Sunday, February 9, 2020

Book Review: "Passion on Park Avenue" by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne's Passion on Park Avenue is the first book in her Central Park Pact series. It's the start of a fun trilogy about love, sex, friendship, and finding your way.

Naomi Powell has come a long way from her childhood, where her mother worked as a housekeeper in a prestigious building on the Upper East Side until one day she lost her job and they were forced out on the streets. Naomi is the CEO of a tremendously successful jewelry and accessories company she built herself, and she doesn’t feel she has anything to prove to anyone.

And then she finds she is in the running for a condo in the building where her mother once worked. Suddenly she wants to show these high-society snobs what she’s made of herself. She’s thrown for a loop when she realizes one of the residents is Oliver Cunningham, the son of the family her mother once worked for, whom Naomi blames for the rapid downturn of their lives all those years ago.

She’s bent on revenge, but she can’t help but be attracted to him at the same time. Damn him for being gorgeous and infuriating. She wants to let Oliver and his father know who she is and that she still is angry for what transpired years ago, but she’s unsure what her next move should be. And then there’s also an attractive producer trying to convince her to let him adapt her life story into a television movie, which is both a flattering and terrifying idea.

Meanwhile, Naomi and her two closest friends—who meet in quite an interesting way after discovering a very unique thing in common—try to navigate how to find Mr. Right instead of Mr. Absolutely Wrong. They've promised to protect each other from winding up with someone horrible.

This is such an enjoyable book and a super-quick read. I actually read the second book in this series, Love on Lexington Avenue, before this one and it really didn’t mess things up. It’s lighthearted, sexy, and lots of fun—kind of a Sex and the City but less pretentious, not superficial, and less steamy.

Can’t wait to read the third and final book in the series, Marriage on Madison Avenue!

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