The One For You by Roni Loren & Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne

Thursday, January 30, 2020


by Roni Loren
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: December 31st 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
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What a bittersweet experience reading The One For You was. This series holds such a special place in my heart and as excited as I was about reading Kincaid's story, I was also filled with sadness because this would be it for me and the characters. It's been a very fulfilling series and Roni Loren ends it with another successful book.

If you're not aware of the premise of this series, it tells the story of four friends who survived a high school shooting when they were younger. Each book explores the impact of the event of their lives as well as their journey to finding peace. Kincaid is the character that held this group of women together. I had a feeling that perhaps her sass, humor, and wit were a front in the previous books. Underneath all that fire was a woman hiding a lot of pain. I loved being inside Kincaid's head and getting to know every inch of her character. Roni's talent for writing amazing character growth really shines through Kincaid's character.

Throughout it all, I could not wait for Kincaid to also find her happily ever after. It came in the form of Ashton, a man that she has a lot of history with. This book does the friends-to-lovers and second-chance romance tropes really well as Kincaid and Ashton go on this romantic journey. It's not without a lot of emotional baggage, but it is a satisfying and heartfelt experience. I think Ashton was the perfect guy for Kincaid. The peeks into his kindness and immense support for her made it very easy to fall in love with him alongside Kincaid. The flashbacks of their younger selves especially highlighted what a good person he was.

I'm not going to lie, I cried when I read the epilogue, but they were tears of joy and I could not have been happier with the way Roni Loren decided to wrap up this series.



by Lauren Layne
Series: Central Park Pact #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

By now, all of you know that Lauren Layne is an auto-read author for me. Even when her books don't entirely work for me, I find myself being entertained. The Central Park Pact books, in my opinion, are not as strong in the romance department as her other series, but they still have a decent romantic arc. If you're going to read this series, I say read it for the amazing female friendships. With Marriage on Madison Avenue, Lauren Layne ends this series on a very good note. In fact, I'd say this is my favorite installment.

The fact that the book features a friends-to-lovers and fake-relationship romance is very likely why this was my favorite out of the three. I was really curious to see how Layne would deliver a happily-ever-after to Audrey. She's been a very interesting character, particularly with her social media influencer career. I knew I liked her in the previous books, but I don't think I formed a strong attachment with her until Marriage on Madison Avenue. Though she hasn't exactly been the luckiest in the romance department (hello, her ex was cheating on his wife with two women!), she still dreams of having a big wedding. She's a woman who is confident in her own skin and knows she wants, and I am always down to root for a strong independent protagonist.

I can't say I was displeased when she was forced into a fake engagement with her lifelong friend, Clarke. Charming, flirty, and wonderful Clarke. I was ready to see Audrey get the happiness she wanted and he could not have been any more perfect for her. Of course, the two of them are adamant about it being a fake relationship, but we eventually see how everything starts to turn murky, including their feelings for each other. I love that one specific moment in these fake-relationship books when the couple realize that they've caught some strong feelings for each other and the one in Marriage on Madison Avenue was sweet and rewarding. Clarke and Audrey felt like a very natural couple to me given their history and genuine affection for each other. I loved that we got to see the fake wedding planning, the cameos from a certain the Wedding Belles crew, and of course, the heartwarming friendship between Audrey, Naomi, and Claire.

If you're looking for a romance that's lighthearted, a little funny, and low on the drama, Marriage on Madison Avenue is one you should consider reading. As always, Layne delivers with her signature wit and talent for writing deliciously swoony kisses!

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