Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact, #1)
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps. For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact, #1) Details

TitlePassion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501191572
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact, #1) Review

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet romance filled with that angst between two characters in which both have a common past that must be dealt with or their future is at stakes of being together... Let me start off by saying that I have not read a Lauren Layne novel in such a long time. And to have this beauty in my hands was just so a blessing yet a risk I was willing to take. The reason being is the last book I read from Lauren's was not actually my cup of tea so I was very hesitant to dive into this one. The risk was fo A sweet romance filled with that angst between two characters in which both have a common past that must be dealt with or their future is at stakes of being together... Let me start off by saying that I have not read a Lauren Layne novel in such a long time. And to have this beauty in my hands was just so a blessing yet a risk I was willing to take. The reason being is the last book I read from Lauren's was not actually my cup of tea so I was very hesitant to dive into this one. The risk was for sure good to take because I loved everything about this novel and much more! Romance novels to me have always been about the chemistry, passion, and connection there is between the characters, There was no exception when it came down to this beauty, because Lauren has created this new world of potential and charisma. This first installment in the Central Park Pact series is the best, and fresh cup of tea one must take when being involved and introduced to this new compelling series. In this first installment, we are introduced to Naomi and Oliver, known from each other's childhoods, they both see each other once again in the future once they are both successful as adults. Naomi is this accessory's CEO, a founder of her own company, while Oliver is an architect. In my opinion, Naomi is this bad-ass woman who needs no one to conquer the world. It is indeed refreshing to read about a character who has legitimately started from the bottom and has made it all the way to the top of the chain, the place where no one ever thought she would be at. Now as her success keeps on growing, she must come face to face with the idea of finding closure with the Cunninghams. Being put in a situation she never signed up for, and she never thought would be in after her last relationship. When confronting the truth however, she must learn that having the feelings of wanting revenge, can change a person. Time always does and she soon realizes that once she is confronted with Oliver, that youngster from before, now a handsome man who does not recognize Naomi. But is keeping that secret worth all those witty banters, special moments she steals from Oliver? Both of them together have conquered to have this fulfilling relationship of knowing each other in the best of emotional ways. Romance novels are known as well for having those sexy, steamy, intimate scenes. This story however, it's something different for sure. The intimacy that is described is nothing beyond physical. It's more in depth when it comes to these two. They have this emotional connection that as reader, is semi-refreshing to read and enjoy unlike other romance novels. I am also not saying that all romance novels that I have read in the past don't have that emotional connection that I am currently talking about, this novel just enhances that topic of having that emotional attachment and I love everything about it, and most importantly I love how Oliver feels about her; "Naomi's face tilted to his, and for a moment Oliver's breath caught with an unfamiliar sensation. Want, yes. Desire, sure. But this moment was different. Fuller somehow, as though this woman belonged to him not just for right now, not just for a night, but for always..." Overall, I truly did enjoy this novel more than what I actually thought I would. I am beyond ecstatic for Audrey and Clark's story. My fingers are itching for their novel! I am keeping my fingers crossed as well that their story is coming in book three. We already have the couple for book two which is Claire and Scott, and I am truly excited for that beauty as well!ARC galley kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review...Follow Me On:Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter
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  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    *****FOUR STARS*****{Netgalley ARC}If the kiss on Saturday had been the promise, this was the delivery. The sort of kiss that ruined a girl for all other kisses in the future.I’ve been a fan of Lauren Layne’s writing for several years now. I haven’t always loved every story she’s written, but the ratio of her books that I love definitely outweigh the ones that I did not. ”PASSION ON PARK AVENUE” went at a very slow pace for almost the first half of the book. I was worried that this was going to *****FOUR STARS*****{Netgalley ARC}If the kiss on Saturday had been the promise, this was the delivery. The sort of kiss that ruined a girl for all other kisses in the future.I’ve been a fan of Lauren Layne’s writing for several years now. I haven’t always loved every story she’s written, but the ratio of her books that I love definitely outweigh the ones that I did not. ”PASSION ON PARK AVENUE” went at a very slow pace for almost the first half of the book. I was worried that this was going to go on the shelf of books that I just couldn’t connect with but, I do love this author, so I stuck it out. Thankfully, the pace started to pick up during the second half of the book and I really did enjoy the story. This is an ”enemies to lovers” story that began when the Hero and Heroine were just young children. So many years have gone by since they last saw each other but it seems that one of them wasn’t able to move on from the past.At the heart of the ”Central Park Pact” series is the friendship that develops between three women who find out at the funeral of the man they each were involved with that, he was a lying womanizer. Instead of tearing each other down, they form a bond and make a pact to help to steer each other away from the “bad boys”.Our first Heroine to find love is Naomi Powell, a self-made billionaire. She, unlike her two new friends, came from impoverished beginnings. She lived with her single mother who made so many poor life choices. For a brief portion of her life, she lived in a luxurious apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on Park Avenue, when her mom got a job as a live-in maid. The couple had a son who was a few years older than Naomi and lived to bully her. When her mother ends up having an affair with the man of the house it eventually ends disastrously and Naomi and her mom are kicked out on to the streets. Naomi never forgot how horribly the family treated her and her mother. Fast forward to present times, and Naomi has a shot at buying an apartment in that very building on Park Avenue. Turns out that the son and father still live there and she can’t help but want to throw her success in their faces. But as she gets to know Oliver, who is no longer the bully she knew from childhood, she starts to question the grudge she’s been holding on to for so many years.Oliver was the perfect book boyfriend. He was sexy, smart, and self-sacrificing. His father was a horrible person for most of his life but when he was inflicted with Alzheimer’s, Oliver didn’t hesitate to put his life on hold to take care of him. This guy was a saint!The thing is, when Naomi moves in, she is going by a different last name and Oliver doesn’t recognize her as his nemesis from childhood, and so she doesn’t reveal her identity to him. I had a hard time warming up to her but when she starts to form a bond with Oliver’s father, my heart softened towards her as well.Naomi isn’t a believer in true love. Life has shown her that men are only after her for one thing and she believes that she will always be the “other woman”. Will her unwillingness to open her heart to love cause her to lose her true soul mate? When Oliver finds out Naomi’s true identity, will he still feel the same?Here are my overall ratings:Hero: 5Heroine: 4Plot: 4Angst: 4Steam: 3Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5”PASSION ON PARK AVENUE” releases on May 28th!Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TNiGnh
