Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3)
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, comes the final installment of the Central Park Pact series, a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren.Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will never not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey. But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3) Details

TitleMarriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3)
Author
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherGallery Books
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3) Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Glamorous spotlight of towering skyscrapers and notorious, entertaining, shiny, individual, fast, cruel, exhausting life of NYC plans intercepted with the third book Central Park Pact. It’s swoony, funny, romantic, passionate, soft, sweet reading, kind of book well fitted with your cookie dough ice cream or chilled refreshing glass of Rose (all those Valentine day images made me change my drink selection)! Eat, pray to the publishers for ARC COPY and love every page of it!So let’s say 3.5 Glamorous spotlight of towering skyscrapers and notorious, entertaining, shiny, individual, fast, cruel, exhausting life of NYC plans intercepted with the third book Central Park Pact. It’s swoony, funny, romantic, passionate, soft, sweet reading, kind of book well fitted with your cookie dough ice cream or chilled refreshing glass of Rose (all those Valentine day images made me change my drink selection)! Eat, pray to the publishers for ARC COPY and love every page of it!So let’s say 3.5 rounded up to 4 shiny, child-hood love, best friends to fake fiancées to lovers stars!!!What I dislike about this book:Having hard time to connect with heroine: If I compare Audrey with the other book’s heroines, I absolutely say Naomi and Claire are far better and mature, well-developed characters for me. I was always doubtful to read about Audrey’s own story because I always found her a little pretentious, spoiled brat, Barbie doll, living in her fake social media world. But I loved her change, growing up, shaping her decisions about life. She was still reminded me of those drama queens on TV shows of course Audrey is not heartless, opportunist, self-obsessed young woman like it is characterized by Ryan Murphy shows (mostly played by Emma Roberts) her sweet, vulnerable sides mostly reminds us more Clueless character “Cher” than Channel characters from Scream Queens.What I liked about this book:Even he seemed like down to earth, party boy and a real womanizer, Clarke was the mature, caring, affectionate man. I loved their connection and hardly deniable attraction. They really complete each other. The parts they start to realize they were their person from the beginning and they spent their times to deny their feelings were so sweet moments of the book.There is last moment dramatic part as we expected but it also ended with one of the most romantic hero speech which warm my heart and made me sigh a couple of times. This is sweet, foreseeable book had a little clichés but good kind of clichés we enjoy at all those rom-coms! Sometimes the human soul needs to read or watch something terrifying to bring out the adrenalin rush! And sometimes we need to take a break from the life and lie down on a comfy couch and read or watch something sweet, heart-felting and relaxing to lighten our mood. This is definitely a mood changer like somebody turned on the lights at your happy place located in your mind. So if you crave something soft, light to bring out your inner happiness, go and read this book! So much special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books to share this enjoyable, sweetest ARC COPY in exchange my honest review. It made a hopeless, undeniable romantic’s (of course that’s me) day!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This was SUCH a fun read! I honestly didn't expect that have such a good time jumping into the third and final book of a series, but the great thing is that these books truly do read as stand-alone novels with character crossovers. Marriage on Madison Avenue was such a respite from a crazy hectic week that I'm ecstatic thinking about going back to the beginning and reading books 1 & 2. Lucky for me, I won the first book in an Instagram giveaway, so I can start right away! Highly recommended This was SUCH a fun read! I honestly didn't expect that have such a good time jumping into the third and final book of a series, but the great thing is that these books truly do read as stand-alone novels with character crossovers. Marriage on Madison Avenue was such a respite from a crazy hectic week that I'm ecstatic thinking about going back to the beginning and reading books 1 & 2. Lucky for me, I won the first book in an Instagram giveaway, so I can start right away! Highly recommended for fans of Christina Lauren. