Serious, sexy, and slightly frustrating, Yours in Scandal leads off an intriguing new series from Lauren Layne. I’ve been a longtime fan of Layne’s and while I can’t say that this is one of my favorites from her, it’s a solid story and I’m absolutely looking forward to more from the series. She’s found yet another subsection of the New York City elite to write about, focusing on politics and all of the complexities that come with that world.
The story follows Robert, a young mayor who is always responsible, focused on his work and the goals he wants to achieve. His term is almost up and his advisors are thinking ahead to the next rung on the political ladder. In an effort to dig up some dirt on his rival, he’s advised to get close to the man’s daughter and see if she has any information for him. The sexy yet professional Adeline was once the wild and carefree Addie, but she’s undergone a complete transformation in the last few years. Though Robert isn’t completely on board with the plan, he’s captivated by Adeline and finds himself wanting to spend time with her. Unfortunately, getting involved with his rival’s daughter – who is no stranger to scandal – is career suicide for Robert, even if there weren’t secrets between them.
Layne’s writing is as strong as always, and she brought back the sexy with this book. I loved that Robert is a genuinely good guy, though I did find it frustrating how much he let others dictate his actions (he even allows himself to be set up with Adeline’s best friend, which was definitely problematic for me). Adeline makes an interesting heroine – she may appear demure on the outside, but her fire has never truly been extinguished. Honestly, I wish the relationship had been a little LESS tame – while I sometimes felt the chemistry, other times the book had an overly serious tone. There were a few things that bugged me, but I liked the story overall. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next with this series. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
A political golden boy and the woman of his dreams take the risk of their lives in a sexy romantic comedy of strange bedfellows and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.
Fresh off being named Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, New York City’s youngest mayor, Robert Davenport, decides it’s time to strategize. Next move: a bid for the governor’s seat. In his way: an incumbent with a flawless reputation. He also has an Achilles’ heel: an estranged wild-child daughter with a past so scandalous it could be Robert’s ticket to victory. And a charm so irresistible it could be Robert’s downfall.
Rebellion is a thing of the past for Adeline Blake. As New York’s premier event planner, she’s all about reform and respectability. Then she’s approached by Robert to organize the party of the season. Curious, considering he’s her father’s most formidable opponent. And alarming, too. Because Addie can’t help but fall for the righteously popular candidate with the movie-star smile.
Now it’s Robert’s choice. Does he pursue a future that holds his legacy? Or the woman who holds his heart?
Man of the Year #2 Coming in September!
An irresistible baseball star and a resistant hometown girl stumble into love in a flirty romance by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.
Pro baseball shortstop Carter Ramsey is about to be Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, but the only title that matters to him is out of reach: World Series MVP. Benched by a recent injury, Carter retreats to his hometown to recover. His ten-year class reunion and a potential reconciliation with the sweetheart he left behind could be perfect distractions. Until another old acquaintance throws Carter a curveball.
Olive Dunn admits that her former high school science partner is still a handsome charmer. But she wasn’t swayed then, and she won’t be swayed now. Because Olive remembers Carter’s little shortcoming: he tends to bail the moment it suits him, without a backward glance. Best to keep her feelings strictly platonic while he’s in town.
Except the entitled boy she knew is a changed man: solid, reflective, and generous. As they ease back in to their familiar friendship, things take a surprising turn, and Carter and Olive must decide if what they have is a passing flirtation or a real shot at love.