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Passion on Park Avenue

(Central Park Pact #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,583 ratings  ·  474 reviews
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 wort
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Cristina | CristiinaReads
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
A sweet romance filled with that angst between two characters in which both have a common past that must be dealt with or their future is at stakes of being together...

Let me start off by saying that I have not read a Lauren Layne novel in such a long time. And to have this beauty in my hands was just so a blessing yet a risk I was willing to take. The reason being is the last book I read from Lauren's was not actually my cup of tea so I was very hesitant to dive into this one. The risk was fo
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Naomi and Oliver are beyond exhausting. Imma need two ibuprofen and a cold compress. DNF@ 60%
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}

If the kiss on Saturday had been the promise, this was the delivery. The sort of kiss that ruined a girl for all other kisses in the future.

I’ve been a fan of Lauren Layne’s writing for several years now. I haven’t always loved every story she’s written, but the ratio of her books that I love definitely outweigh the ones that I did not. ”PASSION ON PARK AVENUE” went at a very slow pace for almost the first half of the book. I was worried that this was going to
Whitney Atkinson
Thanks to Gallery Books for the early review copy!

This book was kind of my breaking point in wishing that romance books came with ratings because I was expecting angst and steamy scenes in this but there's only one fade-to-black scene. So from now on, I'm rating romance books in my reviews, and this is definitely rated G.

I enjoyed this book mainly because it was written better than a lot of romance books I've been reading. The writing was actually very nice and I never found myself caught up wi
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
Since the day he’d met her, she’d gotten under his skin, pissed him off, confused the hell out of him, and he was damn grateful for it. Naomi Powell had brought him back to life...

The premise to this series is absolutely; three women realize they've been sleeping with the same man at his funeral, not realizing he's been married the entire time. There's two unknowing mistresses and the wife, who form a fascinating bond when they accidentally meet each other. I loved seeing these wome
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I usually don't go for romance books that look like, well, this.

Contemporary romance isn't my thing, but even if it was, rich white lady problems don't really interest me. However, Passion on Park Avenue turned out to be a bit better than I was expecting.

I didn't like the cheesy set-up in the first few chapters, but it got better as it went along. I liked Naomi's shifting viewpoints on Oliver and his dad, and I loved the sexual tension, but I think she kept her secret for way, WAY too long. I
Kristy K
Cute and fun with a touch of angst. Interesting premise and good use of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I liked Layne’s 21 Wall Street Series better, but this was still a quick, easy read that had you turning pages and escaping for a few hours.

I felt that Naomi's grudge was a little overblown (they were children when it happened, and I think blaming Oliver for everything was a little much). Still I enjoyed the tension it created between the two. We are introduced to two of Naomi friends who I assu
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Passion on Park Avenue is a fun, breezy romance about Naomi moving into the fancy apartment building she had once lived in during her youth and coming face-to-face with her childhood nemesis Oliver. He had tormented her when they were both children, but has now grown into a gorgeous, kind man.

The main conflict of this story is Naomi's grudge against Oliver for his younger transgressions and her wanting to show him that she's finally made it. Sure, Naomi's grudge is overblown and silly, and she c
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Passion on Park Avenue was fun and flirty! I absolutely adored the characters and I loved that this book had one of my favorite tropes ever, love to hate. It had a Sex and the City vibe and the way the story unfolded made it feel like a movie was playing in my head. With laugh out loud humor and moments that kept me smiling, this book was so easy to devour. So if you adore cute romance stories that also hold an emotional edge, definitely add this one to your tbr!
She gave him an icy glare and tu
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read quite a few LL books and she never disappoints! I love her style of writing, her use of humor and snark and her ability to create fun, relatable characters that you like instantly. This is the first in a new series following a group of new friends living in NYC and I’m so excited to see where things are headed next.

From the first chapter I was hooked, Naomi meets two new potential friends in the most bizarre way, think the opposite of a romantic meet cute, except it is kind of cute. An
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemps-i-read
3.5 Stars

Cute, summer read:)
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
3.5 'Solving the puzzle' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Netgalley.

A new series from Lauren Layne about love stories in the city that never sleeps? Oh yeah, as you probably know I definitely got curious since I enjoy everything this woman writes! I am always excited when Lauren starts a new series and after reading this book, I can say I am surely ready for the other two books. I do have to say though, even though I loved this new crew of characters, I found myself a bit underwhelmed after
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren Layne Fans, Romance
4 The Stars of Something Different Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Lauren Layne understands how to present a series. She draws you in and takes you on an adventure. Her use of New York City and its cultural views have always set the feel of what was to come. If the series is living in Manhattan then we know Layne will use it to be a major part of the tale. Because in my mind and my timing living there...There is nothing like Manhattan! There is this energy which will become part of you and you will r
3.5 rounded up!.
This was my first book by Lauren and it's the first book in the Central Park Pack series. I thought this book was a cute read. It's about Naomi Powell, who is CEO of one of the biggest jewelry companies in the country. She did not grow up like that though. She was raised in the Bronx. Now living in Manhattan, some still treat her as an "outsider"!
This book is about Naomi as a character, and her life and what has happened in her past that has made her who she is today! I loved
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and always look forward to her books. While Passion on Park Avenue was enjoyable, I have to admit I found it a little underwhelming.

