Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact Series #2)

Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact Series #2)

by Lauren Layne

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A Goodreads Best Romance

“Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will flip over Love on Lexington Avenue.” —Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes the second delightfully charming installment in the Central Park Pact series, following a young widow whose newfound cynicism about love is challenged by a sexy, rough-around-the-edges contractor.

There are no good men left in New York City. At least that’s Claire Hayes’s conviction after finding out her late husband was not the man she thought he was. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her cheating husband, Claire sets out to redesign her boring, beige Upper East Side brownstone and make it something all her own. But what starts out as a simple renovation becomes a lot more complicated when she meets her bad-tempered contractor Scott Turner.

Scott bluntly makes it known to Claire that he only took on her house for a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and he doesn’t hesitate to add that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess with a penchant for pink. But when long workdays turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction...

Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes that blend perfectly with the touching friendships Layne brings to life on the page, this “hugely entertaining” (USA TODAY) novel is perfect for fans of Lauren Weisberger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501191619
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Series: Central Park Pact Series , #2
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 4,025
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers WeeklyGlamourThe Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

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Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
gaele 27 days ago
Claire is the widow, wife to the philandering husband Brayden, who left her with more emotional baggage than junk in the spare room. Fortunately, her horrible discovery also came with a bonus in the shape of Aubrey and Naomi – both of whom were also ‘dating’ Brayden. None of them saw his deception or duplicity, and the three have made a pact to ‘screen’ all potential men to save their new besties the heartbreak. With Naomi finding her love first, and Aubrey still living in the ‘happily ever after, meet your soulmate’ cloud while not really extending herself, it is Claire who has decided to redecorate her brownstone, and take more chances with her life. In all respects. Enter Scott – best friend of Oliver (Naomi’s love interest) and a well-known contractor in his own right. Although Scott is one of those men who never stays in one place for long, he’s instantly seeing just HOW Claire’s house can be improved, even if he finds Claire attractive if a bit frigid. What he can’t (and won’t ) do is make a play for Claire. Female company is nothing he’s hurting for – it’s more keeping them at one night, or no attachments that creates his problems. And Claire, friend of his best friend’s girl and all buttoned up is not a girl one plays with. Sure, she’s saying she wants to ‘experience’ life, but she’s not really cut out for it. Just look at the way she’s taken to his dog, and his dog to her – and how she seems to delight in teasing him….. Oh this was fun – I love the friendship between the three women, the honest responses and Claire’s struggle with the simple loneliness and aimlessness of her life. As a wife, she had charities and shopping, with ready made friends. But as a widow, everything seems forced with the few friends who ‘try’ to stay in touch, and only Naomi and Aubrey seem to ‘ger’ her struggles and the grief that morphs from anger to hopeless. That and she’s tired of ‘safe’ choices, from clothing to men to…..well, everything. And Scott is just what she needs, and his dog is even more important as time goes on – from ‘girlie sleepovers’ to snack time and the series of ‘girly’ toys that Claire gets for her, Scott can’t help but find her attractive and open – even as she calls him on his own reluctance to commit. Of course, they figure it out – and see what everyone was ignoring or trying to protect her from being hurt. This is a series that not only gives a solid dose of laughter and friendship – but plenty of hope for everyone . Layne uses her humor, her deft characterizations and a story that isn’t too outrageous to be plausible to move into the ‘girl power’ support of true friends, taking a chance and love can bring. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
wendm_ccbh 27 days ago
