quite a few like me didn't.  Georgie, she's not the usual type of heroine. I liked her cheery outlook, her friendliness and her general kindness to others. This character in books is usually the opposite to all that, though I'm not complaining, its what makes many books special ;-) I think for me Georgie lacked any real character though, she seemed all light and fluffy, no real depth to her, just partying along, spending time shopping, lunching, gossiping, its all so vapid and hard to make a character with any depth of of one like that.  Then there's Andrew, totally her opposite, and again we could see why he was that rigid persona, but it made it very hard to see what the connection was between the two, how they could make a relationship work. The colour red is a very tenuous connection... I liked Andrew in the same way as I liked Georgie, but didn't see how either of them would work in a relationship, they have little in common, don't really know anything about the other, and I didn't feel that magic crackle of attraction. I love the slow build up, the gradual dawning that each likes the other, then slowly they meet more and more and that deepens. None of that here. just some snark and lust and that doesn't make a relationship.  I didn't dislike the book, just found it a hard read, didn't get properly engrossed in it and kept putting to one side. I know its not one I've really enjoyed when I find myself glad I've reached the end...One of those reads that's well written but where the actual story just doesn't cut it for me.  Stars: Two. :-( Sorry Lauren, loved other books of yours but not this one. Still, there's lots of other  readers for whom its perfect.  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Lauren wrote a great sexy escape. Fun story
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
Georgie Watkins is as sweet as the donuts she provides the morning security crew in her upscale apartment building. She’s fun and loving, and everyone she meets just seem to love her. Well, MAYBE not everyone. Andrew Mulroney is disciplined, smart, and not very tolerable. A former child genius, he knows what it feels like to be the odd-man out, and he’s just fine without a entourage of friends. He runs a tight schedule in his work and personal lives; no matter how much she tries, he refuses to let Georgie get under his skin with her irresistible charm. At least that was the plan. Some plans work out…others, not so much so. Frenemies from the moment they meet, neither can resist tugging at the other’s strings. Georgie knows how to get Andrew’s attention, and eventually, she wants to keep it. A high profile lawyer for the rich and famous, he’s careful about the company he keeps, but Georgie is not one to be ignored. Their encounters are just as regular as Andrew’s schedule, and each one made me smile and/or laugh out loud. Just their verbal exchanges had me hooked, and there wasn’t one character that didn’t charm me. I was immediately pulled into their world. I clung on to every word, and embraced every scene. On the surface Georgie is the typical socialite. She spends her days shopping and her nights partying. But underneath all that perceived bubble-headedness is a beautiful, warm-hearted, caring, loyal person. Andrew is truly her opposite. He has a hard, tough, seemingly arrogant personality; but it’s not who he truly is. He just has problems expressing himself, something he learns full-on dealing with Georgie. I absolutely love these two! The plot is fresh, the flow is smooth, and the pace is perfect; so if you think for one moment that I’m going to suggest for you to NOT read this book, then “you are ridiculous.” You should definitely grab and copy and clear your schedule. “That’s how you’ll know” that Layne is one of your new favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love a good hate-to-love story, then you will LOVE THIS BOOK. You won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne is incredibly witty and her characters exude warmth, wit, humor, and amazing depth of character. I read a lot of books by many amazingauthors, but I count down the days for her new books to come out. This book did not disappoint. It will leave you with a HEA glow.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
As with each book Ms Layne writes, I was captivated from the onset, drawn in to the nature of the characters creating emotions in an instant. Yet this story had a different tone to it than her others, with its carefree nature that was juxtaposed to its stringent aspect...perfectly describing Georgie and Andrew in that order. The counterpoint to her breath of fresh air persona was his logical well orchestrated personality. Their's was a rising to nearly boiling point attraction, denied by both long enough to create tension and an explosive chemistry. The build up to their coming together left me holding my breath at times, then whooping with joy at others...only turning it around and making my heart sigh. Georgie and Andrew have to be one of my favorite couples...and this author is well know for creating some very memorable ones, all from what I perceive to be her vivid, romantic imagination. In Georgie Andrew found the gentle loving nature that he needed, all brought to life through this author's creativity, making them a couple not easily forgotten. The descriptions of Georgie's bubbling, laugh at her self perceptions was enough to bring her to life in my mind's eye. Andrew's stodginess (Georgie's charming tag) was so well created, it led to the visual of him as clear as if he was standing before me, scowl and all. Georgie's first person narrative was genius...her inner monologue was tremendously wry, snappy, and full of wit with clear insight into human nature. Her outlook on life through her inner musings was entertaining and one of my favorite things about the story. The hilarity in her wonderfully wondering thoughts drove the course of the story, keeping it fresh and moving smoothly through to the HEA end. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
