Passion on Park Avenue

Passion on Park Avenue

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...

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Passion on Park Avenue Reviews

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    Let me start off by saying that I have not read a

    novel in such a long time. And to

    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

    Let me start off by saying that I have not read a

    novel in such a long time. And to

    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 for sure good to take because I loved everything about this novel and much more!

    , because Lauren has created this new world of potential and charisma. This first installment in the

    series is the best, and fresh cup of tea one must take when being involved and introduced to this new compelling series.

    In this first installment, we are introduced to Naomi and Oliver, known from each other's childhoods, they both see each other once again in the future once they are both successful as adults. Naomi is this accessory's CEO, a founder of her own company, while Oliver is an architect. In my opinion,

    the place where no one ever thought she would be at. Now as her success keeps on growing, she must come face to face with the idea of finding closure with the Cunninghams. Being put in a situation she never signed up for, and she never thought would be in after her last relationship. When confronting the truth however, she must learn that having the feelings of wanting

    But is keeping that secret worth all those witty banters, special moments she steals from Oliver?

    Both of them together have conquered to have this fulfilling relationship of knowing each other in the best of emotional ways.

    It's more in depth when it comes to these two. They have this emotional connection that as reader, is semi-refreshing to read and enjoy unlike other romance novels. I am also not saying that all romance novels that I have read in the past don't have that emotional connection that I am currently talking about, this novel just enhances that topic of having that emotional attachment and I love everything about it, and most importantly I love how Oliver feels about her;

    Overall, I truly did enjoy this novel more than what I actually thought I would. I am beyond ecstatic for Audrey and Clark's story.

    We already have the couple for book two which is Claire and Scott, and I am truly excited for that beauty as well!

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    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

    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 have joined together (in tragedy) but who turned it around into a positive friendship. Passion on Park Avenue brings us Naomi Powell, who has clawed her way to the top to become one of New York City's wealthiest women. But when she sees blast from the past, and the bane (and bully) of her childhood existence, Oliver Cunningham, all her past inner feelings of inferiority come out.

    I really enjoyed this story as Naomi was strong and assertive and very intelligent. While I don't necessarily like secrets in stories, I felt like the story progressed nicely. I love that initially Naomi had plans to show up Oliver but life got in the way and she had to make a choice between holding onto her grudge and her feelings for him. I also liked that in this story there was more of an emphasis on an emotional connection between Naomi and Oliver as it gave her decision more of a believable feel. 5 stars! ~Ratula 

  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    Passion on Park Avenue was

    ! 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.

    So if you adore cute romance stories that also hold an emotional edge, definitely add this one to your tbr!

    Passion on Park Avenue was

    ! 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.

    So if you adore cute romance stories that also hold an emotional edge, definitely add this one to your tbr!

    She was a hard worker and created her billion dollar business all by herself. She was kind yet she was jaded from her past. She always wanted to prove her worth to the Upper East Side. So when she ended up getting an apartment with her dream address, her goal seemed within her grasp. Except her neighbor was the son from the family her mother use to work for. And when they were kids, Oliver Cunningham was ruthless to her.

    While Oliver was horrible to Naomi as a kid, he had changed as an adult.

    He had a huge heart, he put others happiness above his own and he was so kind.

    But I loved that he had another side to him since he could be charming and seductive. Oliver definitely didn't have any problems putting himself out there and I loved how he took control of some of their situations, sigh.

    While Naomi wanted to hate Oliver and his life, it wasn't anything like she thought it would be. But regardless, her memories tainted how she viewed him. Naomi kept seeing Oliver as the child who ruined her life. Even though he showed her again and again what a good guy he was. And while she held onto those thoughts, it all led to some fabulous banter. Especially since Oliver had no clue who she was. And

    Audrey and Claire were beyond fabulous and I quickly connected with them too! And while I can't wait for Audrey's story, the moment something was said, I just knew Claire's story would be next. I can't wait to pick it up! But there was a difference between this book and the 24 other LL books I have read.