4.5 STARS! Love on Lexington Avenue is the second installment in the Central Park Pact series by Lauren Layne. This charming second chance romance follows a young widower and a brooding contractor. Claire Hayes has just turned 35 and she has come to the realization that she's vanilla and... boring. She needs some strawberry lemonade in her life. Determined to rid her home of any reminders of her past, Claire sets out to redesign her home and make it her own. Enter Scott Turner, the gruff, brooding, and rather rude contractor assigned to take on Claire's project. However, sooner rather than later Claire realizes she's in way over her head with this particular project and man. Scott Turner needs a change of pace from the corporate world and he's more than ready to take on the challenge of Claire's house. He makes it perfectly clear that he will not put up with a damaged pampered princess on his job site. Cue in the sexual tension and chemistry. The more time Claire and Scott spend together the more their attraction for one another grows. They are two very different individuals, scorned previously by love, yet they find love where it's least expected. Yes! The sweet, sweet angst. Thank you, Lauren for another wonderful story. I'm so freaking ready for Audrey and Clarke's novel! It may just be my favorite
3900980 16 days ago
In the second installment of The Central Park Pact, Claire Hayes, whose husband died while cheating on her with at least two other women, who have since become her best friends, is ready to find not love, but "companionship". Claire takes a hard look at herself and her life and decides she is a "vanilla", someone who is very boring and extremely predictable. She is not one to take many chances. She decides she want to be more like a "strawberry lemonade", someone who sparkles and is unpredictable and a little looser. Then she decides her Upper Eastside apartment needs a redo to wash away the memories of her late husband and there will be no dull or boring colors...all pinks! Enter Scott Turner a very handsome highly acclaimed contractor and his dog Bob, (who is a girl). Although they try to work amicably, Scott cannot wrap his head around Claire's eccentric renovation ideas. And as they begin to clash, sparks begin to fly just as Claire decides it's time for her to step back into the dating world and experiment with one night stands, something which Scott is not exactly pleased about. But he doesn't understand why. Will Claire be able to change her boring ways? Will Scott be able to incorporate Claire's pink themed demands? Will they be able to come to some sort of compromise? What about those sparks! And...what about Bob? Although Love on Lexington Avenue is the second in the series, and I have not read the first book, Layne nicely recaps the basics of the first book in the first few pages and catching up and understanding was easy. The story is quite cute and funny and it kept me interested and highly entertained. I hope there is another installment.
Kristy_K 19 days ago
2.5 Stars I struggled a bit with this one. It took me a while to get into and while I like both Claire and Scott, I had a hard time connecting to their story. I still loved all of the side characters just as much as in the first book and hope Audrey and Clarke’s story is next. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Second in the series about three women who discover that they were all seeing the same man, at his funeral! Clare Hayes is the unfortunate widow of the philanderer. Now a year after his death she is coming to realise that she is lonely, living in an ugly, old-fashioned brownstone on Lexington Avenue, her life is boring and beige, heck even her favourite flavour is vanilla. All her society friends fell away, not entirely their fault, and she has nothing to occupy her days any longer. So she decides to use what little money she has from her husband's estate to renovate the house. But then she realises she has chosen shades of beige and cream and white to decorate her house - no colour, no personality - just like her. Scott Turner is a wealthy successful property developer but recently he has become a bit jaded with high-rise corporate behemoths and is looking to reenergise himself. Despite his better judgement he is instantly drawn to the ugly brownstone, he can see how good the structure is, and how wonderful it will look when renovated, even if the owner is some spoilt trophy wife who wants to decorate the entire house in Pepto-Bismol pink. He's renovating this house despite the owner! I love a secret millionaire, grumpy contractor, opposites attract and this one has it all. After a couple of books that didn't really do it for me Lauren Layne has come back with a sassy, sweet, snarky romance that ticked all my boxes.
