Passion on Park Avenue

Lauren Layne

Book - 2019

"For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: own one of the ritzy Upper East Side homes where she used to watch her mom work as a housekeeper. Now a sassy CEO of one of the biggest fashion jewelry empires in the country, Naomi has exactly what she wants, but she's learning that it'll take more than the right address to make Manhattan's elite stop treating her like an outsider. The worst of them all is Oliver Cunningham, her new neighbor, and 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. Naomi and Oliver find themselves engaged in a sensual battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them.."--

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Series
Layne, Lauren. Central Park Pact ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Gallery Books 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
277 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781501191572
1501191578
Main Author
Lauren Layne (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

As the CEO of Manhattan's largest jewelry empire, Naomi Powell has worked hard to put her rough Bronx childhood behind her. She and her mother got a taste of the high life when her mother was hired as live-in housekeeper for the Cunninghams on Park Avenue—until her mother was discovered having an affair with her boss, and the two were thrown out on the street. But before she died, her mother somehow got Naomi on a list at the tony co-op building, which is how Naomi ends up neighbors with her childhood nemesis—and son of her mother's old boss—the charming and incredibly handsome Oliver Cunningham. He doesn't recognize her, but she remembers him, and she is out for revenge. Layne's latest, the first in a planned series, is filled with snark and sexual tension as Naomi and Oliver's love–hate relationship grows. Featuring wine in coffee mugs, dinner parties with ulterior motives, and Naomi and Oliver being (almost) caught with their pants down, this is perfect for readers who love the dishy women's fiction of Candace Bushnell. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Strong characters and relatable situations elevate Layne's bighearted contemporary. When self-made woman Naomi Powell receives a message that she's been approved for an interview for a fancy Park Avenue co-op, she isn't sure what to think. She is looking for a place to live, but the building holds terrible memories from her childhood: her late mother was a housekeeper there until her employer, Mr. Cunningham, fired and blacklisted her. To complicate matters, Naomi's mother is the one who sent in the application without Naomi's knowledge. Naomi goes to the interview and comes face-to-face with Oliver Cunningham, the son of her mother's ex-employer, who surprises them both by approving her purchase of the apartment. The sting of betrayal is fresh in Naomi's mind, but Oliver doesn't remember Naomi or her mother, and he's quickly confused by both his new neighbor's anger at him and their instant mutual attraction. When Oliver needs daytime help for his elderly father, who now has Alzheimer's, Naomi's snap decision to volunteer changes the nature of their relationship and sets these two strong personalities up for a collision course. This vivid enemies-to-lovers romance digs into class differences, emotional baggage, and the reality of dealing with aging parents. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Naomi Powell, the strong-willed CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, fights to find her place in Manhattan’s upper class while engaging in a battle of wits with her new neighbor — and former childhood tormentor — Oliver Cunningham. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: own one of the ritzy Upper East Side homes where she used to watch her mom work as a housekeeper. Now a sassy CEO of one of the biggest fashion jewelry empires in the country, Naomi has exactly what she wants, but she's learning that it'll take more than the right address to make Manhattan's elite stop treating her like an outsider. The worst of them all is Oliver Cunningham, her new neighbor, and the grown son of the very familyNaomi'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. Naomi and Oliver find themselves engaged in a sensual battle-of-wills that willeither consume or destroy them.."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An Oprah.com Best Romance Novel of 2019!'Perfect for readers who love the dishy women's fiction of Candace Bushnell.' 'BooklistFrom 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.'strong characters and relatable situations elevate Layne's bighearted contemporary...[which] digs into class differences, emotional baggage, and the reality of dealing with aging parents' (Publishers Weekly, starred review). With the sexy combination of charm, heart, and snark, Lauren Layne's new series is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

An Oprah.com Best Romance Novel of 2019!“Perfect for readers who love the dishy women's fiction of Candace Bushnell.” —BooklistFrom 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.“Strong characters and relatable situations elevate Layne’s bighearted contemporary...[which] digs into class differences, emotional baggage, and the reality of dealing with aging parents” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). With the sexy combination of charm, heart, and snark, Lauren Layne’s new series is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.