Passion On Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

by Lauren Layne
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 28th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

There's never a moment when I'm not excited about a new Lauren Layne book. Passion on Park Avenue was a bit of a departure from her usual books, and I'll admit to being just a teensy bit nervous about it. I wouldn't say it's my favorite book from Lauren Layne, but I liked it!

To be honest, the blurb of this book made it sound more exciting than it actually was. It tells the story of three women who meet at the funeral of the guy they have all been involved with at the same time. Naomi, Claire, and Audrey decide not to dwell on it and instead channel their grief and frustration into an amazing friendship. I thought this set-up was so unique. It just sounded very scandalous, so I was expecting maybe a bit more of drama. Passion On Park Avenue is actually a quiet sort of read. I'm not complaining, it was perhaps not what I was expecting. I liked these girls and Lauren Layne does a fantastic job at writing female friendships. These women find solace in each other and they were each other's biggest supporters. Their interactions were certainly the highlight of this book for me. I liked Naomi as an individual character too. She was very smart, hardworking, and persistent. She owned her successful jewelry and accessories company and was very devoted to her career. I very much admired how tenacious she was. Naomi was the kind of heroine that I find very easy to root for.

The hero, Oliver, was my favorite kind of Lauren Layne hero! He was a sweetheart! He looks after his father who is ill even though it is draining for him. He very kind-hearted and I loved him! Naomi and Oliver share a past, but he doesn't recognize her when they meet. Naomi's mother used to clean for Oliver's home. The scenario did not end on a good note and Naomi blames Oliver for the poor way her mother was treated and ultimately, how that ruined both their lives. The girl could certainly hold a grudge, but it helped explain her perspective and her drive. When they meet again years later when Naomi receives a call that she is being interviewed for a vacant apartment in Oliver's exclusive family building. They don't hit it off on the right note as you can imagine, but they are forced to interact as they become neighbors. Layne always writes excellent banter and the hate-to-love interactions made their relationship so much fun. They eventually open up to each other and the progression was very sweet. As always, the kisses in this book were delicious. Sadly though, there were no sexy times! I did know this fact beforehand though so it didn't take me aback.

Passion On Park Avenue was a low-key book that still had quintessential Lauren Layne elements. It's not the most romance driven story, but it did have a lovely romance in it. I'll eagerly awaiting Audrey and Claire's books. I can't wait for them to find their HEAs!

Have you read a Lauren Layne book? What are some books that sounded better in the blurb? Let me know in the comments below!

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