cordee More than 1 year ago
✬✬✬ 4.5 PERFECTLY RIDICULOUS STARS ✬✬✬ *Slow clap & grinning broadly* That's what I'm talking about! This is what I want to see from Lauren Layne, that tongue in cheek humor with a little angst on the side. Her stories have been a mixed experience for me but if this author gets it right, it's amazing. Georgie is a socialite, she goes out, has fun, does fundraisers and charities and at the end of the day...err...night, at 5 AM in the morning she expects to see her stodgy neighbor, Andrew Mulroney, divorce lawyer and uptight jerk. That man seriously needs to loosen up. Andrew follows a strict regimen. Every day, Andrew gets up, gets dressed and prepares for the day, which includes working out and meeting his ridiculous neighbor Georgiana at 5 AM when she comes home from another party. You could say they have a standing appointment neither of them knows about. What she doesn't know, though, is that he actually thinks she is sweet and kind. When he is dragged into a party by Georgie's best friend and against his will they have an actual proper conversation, which - of course it had to - ends on a dare. Georgie would spend a day in Andrew's life and he will prove that she doesn't fit into it. Game on! This was such a wonderful celebration of love and life itself. Georgie is an amazing heroine with a big heart and positive outlook on life. She is kind to everyone she meets, even Andrew, although he rubs her to wrong way. After all, she knows that he doesn't hold her in the highest regard. Or does he? Andrew is totally clueless when it comes to Georgie. She is so far out of his league that he doesn't know what to do with her. It was adorable to see him struggle with his own feelings and his confusion that he liked her so much - the complete opposite of himself. Being highly intelligent and more the thinker than the feely-touchy type he isn't very good with women either. Scratch that, sometimes he is downright socially awkward and spouts some silly things which can actually hurt the receiving end of his barbs. Which most of the time is his sweet neighbor. The witty banter between the main characters, which is a trademark of Lauren Layne's stories, was my favorite thing in this book. I really loved how they always tried to one-up each other. Georgie had a good and reasonable head on her shoulders, which made me fall in love with her even more. I adored Andrew, especially when he got out of his head and let the feelings flow. He also had a decisively bossy side to him, which was rather hot. I love this author's stories when she gets them right and this one was definitely a winner for me. Dear Ms. Layne, please keep writing wonderful books like this one and I'll be your forever happy reader.
CorinaHEA More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of ‘opposite attract’, and after reading the blurb I knew I had to read this book. It was FUN, SEXY, LIGHT-HEARTED and had great banter. I love opposite attract – it usually starts with great banter, sexual tension and leads to more fun along the way. In Walk of Shame I started to adore Andrew Mulroney from the very first moment. He, a divorce lawyer of the rich and famous, was so stuffy and seemed to have NO humor at all. But behind the scenes, he was adorable. Georgianna Watkins, a wealthy socialite in Manhattan, was easy to love. She was genuinely good, even so she liked to party, she was a trust fund baby and bubbly and fun to be around – like I said she was incredibly easy to like and I would kill to have her as my BFF. Georgianna and Andrew seemed to be like oil and water. Nothing Georgie said made an impression on Andrew. He thought she was RIDICULOUS – perfectly ridiculous.:D I loved Andrew. He worked so HARD. All he did was work, went to the gym, and worked some more. There was no fun or light-heartedness anywhere in his life- that’s why Georgianna was so PERFECT for him. She was the easy going girl, sexy, sweet, seemingly immune to his grouchiness and she brought a smile to his lips. I LOVED how both were secretly scheduling their times in such a way that they would pass each other in the lobby each morning. It was ADORABLE!!! Andrew and Georgie were such a wonderful and cute couple. They were clearly opposite in their personality but that didn’t mean that they weren’t perfectly matched because of it. Georgie gave Andrew a part that was dearly missing in his life. Someone to come home to, to cook, to sit and curl up on the coach with. Suddenly his life was not all about work and gym. It didn’t surprise me how easy it was for Georgie to change her priorities. She was ready for a guy in her life – she was ready for Andrew. Lauren Layne never failed to deliver heroes I fall hard for. Andrew was such a grouch. He kept his feelings and emotions so tightly locked that it took Georgie quite a while to break through his walls. But Georgie was everything else than a quitter. She was fine with taking baby steps, and her strategy was definitely working out for her. I loved watching these two completely opposite people fall head over heels in love with each other Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4) by Lauren Layne was such an “enchanting” story that I read it in one sitting. You couldn’t have pried it from my hands.
