Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Series: Central Park Pact #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: May 23 – June 2, 2019
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… (from Goodreads)
It’s classic Lauren Layne, which means I love it. Something about her writing feels like hanging out with a girlfriend, and I would never change it.
These characters have layers, and they make the reader question how they judge and perceive others. Walter, Oliver’s father, was an asshole his whole life, but once he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, things changed. Naomi couldn’t hate him like she wanted to. Oliver was a little shit growing up, but he became a good man. Naomi rose like a phoenix in classic rags-to-riches fashion, but her attitude needed some adjusting. I’m looking forward to exploring Claire and Audrey’s books when they come out so I can see what happens with them.
New York, New York. This is one of the reasons I like Layne’s books. The contemporary romance genre thrives in city settings for me. Unfortunately, I’d like to have seen a little more of the city in this one.
Interest Level: 4/5
It did take me a little while to really get into this one to be honest. I think it was that Walter’s having Alzheimer’s hits close to home for me, so I was worried about being affected too much.
Total: 18/20 = 90% A-
He was so close.
Oliver smiled slightly, his eyes never leaving hers. “I’m not sure anyone would dare tell you how to behave. I’m simply warning you.”
“Warning me about what?”
His gaze dropped to her mouth before slowly lifting to her eyes once more. “That next time you look at me like you want me to kiss you, I will.”