Book Review: Yours in Scandal


Lauren Layne

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

published: 10th March 2020
spoilers? nope

Goodreads

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?

Galley provided by publisher

Lauren Layne is incredibly good at writing slowburn romances, and Yours in Scandal is yet more evidence of that. But what I felt here that I haven’t generally before, was that the whole thing was just dull. Sure, I still liked it, but I was uninterested in a way I have rarely been with Lauren Layne.

Yours in Scandal is a more political romance than any of Layne’s others, if only because it involves politicians as opposed to the usual (ahem) well-off characters of her others. Here, we have Robert, the mayor of New York who, having reached the end of his two terms, is planning to run for governor. In his way is the popular incumbent, who Robert suspects is hiding a very different face behind his media image. But, as luck would have it, one of Robert’s staff has stumbled across someone who might give them the dirt, and an edge. The governor’s daughter (and ex-wild child), Addie (or Adeline as she spends a lot of the book going by).

The problem with the book was that, for me, both Robert and Addie and their relationship was wholly bland. There as nothing that made me love them or it in particular. Perhaps this is all encapsulated by the angst plotline. It’s all setting up to be this big blowout when Addie realises Robert was using her – which would have probably been dumb and involving a lot of miscommunication – but they actually end up talking everything out. Which I did like, but all that then serves to do is make the subsequent angst feel especially stupid. Because it would be ‘political suicide’ to be with Addie given her old reputation, despite the fact that it’s been several years and that Robert likely employs numerous spin doctors who could instead emphasise Addie now.

But what do I know.

So the angst ends up seeming contrived, but that would be fine, except we’re back to the characters and relationship being so bland.

I only hope the rest of the series is an improvement.

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