Book Title and Author: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Series: Central Park Pact #1
Publication Date and Publisher: May 28, 2019 by Gallery Books
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 288 pages
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Date Read: April 24, 2019 (e-arc)
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 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 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. All opinions are my own.**