Book Review - Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne


“The word charm is pretty much synonymous with Lauren Layne.” —Hypable

One of O, The Oprah Magazine's “22 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020” and one of Goodreads’s 28 of the Hottest Romances of 2020

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, the “queen of witty dialogue” (Rachel Van Dyken, New York Times bestselling author), 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?


Lauren Layne's take on the classic fake engagement/friends to lovers story.  What helps set this story apart is that Audrey and Clarke have been characters in the previous books in the series, so finally being able to read about their history was in itself exciting.  The depth of Clarke's character was particularly surprising based on what we have seen in the previous books.  I also enjoyed reading about Audrey and the other women who were all in love with the same man and the different perspectives on what led them to where they are.  Audrey particularly would be a difficult character to write since she is the one who knew she was participating in an affair.  Layne does a good job making Audrey likable and understandable and deserving of her HEA.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Lauren Layne has appeared on Inside Edition, been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Amazon Top 10 bestseller lists. Previously an e-commerce and web marketing manager in her hometown Seattle, Lauren moved to NYC in 2011 to pursue a a writing career, and currently lives very happily as a full-time author in midtown Manhattan with her high school sweetheart.


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