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Gallery Books for the early review copy!This book was kind of my breaking point in wishing that romance books came with ratings because I was expecting angst and steamy scenes in this but there's only one fade-to-black scene. So from now on, I'm rating romance books in my reviews, and this is definitely rated G. I enjoyed this book mainly because it was written better than a lot of romance books I've been reading. The writing was actually very nice and I never found myself caught up wi Thanks to Gallery Books for the early review copy!This book was kind of my breaking point in wishing that romance books came with ratings because I was expecting angst and steamy scenes in this but there's only one fade-to-black scene. So from now on, I'm rating romance books in my reviews, and this is definitely rated G. I enjoyed this book mainly because it was written better than a lot of romance books I've been reading. The writing was actually very nice and I never found myself caught up with cheesy dialogue or wishing something had been explained better; it was consistently pleasant, which isn't to say it was amazing, but it never hindered my reading experience. I also loved the premise of this book and the main character. Following the POV of a CEO and hearing her story of being a badass and a self-starter, especially in a male-dominated business world of NYC. I loved Naomi immediately. Her backstory set up an actually compelling story behind the enemies to lovers element of the plot that I found believable and also justifiable for her to have held a grudge all those years and still consider him trash.But though the things I enjoyed about this book were plenty, other things I wasn't so much a fan of. Firstly, the pacing of this book just didn't capture me, and I think it's a me thing and not anything the book itself did (see: there was very little actual romance/kissing/sex in this to drive my attention). I initially liked that this book focused equally on Naomi's work, friends, and romance, but by the end of the book I found myself skimming for the romance. Maybe I'm biased because I was just in the mood for some lovin, but nothing really drove the story from any of those other parts of her life, which made her drama with Oliver more elevated. I just found I wasn't super eager to pick up this book, hence why it took me over a week to read whereas I normally read romane books in less than a day. This isn't to say that the romance wasn't good. I LOVED Oliver and their banter was so witty and, again, driven by that enemies to lovers vibe that I find so addicting and great. I just didn't really care about the plot that surrounded them, which is a shame because I think the book being about a CEO was important, yet the setting of her actually working as that CEO was a bit dry. In a way, it felt like the plot of this book got side lined to make room for the romance, but the romance itself didn't really deliver on angst or steaminess, so nothing was left to keep my attention. Even so, I think this book provides a fun and empowering story with a healthy relationship that readers of non-explicit romance might enjoy more than I did. I don't think I'll finish this series, but I would definitely read more by this author if I were promised some steamy scenes.
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS Since the day he’d met her, she’d gotten under his skin, pissed him off, confused the hell out of him, and he was damn grateful for it. Naomi Powell had brought him back to life... The premise to this series is absolutely; three women realize they've been sleeping with the same man at his funeral, not realizing he's been married the entire time. There's two unknowing mistresses and the wife, who form a fascinating bond when they accidentally meet each other. I loved seeing these wome 3.5 STARS Since the day he’d met her, she’d gotten under his skin, pissed him off, confused the hell out of him, and he was damn grateful for it. Naomi Powell had brought him back to life... The premise to this series is absolutely; three women realize they've been sleeping with the same man at his funeral, not realizing he's been married the entire time. There's two unknowing mistresses and the wife, who form a fascinating bond when they accidentally meet each other. I loved seeing these women not at each other's throats and being catty, but rather putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of the lying and cheating man, where it rightfully belongs. But I digress...Passion on Park Avenue introduces us to mistress number one, Naomi. Once a girl on the wrong side of the tracks and the poor daughter of a maid that cleaned apartments on Park Avenue. Now Naomi is a strong and fiery successful business owner that can afford any apartment she wants. But then a peculiar happenstance lands her on the waiting list for an apartment in the exact building where her mother used to work and also the place that changed both of their lives forever. It also lands her in front of the boy that made her life a living hell that's now turned into a man that she's desperately fighting her attraction to.Oliver is absolutely perfection. Lauren Layne has written the quintessential nice guy but with plenty of broken edges that you can't help but fall for. Oliver is just trying to adjust to his new normal after losing his mom to cancer and now dealing with his father's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Oliver doesn't know why the woman sitting across from him in the apartment interview for the building he lives at is looking at him with so much animosity. All he knows is that he's inexplicably drawn to her, no matter how much she sasses him.Admittedly, while I understood Naomi's grudge towards Oliver, I struggled with her inability to tell him who she was. I didn't feel that this should have been something that was dragged for the entirety of the book. I struggled truly connecting to her reasoning pst the halfway mark. I did absolutely loved their slow burn road back to each other again. Two kids that hated each other years ago, now are the perfect match as adults. I loved the slower pacing of the relationship development and the additional peeks into Oliver and who he was then and who he is now. He was honestly my favorite part of the boom. I also really loved the friendship between the women and the camaraderie that they all share.I really enjoyed the story but I also couldn't help but wish there was slightly a little more romance. This is most definitely a slow burn, but I didn't feel like we get enough when they finally DO get together to satisfy my romance cravings. This missed the typical sensual sizzle that Layne's book usually have and I couldn't help but wish we got that here. Ultimately this was still a wonderfully entertaining read that I enjoyed from beginning to finish and I eagerly anticipate the next books in this series.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 'Solving the puzzle' Stars!ARC provided by the author via Netgalley.A new series from Lauren Layne about love stories in the city that never sleeps? Oh yeah, as you probably know I definitely got curious since I enjoy everything this woman writes! I am always excited when Lauren starts a new series and after reading this book, I can say I am surely ready for the other two books. I do have to say though, even though I loved this new crew of characters, I found myself a bit underwhelmed after 3.5 'Solving the puzzle' Stars!ARC provided by the author via Netgalley.A new series from Lauren Layne about love stories in the city that never sleeps? Oh yeah, as you probably know I definitely got curious since I enjoy everything this woman writes! I am always excited when Lauren starts a new series and after reading this book, I can say I am surely ready for the other two books. I do have to say though, even though I loved this new crew of characters, I found myself a bit underwhelmed after finishing this story, I was just expecting a bit more.Passion on Park Avenue is the first installment in Lauren's new series called Central Park Pact and it is focused on three women who meet in Central Park after discovering they were involved with the same man. They decide to make a pact and stop each other from falling for bad boys ever again. Naomi Powell is the protagonist of this book and she is a self-made woman, proud of what she has achieved. Her past though is still on her mind, especially when she moves in next to the people that ruined it. Oliver Cunningham does not remember her but he is decided to found all the pieces in her puzzle. Will they be able to leave the past behind and fall in love? "It's hard for you, huh?" he said with faux sympathy."What?""Dealing with your attraction to me." So, this book is definitely slow paced. The slow burn is definitely there and very well developed. The chemistry between Oliver and Naomi is beautiful