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Central Park Pact series.... how much of a surprise that I would love you so much and how SAD I am to have to say goodbye!!First, we had Naomi and Oliver, then we had Claire and Scott (which was my absolute favorite).. and now we had Audrey and Clarke. Ok.... my favorite story out of the three was Claire and Scott BUT doesn't mean I didn't love the other two as much!!!I was SOOO ecstatic to get this galley on my hands and within the same week knew I had to read it! If you've read the first Oh Central Park Pact series.... how much of a surprise that I would love you so much and how SAD I am to have to say goodbye!!First, we had Naomi and Oliver, then we had Claire and Scott (which was my absolute favorite).. and now we had Audrey and Clarke. Ok.... my favorite story out of the three was Claire and Scott BUT doesn't mean I didn't love the other two as much!!!I was SOOO ecstatic to get this galley on my hands and within the same week knew I had to read it! If you've read the first two books then you know that Audrey and Clarke have been best friends for the longest time. Sometimes... this makes the best love stories!! Lauren Layne once ago shows off her snazzy voice and talent through this book. Layne truly knows how to have the perfect balance of romance, humor, and a tad bit of drama. It's an absolute delight to dive into any book by Lauren Layne and I highly recommend this series if you love romance!!4.5 lovely stars!!! Thank you so much to Gallery Scout Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 1/28/20Published to GR: 10/19/19
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I started this last night and ended up finishing it in just a few hours. I love this series! Audrey & Clarke have been much anticipated and LL didn’t let me down. Marriage on Madison Avenue was fun and flirty, with a friends-to-lovers trope well done. Throw in a fake engagement and a fabulous wrap-up to this girl-power centered series, how could I not enjoy it?
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    The last in a trilogy of stand-alones, this friends-to-lovers romance featured Audrey and her best friend since childhood, Clarke. While not my favorite trope, I did enjoy Layne’s spin on two best friends slowly figuring out they were in love. There were both funny and sweet moments and I thought this book ended the trilogy well. My favorite moments out of all three books were the positive female friendship it showed between Audrey, Claire, and Naomi. I received an advanced copy from the The last in a trilogy of stand-alones, this friends-to-lovers romance featured Audrey and her best friend since childhood, Clarke. While not my favorite trope, I did enjoy Layne’s spin on two best friends slowly figuring out they were in love. There were both funny and sweet moments and I thought this book ended the trilogy well. My favorite moments out of all three books were the positive female friendship it showed between Audrey, Claire, and Naomi. I received an advanced copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • . (not active on this account stop adding me)
    January 1, 1970
    review can be found on my blog! i'm going to kill myself now because i'll never read another romance book as good as this one 🌼review can be found on my blog! 🌼 i'm going to kill myself now because i'll never read another romance book as good as this one
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    This series took me by surprise at how much I fell in love with it and have fallen in love with NYC all over again, and I am beyond excited for this story... ARC galley kindly provided by Gallery Books, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...Follow Me On:Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter This series took me by surprise at how much I fell in love with it and have fallen in love with NYC all over again, and I am beyond excited for this story... ARC galley kindly provided by Gallery Books, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...Follow Me On:Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter
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  • Bibliomedico
    January 1, 1970
    For more book Recommendations , reviews and author interviews , visit my blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/********************* Thanks For the Publisher and the Author for providing me with an advanced Reading Copy (ARC) and giving me the chance to read this book . ********************* " Patient ... Love is Patient , Love is Clarke , However I can have him .." Lauren Layne has an incredible ability in writing the conclusion of a series .I've read all of her books " Multiple times " For more book Recommendations , reviews and author interviews , visit my blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/********************* Thanks For the Publisher and the Author for providing me with an advanced Reading Copy (ARC) and giving me the chance to read this book .  ********************* " Patient ... Love is Patient , Love is Clarke , However I can have him .." Lauren Layne has an incredible ability in writing the conclusion of a series . I've read all of her books " Multiple times " and with every new series she follows the same strategy .( During all the series , no matter how many books it contains , she keeps hinting ,teasing the readers and getting them all excited about the love story of a specific couple , which she always leaves for the final book of the series .)  And  she NEVER disappoints .  