REVIEW: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne


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…

Hands in, girls, we’re making a pact, high school-style. May neither of you ever fall victim to a cheating bastard again. Not on my watch.


I’m not new to Lauren Layne’s books and I have absolutely loved everything I have read by her and this one was no different.

First off, I love how Naomi, Claire and Audrey become friends. It was different, unique and gives them a fun story how they all connected. Passion on Park Avenue is Naomi’s story.

Her lease is up, so time to beginning apartment hunting, until she receives a phone call to interview for an apartment on 517 Park Ave. When she goes to her interview, she runs into the bane of her childhood existence. She instantly recognizes Oliver, but he has no idea who she is, other than the fact that he is EXTREMELY fascinated with this woman. She’s a puzzle he wants to solve.

The relationship was Oliver and Naomi is slow build. It started out as enemies, well mostly for Naomi, then slowly developed into a friendship, then slowly that friendship became something more. Though, Naomi was still hiding her true identity from Oliver. She wasn’t out for revenge against what him and his family did to her but she was looking for closure on that chapter of her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was fun, light, refreshing and sweet. There were some passionate kisses, but this book wasn’t heavy on the steamy scenes, but honestly I think it was perfect for the story.

I can’t wait to see what is in store next with the second book, which we already know is Claire’s story. For any fans of Lauren Layne or anyone look for a refreshing romance story I HIGHLY recommend this book!


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