    Personally I love getting more because Lauren Layne writes

    best sex scenes! She is truly gifted with writing moments that are classy but beyond scorching hot. So while I was sad that wasn't the case with this story, I'll know going into the next books exactly what to expect.

    t was funny and sweet, while also holding some more emotional moments. And between the friendship, banter and jealousy this book was so entertaining. So yes, I definitely recommend this book!

  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    {Netgalley ARC}

    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.

    went at a very slow pace for almost the first half of the book. I was worried that this was going to

    {Netgalley ARC}

    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.

    went at a very slow pace for almost the first half of the book. I was worried that this was going to go on the shelf of books that I just couldn’t connect with but, I do love this author, so I stuck it out. Thankfully, the pace started to pick up during the second half of the book and I really did enjoy the story. This is an

    story that began when the Hero and Heroine were just young children. So many years have gone by since they last saw each other but it seems that one of them wasn’t able to move on from the past.

    At the heart of the

    series is the friendship that develops between three women who find out at the funeral of the man they each were involved with that, he was a lying womanizer. Instead of tearing each other down, they form a bond and make a pact to help to steer each other away from the “bad boys”.

    Our first Heroine to find love is Naomi Powell, a self-made billionaire. She, unlike her two new friends, came from impoverished beginnings. She lived with her single mother who made so many poor life choices. For a brief portion of her life, she lived in a luxurious apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on Park Avenue, when her mom got a job as a live-in maid. The couple had a son who was a few years older than Naomi and lived to bully her. When her mother ends up having an affair with the man of the house it eventually ends disastrously and Naomi and her mom are kicked out on to the streets. Naomi never forgot how horribly the family treated her and her mother. Fast forward to present times, and Naomi has a shot at buying an apartment in that very building on Park Avenue. Turns out that the son and father still live there and she can’t help but want to throw her success in their faces. But as she gets to know Oliver, who is no longer the bully she knew from childhood, she starts to question the grudge she’s been holding on to for so many years.

    Oliver was the perfect book boyfriend. He was sexy, smart, and self-sacrificing. His father was a horrible person for most of his life but when he was inflicted with Alzheimer’s, Oliver didn’t hesitate to put his life on hold to take care of him. This guy was a saint!

    The thing is, when Naomi moves in, she is going by a different last name and Oliver doesn’t recognize her as his nemesis from childhood, and so she doesn’t reveal her identity to him. I had a hard time warming up to her but when she starts to form a bond with Oliver’s father, my heart softened towards her as well.

    Naomi isn’t a believer in true love. Life has shown her that men are only after her for one thing and she believes that she will always be the “other woman”. Will her unwillingness to open her heart to love cause her to lose her true soul mate? When Oliver finds out Naomi’s true identity, will he still feel the same?

    Here are my overall ratings:

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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    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

    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 women not at each other's throats and being catty, but rather putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of the lying and cheating man, where it rightfully belongs. But I digress...

    Passion on Park Avenue introduces us to mistress number one, Naomi. Once a girl on the wrong side of the tracks and the poor daughter of a maid that cleaned apartments on Park Avenue. Now Naomi is a strong and fiery successful business owner that can afford any apartment she wants. But then a peculiar happenstance lands her on the waiting list for an apartment in the exact building where her mother used to work and also the place that changed both of their lives forever. It also lands her in front of the boy that made her life a living hell that's now turned into a man that she's desperately fighting her attraction to.

    Oliver is absolutely perfection. Lauren Layne has written the quintessential nice guy but with plenty of broken edges that you can't help but fall for. Oliver is just trying to adjust to his new normal after losing his mom to cancer and now dealing with his father's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Oliver doesn't know why the woman sitting across from him in the apartment interview for the building he lives at is looking at him with so much animosity. All he knows is that he's inexplicably drawn to her, no matter how much she sasses him.

    Admittedly, while I understood Naomi's grudge towards Oliver, I struggled with her inability to tell him who she was. I didn't feel that this should have been something that was dragged for the entirety of the book. I struggled truly connecting to her reasoning pst the halfway mark. I did absolutely loved their slow burn road back to each other again. Two kids that hated each other years ago, now are the perfect match as adults. I loved the slower pacing of the relationship development and the additional peeks into Oliver and who he was then and who he is now. He was honestly my favorite part of the boom. I also really loved the friendship between the women and the camaraderie that they all share.

