Updated: Jan 22
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 between Robert and Addie is there. It's a short, steamy but sweet romance that you won't regret picking up.
Top 3 Favorite Moments
1. Robert giving Addie a bottle of Excedrin because he broke his promise of being an Excedrin-free client.
2. Robert visiting Addie on Halloween, when she was wearing the "naughty" nurse costume. Their first kiss.
3. Addie meeting Robert at his place, knowing that he was sad about his last term as Mayor ending
4. (bonus) Robert announcing that he wasn't going to run for Governor, because he wants to focus on other parts of his life, especially his relationship with Addie.
5. (bonus) The epilogue
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Martin: "So. How does it feel to be listed in the same company as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Hugh Jackman?"
Robert: "Utterly absurd. Actually, no. Make that painfully ridiculous."
Robert: "Explain to me why my relationship status is relevant."
Martin: "A single, twenty-something mayor-elect is a bachelor. A single, mid-thirties ex-mayor is just sad."
Addie: "Headache potential. I like to evaluate potential clients based on how many Excedrin I think I'll need at the end of the event."
Robert: "How am I doing on that scale so far?"
Addie: "To be determined."
Martin: "If anyone's got dirt on Brennan, it's her. And I'd bet both nuts she'd be the only one bold enough to spill the dirt."
Robert: "You had a vasectomy. Do you even need the nuts?"
Martin gave him the finger.
Robert: "Ah. Politics. I'm vaguely familiar."
Robert: "She's a client of yours?"
Addie: "I normally wouldn't confirm or deny, but since Mrs. Manchester already mentioned as much herself, she's hoping we'll take her on as a client, yes."
Robert: "I see. And how many Excedrin worth is she?"
He leaned forward and lowered his voice to a conspiratorial whisper.
Robert: "I bet lots. Way more than me."
Addie: "Oh, trust me, that's very debatable."
Addie: "How is Mrs. Davenport?"
Robert: "She's great, thanks. Happy, healthy, shaking up with a not-so-secret boy toy in Florida."
He waggled his eyebrows.
Addie: "My kind of lady."
Robert: I'm a regular person."
Robert: "All right, fine. I'm exceptional."
Addie: "Points for honesty."
Robert: "Do you think I'm on a date with this woman?"
Addie: "Mr. Mayor."
Server: "No, sir, I do not."
Robert: "And why's that?"
Server: "She just called you Mr. Mayor."
Robert: "My thoughts exactly. Not very romantic, is it?"
Server: "No, Mr. Mayor."
Adeline rolled her eyes at him as the server filled both their glasses and left them alone once more.
Addie: "Do you flirt with everyone?"
Robert: "In politics we call it schmoozing."
Addie: "Well, schmoose someone else. I'm here to do a job."
Addie: "Honestly, how you've avoided getting dragged down the aisle is beyond me. You're like George Clooney before he met Amal."
Robert: "Maybe I just haven't met my Amal yet."
Robert: "Well, holy hell. Look who was finally released from the shackles of early matrimony."
Kenny: "If that's what you call a honeymoon, it's no wonder you're still single."
Kenny: "I can't stand Martin. I wouldn't tell him if a bird pooped on his shoulder."
Kenny: "I know what Addie Blake looks like. I may be married, but I'm not blind."
Robert ground his teeth.
Robert: "She doesn't look like that anymore."
Kenny: "No? Better with age?"
Kenny tilted his head back and laughed.
Kenny: "Oh my God. You've got a thing for her."
Robert: "I do not. I don't even ... I don't." he insisted with a glare at the still-laughing Kenny.
Robert: "Well, see, you're sort of proving my point. You don't mince your words around me. You don't get flustered. Hell, I'm not even entirely sure you don't dislike me. The fact is, Ms. Blake ... you're rather refreshing."
Addie: "You like me because I don't like you?"
Robert: "Could that have been ... a compliment?"
Addie: "If I ever compliment you, you'll know."
Robert: "If. Ouch."
Addie: "Don't worry. You strike me as a man who enjoy's a challenge."
Robert: "I can't figure out if you're being deliberately obtuse or if my game is really that stale."
Addie: "It was just dinner. Pizza."
Jane: "That's even worse! It's so intimate."
Adeline glanced over at her calmer friend.
Addie: "Please tell her there's nothing intimate about Italian sausage."
She winced as she caught herself.
Addie: "Yeah, I heard it."