when it finally starts showing. But, in my opinion, it took too long to appear. Their actual "relationship" takes too much to start and I definitely missed the climax of that slow burn. Passion on Park Avenue is surely on the sweet, lower steam side. I missed seeing more of these two as a couple, I missed having some sexy times (because I adore how Lauren writes them) and everything felt rushed in the end to me.Did I enjoy the story? Of course I did! I loved the characters, I loved the couple and I loved the theme and how it is focused in New York. I loved the friendship between Naomi, Audrey and Claire and I loved already seeing the other two heroes too (Scott and Clarke). I loved what I saw of Oliver and Naomi actually together but I wanted more. I missed seeing more their interactions as a couple and the romantic and sensual side of their relationship. Still, I enjoyed the story as a whole and I am curious to read the next two in the series. To give them a chance, he needed to get them beyond the walls of 517 Park Avenue, to show her -to show himself- that they could make it in the real world. Therefore, my rating for Passion on Park Avenue is 3.5 STARS. You all know my reasons by now if you have read the whole review. A sweet, slow paced love story of hate to love in Lauren Layne's style! I enjoyed it but I expected more. The slow burn was so great and I wanted the explosion of that chemistry and feelings more developed. As I said, I still will check out the other stories because I want to read what happens with Audrey and Clarke and Claire and Scott. CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I’ve read a number of Lauren Layne (LL) books somewhere between eighteen and twenty and there are a few things I’ve come to expect.  I always expect a thoroughly enjoyable story, an eventual HEA, a group of fun friends that are pretty hilarious and one or two steamy sex scenes.  Passion in the Park had most of this, except when it This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I’ve read a number of Lauren Layne (LL) books somewhere between eighteen and twenty and there are a few things I’ve come to expect.  I always expect a thoroughly enjoyable story, an eventual HEA, a group of fun friends that are pretty hilarious and one or two steamy sex scenes.  Passion in the Park had most of this, except when it came time for the sex scene, it was completely fade to black. I think that was the most surprising thing in this book, since it made the ‘Passion’ in the Park feel almost young adult or Harlequin.But moving onto the actual story of how Naomi and Oliver eventually fell in love. Naomi and Oliver actually met as children, young children, around the age boys are awful and pull girl's hair.  Oliver used to call her carrots and he told a lie that got her and her mother kicked out of the apartment on Park Avenue. They struggled to survive for years after that, fast-forward a few decades later and Naomi has made herself into a strong business woman and the head of her self made company.   It seems she still has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about how she grew up.Naomi is all set to move when she gets an invitation to interview for an apartment in a super exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, the very same one she and her mother were kicked out of once.  Intrigued by whatever possessed her mother to submit an application on her behalf, Naomi goes to the interview and sees none other than the hair pulling boy all grown up; she recognizes him but he has no idea who she is.  Naomi is an interesting character in that she is holding on very tightly to her roots and hasn’t really accepted where she came from.  Most of the time she projects confidence, but closure on that part of her life seems important too. Only the boy she used to know is quite a different man, and his father whom she blames for most of the situation with childhood is a shadow of the man he once was.  The closure she is looking for, just might be more of a new beginning.Like always, LL has a fun cast of characters written into her book.  I really liked the girl posse that was created by a very unusual circumstance.  Naomi with her two female besties is fantastic. They are what every girl needs to bolster her up in this unfamiliar time in her life.  Oliver is so likeable; I think that has a lot to do with his family situation at the moment and how he is handling it. Overall, I liked a lot of things in the story.  I think the steaminess of the romance would have worked so much better if the sex scene wasn’t fade to black.  But I like the family dynamic explored here between Oliver and his father that eventually included Naomi too.   
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and always look forward to her books. While Passion on Park Avenue was enjoyable, I have to admit I found it a little underwhelming.I’m going to start with the things I liked:-I loved Oliver. He was smart and sweet and loyal and I just adored him. I liked his dedication to his family, even though they had their issues. I liked the romance between him and Naomi, even if it was frustrating so I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and always look forward to her books. While Passion on Park Avenue was enjoyable, I have to admit I found it a little underwhelming.I’m going to start with the things I liked:-I loved Oliver. He was smart and sweet and loyal and I just adored him. I liked his dedication to his family, even though they had their issues. I liked the romance between him and Naomi, even if it was frustrating sometimes.-I liked Naomi’s new friends, Audrey and Claire. We actually don’t see as much of them as I expected, but I’m interested in both of their upcoming stories.-While Lauren Layne is one of my favorite Romance authors, my usual complaint with her books is that there are always a few scenes more graphic than I care for. I’m so happy to report that that was not the case with this book! There’s innuendo and suggestive talk, but there are no sex scenes and I really appreciated it. I thought it put the romantic focus much more on emotions and actual relationship details instead of just physical stuff and I found it much more meaningful.Ok, so now onto the things that didn’t quite work for me:-For a good long while in this book, I did not like Naomi at all. She just came across so shallow to me. Everything was just about status and money and expensive stuff and I just couldn’t care about it. Also, her big revenge plan was to move back into her old apartment building and then let her mom’s former employer and his son know who she was and how she had as much money as them now. I wasn’t really sure what that would accomplish? It’s not like she was buying the building and kicking them out. Or buying their business out from under them. It just didn’t make a lot of sense to me.-I also thought Naomi was an odd choice for the first book in the series. She was that brash character that always speaks her mind, even if it could be hurtful. The kind of character that is usually the main character’s best friend that you don’t really like until she gets her own book and then you get to know her better. I did eventually like her, but it took me awhile. I’m much more interested in Claire and Audrey’s stories (particularly Audrey and Clarke).-One of the subplots include the development of a tv show based on Naomi’s rags to riches story. I found that interesting, but thought it could have been explored much more than it was.Overall, I did enjoy Passion on Park Avenue. I liked the friendship and Oliver and how the romance focused more on the relationship than on the physical stuff. I felt like not a whole lot really happened in the story, though, and it took me a really long time to start caring about Naomi, so I’m giving this a little lower rating than I do most Layne books. However, I am definitely looking forward to the next books in this series.Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a longtime fan of Lauren Layne since her Stiletto series years ago and am literally obsessed with everything she writes. She has a finger on the pulse of what people want and knows how to deliver. Her banter game is strong and one of my favorite things about her stories. Naomi and Oliver were so delicious. I loved their spitfire back and forth banter and the chemistry they had in spades. I was immediately intrigued by the introduction Layne gave to this series with three women who ha I have been a longtime fan of Lauren Layne since her Stiletto series years ago and am literally obsessed with everything she writes. She has a finger on the pulse of what people want and knows how to deliver. Her banter game is strong and one of my favorite things about her stories. Naomi and Oliver were so delicious. I loved their spitfire back and forth banter and the chemistry they had in spades. I was immediately intrigued by the introduction Layne gave to this series with three women who have joined together (in tragedy) but who turned it around into a positive friendship. Passion on Park Avenue brings us Naomi Powell, who has clawed her way to the top to become one of New York City's wealthiest women. But when she sees blast from the past, and the bane (and bully) of her childhood existence, Oliver Cunningham, all her past inner feelings of inferiority come out.I really enjoyed this story as Naomi was strong and assertive and very intelligent. While I don't necessarily like secrets in stories, I felt like the story progressed nicely. I love that initially Naomi had plans to show up Oliver but life got in the way and she had to make a choice between holding onto her grudge and her feelings for him. I also liked that in this story there was more of an emphasis on an emotional connection between Naomi and Oliver as it gave her decision more of a believable feel. 5 stars! ~Ratula 
