Lauren Layne | Made In Manhattan

The Book: 

Made In Manhattan by Lauren Layne
Published January 18th 2022 by Gallery Books
Date read: April 6, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 2 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

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.

The Review: 

Thank you to S&S Audio for this ALC in exchange for an honest review.

Not my favorite; it didn’t feel like there was much new here. Cain never really won me over, and Violet was kind of boring. Cain’s “Dutchess” nickname for Violet was mean and kind of icky, especially when turned into an endearment. I would have liked to see more between Violet and Edith. I enjoyed To Sir, With Love a lot more. I do like this author’s writing style in general, though, and will read more by her in the future.

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