Made in Manhattan

Lauren Layne

Book - 2022

"A reverse My Fair Lady tale about a pampered Manhattan socialite who must teach an unpolished drifter from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with New York City's upper crust. Somewhere between antagonistic dinner parties and tortured tux fittings, this pair of polar opposites slowly find a begrudging respect for one another--and perhaps even something more--as they adventure through the city that never sleeps"--

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Gallery Books 2022.
Edition
First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Language
English
Physical Description
295 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781982152833
1982152834
Main Author
Lauren Layne (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Violet is the quintessential socialite, having fit herself perfectly into the mold others expect—even if that means settling for a bland boyfriend, living with the decades-old décor in the apartment she inherited, or working as a volunteer assistant for her late grandmother's best friend, Edith. She agrees to help Edith's newly discovered grandson, Cain, fit in with Manhattan society so he can take over the family business. Born and raised in New Orleans, Cain resists Edith's and Violet's attempts to make over his wardrobe and manners just to prove his worth. He is headstrong, defiant, and much crasser than Violet is used to. Naturally, the attraction is undeniable from day one. In between arguments, Violet comes to appreciate how Cain doesn't define himself by other people's standards, and she sees there's more to him beneath the surface. She reflects on her own life choices and decides it's time to finally be the self she's been hiding her whole adult life. With amusing minor characters and dialogue that's both clever and steamy, Layne (To Sir, with Love, 2021) delivers a satisfying HEA with this standalone novel. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Layne (To Sir, with Love) brings a light touch to this delightful, gender-swapped My Fair Lady tale in which the city itself is a nuanced character. Manhattan socialite Violet Townsend occupies herself with charity engagements, volunteer work, and helping family friend Edith Rhodes, the soon-to-be retired CEO of a global conglomerate, to manage her daily affairs. It all fills her time, but it doesn't fill her heart, something she only discovers after meeting Edith's long-lost grandson, Cain Stone, who's poised to inherit Edith's company. Rough-around-the-edges Cain is already well established in New Orleans, and he's not super interested in getting the polish Edith and Violet think he needs to please the company's board of directors. As Violet takes him under her wing, she learns that under his gruff exterior lies sweetness and charm. Their growing connection combined with Cain's kindness to Violet's dog is sure to tug readers' heartstrings. Layne has a skill for building unique heroines, and Violet, who has anxiety about expressing herself stemming from losing her family at a young age, adds depth to this contemporary. Layne's fans are sure to be pleased. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, the Seymour Agency. (Jan.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Tasked with teaching a denim-loving nobody to fit in with New York City’s elite at the behest of her grandmother, Manhattan socialite Violet Townsend 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. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"From the New York Times bestselling author of To Sir, With Love and the Central Park Pact series comes a reverse My Fair Lady tale about a pampered Manhattan socialite who must teach an unpolished drifter from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with New York City's upper crust. Somewhere between antagonistic dinner parties and tortured tux fittings, this pair of polar opposites slowly find a begrudging respect for one another--and perhaps even something more--as they adventure through the city that neversleeps"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.