Passion on Park Avenue

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4-4.5 stars.

Another hit from Ms. Layne. I really enjoyed the start of this new series.

Here we meet Naomi and Oliver, they have a shared past for a little while, and now years later the meet again on Park Avenue.

Anyway, things are far from easy for these two, their shared past is far from easy and left Naomi deeply hurt.

I loved these guys. LOVED Naomi and her drive and kickass-ness; but I loved her soft side so much. I loved how Oliver brought that out of her. She was super lovely and awesome and I SO wanted to be her friend.

Oliver didn’t have it easy either. He might live a comfortable life, but things were far from easy in his everyday life. I loved how he let go a bit with Naomi and how much she challenged him.

And of course, I adored these two together. They brought the best out in each other and I was constantly eager to know more about their journey.

All in all, a great read with lots of surprises, swoony moments and all around loveliness. 
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PASSION ON PARK AVENUE is the first instalment in Lauren Layne’s contemporary, adult CENTRAL PARK PACT romance series focusing on three friends: Naomi Powell, Audrey Tate and Claire Hayes-three woman who would discover there were all in a relationship with the same man.  This is thirty year olds, successful business-woman Naomi Powell, and architect Oliver Cunningham’s story line.

Told from dual third person perspectives ( Naomi and Oliver) PASSION ON PARK AVENUE follows Naomi Powell days after the death of Braydon Hayes, a man whose infidelities would bring three strangers together, forming a friendship that would push them closer together. Six months after the death of her mother Danica Fields, millionaire business woman Naomi Powell would be invited to join one of the wealthiest apartment units on Park Avenue-the caveat- it is the same apartment building where her life had spiralled out of control twenty years earlier, when her mother was caught having an affair with the man that she worked for. Fast forward twenty years, wherein, Naomi will come face to face with her past in the guise of thirty year old Oliver Cunningham, the son of the man that destroyed her mother’s life. What ensues is the enemies to lovers relationship between Naomi and Oliver, and the potential fall-out as Naomi is reluctant to reveal the source of her animosity towards Oliver and the Cunningham family, a reluctance that is about to blow up in her face.

Naomi Powell wanted retribution for her mother. Six months after her mother’s death, Naomi would discover that Danica Fields put into motion Naomi’s path for revenge, revenge that would stutter when Naomi comes face to face with her childhood nemesis. Oliver Cunningham has no idea why his new neighbor despises the ground upon which he walks. With her unwillingness to reveal the source of her animosity, Oliver can only presume that the woman with whom he is falling in love has suffered greatly at the hands of a previous love.

The relationship between Oliver and Naomi is a frenemies to lovers romance wherein Naomi battles between head and heart knowing that torment and loss her mother suffered at the hands of the Cunningham family. Oliver’s attraction to Naomi is instant but our heroine tries to keep her distance from the man with whom she will fall in love. The lone $ex scene fades to black and is mostly implied.

We are introduced to Audrey Tate and Claire Hayes; Naomi’s assistant Deena; Audrey’s best friend Clarke West;  Oliver’s father Walter Cunningham; his caretaker Janice; Oliver’s friend and fellow architect Scott Turner. Claire and Scott’s story line is next in LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE.

PASSION ON PARK AVENUE is a story of betrayal; of vengeance; of broken memories, heart break and loss; secrets and lies; forgiveness, romance and falling in love. The premise is captivating and emotional; the slow building romance is sweet; the characters are energetic, colorful and lost.