When I read the first book of the " Central Park Pact " series " Passion on Park avenue" , I've found the idea of the pact really odd , but when I thought about it more , I fall in love with the idea, simply because I'm always with women supporting and lifting each other up , what our amazing ladies have done in this series was super impressive . Their friendship was goals ." Marriage On Madison Avenue " was such a great and swoon-worthy  romantic novel . "Friends to lovers " trope is my favourite in the romance genre . I like the relationship that is built on a great and honest friendship ." Audrey and Clarke "  relation was so amazing , while reading about them in the previous books , they had a special spark , Personally , I shipped them from their first scene in " Passion on Park Avenue " :P .Lauren Layne combined " The marriage of convinance" and " The Friends to lovers " tropes incredibly . The story was lovely , sweet , emotional and beautiful . Their struggles , Feelings . Their fear of losing each other , how they both fought their change of feeling was heartbreaking and heart-warming at the same time .  Only Layne Can Make you feel like this while reading a book .  The side characters were supportive , it was amazing to read about them again .  Recommended for Romance lovers . " Almost as though home was whenever Audrey was " 
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  • ☆ sana ☆
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, this was easily my favorite. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would because there is not a part of it I didn’t enjoy. In short period of time Lauren Layne has become one of my favorite romance authors. Her books always seem to have that magical vibe from the 2000s romcom movies and Marriage on Madison Avenue had it in abundance. The best part of this entire series for me remains the friendship of Naomi, Claire, and Even though I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, this was easily my favorite. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would because there is not a part of it I didn’t enjoy. In short period of time Lauren Layne has become one of my favorite romance authors. Her books always seem to have that magical vibe from the 2000s romcom movies and Marriage on Madison Avenue had it in abundance. The best part of this entire series for me remains the friendship of Naomi, Claire, and Audrey. I’m a firm believer that if a book has strong female friendships it automatically becomes ten times better. And as for Audrey and Clarke’s story, I have too many emotions but all I can say is that they’ve easily made it to my top 5 fictional couples from adult books.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet fairytale ending. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I can’t decide if this was my favorite story or not. They’ve all been great so it is hard to choose just one. This work is a spin on the classic fake fiancé and best friends turn lovers trope and it proved to be a winner too!Layne created a delightful matchup with Clarke and Audrey and their friendship that has been so tight for so many years. I can understand the problem they are up against; when you cross that line you can ruin a great friendship. Or Sweet fairytale ending. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I can’t decide if this was my favorite story or not. They’ve all been great so it is hard to choose just one. This work is a spin on the classic fake fiancé and best friends turn lovers trope and it proved to be a winner too!Layne created a delightful matchup with Clarke and Audrey and their friendship that has been so tight for so many years. I can understand the problem they are up against; when you cross that line you can ruin a great friendship. Or maybe because you know each other so well you wouldn’t even consider a romantic relationship.But Clarke needs help and the only person that he knows that can help pull it off is Audrey. Audrey needs Clarke help and makes a deal. But oh, what a tangled web we weave and all that.…This book is humorous in all the right places, intense in many places, and a perfect blending of friendship, awareness, and deep seated love. And while the ending may have you gasping a few times, thankfully, it ends beautifully.Marriage on Madison Avenue offers a witty look finding “the one” even if you know you’ve lost your mind, best friends forever, snarky social media followers, and crafty family members who love to interfere. A sexy and sweet romance you will fall for!* copy received for review considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/marriage-on-...
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to Audrey and Clarke's story. While I did enjoy it, I was a tiny bit disappointed. These two seemed to remain clueless until almost the end. I would have loved more time with them as a real couple. Also, I have no issue with the "closed door" love scenes, I think the reader would have benefitted from seeing a more romantic situation with Audrey and Clarke. Then it would have felt like a more natural progression of their relationship.
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    This is a series that has gotten better with every book. This one was by far the most romantic one and I loved how well the best-friends-to-lovers trope was handled.RTC
  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    When I started reading MARRIAGE ON MADISON AVENUE I didn't know what to expect, then I began the most delightful romantic comedy I've read in a while! I believe this novel is going to be loved by females everywhere. I highly recommend this novel!
