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review 2020-03-03 19:46
Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) - Lauren Layne

I love this book! I always expect cheesy and predictable storylines when I read romance but, although still fairly predictable (come on, we read these books because we do want a happy ending), I wasn't bored one bit as I read this. I found myself smiling along a lot, which is always a good thing. As a protagonist, Naomi is a good blend of strong and vulnerable, something I don't find in a lot of books in the same genre. I'm definitely filing the next books in the series in my TBR folder.

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review 2020-01-30 02:38
Review: Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3) - Lauren Layne

Reviewed for Wit and Sin


Marriage on Madison Avenue is a sweet confection of a book. I’ve been excited to read Audrey and Clarke’s story ever since I first saw them together in Passion on Park Avenue and Lauren Layne did not disappoint. Marriage on Madison Avenue is the literary equivalent of sunshine and rainbows – it made me incredibly happy while I was reading it and I hated having to look away from the book for even a minute.

Audrey is simply one of the most loveable heroines you’ll ever meet. She may have grown up a pampered Upper East Side princess and her job as an Instagram influencer is not one many take seriously, but she works hard at her job and is so genuinely sweet and charming that you cannot help but love her. Her best friend since childhood, Clarke, has always been there for her and they seriously have the best friendship. I’ve adored their interactions all throughout the Central Park Pact series and I love how they’re always there for each other, no matter what. Clarke may look like a hunk and have a playboy image, but he also works hard at his father’s company and there’s far more to him than others see.

Clarke and Audrey have faked an engagement before to get out of a situation, but this time something’s different. This time the two of them are starting to see what is crystal clear to everyone they know: that Clarke and Audrey are made for each other. They know they love each other and that is never in question throughout the book (another thing I loved), but what they can’t see is that they’re also in love with one another. Both of them are wary of risking their hearts. For Audrey having found out that her boyfriend was married shook her to the core and Clarke has a past of his own that makes him want to guard his heart. A fake relationship with their best friend is easy for both of them. Until new and uncomfortable feelings start to arise. Feelings that make their fake engagement feel all-too-real. How things play out, I won’t reveal. Suffice it to say Ms. Layne takes readers on a wonderful journey in one of the best friends-to-lovers stories I’ve ever read. Everything about Audrey and Clarke’s journey worked for me and I think it’s in part because Ms. Layne make the core love and friendship at the base of the relationship so strong and that strength shines. It’s the little moments Ms. Layne includes throughout the story that just bring everything in Audrey and Clarke’s relationship together. Their slide into love feels fated and though it’s not a smooth path to happily ever after, I was cheering them on every step of the way.

Audrey and Clarke are the heart of Marriage on Madison Avenue but the friendship between Audrey, Claire, and Naomi is vital to the tale as well. Their friendship had had an unusual beginning, but these three strong, independent, very different women are a treat to read about. Their support, rapport, and genuine caring are what makes me love the Central Park Pact series. Though you don’t have to have read Passion on Park Avenue or Love on Lexington Avenue in order to enjoy this book, you’d be missing out on two charming stories of love and friendship. Marriage on Madison Avenue was the perfect ending to a wonderfully entertaining trilogy. It’s bright, endearing, and hits all the right notes.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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review 2020-01-26 23:56
Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3) by: Lauren Layne
Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3) - Lauren Layne




Audrey and Clarke helped me find my smile. Layne charms with chaos. Marriage on Madison Avenue proves that love doesn't need to be perfect. When it comes to the heart it just needs to feel right. Although I'm sad to see the Central Park Pact series come to an end, I can honestly say the characters I've met and fell for, as well as the dreamer that brought them to life, has lit up my soul with this heartwarming, laugh out loud, irresistible series.

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review 2019-11-09 23:03
Love on Lexington Avenue (The Central Park Pact Book 2) - Lauren Layne
The widow, the mistress, and the girlfriend of the dead guy make a pact to save each other from the wrong guy.  Claire (the widow) has mourned for a year and is now going to remake the brownstone she shared with her husband.  Realizing she has been looking at the same bland design that the house is currently in, she decides it is time to radically change the house and add color to it.  Enter contractor Scott who wants a change from his usual big office/complex work.  They fight.  They get to know one another.  They do not want to be attracted to each other.  It does not work that way.
I liked this story.  It can be read as a standalone but I want to read the first book in the series before the last book comes out.  It is fun.  Claire does not want the spotlight but she wants people to look at her, see her.  In Scott she finds that person but she wants to try her wings.  Scott agrees to help and he is not much of a wingman.  But Claire is a smart woman.  I liked her.  I liked her strength and vulnerability.  I rooted for Claire.  I wanted her to get what she wanted and not what someone else wanted her to have.  I loved the scene at the beach when they finally empty the one room.  A classic!
I look forward to the next book.
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review 2019-08-05 22:10
Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) - Lauren Layne

Naomi Powell has spent her entire life trying to prove she is better than that little girl who got kicked out of the Park Avenue household her mom worked at because her mom was caught in a compromising position with the man of the house.  Now, Naomi run a billion dollar jewelry company and has the world at her hands.

When Naomi receives a phone call about her application for an apartment at the same Park Avenue building that they were kicked out of she is intrigued.  Once realizing that her deceased mother filled out her application, Naomi is ready to leave when who walks in but Oliver Cunningham, the son of the family that threw them out.  Too bad Oliver doesn't recognize Naomi.  After exchanging a few choice words, Naomi walks out with her head held high.  Imagine her surprise when she is later called and told that she has the apartment.  Imagine her further surprise when Naomi already realizes that her neighbor is Oliver....it seems he is very intrigued by her.  Naomi decides that she must confront her past and confront the Cunningham men but quickly learns that Walter Cunningham is not the same man she knew....he know has Alzheimer's.  As much as Naomi wants to hate the Cunningham men she is starting to realize that she actually likes them.

As Naomi is trying to make her way through all that life has thrown at her, she must decide if she can let go of the past in order to be able to move on into the future.

I really liked Naomi.  She is so strong willed.  Sometimes she is a little stubborn but based on her past it is easy to see why.  I really loved Oliver.  He just seemed like my perfect type of hero....strong, sexy but compassionate and the sexual attraction between these two was crazy.  I really also enjoyed Naomi's friends that she had met through an interesting circumstance and I can't wait to read their story's.  Overall this was a fun, sexy enjoyable read.

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