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and fun with a touch of angst. Interesting premise and good use of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I liked Layne’s 21 Wall Street Series better, but this was still a quick, easy read that had you turning pages and escaping for a few hours. I felt that Naomi's grudge was a little overblown (they were children when it happened, and I think blaming Oliver for everything was a little much). Still I enjoyed the tension it created between the two. We are introduced to two of Naomi friends who I assu Cute and fun with a touch of angst. Interesting premise and good use of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I liked Layne’s 21 Wall Street Series better, but this was still a quick, easy read that had you turning pages and escaping for a few hours. I felt that Naomi's grudge was a little overblown (they were children when it happened, and I think blaming Oliver for everything was a little much). Still I enjoyed the tension it created between the two. We are introduced to two of Naomi friends who I assume the next books in the series are about and there are hints of who their love interests will be, which I hope pan out.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    Passion on Park Avenue was fun and flirty! I absolutely adored the characters and I loved that this book had one of my favorite tropes ever, love to hate. It had a Sex and the City vibe and the way the story unfolded made it feel like a movie was playing in my head. With laugh out loud humor and moments that kept me smiling, this book was so easy to devour. So if you adore cute romance stories that also hold an emotional edge, definitely add this one to your tbr! She gave him an icy glare and tu Passion on Park Avenue was fun and flirty! I absolutely adored the characters and I loved that this book had one of my favorite tropes ever, love to hate. It had a Sex and the City vibe and the way the story unfolded made it feel like a movie was playing in my head. With laugh out loud humor and moments that kept me smiling, this book was so easy to devour. So if you adore cute romance stories that also hold an emotional edge, definitely add this one to your tbr! She gave him an icy glare and turned away, but he grabbed her arm, a little surprised by his own action. Still, he didn’t let her go. “I’m not a bad guy, Naomi.” Naomi remained stubbornly silent before letting her gaze drop deliberately to where he held her arm. From the moment we met Naomi Powell, I liked her! She was a hard worker and created her billion dollar business all by herself. She was kind yet she was jaded from her past. She always wanted to prove her worth to the Upper East Side. So when she ended up getting an apartment with her dream address, her goal seemed within her grasp. Except her neighbor was the son from the family her mother use to work for. And when they were kids, Oliver Cunningham was ruthless to her. She couldn’t resist a quick glance back over her shoulder, but Oliver had already closed the door, shutting her out. It was just as she wanted, and yet . . . it wasn’t at all. While Oliver was horrible to Naomi as a kid, he had changed as an adult. Oliver was the sweetest guy ever. He had a huge heart, he put others happiness above his own and he was so kind. His words and his gestures easily melted my heart. But I loved that he had another side to him since he could be charming and seductive. Oliver definitely didn't have any problems putting himself out there and I loved how he took control of some of their situations, sigh. And just as Naomi was pep-talking herself that she wasn’t jealous, that she didn’t care that he didn’t even seem to be aware of her, Oliver glanced over and caught her eye. And winked. And she knew, with that one should- have-been-cheesy-but-was-unbearably-sexy wink, that he was right. She was attracted. They did have a thing. And she didn’t have a clue what to do about it. While Naomi wanted to hate Oliver and his life, it wasn't anything like she thought it would be. But regardless, her memories tainted how she viewed him. Naomi kept seeing Oliver as the child who ruined her life. Even though he showed her again and again what a good guy he was. And while she held onto those thoughts, it all led to some fabulous banter. Especially since Oliver had no clue who she was. And when some of their banter was sexually charged, you couldn't knock the grin off my face! Naomi extended her right hand. “Hands in, girls, we’re making a pact, high school–style. May neither of you ever fall victim to a cheating bastard again. Not on my watch.” “And to helping each other find the right man. That’s on my watch,”Audrey said, placing her palm on top of Naomi’s hand. After a moment of hesitation, Claire set her hand atop Audrey’s. “Oh, what the hell. I’m in. To no more assholes.” One of the huge gems I always love reading about in LL's books are the friendships. Audrey and Claire were beyond fabulous and I quickly connected with them too! And while I can't wait for Audrey's story, the moment something was said, I just knew Claire's story would be next. I can't wait to pick it up! But there was a difference between this book and the 24 other LL books I have read. This story faded to black. Personally I love getting more because Lauren Layne writes the best sex scenes! She is truly gifted with writing moments that are classy but beyond scorching hot. So while I was sad that wasn't the case with this story, I'll know going into the next books exactly what to expect. “Screw it,” he muttered, taking a step toward her. She instinctively stepped back, even as her heart pounded. “Wait. Wait. You don’t even like me,” Naomi said quickly. He smiled. “Wrong. You don’t like me. I’ve never said a damn thing about not liking you.” Passion on Park Avenue would make the perfect movie that I'd binge again and again! It was funny and sweet, while also holding some more emotional moments. And between the friendship, banter and jealousy this book was so entertaining. So yes, I definitely recommend this book!*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Refreshing, clean romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes it is so refreshing to read a fun, clean story that does not contain loads of drama and issues. I found this book to be a perfect story for a lazy afternoon.A fast yet touching story that gave me all the feels we look for in a classic romance book. Layne crafted wonderfully complex characters that not only had a heart but reflected so much of what we have in our own lives. My heart broke a bit every time she helped Walter. Made me think about my Refreshing, clean romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes it is so refreshing to read a fun, clean story that does not contain loads of drama and issues. I found this book to be a perfect story for a lazy afternoon.A fast yet touching story that gave me all the feels we look for in a classic romance book. Layne crafted wonderfully complex characters that not only had a heart but reflected so much of what we have in our own lives. My heart broke a bit every time she helped Walter. Made me think about my Dad.Layne scattered so many layers into this story; unusual friendships, funny scenes, a bit of snark, a bit of heartbreak, and a whole lot of touching moments. Not to mention a super sweet ending and happily ever after. This is a beautifully wholesome story that will leave you begging for the next installation in the series. Who knows what she will bring us? But I do know, it will be delightful, just like Passion on Park Avenue!* copy received for review considerationFull review - https://amidlifewife.com/passion-on-p...