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    OMGGG. I have been dying for Audrey and Clark's book since Love on Lexington Avenue as I legit die for the fake fiance trope. And after reading, I can say this is my favorite in the series as their chemistry coupled with Lauren Layne's ability to incorporate witty charm had me grinning from ear to ear.I really enjoyed this story. It was surprisingly emotional and full of moments that had me loving this couple. I enjoyed the fact that both Audrey and Clark didn't know what was right in front of OMGGG. I have been dying for Audrey and Clark's book since Love on Lexington Avenue as I legit die for the fake fiance trope. And after reading, I can say this is my favorite in the series as their chemistry coupled with Lauren Layne's ability to incorporate witty charm had me grinning from ear to ear.I really enjoyed this story. It was surprisingly emotional and full of moments that had me loving this couple. I enjoyed the fact that both Audrey and Clark didn't know what was right in front of them for years before they took this step. It was fun and flirty and I was here for it!This story was swoony and angsty and had tears rushing to my eyes at certain points. I felt for Audrey because of her insecurities about deserving love after the Brayden scandal. But I think I loved it the most in the series as Clark and Audrey had wonderful banter and butterfly inducing moments. I loved seeing Naomi and Claire again and seeing their pact go full circle. I will say, however, I was surprised by the complete fade to black scene between Audrey and Clark as the build up was phenomenal and then it fell flat. I felt seeing the culmination of their newfound feelings for each other would have strengthened the story.Overall, this was another great read and can't wait for more books in the future. 4.5 stars! ~Ratula***This series has been such a delight! From the unlikely but deeply rewarding sisterhood, to the sweet and sexy romances that each of these women wound up with - it's just been so much fun to read. And Marriage on Madison Avenue, the finally installment in the Central Park Pact series was no exception.I mean, everyone knew that Audrey and Clarke were made for each other. Literally. Everyone. Except, that is, for Audrey and Clarke themselves. I so enjoyed watching their chemistry fire up basically without them even being aware of it. It was adorable to watch them fumble their way towards the realization that they were meant to be together, and completely rewarding when they finally figured it out.That said, I might have liked a little more depth to them. Their struggles were similar, but I felt like they never did a deep dive into their feelings for each other (or, more importantly, why they resisted those feelings so hard). The whole thing wrapped up neatly and sweetly, but I felt like I was missing a little grit along the way. That said, this was still a solid, swoony, completely enjoyable read. As it happened with each book in this series, the sisterhood stole the scene on more than one occasion and I adored how Ms. Layne brought their stories full circle in the end. If you're looking for something bubbly and sweet? Do not pass this series by! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I loved, loved, loved this! Few things make me happier than a cute Lauren Layne book and Marriage on Madison Avenue is one of her best yet.Since their first scene together in the first book of the series, I have been wanting Audrey and Clarke’s story and it did not disappoint! This is both a Friends-to-More and Fake Relationship story, which is a combination of my favorite romantic tropes. I loved Audrey and Clarke’s I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I loved, loved, loved this! Few things make me happier than a cute Lauren Layne book and Marriage on Madison Avenue is one of her best yet.Since their first scene together in the first book of the series, I have been wanting Audrey and Clarke’s story and it did not disappoint! This is both a Friends-to-More and Fake Relationship story, which is a combination of my favorite romantic tropes. I loved Audrey and Clarke’s friendship and I loved watching them realize their feelings for each other were more than that. Everything that happened was pretty predictable, but I enjoyed every moment of it anyways.I thought Audrey and Clarke were both really likable characters and I was happy to see them get a happy ending. I also loved seeing the couples from the previous books, though I maintain that Naomi is much better in small doses. In addition to spending more time with the characters from this series, a few characters from Layne’s other series make appearances, which was quite fun.Overall, I loved Marriage on Madison Avenue. I loved the characters, the romance, and the fake relationship aspects of the story. This was an enjoyable series and I think Layne definitely saved the best for last. I will miss these characters, but I look forward to whatever Layne writes next.Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars
