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Title: Marriage on Madison Avenue
Series: Central Park Pact #3
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 28 Jan 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, comes the final installment of the Central Park Pact series, a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren.

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 never 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?

Review

Marriage on Madison Avenue finally gives us the story we have been anticipating from the very beginning of the series, Audrey and Clarke!!!!

I have to say my heart broke for Audrey, she is such a loving and giving person yet so very negative and harsh with herself. Having had her romantic dreams shattered by a philandering pig she has taken the experience and carries it around with her like a boulder weighing her down and preventing her from being truly happy. She has put her happiness on hold and yet works tirelessly to help those closest to her achieve their hearts desire.

Like all good things, Audrey and Clarke’s relationship starts off as a matter of convenience easing their respective lives and the outside pressures they are bombarded with. However, as their pretense escalates so does their self-awareness regarding their feelings for each other.

I loved the way in which all of the peripheral characters were intuitive regarding the bond between Audrey and Clarke before they were. Especially the way in which they had to hold themselves back from pushing the relationship forward, allowing Audrey and Clarke to come to terms with the change in their dynamic by themselves.

It was surprising how Audrey and Clarke hid so much of themselves from other people, and were extremely harsh with their view of themselves. The way in which they helped each other blossom was wonderful to witness.

The conclusion of the series was stunning in it’s delivery, the way in which the end mirrored the beginning added to the sense of completion and provided a host of warm and fuzzies.