Review: Yours in Scandal (Lauren Layne)

Yours in Scandal
Series: Man of the Year, #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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?


I’m a little bummed after reading Yours in Scandal. It was not my favorite book by Lauren Layne. She is one of my go-to contemporary romance writers and I have loved every single one of her books but this one fell short. Yours in Scandal was just okay bordering on good for me. I’m going to give you my likes and dislikes for it below.

Likes:

  • I loved Addie’s character and her back story. The whole estranged daughter of a political opponent thing was fun.
  • The romance between Addie and Robert was sweet. It was the best thing about this book. It felt like it was made for a T.V. movie.
  • Robert when he wasn’t making dumb decisions.
  • Addie’s friends. I see some fun stories coming in the future for them!
  • How all the drama and the end played out. It was cute!

Dislikes:

  • Normally, I’m not a fan of third person narration. It usually works for me in LL’s books because she’s such a great writer. Sadly, it didn’t work for me in this book. It harder for me to connect to the characters.
  • I didn’t really like Robert when I first met his character. There was something off-putting about him and I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe it was his willingness to go along with his advisor. I don’t know. I did find myself liking him somewhere in the middle (see above).
  • My biggest dislike is that the entire book just felt slow. I had to push myself to read it when normally I’m enthralled with LL’s stories.

I really wish I hadn’t struggled through the beginning of this book and had to push myself to read it because the romance and the ending were so good. I’m hoping the rest of the books in the series are stronger reads for me.

22 thoughts on “Review: Yours in Scandal (Lauren Layne)”

  1. It’s been a while since I’v read anything by LL but I’ve almost always enjoyed her books. Too bad the pacing of this one felt so slow. And it’s hard when it takes so long to warm up to one of the main characters. Too bad this one didn’t work better for you. 🙁

  2. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you, Deanna. I usually like political romance, like KA Linde’s Record series and Katy Evans’ White House duology, so this one was definitely on my radar. Don’t know if I’ll read it soon though. Great review!

    1. You might enjoy this one more than I did then. I love LL’s books normally. I’ll read the next one, too.

  3. I immediately thought that this with make a great TV show as I was reading the synopsis! I am glad that pushing through the first part of the book was a pay off at the end. I hope that the next one is that much better! 🙂

    1. Eh, it’s all right. Any of her others? LOL. Her most recent favorite of mine is The Prenup. She has a good NA series, though. I think the first book might be Broken.

    1. It’s okay. It really could have been my mood. I was thinking she would pull me out of my funk, but I think the whole politics aspect and third person didn’t do me favors. I guess I should have waited to read it. I’ll still read the next book.

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