Series: Central Park Pact, #1
Published by Gallery Books on May 28th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.
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.
Lauren Layne has long been one of my go-to authors. Every single story puts me in a happy place and I’m elated that she’s kicked off a new series, one with a most interesting premise; three women, who were on cheated on by the same man, come together because of his funeral. I’m calling this a “meet-cute” and it certainly is one of the more interesting ones I’ve read. Better yet, When Naomi, Claire and Audrey work out the connection they share, a friendship blooms.
The series begins with a focus on Naomi as she embarks on a move to Park Avenue and a building that holds some not so pleasant reminders of her upbringing. What starts as a “I’ll show them” (being the Cunningham family), turns into the need to be a part of their lives, both Olivers and Walters. My heart melted at the compassion she shows Walter, Oliver’s father, and pounded at the sizzling connection she shares with Oliver. As always, Layne provides moments of elation and a time where things between Oliver and Naomi seem to sour – which gives us the always loved attempt at redemption and much needed forgiveness.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is the friendship and family the women create. They are complicated women building a support system that shows so much promise. Once again, I recommend anything and everything by Lauren Layne and am excited about this new series and learning more about these women.
~Review by Cyndi
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