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    'Naomi Powell had brought him back to life, made him realize that he hadn't died with his mom, or with his father's diagnosis; he'd just been living that way.' I hesitate to call this a 'sweet romance' because for many, 'sweet' has a negative connotation. But I found this a sweet, heartwarming story with endearing characters.Lauren Layne pens a story about three women who form an unlikely friendship after they discover they've all been deceived and used by the same person. 'Passion on Park Av 'Naomi Powell had brought him back to life, made him realize that he hadn't died with his mom, or with his father's diagnosis; he'd just been living that way.' I hesitate to call this a 'sweet romance' because for many, 'sweet' has a negative connotation. But I found this a sweet, heartwarming story with endearing characters.Lauren Layne pens a story about three women who form an unlikely friendship after they discover they've all been deceived and used by the same person. 'Passion on Park Avenue' is the first in a series of three books which focuses on Naomi Powell. Claire and Audrey's stories will finish the series.Bronx-born Naomi Powell worked hard all her life to prove her worth. Once a resident of homeless shelters and the streets, she now lives and works amongst the Upper East Side elite.Intent on proving to the family who turned her world upside down when she was nine-years-old, Naomi moves into the building where it all began. She makes plans to confront the Cunningham men who made her life hell, and she intends to show once and for all that they didn't break her with their harsh words and vile treatment.Oliver Cunningham is doing his best to get through each day. He has devoted the last few years to taking care of his parents; his mother before her death and now he's taking of his father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Oliver is a good man with a heart of gold and a sense of duty and responsibility. Putting his life on hold to care for his parents was never in question; even though he readily admits his father was not a good man before he became sick.Relationships for Oliver have been put on the backburner, but when Naomi Powell interviews to move into his building, he's surprised by his attraction to her. She's feisty and apparently dislikes him if her words and actions were anything to go by. Oliver loves puzzles and plans to uncover Naomi, piece by piece.From Oliver's swoon-worthy actions to Naomi's spunk and feistiness to the tender moments with Walter, I fell in love with these characters. Equally, I loved Claire and Audrey and cannot wait for their stories! This book is filled with great banter and dialogue.The only reason this wasn't a 5 star for me is I felt like Naomi's secret was drawn out too long. I had wished it would have been dealt with sooner so that the story could have developed more. But I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it!!I was provided a review copy by the publisher; this did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.
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  • Kate R
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Layne is back with a brand new series based in New York City, following three women, who meet in a pretty unique circumstance. They all meet at the funeral of the man they are all involved with, and it’s as awkward as you would expect. Surprisingly, this friendship was actually one of the best things about this book. They all call each other out, make them accountable and really just make them each better people. We do meet everyone who is in the future books and I’m very excited for all Lauren Layne is back with a brand new series based in New York City, following three women, who meet in a pretty unique circumstance. They all meet at the funeral of the man they are all involved with, and it’s as awkward as you would expect. Surprisingly, this friendship was actually one of the best things about this book. They all call each other out, make them accountable and really just make them each better people. We do meet everyone who is in the future books and I’m very excited for all of the books in this series. This one focuses on Naomi. In the beginning, honestly, I didn’t like her at all. I found her too bossy, pushy, and aggressive, but I’m happy to say that she was a lot less severe than I had originally thought. She has had a rough childhood, and blames a lot of it on one family. So, when she gets to move in next to this family on Park Avenue, she is set on revenge. But, through the book, she, thankfully, realized these people were a lot different now than they were then. Oliver is the love interest. He was a caregiver who liked puzzles and just a really nice guy. Their banter and chemistry was explosive. I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne, have read all of her books, and this book is slightly different than her other romance books. I would classify this more as women’s fiction. But, all the things you love about Lauren Layne books are still in here. She always has great main characters with strong women and nice guys. The friendships are always so wonderful. Each pushing the main characters in the right direction. And her books are almost always a love letter to New York City, and one of the main characters. She always sets the scenes perfectly that make me want to move to NYC right now. Passion on Park Avenue is the perfect start to this new series. I enjoyed this entertaining read and look forward to reading the rest of the series.* ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    How freaking CUTE was this book!? LL has yet to disappoint me with her fabulous contemporary romances, and Passion on Park Avenue, the first in her new Central Park Pact series, is no different. I had such a fun time with Naomi and Oliver, as well as the women Naomi makes a pact with: Claire and Audrey. The series centers around these three women who had a relationship with a man... unknowingly at the same time. I loved that they made the most of it and became such good friends. I can't wait for How freaking CUTE was this book!? LL has yet to disappoint me with her fabulous contemporary romances, and Passion on Park Avenue, the first in her new Central Park Pact series, is no different. I had such a fun time with Naomi and Oliver, as well as the women Naomi makes a pact with: Claire and Audrey. The series centers around these three women who had a relationship with a man... unknowingly at the same time. I loved that they made the most of it and became such good friends. I can't wait for Claire and Audrey's books next!Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review
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  • Rowena
    January 1, 1970
    This was a delightful and really quick read. I thought the meet cute between the three heroines for this series was awkward but cute and I enjoyed getting to know both Oliver and Naomi. There were times when I wanted to shake some damn sense into Naomi but for the most part, I enjoyed her character. She was smart, strong and overcame a lot to get to where she was today and I admired her for it. Oliver was a fantastic hero and I can't wait to see more from these characters in the books to follow.