Addie: "What the - How did you get in here?"
Robert: "Ah, so you did need pills." he said softly, pointing at the painkillers."
Addie: "Apparently, though surprisingly, not because of you." she said, dumping two white capsules into her palm and washing them down with water. She let out a groan when he ambled all the way into her office and plopped into the chair across from her.
Addie: "Surely you have somewhere else to be. Ribbons to cut, medals to reward?"
Robert: "You're extra sharp when you're hungover. I quite like it."
Robert: "Drink that."
Addie: "You could have bossed me around via email, you know!"
Addie: "You're paying me for a service."
Robert: "Tawdry phrasing, Ms. Blake."
Addie: "Only if you interpret it like a perv, Mr. Mayor."
He choked a little on his champagne.
Robert: "See, this is why I need you around. I don't think anyone's every called me a perv in my life."
Addie: "Did you seriously give your bodyguards the slip?"
Robert: "It's weird, they don't seem to approve of me trapping pretty women in darkened hallways while carrying booze."
Addie: "Very odd."
Addie: "Go ahead. Point, laugh, make judgments. Just be quick about it."
Finally, he managed to drag his eyes up to her face.
Robert: "I apologize."
Addie: "For what?"
Addie: "It's ridiculous. I know."
Robert: "What, ah - what are you supposed to be?"
Addie: "A nurse, obviously."
Robert: "Obviously. Actually, no. I had knee surgery a couple of years ago, and I distinctly remember the nurses looking not like that."
She snapped her fingers by her face.
Addie: "Mr. Mayor. Up here."
He let out a laugh and ran a hand through his hair.
Robert: "Sorry. I just ... Are you wearing anything under that? No. Don't answer that. What were you saying?"
Addie: "Actually, how are you even here? I know for a fact I've never given you my home address.
Robert: "Perk of being the mayor?"
Addie: "A legal perk?"
Robert: "We'll call it a loophole."
Addie: "Is it something to do with Rosalie -"
Robert: "Goddamnit, will you stop bringing her up?"
Addie: "You're the one who asked for her phone number! And now I feel like you're mad at me for doing exactly what you asked."
Robert: "I'm not mad. I'm just ... What the hell, Adeline?"
Robert: "You want to know why I'm mad? It's because up until you gave me her phone number, I could believe that you felt what I was feeling. That you thought of me as often as I thought of you. That you enjoyed my company as much as I enjoyed yours."
He lifted his hand to her face and lightly dragged the tip of his finger from the base of her ear along her jawline until it rested under her chin.
Robert: "You see, when a woman sets a man up with her friend, he has no choice but to think her indifferent to him. To assume that it doesn't bother her in the least to think of him dating her friend, kissing her friend, making love to her friend."
He stepped closer until there were mere inches separating them.
Robert: "Rosalie is all the things you said. There's just one problem."
Addie: "What's that?"
Robert: "She's not you."
Robert: "Please what?"
She bit her lip and remained stubbornly silent.
Robert: "Please what?"
Her eyes closed.
Addie: "Please touch me."
Robert: "Please touch me ... who? Say my name, Adeline."
Addie: "Mayor Davenport."
He let out a surprised laugh.
Robert: "Good enough. For now."
Addie: "Politicians aren't exactly known for their exemplary personal lives. Mistresses have been fairly de rigueur throughout our history."
Robert: "Jesus. This was a fucking mistake."
Addie: "Mr. Mayor ..."
Robert: "See, that's the problem. You've got it in your head that all politicians are shit, and that's all you see me as, isn't it? An elected official, a figurehead."
Addie: "You are an elected official. You're the mayor. A governor hopeful. A for-life politician, who'll never not be in the spotlight."
Robert: "I see. And I'm not worth the burdens that come with that?"
Addie: "We're so different."
He reached out and plunged his hands through her hair, tilting her face up to his, his eyes burning into hers.
Robert: "That's just the thing, Adeline. I don't think we're all that different. I'm not a machine, and I'm not a puppet. I'm a man. I breathe, I think, and damn it, I feel."
He dragged his thumb over her lip, before he took a step back and released her.
Robert: "I'm a man. Figure out what you want to do about that."
Addie: "Mr. Mayor -"
Robert: "Still with that? You've seen me naked. I think we're in a first-name kind of place."
Robert: "Jesus, Addie. You're ... you're ..."
Robert: "Want something?"