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  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Layne brings her Central Park Pact series to a conclusion with Marriage on Madison Avenue, a light and fun friends-to-lovers, fake-marriage, rom-com. Audrey Tate and Clarke West have been best friends since they were kids. They’ve always been able to count on each other for everything from TV binge watching to last minute dates, and especially warding off unwanted attention from the opposite sex or meddling mothers. But Clarke uses her as her fake-fiancée, Audrey wants to use take Lauren Layne brings her Central Park Pact series to a conclusion with Marriage on Madison Avenue, a light and fun friends-to-lovers, fake-marriage, rom-com. Audrey Tate and Clarke West have been best friends since they were kids. They’ve always been able to count on each other for everything from TV binge watching to last minute dates, and especially warding off unwanted attention from the opposite sex or meddling mothers. But Clarke uses her as her fake-fiancée, Audrey wants to use take advantage of it to defend herself against a nefarious online troll.What started out to be a few days of being fake-engaged escalates to an engagement party, cake tastings, wedding planner interviews, dress shopping and most serious of all, kissing and touching for the cameras that don’t feel fake at all. Can the two figure out a way to go back to the way things were and salvage their friendship or realize that they’ve loved each other since the beginning?Since Audrey and Clarke had been friends for years, theirs was the slowest of burns. It took them forever and a day and lots and lots of meddling to realize they were perfect for each other and their romantic journey was delightfully fun. Marriage on Madison Avenue is book #3 of the Central Park Pact series by Lauren Layne. It’s a standalone, contemporary romance, told from both points of view with a happy ending.* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet, funny and romantic tale of best friends to lovers. Books like this make me jealous I don’t have a childhood who is also the love of my life. A fast, easy, pleasant read. Perfect for those looking for a little romance without too much crazy drama. Of course, there is some but it is nothing too serious.
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  • c, (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    I need you with every fiber of my being. I’ve needed you from that very first day on the playground. I know the way you tell the story is that I saved you from a bully, but the truth is you save me from myself every damn day. On my blog. Galley provided by publisherMarriage on Madison Avenue is Lauren Layne at her best. A great central romance, a wonderful supporting cast, and an excellent friendship among a group of women (it’s not an exaggeration to say that my favourites of hers all centre I need you with every fiber of my being. I’ve needed you from that very first day on the playground. I know the way you tell the story is that I saved you from a bully, but the truth is you save me from myself every damn day. On my blog. Galley provided by publisherMarriage on Madison Avenue is Lauren Layne at her best. A great central romance, a wonderful supporting cast, and an excellent friendship among a group of women (it’s not an exaggeration to say that my favourites of hers all centre around such groups) make up this book and that, for me, turns it into an amazing read.The book takes up Audrey’s story (and Clarke’s too, but really, Audrey’s the important one here). When Clarke’s mum springs a surprise visit from his ex-girlfriend on him, he claims to be engaged to Audrey in a fit of desperation. And then Audrey agrees to maintain the pretence because some internet troll is sending her hate about something I can’t remember. Anyway. It’s the perfect set up for fake dating/engagement and best friends to lovers.Like I said, my favourite Lauren Layne books are those that centre on a friendship group of women. The ones which have tended to give more pagetime to male characters (*cough cough* the Oxford series *cough cough*), I haven’t enjoyed nearly so much (although here I can put up with it because I actually like Clarke). So this was always likely to be one I loved. And I think it could be my favourite of the series, even – though, full disclosure, I haven’t yet got round to book 2. I loved returning to the dynamic of Naomi and Audrey and Claire, and getting to see more of Audrey’s story.And also, because friends to lovers is a god tier trope, I obviously loved Audrey and Clarke together. (So much so that I’m already debating going back to reread the whole thing.) The way their relationship developed, from them faking it, to actually going through with it (and then, obviously, realising they were in love and not really doing it for the convenience). It was just beautiful.If there’s anything I wasn’t so keen on about this book, it was the source of angst. Like is it really necessary to have Clarke’s dad be such a dickhead and then Clarke to somehow regress to joking about that? But it was resolved so quickly it didn’t really matter in the end (though I remain confused why Clarke said what he said, but okay).Overall, it was an excellent romance, and definitely up there with my favourites from Lauren Layne.