Anonymous 23 days ago
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savannahsbooklist 24 days ago
Love On Lexington Avenue is the second book in the Central Park Pact series. I haven't read the first book, Passion On Park Avenue, but after enjoying this book so much, I am definitely making time to read it soon! ⁣ ⁣ Love On Lexington Avenue follows widow Claire Hayes as she attempts to move on with her life following her husband's death. I love how this book dealt with the very real but tough situation of widowhood, especially young widowhood since Claire is only 34 when her husband passes away. Part of her journey involves remodeling their brownstone which brings contractor Scott Turner into her life. ⁣Scott has been hurt in the past, covered it up, and moved on without actually dealing with what happened. His rough, tough exterior exterior rubs Claire the wrong way. These two annoy each other and squabble and before long Claire is having fun annoying Scott and Scott enjoys sparring with her. Claire is also trying to get back into the dating scene before she realizes she doesn't want to be with anyone besides Scott and Scott is insanely jealous every time Claire tries to connect with another man. Scott isn't big on commitment which is fine when Claire thinks she's just looking for a fling, but before long real feelings develop. ⁣ I majorly LOVED this book! Claire is such a strong woman, determined not to get hurt again by a man. I cheered for her through the entire book as she dealt with the betrayal of her husband, realized her feelings for Scott, and redefined her life. I loved the celebration of female friendship through Claire, Naomi (book 1), and Audrey (book 3). These ladies are confident, independent, and look out for the best for each other. And Scott -- completely my type apparently because I swooned so hard over this hero's rough edges covering up his tender heart. This book follows two characters who want to tear down the walls around their hearts and move out of their comfort zones but find it scary, which is something that I think we can all relate to in one way or another. This book fades to black on the romance scenes but Lauren Layne builds the tension and crafts the setting so masterfully that I didn't miss the details at all. The sarcastic banter in Love On Lexington Avenue is laugh-out-loud funny and a delight to read. I have found a new favorite author and I cannot wait to go back and read book one in this series and then book three when it is released in January 2020! |Thank you @gallerybooks @_lisafilipe @NetGalley for the eARC #partner|⁣ ⁣
HEARomances 25 days ago
Love on Lexington Avenue was an absolute charming read that had me reading cover to cover only to find I want Audrey’s story Lauren Lyme. *grins* Claire a socialite, widow needs to rid herself of the awful cheating dead husbands memory. How she goes about that is fun, heart felt and a whole bunch of yummy sexiness. Claire was a delightful surprise in that her grew so much throughout the book. I felt her healing, undying friendship with Naomi & Audrey, as well as the pull she felt when it came to the flannel wearing Scott. Scott is as unique as he is frustratingly sexy. I felt Claire’s pain, but I think Lauren Layne did a brilliant job in making Scott just so. Scott always kept his heart out of the running after having it ripped from his chest, there was no chance of his heart getting pulled into the love trap again. Right? Scott and Claire have this sizzle about them from the beginning, but the direction that it takes is both fun and intense. Scott’s feelings on the color pink is “priceless” *grins*. Both Claire and Scott have more in common then they care to admit. Can they both find the inner healing so they can see what is right in front of them? Audrey, Naomi, Oliver, Clarke and the wonderful Bob just made Love on Lexington Avenue that more charming. They all are a huge part of Claire and Scott’s lives it’s only fitting they help them over the bumps in life. Love on Lexington Avenue was an adorable read by the wonderful Lauren Layne. The plot was strong with amazing characters. A true story that even on the road to love anything is quite possible; just not easy. Rated 5 Stilettos and a Recommended Read by Deb !
Anonymous 26 days ago
Great read! Love this series and Love Lauren Layne! Love all her books. Always well written and great story lines. Can't wait for the next book!