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Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors.  And having read quite a few of her books, I have come to expect certain things from her.  This book delivered them all!  I loved the friendships that were formed and the romance was swoony.  I can't wait to read more about this group of people :)
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Passion on Park Avenue is the first book in Lauren Layne’s Central Park Pact series, and it’s a highly entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance with a charming hero and a fiery heroine, who are perfectly-matched and incredibly fun to watch. Oliver was Naomi’s childhood nemesis when her mother worked as a housekeeper for his wealthy family, so when they are reunited as adults, it’s not a joyful reunion for Naomi. She’s still angry over the way she and her mother were treated, but she begins to realize that grown-up Oliver is very different from the boy she used to know. Full of Lauren Layne’s signature banter, endearing characters and sparkling, intelligent storyline, you don’t want to miss Passion on Park Avenue.
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I think this is a case of the wrong book at the wrong time. I don’t think it’s the book. I’m just not in the right  place to enjoy it.  I will come back to it.
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You can always know that when you read a Lauren Layne book, you are getting a story, with heart, a little angst,great characters and a fun afternoon or evening of reading.  I love reading her stories, and am so happy for this new series.  Naomi, Claudia, and Audrey meet in the most uncomfortable of  circumstances. Claudia is married to a playboy, philanderer, who died in a yachting accident.  Unknowingly Naomi and Audrey have both been having an affair with him, and they all meet outside his funeral. This sets up to be a friendship of the three, and this book features Naomi, a young woman who grew up in poor circumstances but has made it on her own. She has issues with those from her childhood and this is the basis for this romance. Love the depth of this story,and how it all is resolved but not easily. Once  again, an enjoyable romance from Lauren Layne.
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Lauren Layne is back with a brand new series based in New York City, following three women, who meet in a pretty unique circumstance. They all meet at the funeral of the man they are all involved with, and it’s as awkward as you would expect. Surprisingly, this friendship was actually one of the best things about this book. They all call each other out, make them accountable and really just make them each better people. We do meet everyone who is in the future books and I’m very excited for all of the books in this series. 

This one focuses on Naomi. In the beginning, honestly, I didn’t like her at all. I found her too bossy, pushy, and aggressive, but I’m happy to say that she was a lot less severe than I had originally thought. She has had a rough childhood, and blames a lot of it on one family. So, when she gets to move in next to this family on Park Avenue, she is set on revenge. But, through the book, she, thankfully, realized these people were a lot different now than they were then. Oliver is the love interest. He was a caregiver who liked puzzles and just a really nice guy. Their banter and chemistry was explosive. 

I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne, have read all of her books, and this book is slightly different than her other romance books. I would classify this more as women’s fiction. But, all the things you love about Lauren Layne books are still in here. She always has great main characters with strong women and nice guys. The friendships are always so wonderful. Each pushing the main characters in the right direction. And her books are almost always a love letter to New York City, and one of the main characters. She always sets the scenes perfectly that make me want to move to NYC right now. 

Passion on Park Avenue is the perfect start to this new series. I enjoyed this entertaining read and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

* ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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Sweet Romance! Naomi and Oliver were great characters. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them connect and learn about their histories. Oliver is kind, caring and so not what Naomi remembers or perceived him to be. Naomi is strong and feisty, I loved her spunk. She is not the same little girl that she was when Oliver knew her as a child. When she moves into his building after her mother passes, it is to show them what she has become.  But as their attraction and interactions grow, Naomi isn’t ready to confront this new Oliver about what happened in the past. Together they had some amazing interactions. I  loved their building heat between the two and it was great watching them work through their struggles as they figure everything out. I also liked how sweet and caring she was with his father, and how much she grew emotionally through this story. 
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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3.75 stars.
I'm on the fence with this book. I usually love Lauren Layne books. They're smart, witty, charming, sexy and deliver on every level. I've feeling a little off about Passion on Park Avenue. I think I was expecting more sexy business, a snappy story line, a story that moved a little quicker. I did really like Naomi, but I felt there was more that could be done with her character. She's smart, feisty, determined, a self made millionaire, a fierce business woman. Underneath all strong front, she's vulnerable and a little fragile. That part is only shown in respect to a specific part of her past. If felt like there was more that we're missing out on. Oliver was dreamy, but again, there's something missing for his character in this story.

I was left wanting more after finishing the book. The writing was great, the story left a little to be desired. Will I come back for the next books? I'm still sitting pretty on the fence.
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***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley***

Think you are having a bad day? Did you discover your boyfriend was his obituary?If the answer is no (and, well it really should be) then you are not having a day as bad as Naomi. 

Know what else it is, other than the definition of a bad day? It's a fabulous and different way to start a story. And, in the hands of Lauren Layne, it's a champagne infused (mugs optional), Louboutin wearing wonderful time.