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
There are truly not enough adjectives to describe this book! Funny, sweet, sexy, touching, enchanting, colorful, frustrating, brilliant...I obviously could go on and on. The ultimate opposites attract couple; her the friendly, bubbly party girl versus him, the stoic, serious, stodgy divorce lawyer. Truly nothing in common on the surface but you root for them from page one. I laughed, I wanted to punch them both, I cried, I wanted to hit Andrew, I wanted to shake Georgie...and I could Not. Put. It. Down. Not only is this my very favorite Lauren Layne book now (and that's saying something...sorry Lincoln!) but it's the best book I've read all year! This will be one of those stories that I read again and again...and again. Loved it :)
LaurenOBN More than 1 year ago
I loved Georgie. She was so much fun. She was three-dimensional, complex character. She was probably my favorite character of LL’s to dates. Andrew was a tough nut to crack though. While I really liked him, it was harder to love him. I totally LOVED him too, but it wasn’t insta-love for me. The dislike for each other and sexual tension between the two for the first half of book was just so enjoyable. I just loved everything about this book. I kinda want to read it again. Actually, if it comes out on audio, I’m so listening to it.
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect rainy or just a blah day book. Walk of Shame is a book that celebrates fairytales, while still being completely believable and reflective of modern romance. I found Georgie, our heroine, a breath of fresh air. On the surface Georgie is a shallow party girl who has no shame for her boozy floozy lifestyle. She is also a very nice person who cares about everyone she encounters and goes out of her way to show her appreciation. Our hero Andrew, is a morally upright "my body is my temple" stick in the mud kind of guy. He is the kind of guy who never thinks about whether or not he cares about people outside his closest family and friends. Andrew is a cold, yet handsome, fish. I enjoyed the development of our couple's relationship from the snarky encounters in the lobby of their apartment building to their mutual spark heating into a strong romantic relationship. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romances. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story. I needed a book that I was almost positive that I would enjoy so I immediately started reading this book. Yeah, Lauren Layne's work has become an almost guaranteed good read for me. There is just something about the way she is able to blend sexy and sweet into a romantic story that leaves a smile on your face that I just cannot get enough of. This book ended up being as good as I hoped it would be. This book is listed as being the fourth book in the Love Unexpectedly series but there is really no connection between the books in this series at all. Readers can feel free to start anywhere you want with this series and read them in any order since they all function as stand alone novels. This was an opposites attract kind of story. Georgie and Andrew are very different from each other. Georgie is a socialite who spends her time working on charity events and her nights going out on the town with her friends. Andrew is a top divorce lawyer who works hard and is very regimented. Georgie and Andrew tend to see each other in their building's lobby at 5 am when she is coming home from her evening and he is leaving to work out at the gym. Total opposites. I loved the banter between Georgie and Andrew right from the start. Georgie is much more practiced at the back and forth but I loved how Andrew was able to keep up. It becomes evident quite quickly that this pair of individuals are very attracted to each other and the chemistry between then was wonderful. It was nice watching Georgie pull Andrew out of his uptight shell and I loved how perfectly ridiculous they really were together. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book is sweet, sexy, funny, and charming. I can't wait to see what Lauren Layne comes up with next! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.