Updated: Jan 22, 2021
Yours in Scandal
by Lauren Layne
Published by Montlake
Book #1 in the Man of the Year Series
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?
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Rom-Com Feel Good
Yours in Scandal is the first book in the Man of the Year series, and Lauren Layne's newest book! I love Lauren Layne's romances, so I was so excited she released a book so soon after concluding her Central Park Series with Marriage on Madison Avenue. The Man of Year series will each star a man who has been recently labeled as Man of the Year by Citizen Magazine. This first book centers on the youngest New York mayor Robert Davenport, finishing up his second term, and on the fast track to run as Governor, and Adeline Blake, an up and coming Event Planner, and the daughter of the current Governor, and Robert's future opponent.
I really enjoyed Yours in Scandal. It's a short read. I was able to finish it in a day, but its a good book. It's not my favorite of Lauren Layne's work though. The story is great, it flows from different narratives nicely, and the story doesn't feel stagnant at any point. Lauren Layne knows what she is doing, and it's evident in all her work. I think the only thing that bothers me, is that Adeline and Robert's story is so short, they don't really have the time together is takes to build up to loving each other.
The characters are well-written and likable. It's easy to like Robert, a politician who believes in morals, and wants to make his late father, who was also a politician, proud. Charming, funny, and intelligent, you understand why Adeline falls for him. Adeline is a more complex character. She grew up in politics, like Robert, but her childhood was not good, leading her to distrust politicians as a whole. Her wild antics when she was younger are the biggest hurdle in this book. She falls for Robert, but knows she will destroy his career if he is seen with her. Robert knows this too. How they eventually overcome it is sweet, and satisfying for both characters, which I love.
Yours in Scandal may not be my favorite, BUT the story is great, and the characters are fun to read. Their wit and charm are evident in the dialogue, and the chemistry bet