Lauren Layne comes to the blog today with the second book in the Central Park Pact series – full of friendship, new starts and hope with
Love on Lexington Avenue
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.
Title: Love on Lexington Avenue
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Central Park Pact #2
Also in this series: Passion on Park Avenue, Marriage on Madison Avenue
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Gallery Books
Published on: 17 September, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 28 minutes
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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 and rough-around-the-edges 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...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.