Book Review: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne @_LaurenLayne @GalleryBooks #stephlvsbooks #passiononparkavenue #centralparkpact #bookreview


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)

4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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. 

My Thoughts:

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.**

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22 thoughts on “Book Review: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne @_LaurenLayne @GalleryBooks #stephlvsbooks #passiononparkavenue #centralparkpact #bookreview

    1. It’s a fun read. Christina Lauren has something extra special but there’s a similarity. You and me both. June is a crazy month for book releases and I’m not going to have all my ARCs read by their publication date. Oops! But I’ll do the best I can and get them read/reviewed as I can. I was stressing terribly over it and in tears but realized I can only do what I can do and no point making myself sick over it then reading becomes a chore. Thank you! I hope you do too. 😊


    1. There are just so many books coming out right now. I’m in over my head with June releases and know I’m not going to be able to get them read and reviewed in time. I’m not sure what I was thinking…I should have passed some of mine up, lol. This was a fun read; I hope your library adds it. I really can’t wait for the next book! Thank you! 💜

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  1. I identify with you so much about what kind of books you like/love to read! In the summer I try to lighten up my reading to lighter, fluffier books, and some chick lit that is well written. Based on your review alone I just requested this book from my library which, already had a small list of holds on the three copies of the book whatever, I will get it in the next month or so.
    I know what you mean about a ton of my favorite authors books coming out in the next two months. I decided to make a “summer reading list” for the first time this year. I came up with 18 books to put on my list. I figure the other six will be books that I stumble across. I usually read about 2 books a week lately sometimes more, sometimes less, so 24 books over three months isn’t unreasonable the trick is finding 24 books I like! Mind you these are trusted authors but still every once in a while there is a dud.

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    1. I do enjoy lighter reads in the summer too although I love to read thrillers/suspense all year long. I tend to enjoy historical fiction more in the fall/winter, which might explain why I’ve had some difficulties with that genre the past couple of months.

      Aww, wonderful! I hope you enjoy it when you get it. Yes, it always seems that my favorite authors release books in the summer. I have so many books releasing from June to August (not counting the ones that released in May); 18 isn’t bad at all for three months. I tend to read 18 books in a month, but that’s starting to be too much for me since there’s other things that I’d like to do, as much as I do love reading! I understand that-I’ve had a few authors I love write some books that haven’t been favorites.


  2. I’m happy you enjoyed this non-thriller! LL is one of my go-to contemporary authors. I lover her books. I think you liked this one more than I did, though. I must have been in an odd reading mood or something…

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    1. Thanks, Deanna! I’ve been in such an odd reading mood lately-the things I usually love I can’t get into, the things I don’t normally read I love, haha! Maybe that’s why I liked this one more than you did? Maybe we’re topsy turvy right now! Sorry you didn’t love it though!

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    1. It is! Ha, you and me both, Caz! I need to have my own business like her. Thanks, love! I’ll try to DM you today. I had no internet and had cell phone drama…its been fun! Xoxo

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      1. If you get any amazing business ideas let me know, we can combine ideas & become self-styled billionaires. Soon, hopefully! No rush on the DM at all, you have enough on your plate. No internet? That’s enough to drive most people nuts; it’s crazy to think how we can’t function without it anymore. Hope it’s all sorted now, fingers crossed! xx

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      2. Lol, I will try! It was crazy but it’s back, thankfully. My kids were going nuts, and it’s funny to think that I had no idea what internet was when I was growing up since people didn’t have computer’s and internet in their homes when I was younger (you know, because I’m old, lol). It is wild how much we need it now! Thanks-it is! xoxo

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