I adored this title. It's different for Lauren Layne, it's more of a women's fiction title, and the sexy times are fade to black...but, don't worry. The hot sex might not be a part of the story but the amazing connection with the new friends (Claire and Audrey) is there. And, this is one of the areas where Lauren Layne excels, in telling relationships with women in a way that makes the women allies and strong supporters of one another. I loved that about this title.

I also loved the parts with Oliver, and I adored their relationship. I liked that it was a little adversarial at the beginning. I did think she made too big a deal of what happened when he was 10 and she was 9...but, it had big consequences for her life, so I could also see why she would feel that way. Basically, I am not sure I would have held that much of a grudge, but, I believed Naomi did and that was enough for me.

The secondary characters acted as they a way to bring depth to the story as well as the characters of Oliver and Naomi. So often first stories in a series turn into introduction vehicles for the characters and stop feeling like a story and start to feel like one long prologue. 

But this one didn't do that. Not at all. The secondary characters never felt overpowering, I was never tired of them, and I was always glad for scenes not only with Naomi and Oliver, but also with the supporting characters.

I love it when authors branch out a little, even if they stay in basically the same genre, but tell the story in a little different way. This is a Lauren Layne title, and it feels like one but at the same time it feels different.

I can't wait for the next in the series. I loved and recommend this title.
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

I'm not even sure where to star with my review. This story has a lot of things happening. Our main character, Namoi, has had many changes in a short time. Boyfriend passing; business booming; business moving locations; and apartment moving. Though she has to choice between two apartments to choose from. 

One her deceased mother set up for her to interview for and one she recently acquired. The funny thing is Namoi never thought she'd be back on Park Avenue as a homeowner. Especially not neighbors to the boy - now man - who tormented her during her brief stay in the same complex. 

To say the man doesn't match up to the boy she once knew is an understatement. Naomi has a hard time reconciling Oliver of today with the one who tormented her as a kid. The new Oliver is HOT! She thought he might follow in his fathers footsteps but it seems as if Oliver is totally not what she expected him to be. 

Y'all know what they say about assuming right? HA! So there's this man (Oliver) and this woman (Naomi) and they are really great together but there's this cavern. A deep cavern of pain from sins of old; expectations; and reality. You'll be rooting for these two to get their acts together. 

They really are the "perfect" couple. I enjoyed reading their story and hope you will as well. This is definitely one walk on the upper east side you'll want to take!
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Lauren Layne is a new author for me.  Well new in that I've only recently discovered her books and have fallen in love with her writing.  Passion in Park Avenue was well written but not one of my favorites.  

While I enjoyed the beginning of the book and the unconventional way that Naomi meets Claire and Audrey, I struggled with her relationship with Oliver.  I didn't feel the passion like I have in her other books. The premise was really interesting and I loved that Naomi was self made and so sure of herself.
I very much look forward to reading more and I'm really hoping Claire and Audrey get their own stories.
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Every Lauren Layne book I've read has been an enjoyable experience. Passion on Park Avenue is no different. I adored this book! Loved the slow burning enemies to lovers feel, the wonderful back and forth banter, and the delicious tension that developed between the main characters. It was such a cute, fun read. I couldn't get enough.

I'm pretty sure I loved Oliver right away. He seemed like a really good guy who is very loyal to his family. Sexy, smart, funny and a family man what's not to love. 

I will admit it took a while to like Naomi. I'm not sure what it was about her but for the first half of the book, she rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I'm not big on revenge. So her plans to stick it to those who treated her poorly when she was younger made me cringe. I did really come to like her in the end. She became more real and caring. 

My only complaint of this book is that I wish the big reveal would have come sooner. And Oliver's reaction was a giant let down. Of course this didn't make me want to stop reading.

In the center of this story is the friendship that is formed between three women who find out they were sleeping with the same man. I am obsessed with their pact and their friendship. Instead of being catty or turning against each other, they rallied together and encouraged one another; building a lifelong bond. I can't wait to see more of this friendship bloom.