    I really enjoyed the story but I also couldn't help but wish there was slightly a little more romance. This is most definitely a slow burn, but I didn't feel like we get enough when they finally DO get together to satisfy my romance cravings. This missed the typical sensual sizzle that Layne's book usually have and I couldn't help but wish we got that here. Ultimately this was still a wonderfully entertaining read that I enjoyed from beginning to finish and I eagerly anticipate the next books in this series.

  • 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

    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

    Cute and fun with a touch of angst. Interesting premise and good use of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I liked Layne’s

    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 assume the next books in the series are about and there are hints of who their love interests will be, which I hope pan out.

  • Stephanie

    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

    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 sometimes.

    -I liked Naomi’s new friends, Audrey and Claire. We actually don’t see as much of them as I expected, but I’m interested in both of their upcoming stories.

    -While Lauren Layne is one of my favorite Romance authors, my usual complaint with her books is that there are always a few scenes more graphic than I care for. I’m so happy to report that that was not the case with this book! There’s innuendo and suggestive talk, but there are no sex scenes and I really appreciated it. I thought it put the romantic focus much more on emotions and actual relationship details instead of just physical stuff and I found it much more meaningful.

    Ok, so now onto the things that didn’t quite work for me:

    -For a good long while in this book, I did not like Naomi at all. She just came across so shallow to me. Everything was just about status and money and expensive stuff and I just couldn’t care about it. Also, her big revenge plan was to move back into her old apartment building and then let her mom’s former employer and his son know who she was and how she had as much money as them now. I wasn’t really sure what that would accomplish? It’s not like she was buying the building and kicking them out. Or buying their business out from under them. It just didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    -I also thought Naomi was an odd choice for the first book in the series. She was that brash character that always speaks her mind, even if it could be hurtful. The kind of character that is usually the main character’s best friend that you don’t really like until she gets her own book and then you get to know her better. I did eventually like her, but it took me awhile. I’m much more interested in Claire and Audrey’s stories (particularly Audrey and Clarke).

    -One of the subplots include the development of a tv show based on Naomi’s rags to riches story. I found that interesting, but thought it could have been explored much more than it was.

    Overall, I did enjoy Passion on Park Avenue. I liked the friendship and Oliver and how the romance focused more on the relationship than on the physical stuff. I felt like not a whole lot really happened in the story, though, and it took me a really long time to start caring about Naomi, so I’m giving this a little lower rating than I do most Layne books. However, I am definitely looking forward to the next books in this series.

    Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

  • Whitney Atkinson

    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

    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 with cheesy dialogue or wishing something had been explained better; it was consistently pleasant, which isn't to say it was amazing, but it never hindered my reading experience. I also loved the premise of this book and the main character. Following the POV of a CEO and hearing her story of being a badass and a self-starter, especially in a male-dominated business world of NYC. I loved Naomi immediately. Her backstory set up an actually compelling story behind the enemies to lovers element of the plot that I found believable and also justifiable for her to have held a grudge all those years and still consider him trash.

    But though the things I enjoyed about this book were plenty, other things I wasn't so much a fan of. Firstly, the pacing of this book just didn't capture me, and I think it's a me thing and not anything the book itself did (see: there was very little actual romance/kissing/sex in this to drive my attention). I initially liked that this book focused equally on Naomi's work, friends, and romance, but by the end of the book I found myself skimming for the romance. Maybe I'm biased because I was just in the mood for some lovin, but nothing really drove the story from any of those other parts of her life, which made her drama with Oliver more elevated. I just found I wasn't super eager to pick up this book, hence why it took me over a week to read whereas I normally read romane books in less than a day.

    This isn't to say that the romance wasn't good. I LOVED Oliver and their banter was so witty and, again, driven by that enemies to lovers vibe that I find so addicting and great. I just didn't really care about the plot that surrounded them, which is a shame because I think the book being about a CEO was important, yet the setting of her actually working as that CEO was a bit dry. In a way, it felt like the plot of this book got side lined to make room for the romance, but the romance itself didn't really deliver on angst or steaminess, so nothing was left to keep my attention.