AliciaReadsIt 26 days ago
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 STARS First off, this is the second book in the Central Park Pact trilogy. I did NOT read the first book, however, Love on Lexington Avenue can be read as a standalone because I never felt lost. This story centers on Claire who, finding out that her now-dead husband was cheating on her with not one, but two women, finds her life flipped upside down. She quickly finds friendship and camaraderie with the "other women" - Naomi and Audrey- and they make a pact to not let each other date men like him ever again. One year after his death, Claire decides that she is done being stuck in a drab "vanilla" existence of living day to day. In her process of rediscovering herself and her life outside of being a widow, Claire decides to renovate her house to make it more her style and less of her dead husband's. On the recommendation of Naomi's beau Oliver, she hires Scott, a gruff and handsome contractor to get the job done. He and his dog Bob soon become a big part of her life, which screams COMPLICATED! She knows he doesn't do serious, and will be leaving town as soon as her home project is finished. I highly enjoyed this book! The dynamic between Claire and Scott was dynamite. Their dialogue was so fun to read, and both characters were deep and relatable. Claire was flawed yet brave, and Scott was gruff but kind. The story made me laugh out loud a few times, and I even got teary-eyed at others. It was the perfect read I needed right now. I also really liked that although it is a romance novel, it hit deeper emotional levels with messages of reinventing yourself after struggles, or times of burden (in this case a double whammy of spouse death/spousal betrayal). The vanilla vs. strawberry lemonade analogy was fun and relatable because I think everyone feels stuck in a rut or "vanilla" every now and again in our lives and want to feel more "strawberry lemonade." I also really love a well-written romance that doesn't need to be vulgar or sexually descriptive to be steamy and romantic, and Lauren Layne does this VERY well! Just the right amount of sizzle mixed with all the emotions to make a well rounded and beautifully written story. I highly recommend this if you love a good contemporary romance. I am super excited now to read the first book, and look forward to reading Audrey and Clarke's story next! *Much thanks to Gallery Books, and NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!*
smweston 26 days ago
This is the second book of a trilogy that follows three women, Naomi, Claire, and Audrey, who find out that they were all with the same man after his untimely death. This book takes place approximately a year after the first one and is about Claire, his wife, learning to move on and find herself again beyond being a widow. She's starting with renovating the house she shared with her husband with the help of one cynical contractor, Scott. Claire and Scott's story was absolutely adorable. I love a good grumpy hero and seeing Claire bounce back from not only the death of her husband, but the news that he had been cheating on her. This book really got to my emotions and it's not easy for writing to do that. The only thing with this series is that it seems rushed. I found this book better than the first, but the characters still lack distinct voices and the progression of events doesn't always feel natural. The ideas are there, but the execution just could have been fine tuned. Thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC 26 days ago
4.5 stars I really enjoyed Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne. The storyline is well written, well paced and it held my attention from start to end. Watching Scott and Claire come together had me smiling, swooning and crying, so many feels reading their story. They're passionate characters who have been hurt in the past, so opening themselves to love takes time, patience and understanding. Love on Lexington Avenue is a wonderful addition to the Central park Pact series, I've loved both books and I'm looking forward to Audrey and Clarke's book next in Marriage on Madison Avenue.
RobinLovesReading 26 days ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Claire Hayes is a widow who has found two new friends. She met them at her husband's funeral, only to learn that Naomi Powell and Audrey Tate were involved with him at the same time she was married. The three form a pact and develop quite a close bond. Claire wants a fresh start on life. She decides to rid her apartment by getting rid of anything that would remind her of her husband. She also decides to redesign her home and hires contractor Scott Turner. Scott is quite an accomplished builder and this job is merely a distraction from the overwhelming corporate work that he usually does. Claire and Scott knock heads in the beginning. He finds her a bit pampered and spoiled and she finds him a bit gruff. However, they share a mutual attraction that soon begins to change both perspectives. With their