Book 1 in the Central Park Pact series is a hit. I'm eager and excited to read the other girls's story.
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This book was a pleasant surprise. A clean romantic comedy.

Unbeknown to Naomi, her mother applied for an an apartment where where she worked as a housekeeper for the Cunningham Family on her behalf.  Naomi hates the Cunninghams  and their son Oliver.  Oliver tormented during the time she was in their home and she blames them for her family’s hard times after they fired her mother.  But Naomi has come a long way since then, and she wants to show them what she’s become.  Only, Oliver doesn’t recognize Naomi, and a lot has changed for the Cunninghams.  Deception was not part of her plan, but Naomi finds herself more involved with Cunninghams, and falling for Oliver.

My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Naomi, and Oliver’s dad, Walter.  It was so sweet.  She was so patient and gentle with him.  It was some of my favorite parts of this book.  I love the friendship between Naomi, Audrey and Claire.  The way the three women met, and the ensuing friendship are the stuff movies are made of, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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I’ve read a number of Lauren Layne (LL) books somewhere between eighteen and twenty and there are a few things I’ve come to expect.  I always expect a thoroughly enjoyable story, an eventual HEA, a group of fun friends that are pretty hilarious and one or two steamy sex scenes.  Passion in the Park had most of this, except when it came time for the sex scene, it was completely fade to black. I think that was the most surprising thing in this book, since it made the ‘Passion’ in the Park feel almost young adult or Harlequin.

But moving onto the actual story of how Naomi and Oliver eventually fell in love. Naomi and Oliver actually met as children, young children, around the age boys are awful and pull girl's hair.  Oliver used to call her carrots and he told a lie that got her and her mother kicked out of the apartment on Park Avenue. They struggled to survive for years after that, fast-forward a few decades later and Naomi has made herself into a strong business woman and the head of her self made company.   It seems she still has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about how she grew up.

Naomi is all set to move when she gets an invitation to interview for an apartment in a super exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, the very same one she and her mother were kicked out of once.  Intrigued by whatever possessed her mother to submit an application on her behalf, Naomi goes to the interview and sees none other than the hair pulling boy all grown up; she recognizes him but he has no idea who she is.  

Naomi is an interesting character in that she is holding on very tightly to her roots and hasn’t really accepted where she came from.  Most of the time she projects confidence, but closure on that part of her life seems important too. Only the boy she used to know is quite a different man, and his father whom she blames for most of the situation with childhood is a shadow of the man he once was.  The closure she is looking for, just might be more of a new beginning.

Like always, LL has a fun cast of characters written into her book.  I really liked the girl posse that was created by a very unusual circumstance.  Naomi with her two female besties is fantastic. They are what every girl needs to bolster her up in this unfamiliar time in her life.  Oliver is so likeable; I think that has a lot to do with his family situation at the moment and how he is handling it. 

Overall, I liked a lot of things in the story.  I think the steaminess of the romance would have worked so much better if the sex scene wasn’t fade to black.  But I like the family dynamic explored here between Oliver and his father that eventually included Naomi too.
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Passion on Park Avenue is the first in a new series from Lauren Layne and follows Naomi. A girl who came from humbled beginnings in the Bronx and now is topping all of the 30-under-30 lists. She meets two close friends Audrey and Claire under bizarre circumstances and they make a pact: never let one another be duped by a man again.

Naomi gets a call that an apartment on Park Ave that she “applied” for is now available and she’s been invited for a tenant interview. There she meets Oliver and instantly recognizes him as the young boy who contributed to shattering her childhood but he doesn’t seem to be able to place her. She realizes her mother must’ve applied for the apartment before she died and Naomi soon understands it was to get some closure from a colored history with Oliver’s family.

But Oliver isn’t a young boy any more and no matter how much she should hate him she finds herself like a moth to a flame instead. And the feeling is mutual. Verbal sparring and electric connections aside, will Naomi ever be able to move on and forget the past?