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    My Luck is Holding, Got this in my Little Grabby Hands, WootWoot! We have been waiting...Audrey and Clark...Friends to Lovers, please...Audrey has always been there for Clark...And He for Her...So when Clark needs Audrey to save him from his Matchmaking Mom...Of course, Audrey would be happy to be part of the plan...But what starts out as Pretend Kisses...Start to curl toes and stir up Feelings...As they march toward the Wedding Aisle... Will Audrey and Clark say I Do...For real with a... My Luck is Holding, Got this in my Little Grabby Hands, WootWoot! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️ We have been waiting...Audrey and Clark...Friends to Lovers, please...Audrey has always been there for Clark...And He for Her...So when Clark needs Audrey to save him from his Matchmaking Mom...Of course, Audrey would be happy to be part of the plan...But what starts out as Pretend Kisses...Start to curl toes and stir up Feelings...As they march toward the Wedding Aisle... Will Audrey and Clark say I Do...For real with a... Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3)-January 28, 2020 Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2)https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, Central Park Pact series, how I loathe to say goodbye to you!!!!First, we had Naomi and Oliver and I thought no other couple would compare. Then, I met Claire and Scott and said okay no way can Audrey's story be as good as the first two. Within minutes of Marriage of Madison Avenue making it's way into my hands, I was enamored with Audrey and Clark's story. If you've read the first two novels in this series, you know that Audrey and Clark are long time best friends - and doesn't that often Oh, Central Park Pact series, how I loathe to say goodbye to you!!!!First, we had Naomi and Oliver and I thought no other couple would compare. Then, I met Claire and Scott and said okay no way can Audrey's story be as good as the first two. Within minutes of Marriage of Madison Avenue making it's way into my hands, I was enamored with Audrey and Clark's story. If you've read the first two novels in this series, you know that Audrey and Clark are long time best friends - and doesn't that often make for the strongest relationships at times?Told in Layne's signature witty voice with the perfect sprinkles of drama and humor, Marriage on Madison Avenue is a true delight - especially for those who may also wonder how someone makes Instagram Influencer a career - like our girl Audrey does! This book was just entertaining from page 1 and I read it in it's entirety in one sitting (sorry, responsibilities)!!! The worst part was turning the last page knowing I would have to say goodbyes to these characters I have truly come to love over the course of the three books - three strong badass women and the men who build them up!I received an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars (when will you get the half star system, Goodreads? WHEN?!)This book was really cute. Two life long friends who decide to fake an engagement to get other people off your back? What more could you want?I enjoyed the second book in this series but this one was even more fun. I read it in one sitting and was rooting for Clarke and Audrey to finally figure out their feelings. The good things about Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars (when will you get the half star system, Goodreads? WHEN?!)This book was really cute. Two life long friends who decide to fake an engagement to get other people off your back? What more could you want?I enjoyed the second book in this series but this one was even more fun. I read it in one sitting and was rooting for Clarke and Audrey to finally figure out their feelings. The good things about this book are that it hits all the classic tropes. Best friends for life, fake engagement, secret pining, and even arranged marriage at one point. The pining is fantastic in this. You get it from both Clarke and Audrey and you just want to yell at them to open their eyes and see that they're obviously both in love! The friendships in this book are genuine and feel like real friendships and they care for one another. It earns its rating because, in the end, I wanted MORE. This series is like PG-13 Hallmark. She builds up to a lot only to fade to black or cut off before you even get anywhere. There are moments that are mentioned instead of written about that I would have loved to READ in more depth. I just wanted more detail and more story. This would be at the very top of my list if that were the case. It really just felt so much like a step up above Hallmark in terms of sweetness when you're expecting more an author you know is capable of it. I would still recommend this book for anyone looking for a tropey and sweet romcom.