Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne – Book Review

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I have to admit, I was expecting more from this book. When taking in to consideration the hype, I was expecting a romance story that I could really connect with or at the very least swoon at while reading. The outcome wasn’t so extreme. Rather, it was just… okay. Not great, not bad. Just an average romance that was easy to read at the time but in which the MCs chemistry felt a little bit dry. I’m hoping the sequel turns out better!

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.


  • The story was short, mostly sweet and had a satisfying HEA that included the loss of grudges and a family HEA (of sorts). While it was easy to predict pretty much everything that would happen in the story’s ending after the first few chapters the writing was still easy to read and satisfying enough to get me to actually finish.
  • The side characters, who all make a pact to find passion and friendship were the most interesting part of this story. The set up of this female group at the beginning of the book really gained my interest and is the sole reason I’ll be continuing on with the series.
  • I genuinely liked reading about Oliver Cunningham. He seemed like such a decent guy and certainly didn’t deserve a lot of the hot-cold behaviour thrown his way from Naomi. If anything, he was the quintessential good-guy and deserved far better than what she was willing to compromise and give to him.


  • Naomi. I have such a hard time enjoying a book if the MC annoys me and unfortunately that was the case for Passion on Park Avenue. The side characters, love interest (Oliver) and even the Cunningham family issues were so interesting to read about. It’s a shame she let the book down for me. That said, I’m eager to try the sequels as hopefully her role in them will be minimal and I have a feeling that I’ll enjoy them more.
  • I don’t know if it was just my bias toward Naomi but I didn’t get a very strong vibe of chemistry between her and Oliver. It seemed that their past relationship was the only reason they were interested in each other at all and over the course of the book this just began to feel dry and not the cheesy romance HEA I had been hoping for.
  • Without Naomi’s presence I’d have been inclined to give this book 4 stars. As she annoyed me so much, I considered only rating this a 2. The build up, side characters, family drama and general easy-to-read nature of the story brought it up to a 3 star rating though.


3 thoughts on “Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne – Book Review

  1. Oh no, annoying MCs are the worst. They really can make a decent read terribly unenjoyable because of their attitude. I hate when that happens and sorry to hear that it happened in this book. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this one though. I read my first book by Layne earlier this year and I enjoyed it enough to wanna try her other romances. Hope the next book is better, Jen!

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    • Thanks Dini! 😀 Yeah it is really a shame, I was expecting so much more from this. It’s not all bad though – her writing style is fun to read and I’m looking forward to the sequels with follow the other characters that I enjoyed reading about more. Which book did you enjoy by her?


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