Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne

Monday, September 23, 2019


by Lauren Layne
Series: Central Park Pact #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

The Central Park Pact series is not my favorite series from Lauren Layne, mainly because I don't feel like they are as romance-driven as her other books, but it's still a series that I'm finding myself enjoying. There's just something about her writing that lures me in with her signature charm and wit. As far as a second book in a series goes, Love on Lexington Avenue, which can be read as a standalone, is a superior romance than Passion on Park Avenue. That's probably because it has my favorite kind hero: a grumpy hero! ;)

If you're new to the concept of this series, it's about 3 women who discover that they've been romantically involved with the same guy at his funeral. Instead of resorting to petty fights, they resolve to become friends. Love on Lexington Avenue tells the story of Claire, the wife in this unpleasant scenario. I was most excited for her story and Lauren Layne certainly gives her the happily-ever-after that she deserves. Out of all three injured parties, Claire took her ex-husband's deception the hardest what with her being married to the man for years. She hasn't had the time to truly process his actions or his death. This book is her journey to taking the steps to move on from the boring vanilla life she led with him. One of the major steps in her path to reclaiming her life is renovating her home. I was like a proud mama watching Claire go through this healing process. It's never smooth sailing, but she rises up to every obstacle. As the story progresses, we see a much more confident and happy Claire emerge and you can't help but cheer for her. As much as I adored the independence and strength she exhibited in the book, I also was dying for her to meet her romantic partner to help support her on this new life adventure.

Enter Scott, a man she hires to help her with her home renovations. Scott is dealing with his own past betrayals, and he has taken on a grumpy and surly persona. He is not a man of many words and he has an intensity to him. It takes a while to warm up to him, but the small but meaningful ways he begins to help Claire, makes him endearing from the start. Plus, we all know that I'm not one to dislike a grumpy hero. The romance between Claire and Scott is one that develops painstakingly, but it's one that keeps on building on the chemistry. Their attraction to each other is obvious, but they both want different things from their love lives, or so they think. Their dance as they grew to endear themselves to each other was a delight for this reader and it still makes me smile as I think of it. These two truly were made for each other and I couldn't wait for them to come to that realization that they clicked not only on a physical level, but also an emotional level. While the romance is pretty swoony, for me, it's always the friendships depicted in Lauren Layne's books that take them to the next level. I have been rooting for Claire, Naomi, and Audrey since the first book and we see much of their kinship to each other here. They are so supportive and kind - it's truly a beautiful relationship.

Ultimately, Love on Lexington Avenue was a memorable read for me. I'll be remembering Scott and Claire's love story for a long time. I'll be looking forward to read Audrey's best-friends-to-more romance next.

Have you read this series from Lauren Layne?
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