shared chemistry they quickly realize that despite their pasts they actually have a chance at more than just a physical bond. Instead, their hearts become full in a wonderful way. It was quite enjoyable to see Claire rise from past hurts to find love and fulfillment. After what she went through she clearly needed something far more than she ever imagined. I loved watching Claire and Scott go past being friends and their business dealings to opening themselves to the opportunity for a future together. Lauren Layne hit the mark again with this book. As I truly enjoyed the first book in the series, I was eager to read this one. Each story, however, does well as standalones. But the pact is unique so reading the books in order might produce a better reading experience. The first book in the series was Passion on Park Avenue, and the final book is Marriage on Madison Avenue, due for publication in January. Many thanks to Gallery and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Cat_Reader 26 days ago
I love Lauren Layne's romantic comedies and on Love at Lexington Avenue, she doesn't disappoint bringing a totally unlikely couple that has captured the reader right from the first meeting. Claire's self-esteem is pretty low after all she has found out about her late husband so she is willing to make a radical change in her life starting with her home. When she meets the contractor indicated by her friend Oliver for the job, she wonders if Scott will actually do what she asks to make her house a new home for her. Scott is the rude type of guy but since he wants to do something different with his profession, he takes the challenge of facing Claire's dubious taste for color. Between fun fights and moments of cuteness, the couple ends up connecting and even living always fighting for something, they begin to get fond of each other and when Claire asks him to help her in other matters beyond the house, the chemistry between them explodes. I loved the story so much and how Lauren Layne showed the growth of both beyond bringing the characters from the previous book and adding an element I love, a super cute pet. Now I'm looking forward to Audrey's story and I really wanted something for Brett too. 5/5 stars
ljtljtljt 27 days ago
Lauren Layne has written another entertaining novel with Love on Lexington Avenue, her second book from the Central Park Pact series. The foundation of this story is the unique friendship that develops between three women as a result of tragic circumstances. Claire Hayes is a 35-year-old widow. On the day of her late husband's funeral, she learns that he was romantically involved with two other women. A year after her husband's death, Claire is ready to renovate her very dated New York City apartment. On the advice of a friend, she hires talented contractor Scott Turner for the job. Scott is a New Yorker, however, his expertise is requested all over the world. He loves a challenge and there is something about Claire's space that calls out to him. While Claire is refined and elegant, Scott is a bit rough and gruff around the edges. Over the course of the renovation, they get to know each other and become much more than employer and employee. Love on Lexington Avenue is another winner from talented author Lauren Layne. This intriguing romance captured my attention from the very beginning with its engaging plot and lively characters. Claire and Scott are well-defined, which made it easy for me to form a connection to them. I liked their flirty banter and the slow burn of their budding relationship. This book may be enjoyed as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided the publisher via NetGalley.
Randi 27 days ago
I really liked the first book in this trilogy, but I loved the second book so much more! Claire and Scott were a wonderful match. In the year since Claire's cheating husband's death, she hasn't really moved on with her life. She kind of stalled out. She feels like she is forgettable and plain and that includes her food preference (vanilla) and her clothes. She decides to renovate her townhome, so that has kept her busy planning, but once it starts she realizes she needs more in life. We met Scott in the first book, as he is the contractor friend of Oliver's. They butt heads right away as Scott is blunt, honest and straightforward. I love that Claire decides she needs to have no-strings sex and that she chooses Scott as her wingman. (like that is going to end well.) I also like how when Claire does meet the other men, we don't see much of those scenes. We get to focus on Scott and Claire and their growing relationship. Their relationship was just supposed to be that of contractor/client, but the more they are together, it turns into something more. Both are very cautious as they have both been hurt in the past. (Hello cheating dead husband, Brayden!) This was such a pleasure to read. I can't wait for book three with Audrey and Clarke. Thank you to Tasty BookPR, NetGalley and Gallery Books for an electronic arc in exchange for an honest review.
