ARC Review · Contemporary · Love/Hate · New Beginnings · Series · Slow Burn · Strong Heroine

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne


3.5 Stars

Naomi Powell is a self-made woman with a childhood that she never really recovered from. Success has done a lot to help her achieve putting her past behind her… and then she comes face to face with her childhood nemesis…. and brand new next door neighbor.

Oliver Cunningham has no idea what the sassy and intriguing Naomi has against him, but now that she lives right next door to him, he is determined to find out… and so much more…


Passion on Park Avenue was an entertaining read and such an exciting start to the brand new Central Park Pact series! Naomi and Oliver come from two very different worlds that have collided once before, and this time they are headed for a direct impact… to their hearts.

Naomi has come a long way from being the live-in housekeeper’s daughter in the elitist 517 Park Avenue building of her worst memories. So, when she is contacted to return to that very same building, the older, wiser, and supremely self-confident Naomi is prepared to put some of it’s stuffiest residents in their place.

Oliver’s life has changed drastically since he was the young and spoiled boy of Naomi’s past. After the death of his mother and his fathers Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Oliver has sacrificed much of his personal life to become his part time caregiver. With no idea that the Naomi he is infatuated with now is the same red-headed, freckled kid from his past, he is at a complete loss as to why she shows such a disdain for him.

I was completely sold on the premise for this book, and the characters were represented as multi-faceted and extremely interesting. But, while reading I felt that the storyline just did not flow in a pleasing manner. The banter and relationship between Naomi and Oliver was spot on, but once Oliver inevitably finds out who Naomi really is, I felt that everything was just too easily wrapped up and forgiven. For the gravity of their feelings about the past, I really wanted more from this aspect of the story.

I can’t wait for more of this series, the concept is a fascinating one, and the friendships at the center of the Central Park Pact have provided such promise for the rest of the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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