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  • • Lisa •
    January 1, 1970
    Book: Passion on Park Avenue Author: Lauren LayneChatty romance book thoughts:Lauren Layne is my queen of romance, her books are always a wonderment of flirty banter, standout character ‘moments’ and copious amount of bubbly. This particular book was as lovely as it’s gorgeously illustrated front cover. I loved the premise of this book - the friendship scenes and the developing romance were just what I normally fall for and I enjoyed the history behind this books leading duo. I’m also excited to Book: Passion on Park Avenue Author: Lauren LayneChatty romance book thoughts:Lauren Layne is my queen of romance, her books are always a wonderment of flirty banter, standout character ‘moments’ and copious amount of bubbly. This particular book was as lovely as it’s gorgeously illustrated front cover. I loved the premise of this book - the friendship scenes and the developing romance were just what I normally fall for and I enjoyed the history behind this books leading duo. I’m also excited to see what Lauren Layne does with this series and I’m definitely hooked on the idea of the up and coming story lines. All in all this was a ‘nice’ romance, a book that I found easy to pick up and enjoy my time with, I just missed the usual tummy fireworks that I normally get when I’m falling for a Lauren Layne novel. Why not five:I’ve said this a zillion times but Lauren Layne is and is likely to always be my favourite author. I’ve spent countless hours reading her books, re reading her books and waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for her releases. This book had everything geared up for it to fully win me over - the cover, the blurb, the setting. Sadly something was a little missing for my personal enjoyment - I missed falling in love with the heroine (like I so often predictably do so with a Layne book) and it felt like it took a little long for me to be on board with the story telling. Overall I liked this book, I don’t regret my reading time I just felt a tiny bit underwhelmed. With all that being said I’m already at the starting line anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. Star rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    Passion on Park Avenue starts off in sort of a bizarre way. Naomi is headed to the funeral of her boyfriend, who she found out (per his obituary) now has a widow. She meets said widow and another mistress the day of the funeral and they become fast friends. Now, while I ABSOLUTELY love the idea of women scorned by a man not taking that scorn out on each other, it still felt a bit unbelievable. However, I kept reading, I wanted to see if that was a bond this author could truly keep up. I'm happy Passion on Park Avenue starts off in sort of a bizarre way. Naomi is headed to the funeral of her boyfriend, who she found out (per his obituary) now has a widow. She meets said widow and another mistress the day of the funeral and they become fast friends. Now, while I ABSOLUTELY love the idea of women scorned by a man not taking that scorn out on each other, it still felt a bit unbelievable. However, I kept reading, I wanted to see if that was a bond this author could truly keep up. I'm happy to say she could. The relationship between the three women did work for me quite well in the long run. In fact, I think if not for the other two influencing her, I might not have liked Naomi an awful lot. She has great moments, but her drive was often misplaced as well. Revenge is just not something I relate to well. And there was a small serving of revenge on her plate. You see, Naomi was wronged as a child. In a way completely out of her control and that had some fairly harsh results. She hasn't forgotten, it's made her the fighter she is. Twenty years later, learning to swallow that revenge because the people you always saw as evil are no longer that, is a hard lesson to learn. But Naomi must learn it before she loses the only man she's ever truly loved. I struggled with Naomi's struggling. I'll be honest. There were many moments I felt she was making the wrong decisions. It kept me reading though and that's a good thing.Another good thing is Oliver. I adored his puzzle loving self. So, maybe not my favorite read ever, but solid enough.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read quite a few LL books and she never disappoints! I love her style of writing, her use of humor and snark and her ability to create fun, relatable characters that you like instantly. This is the first in a new series following a group of new friends living in NYC and I’m so excited to see where things are headed next.From the first chapter I was hooked, Naomi meets two new potential friends in the most bizarre way, think the opposite of a romantic meet cute, except it is kind of cute. An I’ve read quite a few LL books and she never disappoints! I love her style of writing, her use of humor and snark and her ability to create fun, relatable characters that you like instantly. This is the first in a new series following a group of new friends living in NYC and I’m so excited to see where things are headed next.From the first chapter I was hooked, Naomi meets two new potential friends in the most bizarre way, think the opposite of a romantic meet cute, except it is kind of cute. Anyway, it was a solid way to reel me in and get me invested in these women and their lives and their friendship may have been unlikely but it feels fun and genuine. On the romance side of things is the good old enemies to lovers trope, why do I love this tried and true storyline so much?! I think it’s because if it’s executed well there’s always amazing chemistry and witty banter and LL has that down pat. Oliver was exactly the kind of leading man that I like, charming and smart, a little reserved but you just know there’s more to him than meets the eye.I got serious Christina Lauren vibes from this one and that’s a huge compliment from me cause I’m obsessed with them, but with less sex. That appeals to me though, I like all the sweet parts in a romance novel and don’t really need the steam. This isn’t totally clean but it’s pretty damn close, so keep that in mind depending on your personal preferences. Overall a fabulous read, I think it’s her best yet and I can’t wait for the second book!Passion on Park Avenue in three words: Witty, Sassy and Amusing
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  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Oh this was such a quick, fun read!!! I loved the premise of this (which isn't really all in the summary so I won't spoil it!) and how these three women become friends. This book focuses on Naomi and her moving not only her office but her home while trying to fit into NYC's upper class. She finds herself in the building her mother us I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Oh this was such a quick, fun read!!! I loved the premise of this (which isn't really all in the summary so I won't spoil it!) and how these three women become friends. This book focuses on Naomi and her moving not only her office but her home while trying to fit into NYC's upper class. She finds herself in the building her mother used to once be employed in and her neighbor the boy she hates from way back then. The catch? He doesn't remember her at all. So it is like a one-sided hate to love scenario.So much to love here! Naomi was a feisty character with drive, attitude and a little revenge in her. Her neighbor Oliver was smart, hot and caring for his father, which was so sweet. He may have been not great with Naomi as a kid but he changed - Naomi just had a hard time accepting it. But on top of Naomi and Oliver being great characters and great together there were her two friends. I adored them! They were so different from Naomi but that was what made their friendship so great. This was the perfect quick read for the spring. I believe each friend will have a book and I cannot wait for their adventures. This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been on a bit of a binge lately, devouring Lauren Layne books like it's my job. While Passion on Park Avenue was cute and different, fresh and certainly romantic, I struggled to connect with Oliver and Naomi in the way I have with Layne's other characters. I was more of a spectator in this story and while I enjoyed it, I would've liked to have felt more immersed than I was. There was just something missing for me. It was cute, just not my favorite from this author. But I'm absolutely invest I've been on a bit of a binge lately, devouring Lauren Layne books like it's my job. While Passion on Park Avenue was cute and different, fresh and certainly romantic, I struggled to connect with Oliver and Naomi in the way I have with Layne's other characters. I was more of a spectator in this story and while I enjoyed it, I would've liked to have felt more immersed than I was. There was just something missing for me. It was cute, just not my favorite from this author. But I'm absolutely invested in these characters and I look forward to Claire and Audrey's books!!!
