Walk of Shame is a fabulous and very creative story as told from the college student's point of view. Don't be fooled though because, in this book. we deal with real issues and travel on a journey of self discovery and find out just how it feels when you find the "one" you were always meant to be with. It is, for a lack of a better word, wonderful.
There are many reasons why I love this book.
First and foremost is that I absolutely fell in love with the H from the second that we met him. Sure, he is a complete egomaniac, but he has character - you can just feel it as you read the words. The one liners that he doles out are amazing and it makes me wish I knew him in college. Come to think of it, I did know him in college...many times over! One thing that always amazes me with Andrea's books is that she truly connects with the characters that she writes. It's almost like she is living vicariously through them, which - especially in this case, is not an easy feat. Weston, my new book boyfriend (I guess that makes me a Cougar now, sigh), is the most fratastic guy who you originally think is an a**, but then surprises the hell out of you and becomes one of the most beloved characters you will ever read. He is perfect because he is flawed and he owns it. What more could you seriously want in a guy? Plus, he is hot as hell, so that's another check in the "pro" column!
Secondly, I love how the author makes me work for the acceptance of the other MC, which, in this case, is our h, Peyton/Penny. She definitely took me a while to get used to because of her extreme feminist beliefs. In reality I hate people like this, but this is a book after all and I shouldn't be taking is so personally, right? Well, that is where Ms. Smith comes in again. With the way that she writes, she has the power to make you fuming mad when you disagree with a character, cry when that same character is hurting, and laugh with them when they finally figure out that they have been looking at everything...and everyone the wrong way. The story behind Peyton/Penny is very interesting and kept my attention throughout.
Lastly, the book was fantastic, the writing was on point, and the sex scenes were hot with a capital "H!" I know that I will never look at clowns the same way agin!
Overall, I loved this book and will definitely be giving it a second read soon. I just hope we see Weston and Peyton again - maybe in Marcus and Eva's book?!?
I really enjoyed this book. The story idea was new and interesting to me. I felt it wasn't the typical "jock - meets - nerd" that we have read before. Peyton's interest in feminism was appealing to me, as well as the fact that she was from the other side of the tracks. Weston is the hot hockey player with money, who is a typical jock with an attitude. I enjoyed the characters so much, and their passion was HOT. Plus, they are adorable and funny! And I LOVE it when the BFFs are equally as fun to read. I adored the movie quotes and references. Such great banter between Payton and her friend, Eva!!! This book also had some heavy subject matter, and I was moved by the depth of the characters and their ability to open up and share with one another.
This author always writes a great story, and this book is no exception. I highly recommend!!
My favorite funny quote:“Umm, what exactly is bootay?” I ask, quizzically. “Oh, Dear God, Peyton! It’s French for ‘bootie.’ Can you please get with the program ” -Eva
HOT quote: " I’m soaking wet for him, because of him. His kisses are deep and caring, and my hands brace each side of his face, the female in me wanting to devour him as if he’s the prey. I can’t explain it. It all seems so…primal. But with him it feels totally natural."
Weston is just your average, every day, hot as hell hockey playing hunk who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, doing his thing and trying to pass all his classes at the Ivy League College he is attending. Well, he needs a little help with his Early American Lit grade so his dad hires him a tutor named Penny Lane. Penny Lane is smart, tyrannical, sarcastic and a hot mess! Despite their differences, her and Weston slowly become friends. But, what Weston doesn't know is Penny is also Peyton, the smoking hot girl of his dreams that works at a local hangout. Peyton has a theory to prove, and poor Weston is her guinea pig of sorts. Two people from two entirely different worlds, what will happen when they really get to know each other? Can a guy that comes from wealth really fall for a girl from the poor side of town? Read and see!
This book had me rolling with laughter, but it also touched my heart. There is so much more to both Peyton and Weston and getting to know these characters was a delight. Of course there are plenty of hot love scenes and some angst to keep it all interesting. A great cast of supporting characters and plenty of witty banter and hilarious situations round out this story and make it a perfect YA romance.
If Weston's name sounds familiar, well, that's because he is the offspring of Easton and Darcy from Night Moves. Easton and Darcy along with their daughter Carson make an appearance in this book. And I have to say that thrilled me! I love Easton Matthews!
Andrea Smith knows how to tell a good story and she creates the most engaging, funny, flawed, and completely endearing characters that will stay in your heart forever.
I had the immense honor of watching this novel come to life little by little. I watched week by week as Weston and Peyton evolved into extraordinary characters. Everything I love about reading is imbedded into the pages of this book: humor, sass, sex and profound internal reflection. It doesn't hurt that I loved Weston's parents (Easton and Darcy from the G-Men Series: Night Moves) and his sister Carson that I'm hoping we'll see in a future installment.
The secondary characters were just as enthralling as the main with quick wit and well-developped character flaws. I'm also hoping that Eva and Marcus will be having their own story to tell us.
Andrea Smith's writing is pure entertainment with realistic dialogues and full-on laugh out loud moments. But when she decides to touch the strings of your heart, she won't do it half-way...she'll leave you breathless.
Bravo, Andrea, on another beautiful tale of love and self-discovery!
A MUST READ!
Okay so, YA is totally out of my element, but Andrea Smith hooked my attention from the very beginning of this read. You've got the sexy, hot Weston who is a hockey player for his college, Penny who is the nerdy tutor that is a no nonsense ball buster and Peyton. Who's Peyton? Why she is Penny of course, but Weston doesn't know that.
I love this story line! So creative, I tell ya. I knew from the first scene with Penny that she was Peyton, but that didn't mean that this read was predictable. It wasn't.
I loved the banter between Penny and Weston and Peyton and Weston. The chemistry between these characters are smoking and I loved reading about the "clown" scene. OMG, was I rooting for that scene to never end lol
I would totally recommend this book. It's funny, emotional and sexy as hell. Everything that I love in a book!
Andrea Smith in any genre is a brilliant writer. My first book by hear was Black Balled, a gritty and raw M/M, an amazing book. Then I moved on to Silent Whisper and fun mob/paranormal romance and it was wonderful. Then to Taz, and now into New Adult with Walk of Shame and I'm blown away. Here's what I love about her books. She has a signature type of humor that is uniquely her own, a voice that makes me smile, and it doesn't matter what the genre is, the heat level, the seriousness, she knows how to blend it into her writing in absolute perfection. It is no different in Walk of Shame. And oh, a book with a laugh from Andrea is a wonderful thing. Especially when she knows how to be oh so naughty as well.
The story was beautifully written, excellent pace, with engaging and likable characters. Peyton was a sexy nerd girl and Weston well he's all guy/frat/jock. But they are both searching and young, and the chemistry between them definitely hot. I can't wait to read Night Moves, especially since she let us into the moment to see where Weston comes from.
I highly, highly, highly recommend this book. It is filled with the things I look for: Likable and real characters, an interesting plot, quality writing, smoking hot love scenes and a laugh here and there. Buy it. Read it. Love it. I sure did.