Walk of Shame is Humorous, Subtle and Pure Fun (Review: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne)

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I have absolutely not shame in saying this: I'M NOW ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH LAUREN LAYNE. Walk of Shame was exactly what I needed to cope with and distract me from my anxiety. Seriously, I'm completely smitten and also COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTED I HAVEN'T READ HER WORK SOONER.

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 by Lauren Layne 
Rating: ★★★★★

The funny thing about Walk of Shame is that I found it on one of those interactive game apps. With a little too much free time on our hands a few weekends back, we downloaded all of said apps and are in the process of trying them all and writing up an official ranking of which are the best. I was quick to recognize Lauren Layne's name from other readers mentioning her work in passing so I settled in to give the story ago. 

Two chapters in and I realized I needed to ditch the game (temporarily) and buy the book. So, I did. I am beyond thrilled that I did because the novel itself is exactly what I was needing in real life and it reminded me that I really do enjoy specific types of romances. Walk of Shame included the variety of tropes that are necessary to keep my interest--but Lauren Layne makes these otherwise common traits and spins them into something fresh and fun.  

What makes this rom-com so appealing is not only the sparks found between our two leads, and their always sharp banter, is that I genuinely loved both of them for different reasons. They felt quite real and were thoroughly flawed, entertaining and wonderful. Lauren Layne's writing is crisp and quick to the point, leading readers into the relationship and easing us into the effect of falling in love. 

To summarize the novel: (1) OPPOSITES ATTRACT. There's chemistry. Clashing. Cuteness. And, of course, reluctant cuteness. (2) A lot of humor. It was subtle at times. No matter what, it had me go into little smirks and giggle fits. (3) Georgianna and Andrew basically invent the term enemies-to-lovers and now own the title. (4) PURE FUN.

Walk of Shame is smart, sexy, sweet and wholly unexpected. A definite must read for any romance fan. If you love Krista and Becca Ritchie, Kendall Ryan, Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren, you're going to adore Lauren Layne.  

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