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February 26, 2020

Book Review Wednesday: Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne

I have reviewed the other two books in this series, "The Central Park Pact" (Passion on Park Avenue and Love on Lexington Avenue) series by Lauren Layne and I patiently awaited the release of the third and final book.

"Marriage on Madison Avenue" was released in January and I pre-ordered so it was delivered to my Kindle on the release date. I read it within a few days and I have to say, I think it was my favorite book of the entire series.

I was so excited to dive into this book because it had all of my favorite things: influencers, New York, and childhood sweethearts.



Publisher's Summary

Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey.

But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?


My Thoughts

I was so excited when I knew that the last book would revolve around Audrey & Clarke's relationship. It was a side story throughout the other two novels so I feel like we really worked up to this story and it was everything we deserved.

Audrey is a fashion influencer, one of the biggest in the city, and Clarke is her BFF, as well as being one of the most eligible bachelors in Manhattan. Everyone always asks them when they're going to get together but at some point, the gossip columns went too far and sort of forced them into a fake relationship. 

I love a fake relationship because it almost always turns into a real relationship. There was so much push and pull between Audrey and Clarke, it was maddening. As a reader, I couldn't tell if they actually had feelings for each other or if their own game was catching up to them. It was super interesting the way it was written because it was very much back and forth between the two, which to me, made things seem more interesting and realistic. 

There were definitely moments where I had my doubts if they should even be together but then moments where it was so clear that no one in the world was better suited for a relationship than Audrey & Clarke. 

"Marriage on Madison Avenue" had everything; romance, friendship, heartbreak, weird family dynamics and just really fun characters.

This really was my favorite book of the series because I felt like I related a lot to Audrey but also it had a lot of emotion tied to relationships and what a relationship 'should' look like and what we 'should' want out of our love lives. It was just really interesting and fun! 

I can not recommend this series ENOUGH! It was my first introduction to Lauren Layne, who is now one of my favorite authors, and just a really wonderful, wholesome, fun, light-hearted series. You definitely do not have to read them all as they read as standalone books but I do think you should read the entire series, in order, because it just fits better that way.

I'm sad to see the Central Park Pact series end but it ended perfectly... I truly couldn't think of a better way to send these characters off.

If you need something new and light, definitely read this series and I promise, you won't regret it!

xoxo
B