The Friendship is the best thing in this book! Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne [ARC Review]

Posted September 20, 2019 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Reviews4 Comments

The Friendship is the best thing in this book! Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne [ARC Review]

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The Friendship is the best thing in this book! Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne [ARC Review]Love on Lexington Avenue written by Lauren Layne
Publisher Gallery Books
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Genres: Chic Lit
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: one-flame
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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.

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My Thoughts

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 LitNow, 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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Overall: 3.5




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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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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She’s based in New York City.

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4 responses to “The Friendship is the best thing in this book! Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne [ARC Review]

  1. Sharlene Wegner

    I’m kind of OK with fade to black, although I do like some steam. I don’t really need the rating on the book. I do like Lauren Layne as an author and have been looking forward to reading both books in this series, so far. I was a fan of Stilettos, and haven’t gotten to Wall Street yet. Thanks for the review!

    • I think it was because I wasn’t expecting it? And I had read her previous books before that wasn’t fade to black. That’s really why I was ultimately disappointed.