BookAngel_Emma 27 days ago
Claire is the betrayed wife of the philandering Brett, having only learnt the truth after his death. With a very odd connection to Audrey and Naomi via the aforementioned Brett, they set out to overcome the deception they were unwittingly a part of while avoiding the pitfalls of falling for the same type of man again. Claire is completely lost, having the realisation her life as she knew it was a lie. Claire also doubts herself, as any partner of a cheater would, everything from the way she looks to her choice of paint colour. In order to move forward with her life, Claire has thrown herself into the renovation of her townhouse. Enter, Scott, builder extraordinaire and friend of Oliver (Passion on Park Avenue). He also has a lot of emotional baggage along the same lines as Claire, however, Scott has let it rule his life to the point of becoming a recluse. He uses his work and travel to avoid making connections and laying roots. However, it has also left a void in his life he hadn’t acknowledged until he met Claire. While Claire and Scott initially appear as complete opposites it is soon apparent that there is a connection between them that neither has experienced before and ease to their interactions, even when they are at loggerheads. It is as if they instinctively know what the other needs without their desires being voiced. Alas, the timing between Claire and Scott counts against them, the ghost of Brett hovering in the background and clouding the path to the future. Yet, it is the budding emotions between Claire and Scott which give Claire the push she needed in order to exorcise Brett’s ghost from her life. I completely love the friendship between Claire, Audrey and Naomi, even more so because of the foundation for it. The guys also have their own bond and add to the strong emotional support system for all of the characters and not just the ladies. Love on Lexington Avenue is a whirlwind romance and a reflection of coming to terms with the way in which your life can take a completely unexpected turn when you least expect it. The cuteness factor is upped by the inclusion of Scott’s dog, Bob
Danica12 27 days ago
Love on Lexington Avenue finally got me out of my reading rut! Lauren Layne does it again with a quick and light hearted read based in glitzy Manhattan. As I was devouring the chapters, I was laughing out loud, and I would highly recommend for a great end-of-summer read! In the second book of the Central Park Pact series, Claire Hayes is recovering from her cheating husband's death, and trying to find herself again with the help of her friends, Naomie and Audrey. As a favor to a friend and a break from his regular work, Scott agrees to renovate Claire's apartment. At first, Claire thinks Scott is abrasive and rude, but Scott turns out to be a charming and philanthropic gentleman. Are they both willing to risk it all to follow their hearts?
tsmb02 27 days ago
We met Claire Hayes in the first book in this series. Claire is the widow of Brayden, the man who was having an affair with a few different women. Outside of Brayden's funeral, Claire meets Naomi and Audrey, two of these women and a great friendship begins. It's been a year since Brayden's death and Claire thinks she is ready to move on with her life. First up is renovating her brownstone. When Naomi's boyfriend Oliver recommends his friend Scott Turner for the job you just know there will be fun. Scott has always been chasing something in his life, but he just doesn't know what it is. He prefers to keep life simple, including only one night stands. Imagine his surprise when he first meets Claire and she is not the old widow he thought she would be. She is also not the typical Upper East Sider. As Claire and Scott spend more time together they fall into an easy rapport. Claire even starts telling Scott how she wants his help to get her back into the dating world starting with finding just a one night stand. At first things are fun until Scott realizes that he may want Claire for himself. It will take a huge leap of faith for this wandering loner to realize that maybe what he has always been looking for is standing right in front of him! I just adored Claire and Scott. Claire's life was stuck in a rut and she desperately needed to redefine herself. I loved how she just jumped right in....sometimes a little hesitant but she still did it. I also really loved Scott. I love a man who can work with his hands....one of my weaknesses! I loved their banter back and forth and quite a few times I found myself laughing out loud! These two together were perfect and I just adored their happy ending.
AmyM43 27 days ago
