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:
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
A walk of shame is a situation in which a person must walk past strangers or peers alone for an embarrassing reason before reaching a place of safety and privacy. In sports in which a penalty card—generally red in colour—is shown to a player and results in their ejection from the match, their passage off the pitch is frequently referred to as a walk of shame, especially in instances where the player looks more remorseful than angry. This is generally amplified, especially in association football, as the opposing team's supporters generally feel few inhibitions at barracking the player with abuse as they leave. It often occurs the morning after a night out at a bar, nightclub, or party. People undertaking the walk of shame are understood to have spent the night at the residence of a sexual partner (or perceived sexual partner), particularly a one-night stand. The topic is often the subject of college newspaper commentary. The "walker" may often be identified by his or her disheveled appearance and incongruous evening attire, particularly on Saturday or Sunday mornings. In exhibitionism, the walk of shame may also refer to an exhibitionist walking in public while exposed—either partially or fully naked—and trying to reach a place of safety and privacy. ..
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. 55
I read everything LL writes & this is definitely in the top 3! I love Georgie and Andrew's banter so much. Many times I'd laugh out loud! & I loved it when they stopped fighting their attraction to one another! I only wish the book had been longer. Always a sad thing when before you know it, the book is over. But worth the wait for sure! 45
Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne This is heiress Georgianna "Georgie" Watkins and celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney's story. This was a really fun and entertaining story! Georgie and Andrew are opposites but they are perfect for each other. I loved the banter and chemistry between them. I loved this story! I was was hooked from the beginning to end. The sex scenes were minimal but the ones it did have were really hot and steamy! This is a must read! So, kick back and escape into Georgie and Andrew's world. FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. 55
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. 55
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 :) 55
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. 55
I am a huge LL fan and love enemies to lovers stories so I couldn't wait for this book to be released. Georgie is a socialite who parties all night but makes sure she's back in her building's lobby by 5 am to run into her stuffy neighbor, Andrew, just to get under his skin. Andrew is a divorce attorney who lives a super structured life but makes sure he's in his building's lobby by 5 am to run into his ridiculous neighbor, Georgianna, just to get under her skin. Georgie and Andrew are opposites in almost every way but their chemistry is off the charts and the banter they have is hilarious. A secret threatens to end their tenuous relationship before it even starts. The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that while it's dual POV, Georgie's POV is in first person and Andrew's is in third person. It didn't, in any way, take away from the story but it did throw me off when the POV changed. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I loved the banter, Georgie's personality, and Andrew's commitment to his work and family. I never wanted their story end! 45
Loved this Sexy, Adorable, Charming and Fun Contemporary Romance. I always love the truly amazing ways that Lauren Layne tells a story and I think that this is her best story yet. When I started reading this I was completely engrossed in it. It was fresh, engaging, sexy and fun. They are such great characters that I wanted to be friends and hang out with them. She is truly a fantastic story teller. Georgianna Watkins was full of personality and charm. Teasing Andrew Mulroney Esquire is the highlight of her day and fuels her daydreams. Andrew Mulroney Esquire thinks Georgianna is ridiculous! He doesn't have time for women, but when he meets Georgie he is taken by the beautiful, sexy, party girl and just can't stay away from her. The verbal sparing fly between these characters and explodes into electric chemistry that is sizzling. It was fun, playful and I could feel the want and need between the two. There were so many funny parts in this, I burst out laughing at times. There was a great balance of entertaining, sexy and emotions throughout. Fantastic writing, story, characters, build and pace. All the feelings and connections pouring through me made my heart feel full and happy and it had me smiling, laughing, melting and swooning with every turn of the page. Walk of Shame is an absolute delight and I can't wait for the next book from this fantastic author. Arc provided by publisher and Tasty Book Tours via NetGalley and I voluntarily wrote an honest review. 55
I've been a fan of Lauren Layne since I discovered her books last year-and binge read them all in a week. Since then I've patiently (ok, not so patiently) awaited each new release, ready to dive in to the author's unique storytelling ways. I've enjoyed all of her books but this one had a little something extra to me and it is hands down my favorite Lauren Layne book. Georgianna was such a fun, different character. I could relate to her always finding the bright side, for always believing in happily ever afters (thanks, Disney) and just her bubbly personality overall. Georgie is so much more than the party girl she's initially made out to be. She's smart, kind and funny. I just loved her. Andrew-oh, Andrew. I fell for him hard and fast. Like Georgie, I wanted to see his smile, hear him laugh. I wanted to peel back his layers until I found out what made him tick. What I found when his layers were exposed was a sweet, shy, somewhat socially awkward man that I just couldn't help loving. He definitely is at the top of my book boyfriend list. The dialog between these two characters is sharp and witty. Each little subtle dig exposed them more to each other. I loved feeling the chemistry between them, watching them finally figure out what they really wanted from each other and deciding whether or not it was worth it. Lauren Layne has a way of creating such a community within her books that you can't help but feel you could be a secondary character. I felt like I could be friends with Georgie and her crew, that I could walk down the streets of NYC and find them in a club and they'd just welcome me in. At the same time, I feel I could work with Andrew as well. Theirs is a world I wanted to live in. I devoured this book in one sitting. It appeared on my kindle and everything else on my TBR list got pushed back a bit-and it was absolutely worth it. This is a book I'll read over and over. It made me laugh, had me swooning and had heat to boot. Lauren Layne has knocked it out of the park with Walk of Shame. I highly recommend this book. 55
Sometimes you just want to get lost in a great love story. This was the perfect story to do so. I'll admit I was a bit apprehensive at first. As much as I enjoy LL, I started with the sample of the book and was a bit turned off at how shallow Georgie seemed in the scenes with her friends at the beginning. But her run-ins with Andrew were delightfully witty and intriguing, pulling me in enough to purchase the book. I'm so glad I did. As the story develops you see more of these two characters and who they truly are because of how they bring out the best in each other. The result is a perfect love story that you can't help but fall into. 55