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Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne
Series: Man of the Year #1
Published by Montlake Romance on March 10, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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?
What do you do when you are getting ready to run for Governor and find the incumbent’s wild child daughter hiding out in plain sight? Well, if you are Man of the Year and current Mayor of New York City, Robert Davenport, you hire her to cater an event for you to see if you can coax a few secrets out of her.
Yours in Scandal is a very quick, fun and flirty read,with a fun chemistry between the main characters. The only downfall to the story was that it was a little superficial and didn’t dig in too deep with the characters. Still I had a good time as I watched Adeline figure out that the man who might just kick her father out of the Governor’s house is looking for a way to get her into his house and his bed.
Addie didn’t want to like Robert. She’s had plenty of experience with the shadier side of politics and went through a wild phase that was captured in all the tabloids. But that was the younger, carefree Addie. Now she wants nothing to do with the political world. But it is hard to remember why when the Robert version of politics seems so different from the life she has known. Still, she is the scandal that could ruin his chances if they are found out.
Lauren Layne does chick lit really well. This is the first book in the new Man of the Year series and it is short and sweet and that is about it. I enjoyed myself a lot while reading it, even though it is a bit on the predictable side. Like cotton candy, it melts in your mouth and is fun while it lasts but later you’re going to want something with a little more substance. Still, I always have a place in my reading schedule for books like this one, especially after a really emotional or mentally taxing read.
“You’ve never had so much as a cavity. Or been grounded. Or a gotten a pimple. Which, now that I think about it, why and how are we friends?”
“Opposites attract. Me, tiny, Asian rule follower. You, curvy, disorderly train wreck. How could we possibly resist each other?”
“I don’t understand why our best clothing has to bring out stiff behavior.”
“Strapless bras,” she said, without looking up from her notebook.
He set his water down. “Sorry?”
“The women are likely wearing strapless bras with their formal gowns. And/ or Spanx. That’s why they seem stiff.”
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