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Love on Lexington Avenue written by Lauren Layne
Genres: Chic Lit
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
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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’s never a bad time to fall in love in the city, right? Wrong. According to the recently-widowed Claire Hayes, it’s very, very wrong. In fact, after finding out her late husband was a liar and a cheat, Claire’s convinced there’s never a good time for romantic notions. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her philandering husband, Claire sets out to redesign her entire Upper East Side brownstone and make it her own. But when she meets gruff and often-cantankerous contractor Scott Turner and realizes not all men are scumbags, Claire must decide if she’s ready to risk her heart again.
Scott needs a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and bluntly makes it clear to Claire that he only took on her house for that reason, adding that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess on his job site. But when long work days soon turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction…? Scott knows he’s not one to settle down, but then why can’t he bring himself to put the finishing touches on Claire’s house and move on to the next job?
Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes that blend perfectly with the touching friendships Layne brings to life on the page, this “hugely entertaining” (USA TODAY) novel is perfect for fans of Lauren Weisberger.
Love on Lexington Lane was a book that I was highly anticipating this year, but it really turned into a disappointing read. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this book to be Chick Lit. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am okay with Chick Lit, it’s just not my cup of tea. At all. I guess this may be why I couldn’t get into Passion on Park Avenue.
I really love the premise for Love on Lexington Avenue. This is the second book in the Central Park Pact series and features newly widowed Claire Hayes. It has been about a year since her cheating husband passed away and she is now ready to renovate her brownstone. Enter the hero, Scott who is her new contractor and sparks fly!
While the story revolved around the romance between Claire and Scot, it really focused on Claire’s journey of letting go and accepting and embracing herself. She really lost her identity when she was married to her husband and she still can’t let go. While I like that part, I was really disappointed by the whole vibe. YES, it is Chick Lit and YES, it is fade to black and I was not expecting that at all.
I really enjoyed Lauren Layne’s Wall Street Series. In fact, Hot Asset made my top read last year! Love on Lexington Avenue was not what I expected, and I really felt so disappointed.
I will say that my disappointment stemmed from the fact that the sexytimes was fade to black! And mostly, it’s because I just did not expect it. Especially since there was some sexual innuendo between Naomi and Oliver that the girls were talking about in one of the scenes.
Claire and Scot’s romance and chemistry was spot on, but I really needed more development. Love on Lexington Avenue was really charming and sweet, but it really left me wanting more.
I have to say that I love the dog named Bob! She is a female dog but she’s named Bob and she immediately endeared herself to me! I also love Claire’s relationship with Bob! I also love the camaraderie and relationship between Naomi, Claire, and Audrey! Their friendship really is the best thing in this book!
Love on Lexington Avenue was really well written and it still has the signature Lauren Layne wit and banter, but I just felt that it needed more.
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I couldn’t get into Passion on Park Avenue and I did not mark it as read or DNF it.
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