Sunday, January 2, 2022

Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne - ARC Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Central Park Pact comes a reverse My Fair Lady for the modern era about a pampered and privileged Manhattan socialite who must teach an unpolished and denim-loving nobody from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with the upper crust of New York City. Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.

Violet Townsend has always been a people pleaser. Raised in the privileged world of Upper East Side Manhattan, she always says the right things, wears the right clothes, and never rocks the boat. Violet would do anything for the people closest to her, especially her beloved grandmother. So when she asks Violet to teach the newly-discovered grandson of her friend how to fit in with New York City’s elite, Violet immediately agrees. Her goal? To get Cain Stone ready to take his place as heir to his family company…but to say he’s not exactly an eager student is an understatement.

Born and raised in rural Louisiana and now making his own way in New Orleans, Cain Stone is only playing along for the paycheck at the end. He has no use for the grandmother he didn’t know existed and no patience for the uppity Violet’s attempts to turn him into a suit-wearing, museum-attending gentleman.

But somewhere amidst antagonistic dinner parties and tortured tux fittings, Cain and Violet come to a begrudging understanding—and the uptight Violet realizes she’s not the only one doing the teaching. As she and Cain begin to find mutual respect for one another (and maybe even something more), Violet learns that blindly following society’s rules doesn’t lead to happiness…and that sometimes the best things in life come from the most unexpected places.

Reading a book set in Manhattan for my first read of 2022 just felt right.

And, such a perfect start to my reading year this one turned out to be.

I loved Cain and Violet. I loved their attraction, how clear it was from the beginning even though both of them fought it. I loved the slow burn of the story, although it was...and yet it wasn't, a slow burn. You know pretty quickly how they feel about one another, and so do they. The slow here is both of them giving up what they thought they wanted in order to find exactly what they actually want.

The dialogue is fabulous. It's funny and witty in places where it should be both, but it's also swoony and romantic when called for. There are also little actions that Violet and Cain make that really show, more than words, how they feel about one another.

I enjoyed and recommend this title. 

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