Gallery Books Presents: Passion On Park Avenue

42202094Title:  Passion On Park Avenue
 Series:  Central Park Pact
Author:  Lauren Lane
Length:  288 pages
Format:  Kindle
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Rating:  5 Stars

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.

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.


 Praise For:  Passion On Park Avenue





“Chic and clever! Passion on Park Avenue comes to life like a sexy, comedic movie on the page.”

–Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author
"I couldn't put it down! Not only is the friendship between Naomi, Claire and Audrey refreshing and inspirational, the chemistry between Naomi and Oliver is off the charts! I love a sassy heroine and a funny hero and Layne delivers both. Witty banter and an electric connection between Naomi and Oliver kept me turning the pages late into the night. Lauren Layne knocks this one right out of Park Avenue!"

–Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author of Fight or Flight
“Strong characters and relatable situations elevate Layne’s bighearted contemporary… This vivid enemies-to-lovers romance digs into class differences, emotional baggage, and the reality of dealing with aging parents.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Featuring wine in coffee mugs, dinner parties with ulterior motives, and Naomi and Oliver being (almost) caught with their pants down, this is perfect for readers who love the dishy women's fiction of Candace Bushnell."
– Booklist
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My Thoughts
If you are a person who longs for the days when new episodes of Sex In The City were just a click away.  If you are a person for whom the phrase "girl power" is more than just "catchy".  And if you are a person who prefers their romance with a healthy helping of " heart".
Lauren Layne's Passion On Park is the perfect fit for you.

The self-made Naomi Powell may be the CEO of the next "big thing" that the fashion accessory game has ever seen.  And her money may run very long, and very green as a result.  But both she and the upper crusts of the Upper East Side apartment building that she is trying to move into are well aware that her blood runs a whole lot more red than the blue that they are used to.
With no one knowing this better than her neighbor and HOA board member, Oliver Cunningham.  The kicker being that he can't see just how far back their history goes.
But by the same token.  Naomi can't reconcile the boy that she knew from her past, with the man who seems determined to make her his future.
Leaving readers to answer the question of.  Can there be a happily...?
Or will the ghosts of the past be enough to chase away any hopes for a brigher future for these two?

Lauren hits one out of the park on all bases with this first book in the Central Park Pact series.  It's funny, heartwarming, and even heartbreaking at times.  But never a book that one wants to put down.
My only gripe.  That there wasn't more girl time involving Audry and Claire.  Seeing as that is what is so effectively alluded to at the absolutely unforgettable beginning to both the book and series.
That fabulous beginning, and a phone call or two, is just about the limit of the "girl's squad" interaction.  Before it then becomes all Naomi, all the time.
But let me be the first to say that time is a great one right down to the very last second.



About Lauren
Lauren LayneLauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She’s based in New York City.
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