I really LOVED this one! It’s such a quick read that I finished it in a few hours. If you know anything about what I read then you know hate-to-love is my absolute TOP trope in romances. The banter and sarcastic quips are golden. If you’ve been wanting to try reading romance but don’t want all the explicit details this one would be a great place to start! It’s all anticipation laced with sexual tension without going into all the specifics - and I still loved it! This is the first in @laurenlayneauthor new Central Park Pact Series and I can’t wait for the next book already! This one releases TOMORROW so preorder a copy today or go grab one tomorrow when it’s released!! // ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️

Thanks to Gallery Books, Lisa Fillipe and Netgalley for an advanced copy to review. All opinions are my own!
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Such a sweet and fun story.I find it refreshing and I liked the writing a lot.Even though it has romance I felt it wasn't  a lot.I wish the story had more of the romance.

"She gave him an icy glare and turned away, but he grabbed her arm, a little surprised by his own action. Still, he didn’t let her go. “I’m not a bad guy, Naomi.”
Naomi remained stubbornly silent before letting her gaze drop deliberately to where he held her arm."

Naomi is strong and I liked her a lot!I loved the premise of this book and it was a quick read.
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Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite childhood stories, I especially adored the story between Gilbert Blythe and Anne. So to have Passion on Park Avenue emulate some of the plot points of Anne of Green Gables was simply put, wonderful. 

Like Anne and Gilbert, Naomi and Oliver had a past where Oliver tormented her as a child but this story took a twist from the original.. in this story, Naomi had been the housekeepers daughter, and her mom had done the cliche of sleeping with the man of the house only for the lady of the house to kick them to the curb the second she found out. Fast forward a couple years and Naomi is now a very successful entrepreneur with a jewelry business whose love life had gotten just a bit.. interesting. Meaning that she’d realized that her ex boyfriend was really married and she was Mistress #2 at the man’s funeral. What started out as a disastrous situation, ended in harmony with these three women coming together in the light of all that and becoming friends. 

After everything was seemingly going well now, Naomi surprisingly moves into the apartment where she and her mother had been thrown out of all those years ago. And here is where the story starts, with Naomi coming face with the man who had tormented his mother only to realize he wasn’t the same man he was before having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but also reuniting with her own tormentor, Oliver. 

What starts out as a hateful relationship ends up developing into a friendship then into a love story. Of course, the past had to come back and bite Naomi in the behind but thankfully..  just like Gilbert and Anne, Naomi and Oliver were able to work through their past and end up together. 

I loved this story and truly hope the other two friends get their own happily ever afters, I can’t wait to hear more from this author.
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I love Lauren Layne’s book but this book was just meh to me. I really liked Naomi and Oliver but felt something was off with the pacing of the story. I feel like a book with the word “Passion” in it needs just that...passion, which, unfortunately, I thought was lacking in this book. I love those slow burn, steamy romances and this just didn’t deliver. It was a good story but lacking that something special for me.
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I really enjoyed this book by Lauren Layne. She combines interesting characters with romance and redemption. I love the way she tells the story with some unexpected twists and turns that help to move the story forward.
Naomi Powell is the CEO of a jewelry empire. She didn’t think she would make it here when she and her mom were living on the streets and struggling to make ends meets. Naomi wants to make sure that the family who threw her mother and her out see what a success she has become. When the opportunity comes to move into the building where the family still lives, Naomi has a hard time saying no. She also struggles with her feelings when she sees the son of that family again.  She remembers the torment, but he doesn’t seem to be that man anymore.
Oliver Cunningham, architect, lives on the floor below his father. He struggles with taking care of his father who has Alzheimer’s while maintaining his own life.  He doesn’t know what to think when the newest applicant to the building seems to dislike him on sight. Oliver isn’t used to that kind of treatment from women.  He can’t help but wonder what her story is and he decides that he will enjoy trying to figure it out.
Naomi has a lot of baggage from her childhood. She knows it wasn’t ideal and she is trying to make a better life for herself.  Oliver’s childhood may have looked great on paper, but there were definite challenges for him as well. Now these two reconnect as adults and have to deal with that baggage if they want to have a relationship.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I also liked the development of Naomi’s friendship with two other women. They meet in a unique way and I hope that their stories are next.
This book is a perfect beach read as we head into summer.
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