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Review: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

May 28th, 2019 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 28, 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

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 strongminded, 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 Naomi’s mother used to work for. 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 page.

My Thoughts

I have to admit it pains me to give this book 3 stars because I love Lauren Layne’s writing so much but I have to admit this one just didn’t do it for me. The premise is interesting enough and I was curious to see how it would play out but neither main character got me invested in their story. Yes, I felt bad for Oliver for having to deal with his father’s condition, especially since he admits several times he didn’t actually like his father before he developed Alzheimer’s. Naomi’s character was lukewarm for me. I admire that she made so much of herself through hard work and her own grit but she just wasn’t as likeable as the heroines in other Lauren Layne books. Without caring much for either character I never really became invested in their relationship.

As for the storyline itself, it wasn’t bad but the ending was a big turn off for me. I didn’t care for the conflict, especially the way Oliver reacted. It made me actually dislike his character for being so cruel and brushing off Naomi’s feelings and past. I also felt like Naomi let him off too easily in the end and that he never truly felt remorse for the things he said to her.

The saving grace for me in this story was actually the supporting characters. I loved Naomi’s friends, Claire and Audrey, and I am hoping to see Clarke get his own book!

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