Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

Love on Lexington Avenue

by Lauren Layne

Published by Gallery Books

Book #2 in The Central Park Pact Series

There are no good men left in New York City.

At least that’s Claire Hayes’s conviction after finding out her late husband was not the man she thought he was. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her cheating husband, Claire sets out to redesign her boring, beige Upper East Side brownstone and make it something all her own. But what starts out as a simple renovation becomes a lot more complicated when she meets her bad-tempered contractor Scott Turner.

Scott bluntly makes it known to Claire that he only took on her house for a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and he doesn’t hesitate to add that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess with a penchant for pink. But when long workdays turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction...


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Love on Lexington Avenue is the 2nd book in the Central Park Pact series. It is centered around Claire, the widow of the the three woman who made the pact to look out for each other, so they wouldn't end up with another cheating bastard.

I wasn't sure if I would like this one, at least as much as I liked Passion on Park Avenue. I found Claire was very hesitant, and a little boring to read in the first book, so I was thinking that would continue into the next. I'm very pleased with giving this book a chance. Claire a chance.

I always got the sense that Claire was hurting far more than she let her friends know. Not only does she lose her husband, whom she did love, but she learned that he was cheating on her. Not with one woman. With two. More even. And we get details on his death, which was all the more embarrassing. Claire put so much effort into trying to be the perfect wife, and all it got her was a cheating douche. I get why she is hesitant around men. Why she refuses to have a relationship again. And not JUST because she thinks men are dogs. She hasn't fully gotten over her husbands death, and while she considers his mistresses her best friends, she still hurts about being a fool. She wonders what she did to make him stray, and decides she is boring.

Despite her wanting no love, a woman has needs. Enter Scott. Grumpy contractor, Oliver Cunningham's good friend, and the man Claire hires to renovate her brownstone townhouse to her tastes. His blunt personality and dry, sarcastic sense of humor puts Claire at ease pretty quickly, and she lets some of her personality out, that she has hidden away in her quest to be perfect wife and widow. Their back and forth bickering over the house made me start to really like Claire. Scott did too, but like Claire, after finding out his ex-fiance was cheating on him, at their engagement party of all things, he also swore off love, and was all about the one night stands. Their blossoming friendship leads to Claire asking for his help in that department, as she wasn't experienced in flirting, or how to even go about getting a one night stand.

The whole thing is charming in a way. If maybe not the most original plot. Girl asks for help seducing men, man helps her, she's successful, but doesn't go through with it, because she learns she needs to like the person she is sleeping with. Which leads to the inevitable man and woman sleeping together, falling in love, fighting it tooth and nail, and then ending up together anyway.

Oh well, because if not original, the story itself was fun, and Claire and Scott were super fun to read. I loved how both their characters grew, both overcoming their past issues, and opening themselves up to the possibility of love. For Claire, it was faster. She fell hard and