Finding out about her husband's infidelities on the day of his funeral really threw Claire for a loop. From that experience, however, she's gained the friendship of the "other" women; Naomi and Audrey. The bond between the three women is strong, but Claire still wonders how she could have been so deceived by someone that she loved. Her husband's death causes her to take a long look at her life, and Claire has discovered she lives a very beige life. Ready to break out of the mold, Claire decides, for starters, on a complete renovation of her brownstone. She's also ready to get back in the dating game. Not specifically to find another husband, but, basically, to get her groove back. Claire has no idea where to start as it's been awhile since she's dated, but right now she's got her hands full dealing with her new contractor. Scott only agreed to check out Claire's house as a favor to a friend, his skills are typically reserved for corporations and high-rises and his job keeps him from staying in one place too long as he likes it. But when he arrives at Claire's, the renovation calls to him. He sees the potential in the dilapidated old home. Now, if only he can keep Claire from making everything pink! Seriously though, Scott and Claire are almost like two sides of the same coin. Both have past relationships that hurt them, and shook them to their core. That changed them on a fundamental level. While Claire is actively trying to turn her life around, Scott hasn't noticed that anything is wrong until he meets Claire. These two are supremely drawn to one another, but unsure of where the future may go, or if they want it to go anywhere. Lauren Layne handles the whole idea of this one person (in this case Claire's deceased husband) having such an effect upon the people in their lives in such an unassumingly profound way. For Naomi (mistress #1), there was anger, for Audrey (mistress #2) there's unshakable hope, and Claire (wife) she's left almost bereft of an identity. She was a wife for seven years, a girlfriend before that, now she's a widow, but she's a widow to a man she obviously barely knew and for which there's no love lost now. Wondering if there was something wrong with her (there absolutely wasn't) that made her husband cheat. It's heartbreaking to have the entire perception of your marriage and your life called into question, but Claire is such a strong character. I loved seeing her move forward with the life that she wants, not a life she thinks she needs in order to get over her husband, but truly finding the life that suits her. In amongst this self-discovery is Scott. Claire and Scott start out with this opposites-attract thing going on. They butt heads over their differing ideas for Claire's home. Scott does not sugar-coat his opinions which, I think, after being lied to for so long, is a breath of fresh air for Claire. Their chemistry is off the charts. You could feel the sparks from their first interactions, but I loved the fact that their romance was such a slow-build. Not only because it just made me read like a fiend, but I appreciated that it didn't overshadow the growth the Claire had to do on her own. Scott as well, to a smaller extent because the main focus is, of course, the three women on the group, but I felt like the connection between Scott and Claire's past relationship experiences - and how they each handle things differently - is a testament to how right they are for one another.
Readaholic19 27 days ago
I read Passion on Park Avenue a few months ago and immediately fell in love with the trio of ladies bonding over their misfortune of having known the same man (ahem, very intimately). Naomi was the mistress (her story is Passion on Park Avenue), Audrey was the girlfriend and then there was the wife Claire. Claire feels so much humiliation - not just because her husband was cheating on her with multiple people - but because she thought what they had was real. She thought that she was the perfect wife because her husband loved her for who she was. It's only right then, that she's going through a bit of a crisis. She wants to spice up her life and add in pops of color (specifically pink) to what she thinks is a rather dull life. Enter Scott Turner, the contractor who she decides will help her remodel her home. I love grumpy heroes, and Scott fits the bill perfectly. He doesn't lavish Claire with fancy words and tells her exactly what his opinions are on her house and other matters that she doesn't really care for. Scott is honest and straightforward and I love that about him. The relationship between Claire and Scott gradually morphed into something more than a contractor and his client and I enjoyed the ride. Both of these characters have a lot of feelings that are left unresolved, because of people in the past that have hurt them. They are so complicated, but loving and both of them always have such good intentions. Once I picked up this book, I read it over the course of a day and literally could not stop reading it. This book was a solid 4.5 stars for me. I can't wait for Audrey and Clarke's story! **ARC kindly provided by TastyBookPR, NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review**
LoveLiBooks 27 days ago
The second book in the Central Park series. This one focuses on Claire Hayes, the widow of the cheating husband Brayden. Determined to erase her past with him, she sets out to redesign her boring and outdated UES brownstone house and make it something of her own. A brand new start for Claire and her home. What she didn't expect was to fall for her sexy, successful, rough around the edges contractor, Scott Turner, and his big goofy dog. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites of all time. The way Claire and Scott built their relationship made my heart swell. The dialogue in the book is so charming and witty. Also, any book with strong female friendships - I'm here for it! I love how they support each other and lift each other up. Even the men in the book just seem like super nice guys. The romance is cute but what really got me with the story were the friendships established. Can't wait for the third one on Audrey!