    Even so, I think this book provides a fun and empowering story with a healthy relationship that readers of non-explicit romance might enjoy more than I did. I don't think I'll finish this series, but I would definitely read more by this author if I were promised some steamy scenes.

  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    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

    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 finishing this story, I was just expecting a bit more.

    is the first installment in Lauren's new series called

    and it is focused on three women who meet in Central Park after discovering they were involved with the same man. They decide to make a pact and stop each other from falling for bad boys ever again. Naomi Powell is the protagonist of this book and she is a self-made woman, proud of what she has achieved. Her past though is still on her mind, especially when she moves in next to the people that ruined it. Oliver Cunningham does not remember her but he is decided to found all the pieces in her puzzle. Will they be able to leave the past behind and fall in love?

    So, this book is definitely slow paced. The slow burn is definitely there and very well developed. The chemistry between Oliver and Naomi is beautiful when it finally starts showing. But, in my opinion, it took too long to appear. Their actual "relationship" takes too much to start and I definitely missed the climax of that slow burn.

    is surely on the sweet, lower steam side. I missed seeing more of these two as a couple, I missed having some sexy times (because I adore how Lauren writes them) and everything felt rushed in the end to me.

    Did I enjoy the story? Of course I did! I loved the characters, I loved the couple and I loved the theme and how it is focused in New York. I loved the friendship between Naomi, Audrey and Claire and I loved already seeing the other two heroes too (Scott and Clarke). I loved what I saw of Oliver and Naomi actually together but I wanted more. I missed seeing more their interactions as a couple and the romantic and sensual side of their relationship. Still, I enjoyed the story as a whole and I am curious to read the next two in the series.

    Therefore, my rating for

    is 3.5 STARS. You all know my reasons by now if you have read the whole review. A sweet, slow paced love story of hate to love in Lauren Layne's style! I enjoyed it but I expected more. The slow burn was so great and I wanted the explosion of that chemistry and feelings more developed. As I said, I still will check out the other stories because I want to read what happens with Audrey and Clarke and Claire and Scott.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    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.  

    had most of this, except when it

    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.  

    had most of this, except when it came time for the sex scene, it was completely fade to black. I think that was the most surprising thing in this book, since it made the ‘Passion’ in the Park feel almost young adult or Harlequin.

    But moving onto the actual story of how Naomi and Oliver eventually fell in love. Naomi and Oliver actually met as children, young children, around the age boys are awful and pull girl's hair.  Oliver used to call her carrots and he told a lie that got her and her mother kicked out of the apartment on Park Avenue. They struggled to survive for years after that, fast-forward a few decades later and Naomi has made herself into a strong business woman and the head of her self made company.   It seems she still has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about how she grew up.

    Naomi is all set to move when she gets an invitation to interview for an apartment in a super exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, the very same one she and her mother were kicked out of once.  Intrigued by whatever possessed her mother to submit an application on her behalf, Naomi goes to the interview and sees none other than the hair pulling boy all grown up; she recognizes him but he has no idea who she is.  

    Naomi is an interesting character in that she is holding on very tightly to her roots and hasn’t really accepted where she came from.  Most of the time she projects confidence, but closure on that part of her life seems important too. Only the boy she used to know is quite a different man, and his father whom she blames for most of the situation with childhood is a shadow of the man he once was.  The closure she is looking for, just might be more of a new beginning.

    Like always, LL has a fun cast of characters written into her book.  I really liked the girl posse that was created by a very unusual circumstance.  Naomi with her two female besties is fantastic. They are what every girl needs to bolster her up in this unfamiliar time in her life.  Oliver is so likeable; I think that has a lot to do with his family situation at the moment and how he is handling it.

    Overall, I liked a lot of things in the story.  I think the steaminess of the romance would have worked so much better if the sex scene wasn’t fade to black.  But I like the family dynamic explored here between Oliver and his father that eventually included Naomi too.  

     

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