I’m going to start with the things I liked:

-I loved Oliver. He was smart and sweet and loyal and I just adored him. I liked his dedication to his family, even though they had their issues. I liked the romance between him and Naomi, even if it was frustrating so
Bookgasms Book Blog
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula
I have been a longtime fan of Lauren Layne since her Stiletto series years ago and am literally obsessed with everything she writes. She has a finger on the pulse of what people want and knows how to deliver. Her banter game is strong and one of my favorite things about her stories. Naomi and Oliver were so delicious. I loved their spitfire back and forth banter and the chemistry they had in spades. 

I was immediately intrigued by the introduction Layne gave to this series with three women who ha
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

How freaking CUTE was this book!? Lauren Layne has yet to disappoint me with her fabulous contemporary romances, and Passion on Park Avenue, the first in her new Central Park Pact series, is no different. I had such a fun time with Naomi and Oliver, as well as the women Naomi makes a pact with: Claire and Audrey. The series centers around these three women who had a relationship with a man… unknowingly at the same time. I loved that they made the most of i
Gretchen  (About That Story)
I liked some aspects of this story but for the most part, it just wasn’t clicking for me. I found the relationship the three women formed extremely awkward. I never got that feeling of bonding between them, it just felt odd to me. They'd make jokes about their connection and it felt incredibly stilted and fell flat.

I did like Naomi and Oliver but it was such a light, slow burn romance with nothing major happening that I never really felt their connection. I liked their interactions, they could
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Refreshing, clean romance.
Sometimes it is so refreshing to read a fun, clean story that does not contain loads of drama and issues. I found this book to be a perfect story for a lazy afternoon.

A fast yet touching story that gave me all the feels we look for in a classic romance book. Layne crafted wonderfully complex characters that not only had a heart but reflected so much of what we have in our own lives. My heart broke a bit every time she helped Walter. Made me think about my
'Naomi Powell had brought him back to life, made him realize that he hadn't died with his mom, or with his father's diagnosis; he'd just been living that way.'

I hesitate to call this a 'sweet romance' because for many, 'sweet' has a negative connotation. But I found this a sweet, heartwarming story with endearing characters.

Lauren Layne pens a story about three women who form an unlikely friendship after they discover they've all been deceived and used by the same person. 'Passion on Park Av
Kate R
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
naomi: oliver is the reason i was homeless for years and my mother couldn't find another job. i hate him 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪

naomi, five seconds later: oliver has BLUE EYES and SEXY ABS! i am IN LOVE with him and his BLUE EYES and SEXY ABS. please get back to me, oliver, when me and your BLUE EYES and SEXY ABS can go on a date next friday 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Genre: More Chick Lit than Romance
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Passion on Park Avenue is the first book in the Central Park Pact! Each of the books in the series CAN stand alone as they feature different characters however, I recommend reading this one FIRST as you get to know how these ladies became friends. Also, it's such a cute story that I don't think readers are going to want to miss it! That being said, I feel like this book falls better within the chick lit categ
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
As a self-proclaimed Lauren Layne superfan, I was really looking forward to the start of a fun new NYC-set romance series from LL. I knew going into the book that this would be a sweet romance with fade-to-black sex scenes, so I tried to temper my expectations accordingly. The story follows Oliver, a hard-working, good guy, who is taking care of his ailing father and Naomi, a self-made millionaire who moved in next door to Oliver with some secrets about both of their lives.

For the most part, I l
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-rrrc, arcs, ebooks
oh gosh. i *love* lauren layne's books, so please know that when i say this, i say this with love.... this book was underwhelming. and i am SO sad about it.

there were lots of good things - i loved the characters, both main characters and the friends. i loved how the girls became friends. i love their conversations, their friendship seemed so realistic (well, maybe not the beginning but how they interacted, and i loved the beginning of their friendship regardless). i liked how naomi grew, i felt
This was a delightful and really quick read. I thought the meet cute between the three heroines for this series was awkward but cute and I enjoyed getting to know both Oliver and Naomi. There were times when I wanted to shake some damn sense into Naomi but for the most part, I enjoyed her character. She was smart, strong and overcame a lot to get to where she was today and I admired her for it. Oliver was a fantastic hero and I can't wait to see more from these characters in the books to follow.
• Lisa •
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Book: Passion on Park Avenue

Author: Lauren Layne

Chatty romance book thoughts:
Lauren Layne is my queen of romance, her books are always a wonderment of flirty banter, standout character ‘moments’ and copious amount of bubbly. This particular book was as lovely as it’s gorgeously illustrated front cover. I loved the premise of this book - the friendship scenes and the developing romance were just what I normally fall for and I enjoyed the history behind this books leading duo. I’m also excited to
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Passion on Park Avenue starts off in sort of a bizarre way. Naomi is headed to the funeral of her boyfriend, who she found out (per his obituary) now has a widow. She meets said widow and another mistress the day of the funeral and they become fast friends.

Now, while I ABSOLUTELY love the idea of women scorned by a man not taking that scorn out on each other, it still felt a bit unbelievable. However, I kept reading, I wanted to see if that was a bond this author could truly keep up.

I'm happy
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oh this was such a quick, fun read!!! I loved the premise of this (which isn't really all in the summary so I won't spoil it!) and how these three women become friends. This book focuses on Naomi and her moving not only her office but her home while trying to fit into NYC's upper class. She finds herself in the building her mother us
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