Title: Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 236 Pages
Rating: 3.75 Stars
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?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Lauren Layne’s brought you another new series “Man of the Year” and started it off with (not exactly) enemies to lovers romance (but close enough), YOURS IN SCANDAL.
Robert Davenport came close to the end of his second term as NYC Mayor and considering running for the governor seat, likely going head to head with the incumbent, the two-faced not-so-clean George Brennan. When Robert’s overzealous campaign manager arranged for Adeline Blake – Brennan’s disowned daughter – to plan his last party as a Mayor chemistry sparked between them. Adeline’s wild past had been the bane of his father’s existence and Robert was expected to tap her father’s dirts as much as possible as ammunition of the coming election. Politics at its best, eh. Of course, what transpired was far from expected.
Political romance is not up there on my reading preference. It’s a minefield! But somehow, Layne made the painful experience bearable to follow. Robert was that rare clean politician and deception didn’t work so well for him. Yes, unfortunately he still deceived Adeline by not revealing he knew all about her from the start. BUT not once did he took advantage of that knowledge, the fact that got me smitten, really. I could do without the a step forward and three steps back tango Robert and Adeline danced. YET, I was able to stomach it as I sympathized with the MCs’s predicament.
The little over two months time span seemed so long with the slow pace of the story, even with the alternate dual POVs shared between Robert and Adeline. Then again, the caution and lengthy pace lent believable aspect to the story, made it all the more real. What I equally loved and despaired about our lead characters was how sensible they were about the situation the sizzling attraction between them. But the icing of the cake for me was the story concluded the way I wish it to be (though the retribution I expected not included in that). I thought the grand gesture was a bit over the top – but necessary – so I didn’t begrudge them their HEA. Now if only the next installment wouldn’t be as draining to follow as this one… 😉
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.