Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Author: Lauren Layne
Release date: 18 April, 2017
Main characters: Georgiana Watkins, It girl and all-round good egg. Andrew Mulroney, her surly neighbour and Manhattan’s most eligible divorce lawyer.
Plot: Georgie is a care-free socialite who loves life. She loves her life. However, lately it’s been feeling a little…samey? She can’t quite put her finger on it, but the highlight of her day includes hanging out in her building’s lobby and sparring with Andrew Mulroney, her neighbour in 79B. He’s so miserable and stiff – she loves to get a rise out of him. Work him up until he insults her and walks off in a huff. She doesn’t like him at all. Nope, not a bit.
Andrew is a divorce attorney and has worked damn hard to get to where he is in life. He’s focused, driven and has no time for frivolous, work-shy socialites who annoy him every morning. So what if Georgiana is able to befriend almost anyone and he can’t. So what if she actually seems like a lot of fun? Fun isn’t a word in his lexicon and he doesn’t want distractions in his well-ordered life. She’s ridiculous…
As the pair’s battle of wills reaches critical mass, they are forced to look at themselves and ask – can two people so diametrically opposed actually become friends, or more than friends? Or are they more likely to kill each other?
Why you should read it: This book was so sweet! Without being sickly at all. I loved, loved loved Georgie. Her bounciness and optimism didn’t grate – she was genuine and genuinely loved getting to know people. She was real – she gave as good as she got but also had a really sensitive side. Her exchanges with Andrew were entertaining, at times you felt her frustration with Andrew and herself, for not being able to break through his frosty veneer. One of my favourite scenes in a romance book is when either the hero or heroine falls ill (I don’t know why – that’s weird right?) because it shows some vulnerability and a different side to the character. This book had that element so I was happy as a clam!
Andrew was so cold at first – once you realise why he has no emotional intelligence, it all makes sense. He’s a good guy in dire need of someone to remove the poker from his posterior. Georgie’s just the woman to do it.
What you may not like: in the author’s own words, this book is an homage to all romances and romantic films out there. That means some wicked banter, plenty of misunderstandings and sexual tension that is off the charts. Not your bag? Fair enough. The drama is fairly low, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of action.
Rating: 4/5 for a sweet, short read with two great characters. Andrew will make you scream – Georgie will make you smile and I think we’d all love a Georgie in my life. Think of all the doughnuts…