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  • Susan (susayq ~)
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors. And having read quite a few of her books, I have come to expect certain things from her. This book delivered them all! I loved the friendships that were formed and the romance was swoony. I can't wait to read more about this group of people :)
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  • fatima.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Sabah™
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    oh gosh. i *love* lauren layne's books, so please know that when i say this, i say this with love.... this book was underwhelming. and i am SO sad about it. there were lots of good things - i loved the characters, both main characters and the friends. i loved how the girls became friends. i love their conversations, their friendship seemed so realistic (well, maybe not the beginning but how they interacted, and i loved the beginning of their friendship regardless). i liked how naomi grew, i felt oh gosh. i *love* lauren layne's books, so please know that when i say this, i say this with love.... this book was underwhelming. and i am SO sad about it. there were lots of good things - i loved the characters, both main characters and the friends. i loved how the girls became friends. i love their conversations, their friendship seemed so realistic (well, maybe not the beginning but how they interacted, and i loved the beginning of their friendship regardless). i liked how naomi grew, i felt all the feelings for oliver and his dad. i loved the idea, their past, the plot was really working for me... so much of it was working for me... until it wasn't.the things i didn't love about this book - (view spoiler)[the sex scenes are behind closed doors, which is fine, but not what i was expecting from lauren layne. i don't need sex in my books, but when it's a short book and there's not a whole lot of other ways to provide that connection we need, it leaves me feeling kind of disconnected or not as invested in their relationship as i wanted to be. the sexual tension beforehand was there and i was feeling the build up, but then it fizzles out and i didn't feel any chemistry afterwards (hide spoiler)].the other thing i really didn't love is how the conflict happens or resolved. i mean, there are so many other ways that could have come up that i was a little bit shocked she chose the option she did. kudos to not being predictable, but in this case, i don't think it worked very well. (view spoiler)[oliver could have found out about naomi in any other way - something in her apartment, a picture of her and her mom, his dad calling her by her mother's name - he made that one comment and i thought oh shit here it comes, but it didn't, having the tv show people dig deeper and question him or something, watching or talking about anne of green gables with someone else and making the carrots connection... (hide spoiler)] any of those options were things i expected and what i got was... unsatisfying. there was so much build up, it was stretched out so much that i knew it was going to hit the fan when it came out, i wasn't looking forward to it exactly but i knew it was coming and obviously couldn't wait for the reconciliation. instead, (view spoiler)[naomi is hurt by oliver's father - a scene we don't see until oliver finds naomi - and when naomi wakes up in the hospital, oliver knows and is mad at her. what! we miss the whole reveal???? and he is an ASS. like, not just he's cranky and needs to be a jerk for the book to have conflict but we still love him because he's our hero and we can understand where he's coming from etc etc but a real freaking ass. he was unnecessarily mean and he just stated his case and left - (hide spoiler)] i felt so... disconnected and dissatisfied, a little bit shocked that that was how the conflict was playing out. i pushed past it though, and thought okay, he's gonna grovel great and we'll get a really lovely ending and it'll be worth it. i liked the ending, but it felt anticlimactic, not enough grovel for me compared to how he acted.they declared their love but i never got to feel it, and maybe that's where the whole problem comes from. again, not saying you need (view spoiler)[detailed sex scenes (hide spoiler)] in your books, but i never felt the connection besides a slight sexual tension beforehand.. so when oliver loses his mind, all i see is a jerk, not how i want to feel about the hero in a romance book so close to the end.. and when they declare their love, i'm thinking wow, really, already? because i didn't get enough development or connection.i am no writer and i hate shitting on books, so please don't think i am doing that for this book. but the reason we get ARCs is to hopefully bring things up that other people may not notice and i want this book to do well. i'm not so self absorbed that i think my comments will change the whole book, but i couldn't not say something. i wanted to love it and i normally do love lauren layne's books. this one was going so well until the conflict and resolution, like, the last couple chapters i think. i could have dealt with the no (view spoiler)[sex scenes (hide spoiler)] (and not really feeling the connection between the two characters) if the conflict had been handled a different way.like i keep saying, i adore lauren layne's writing and have enjoyed all of her books. i will absolutely continue this series and read anything else she writes, this has not put me off her books even in the slightest. but i had to be honest about how i felt about this particular book.----------------------------------------------review to come but unfortunately this one was a little underwhelming. and i *love* Lauren Layne.ARC received from netgalley in exchange for honest review
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  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Passion on Park Avenue was my first Lauren Layne book, and I loved it. I didn't realize that it was the first in a trilogy that centers on one of three best friends (this one is Naomi's story) when I started reading it, but I'm so glad and now want to read Love on Lexington Avenue ASAP, this was so good!Thrillers and suspense novels are my go-to genre, but romantic comedies are my guilty pleasure. I've been in a bit of a reading and life slump lately where not much has interested me, but these a Passion on Park Avenue was my first Lauren Layne book, and I loved it. I didn't realize that it was the first in a trilogy that centers on one of three best friends (this one is Naomi's story) when I started reading it, but I'm so glad and now want to read Love on Lexington Avenue ASAP, this was so good!Thrillers and suspense novels are my go-to genre, but romantic comedies are my guilty pleasure. I've been in a bit of a reading and life slump lately where not much has interested me, but these are exactly the kinds of books that have gotten me through because they are quick, fun, and who doesn't love a good romance?The novel starts out a bit differently and in a most