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sorry to see this trilogy go. I really loved it and the women Naomi, Claire and of course Audrey. And if this is the first book in this trilogy that you picked up...don't worry there is enough back-story to get you up to snuff. (almost too much back-story for the person who has read the first two books-almost!) I would actually love to see a book about Elizabeth who was a secondary character in this book, I think she deserves love!At any rate, this book is steamy but clean (no bodily fluids I'm sorry to see this trilogy go. I really loved it and the women Naomi, Claire and of course Audrey. And if this is the first book in this trilogy that you picked up...don't worry there is enough back-story to get you up to snuff. (almost too much back-story for the person who has read the first two books-almost!) I would actually love to see a book about Elizabeth who was a secondary character in this book, I think she deserves love!At any rate, this book is steamy but clean (no bodily fluids discussed) it taught me just exactly what an "influencer" is and also taught me to respect and understanding for non-traditional jobs. I'm a Babyboomer and I find it difficult to understand these types of careers, but this author went a long, long way to help me see. This is going to be the perfect book for women who grew up with this as the norm.The real story is as old as man -three women loving the same man who dies and the women discover each other at his funeral. They vow to take care of each other and to keep them from falling for inappropriate men.I loved this very fast reading book and was engaged in the story for every minute of it -the only reason I gave it less than five stars is that I really dislike too much angst and inner dialoguing and this book has too much for my personal taste.*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Romance novels often use familiar tropes, and as Lauren Layne closes out this trilogy, she definitely did an entertaining job with friends to lovers. In the Central Park Pact series, three women met at a funeral only to discover they were all involved with the same man. They have become the best of friends and in this third and final book of the series. So, what is Audrey Tate's story? Well, she has been best friends with Clarke West for years. Platonic yet they loved each other deeply. When Romance novels often use familiar tropes, and as Lauren Layne closes out this trilogy, she definitely did an entertaining job with friends to lovers. In the Central Park Pact series, three women met at a funeral only to discover they were all involved with the same man. They have become the best of friends and in this third and final book of the series. So, what is Audrey Tate's story? Well, she has been best friends with Clarke West for years. Platonic yet they loved each other deeply. When Clarke becomes frustrated with his mother's matchmaking, Audrey agrees to pretend to be engaged to him. In making it look convincing, a gently touch, a long look, a lingering kiss leads the pair wondering if they could possibly be friends with benefits long enough for Clarke to get his mother off of his back.I loved this book and it was easily my favorite of the series. I loved how Audrey and Clarke were forced to face their feelings. I also loved the humor this book contained. However, the thing that I loved with Marriage on Madison Avenue, as well as with the first two books in the series, Passion on Park Avenue and Love on Lexington Avenue especially because of the friendship that existed between Audrey, Naomi and Claire. Although their friendship started from very unusual circumstances, it is powerful and gives the stories a nice emotional edge. These books could be standalones, but I encourage readers who enjoy romance to read the trilogy as a whole.Many thanks to Gallery and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • konstantina
    January 1, 1970
    i heard that this book is being considered for an oscar nomination next year
  • tai
    January 1, 1970
    Such an amazing ending to an even more amazing series. Ever since Passion on Park Avenue, I have been dying to see audrey and clarke finally realize that what they have goes beyond friendship, and this was everything I wanted for them and more. I loved watching them fall in love with each other, and their interactions were just so fun to read. the highlight of this series for me are the friendships. Naomi, Claire and Audrey turned a situation that most people would have a negative reaction Such an amazing ending to an even more amazing series. Ever since Passion on Park Avenue, I have been dying to see audrey and clarke finally realize that what they have goes beyond friendship, and this was everything I wanted for them and more. I loved watching them fall in love with each other, and their interactions were just so fun to read. the highlight of this series for me are the friendships. Naomi, Claire and Audrey turned a situation that most people would have a negative reaction about, and made a beautiful friendship out of it. on top of that, every single book in this series just makes their friendship stronger, their interactions eve more entertaining and sweet, and this one had some of my favorite moments between them. I also loved seeing the guys become good friends too, which we hadn't seen before that much! overall, i loved this with my entire heart and i am just sad to see this series end. I would read millions of books about audrey, noami and claire. their friendship is definitely one of my all time favorite literary friendships ever.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    Omg I adored this book. I think friends to lovers is my favorite trope. Maybe because its more believable. I loved the vulnerability that Audrey and Clarke both showed. I read Passion on Park but missed Layne’s second in the series. It was easy to read as a standalone but now I need to go back and read Claire’s’ love story. If you are looking for something sweet and quick then I highly recommend fitting this in your reading life.
