Passion on Park Avenue

The Central Park Pact
Series: The Central Park Pact, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best-selling 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 worth among the Upper East Side elite - the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strong-minded, 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 for whom Naomi’s mother used to work. 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....

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first moment.

©2019 Lauren Layne (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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A little simplistic

The plot line was a little predictable and simplistic, and not very realistic. Not that I ever expect chicklit to be realistic so I guess that isn’t really a valid criticism LOL. But I found several things ridiculously implausible, starting with the idea that three women who were connected to the same man would randomly meet (in Central Park no less, which is huge) and then become friends. Um, no. And equally difficult to believe this woman was running a billion dollar enterprise. She seemed to only interact with her assistant, and even with her, not very often. She didn’t seem to be very busy - seemed more like an Etsy seller! I also didn’t buy that Oliver wouldn’t connect the dots of a woman named Naomi with red hair who didn’t like him, to a girl named Naomi with red hair who actually lived in his house when they were younger. Finally, the constant naming of designer brands every two seconds was extremely grating. “She picked up her YSL bag, looking at her Cartier watch while putting on her Dolce and Gabbana coat and Chanel sunglasses and listening to her Jimmy Choo heels clicking in the floor...” Seriously? Ok we get it, she has money. But is this a novel or a Nieman Marcus catalog?

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Old Woman feeling 31

My heart is pounding. I feel like I just feel in love. A owerful storyteller.

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Wonderful story

Naomi and Oliver knew each other when they were young and Naomi's mother was Oliver's family maid. Naomi has hated Oliver and his family for 20 years for what happened to her and her mother and now she has a chance to get back at them. But when Naomi meets Oliver again, he doesn't recognize her and she realizes that he's not the same as he was 20 years ago. As they continue to get to know each other, Naomi can't bring herself to tell Oliver who she is. I enjoyed listening to this book and the narration by Nancy Wu and Sean Patrick Hopkins was wonderful. I can't wait to listen to the next in this series as it follows 3 unlikely friends. I always enjoy a Lauren Layne book, too.

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Would Make a Great Lifetime Movie!!!

Loved the story I couldn’t stop listening. I wish the next book continued this story but I will still download the other two books in the series. I highly recommend.

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great love story

Very nice love story. A few surprises. Leaves you with warm fuzziness, wishing for more.

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Boring

I want my credit back. I felt like I wanted to stick my head in the oven from the narration. Plus the story really was a bunch of BS.

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A must read

I enjoyed every chapter! Especially the ending! It’s an easy read. You will not be disappointed.

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Passion on Park Ave.

I thought this was a pretty good start to the series. Naomi is one some would consider an outsider. Born in the Bronx, she moves to Manhattan where she is intent on proving that’s where she belongs. She is self-made and does very well for herself. Oliver is her new neighbor who she also has a past with. It all starts with Naomi meeting Claire and Audrey randomly after an unfortunate situation. They all become fast friends and decide a pact is needed to help them navigate the world of dating. Bonding with her new friends while also trying to avoid Oliver was an entertaining situation. I thought Oliver was a great guy. A bit pushy at times but also very caring. There were some wtf moments that had me a little mad, but I thought Layne did a great job putting it all together.

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Soooo boring

I will never be able to get back the time I wasted on this book. It’s so boring!

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Did I wander into bad YA romance by mistake?

Blech. Nothing to see here folks. The most banal chick lit I've listened to for ages. Seriously disappointing. So many words about hype brands and how Naomi is such a "girl boss" (at age almost 30 - it's embarrassing) as an implausible billionaire from an accessory subscription business she started a couple of years ago. Really? And virtually no character development or useful background to make you care about the characters. I kept waiting for a twist or something less obvious (or something more plausible) to happen, but alas, no satisfaction.