engaging way: Naomi is on her way to her dead lover's funeral when instead she makes best friends with two of the most unlikely women ever and I do mean ever! You wouldn't think their friendship would work or their pact to help each other find the right man, but it really does. All three are likable, resilient characters and what emerges is strong, endearing female friendships between Naomi, Claire, and Audrey that provide the backbone of the novel. Naomi is a self-made billionaire with her own company, but that wasn't always the case. She grew up poor, and Naomi has promised herself that one day she'd get revenge on the old moneyed family who fired and blackballed her mother when she was their housekeeper and made their lives miserable by default.When she gets the chance to move into the co-op on Park Ave where they once lived, Naomi's determined to prove herself to the Cunninghams...except Oliver is no longer the bully she remembers from their childhood but instead there is sizzling chemistry between the two in between their back and forth snarky, witty banter, and his father has Alzheimer's and can't be punished for past misdeeds he doesn't even remember. I've been loving the enemies to lovers romance plot lately, and Layne did an excellent job with it in PoPA. The two had that wonderful chemistry that just oozed off the pages and both were so adorably likable, which actually a made this a really sweet, heartwarming romance. Passion on Park Avenue is a great summer read―definitely add this enemies to lovers romance to your summer reading list, especially if your a fan of Christina Lauren books because if so, you'll love this!**Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Passion on Park Avenue is a fun read. Three women meet in a very strange way. They become friends and decide to help each other with the dating scene. Naomi and Oliver are adorable characters. They are likeable and dynamic together. The story is engaging and well written. It's a great romcom read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS! Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne started off like a scene from Sex in the City and I loved it!!Now a little background information...Naomi is a fighter. She has worked hard to be where she is right now. Her story is more than the typical rags to riches. She gets hit with a blast from the past, Oliver Cunningham. Cue the tension.Naomi's mother worked as the housekeeper for the Cunninghams. They lived at 517 Park Avenue and though Naomi crushed on Oliver when she was 9 years old, Ol 4 STARS! Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne started off like a scene from Sex in the City and I loved it!!Now a little background information...Naomi is a fighter. She has worked hard to be where she is right now. Her story is more than the typical rags to riches. She gets hit with a blast from the past, Oliver Cunningham. Cue the tension.Naomi's mother worked as the housekeeper for the Cunninghams. They lived at 517 Park Avenue and though Naomi crushed on Oliver when she was 9 years old, Oliver would tease and torment young Naomi. Now, after 20 years of not seeing each other, the attraction is there as well as Naomi's blatant hatred. Naomi Powell. Girl boss and ballbuster. Bronx born and raised. Our heroine is fiery, successful, strong, resilient, and intelligent. She's cruising through the hierachy of NYC society and becoming somebody. She's formed an unlikely friendship with two women, Claire and Audrey, and she's been sought after for a TV show about her life by a well-known TV producer. What is the worst that could happen?Oliver comes from old money. High bred. He never expected to be bulldozed by Naomi's mere presence. He's completely taken back by her. And sparks fly, especially when those two become neighbors #drama.Passion on Park Avenue was an entertaining and sassy, back and forth, enemies-to-lovers romance. Lauren Layne provides the perfect mix of life, drama, friendship, love, and sexy chemistry. This novel is perfect for fans of Sex in the City! My first read by this author, but I can say it won't be my last! I cannot wait for the other books in the series. Bring on Claire's story 💃*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Gallery Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: May 28, 2019 Genre: More Chick Lit than Romance Actual Rating: 4 starsPassion on Park Avenue is the first book in the Central Park Pact! Each of the books in the series CAN stand alone as they feature different characters however, I recommend reading this one FIRST as you get to know how these ladies became friends. Also, it's such a cute story that I don't think readers are going to want to miss it! That being said, I feel like this book falls better within the chick lit categ Release Date: May 28, 2019 Genre: More Chick Lit than Romance Actual Rating: 4 starsPassion on Park Avenue is the first book in the Central Park Pact! Each of the books in the series CAN stand alone as they feature different characters however, I recommend reading this one FIRST as you get to know how these ladies became friends. Also, it's such a cute story that I don't think readers are going to want to miss it! That being said, I feel like this book falls better within the chick lit category than it does romance. The reason being is that the book is more centered around female growth than the romance. Sure, there is romance but it is light and not really the main focus. I think the focus of the story is more on Naomi than her relationships. Either way, romance readers and chick lit readers will get a kick out this one! It's lighthearted, fun, and motivational!Naomi is the main character of the story here and she was such a great one to learn about! I love her "rags to riches" story and how even though she has built her own empire, she still appreciates where she came from. The book focuses a lot on how her past affects her character today and even has a little bit of a second chance love story even though the two HATED each other when they were kids. The book is on the sweeter side, there is no explicit sex, just casual mentions of it, but some hot and heavy make out sessions to swoon over! I think those who prefer their books to be "clean" will enjoy this one. Oliver is another MC in the story and I really came to love him despite his family and the way they treated people in the past (like 20 years ago). Oliver though, is nothing like the people who brought him up so it was refreshing to see that individuality shines though the pages. The little twist in the story effects Oliver and his (almost) love, but thankfully his character is very open minded and can see past a little white lie. Without giving too much away I will end my review there. If you are looking for a sweet read this is certainly a book I would recommend. I can't wait to read the next one in the series! These ladies are pretty fantastic and the way they came together is amazing! This book screams girl power and I look forward to seeing how it effects the rest of the ladies!
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