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Title: Love on Lexington Avenue
Series: Central Park Pact #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 17 Sept 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

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 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 and rough-around-the-edges 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…

Review

Claire is the betrayed wife of the philandering Brett, having only learnt the truth after his death. With a very odd connection to Audrey and Naomi via the aforementioned Brett, they set out to overcome the deception they were unwittingly a part of while avoiding the pitfalls of falling for the same type of man again.

Claire is completely lost, having the realisation her life as she knew it was a lie. Claire also doubts herself, as any partner of a cheater would, everything from the way she looks to her choice of paint colour. In order to move forward with her life, Claire has thrown herself into the renovation of her townhouse.

Enter, Scott, builder extraordinaire and friend of Oliver (Passion on Park Avenue). He also has a lot of emotional baggage along the same lines as Claire, however, Scott has let it rule his life to the point of becoming a recluse. He uses his work and travel to avoid making connections and laying roots. However, it has also left a void in his life he hadn’t acknowledged until he met Claire.

While Claire and Scott initially appear as complete opposites it is soon apparent that there is a connection between them that neither has experienced before and ease to their interactions, even when they are at loggerheads. It is as if they instinctively know what the other needs without their desires being voiced.

Alas, the timing between Claire and Scott counts against them, the ghost of Brett hovering in the background and clouding the path to the future. Yet, it is the budding emotions between Claire and Scott which give Claire the push she needed in order to exorcise Brett’s ghost from her life.

I completely love the friendship between Claire, Audrey and Naomi, even more so because of the foundation for it. The guys also have their own bond and add to the strong emotional support system for all of the characters and not just the ladies.

Love on Lexington Avenue is a whirlwind romance and a reflection of coming to terms with the way in which your life can take a completely unexpected turn when you least expect it. The cuteness factor is upped by the inclusion of Scott’s dog, Bob 😍