astroyic 27 days ago
Oh how I Loved this sweet, charming and adorable, second chance romance. This had it all and I didn't want to stop reading. Ms. Layne's writing always manages to bring you right into the scene with her characters. Her descriptive use of language makes each scene very realistic and the emotions the characters are feeling, so believable. I really have enjoyed this series so far and Claire’s story has been my favorite. Although this is a series, each story is a stand alone but I would encourage you to read them in order. Claire is bored her husband has been dead for a year, so she decides to remodel her Upper East Side Brownstone to make it her own. Scott Turner is a good friend to Claire’s friends Naomi and Oliver, and he offers to do the remodel for Claire. But these two are opposites in every way. Where Claire is refined and polite Scott is blunt, callous and downright rude. Both of them have been burned and are somewhat jaded and broken from their past relationships. But being thrown together on a daily basis, it doesn’t take them long and they are getting on each other’s nerves. Especially with an attraction and chemistry that is off the charts. But when Claire asks for Scott’s help to hook up and have a fling with someone else, although he knows he isn’t good enough for her, he still wants her. Will their attraction and chemistry be enough to help them find a HEA? You will need to read this to find out. I loved every minute of this Fantastic, Adorable, Charming, and Completely Enthralling Romance!
Anonymous 27 days ago
I fell in love with Lauren Layne books after reading her Sex, Love & Stilleto series and Oxford series. Her characters are my favorite type of characters: people I wish I were best friends with in real life. I love how she creates relationships between the characters, whether it's friendships or romantic ones, and makes you feel like you're one of the group. The witty dialog between characters is one of my favorite things about her books. So I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this book, and I was right. This is the second book in the Central Park Pact series, and even though I haven't had a chance to read the first book in the series, this book can still be read as a stand-alone romance. The women in this series bonded over a man who duped all of them, and their story of rising above the pain and embarrassment is inspiring, as is their friendship. This book is Claire's story - I loved the easy fire between Claire and Scott, and the attraction between them. I loved Claire's journey of trying to figure out who she is without her husband, and she's definitely not vanilla. And I loved the support from her friends as she figured out who she wanted to be, and how to learn to trust someone again. Overall I would definitely recommend reading this book if you're in the mood for a light, fun, and romantic read, as well as other books by this author. *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Sandy-thereadingcafe 27 days ago
4.25 stars--LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE is the second instalment in Lauren Layne’s contemporary, adult CENTRAL PARK PACT romance series focusing on three friends: Naomi Powell, Audrey Tate and Claire Hayes-three woman who would discover there were all in a relationship with the same man. This is thirty-five year old, widow Claire Hayes, and renovator Scott Turner’s story line. LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment is revealed where necessary but I recommend reading book one PASSION ON PARK AVENUE for back story and history. SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately one year earlier, Claire Hayes, newly widowed discovered that her husband of seven years was having numerous affairs including affairs with the two women who would become her best friends. The Central Park Pact was an agreement to never let one another fall for a womanizer like the man with whom they had all fallen in love. Told from dual third person perspectives (Claire and Scott) LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE follows Claire Hayes, one year after the death of her philandering husband. Having just turned thirty-five years old, wanting something new in her life, Claire decides to renovate her Lexington Avenue home with the recommendation of her new best friend Naomi Powell. Enter contractor/renovator Scott Turner, and the man with whom Claire would fall in love. What ensues is the acrimonious but building relationship between Claire and Scott, and the potential fall-out as the renovations to Claire’s home, come to a close. Scott Turner never expected Claire Hayes- a smart-mouthed, young widow who struggles with her place in the world. Not one to do relationships, Scott finds himself attraction to Claire Hayes, but a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship is all he is willing to offer. Having been burned in the past, Scott isn’t willing to lose his heart to anyone else. Claire Hayes has struggled with what happened and why. Having turned what could have been a disaster into a triple friendship with the other women scorned by her cheating husband, Claire battles her attraction to Scott knowing their time together comes with a deadline.. Believing herself too vanilla and boring, Claire begins to step out of her comfort zone with the help of the man with whom she will fall in love. The $ex scenes are all implied. We are reintroduced to Naomi Powell, and her significant other Oliver Cunningham (Passion on Park Avenue #1), Audrey Tate and her best friend Clarke West. LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE is a story of friendships, support, struggle and love. The premise is engaging and energetic; the romance is passionate and sweet; the characters are a little broken, colorful and fun.