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    review to come
  • michelle (magical reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** “Clarke’s not my guy.”“Sorry, but who bought you that Tiffany ring?”“And who’s been your other half since, what, age seven?” I’ve been waiting for Audrey and Clarke’s book since book one, and I’m so happy we’re finally getting their story! I was even more excited by the trope of this book. Marriage on Madison Avenue has childhood friends with a fake 3.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** “Clarke’s not my guy.”“Sorry, but who bought you that Tiffany ring?”“And who’s been your other half since, what, age seven?” I’ve been waiting for Audrey and Clarke’s book since book one, and I’m so happy we’re finally getting their story! I was even more excited by the trope of this book. Marriage on Madison Avenue has childhood friends with a fake engagement, which is one of my favorite tropes!I love Audrey and Clarke’s dynamic; they know each other so well that this actually wasn’t the first fake engagement they’re done. But maybe it’s the last…honestly though, Audrey’s reaction to Clarke calling fake engagement was hilarious.Also, both of them think they’re incapable of love, so they think that their friendship is the best they’ll ever get. Basically they’re settling for “mutual companionship” except over time, they realize that they might be in love with each other. It was interesting reading about both Audrey and Clarke feeling this way, and yes, my heart expanded 3 times with all the angst. There’s also some residual angst from Clarke’s ex coming back into their lives and the possibility of feelings between them.I also liked seeing Audrey’s line of work being valid. Although I do have reservations about the culture of influencers, you can’t deny that most of them put a lot of work into it, Audrey especially. I’m also grateful that, while Clarke is a playboy, I didn’t have to read any overtly misogynistic attitudes.It was kinda cool reading about all the wedding planning. If you’re going to do a fake engagement, and not just a fake relationship, you should go all in, and that’s exactly what Audrey does.I also loved seeing more of Audrey and the other girls! They’re all so supportive of each other and know when to step in. She still believed in love. Just not for herself. She wasn’t at all sure she deserved it. Overall, Marriage on Madison Avenue was an adorable continuation of the Central Park Pact series. I definitely recommend it if you like the childhood-friends-to-lovers trope or the fake engagement trope.
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  • Readaholic
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started reading the Central Park Pact Series, I knew that Clarke and Audrey would have to have their story and I couldn't wait for it! Well, Lauren Layne did not disappoint in bringing us the perfect book to end this series. What started off as three women meeting under the most unusual circumstance - at a funeral for the man that they were all very intimate with (wife, mistress and girlfriend) - turned in to three friends who eventually found the right man for them. Throughout When I first started reading the Central Park Pact Series, I knew that Clarke and Audrey would have to have their story and I couldn't wait for it! Well, Lauren Layne did not disappoint in bringing us the perfect book to end this series. What started off as three women meeting under the most unusual circumstance - at a funeral for the man that they were all very intimate with (wife, mistress and girlfriend) - turned in to three friends who eventually found the right man for them. Throughout Passion on Park Avenue and Love on Lexingon Avenue, you saw snippets of Clarke and Audrey and how close they were. I loved their friendship so much and was just waiting until these two realized they had feelings for one another. Audrey is such a great character, she has so much heart and can not stop thinking about how she ruined a marriage by falling in love with a married man. Although Claire, Naomi and Audrey were all in some way or another linked with Brayden before he died, it seems that Audrey is taking the longest to move on. She's heartbroken for what she could have had and also doubts herself in choosing the right person. Marriage is completely off the table...that is until Clarke tells his mom Audrey and him are engaged!I love a fake relationship trope so much and LL did such a good job with not only a fake relationship but friends to lovers as well. Clarke and Audrey are under the assumption that they'll stay friends while being fake engaged, but as lines start to blur it is becoming harder to maintain a distance and not truly act as an engaged couple. I loved this book so much and I think that Marriage on Madison Avenue was the perfect book to end this wonderful series! **ARC provided by TastyBookPR and the publisher in exchange for my honest review**
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