Title: Marriage on Madison Avenue
Author: Lauren Layne
First published January 28, 2020
285 pages, Kindle Edition
Lauren Layne’s Marriage on Madison Avenue delivers yet another delightful and heartwarming romantic comedy. Join Claire Hayes, the ultimate hopeless romantic, as she navigates through the world of love and relationships.
A chance encounter reunites Claire with her childhood nemesis, Daniel Chase, and they agree to pretend to be engaged to fool their respective families. But as they spend more time together, their fake engagement starts to feel like the real deal.
With the fake wedding date fast approaching, Claire and Daniel have to decide if they should continue with the charade or risk their hearts getting broken. Fans of Christina Lauren and Jasmine Guillory will love this hilarious and charming novel about love, friendship, and second chances.
About the Author
Lauren Layne, a prolific author, has penned over twenty novels that have become bestsellers on both the New York Times and USA Today lists. Among her popular works are the books in the 21 Wall Street series: Hot Asset, Hard Sell, and Huge Deal.
Additionally, she has written the Central Park Pact series. With more than a million copies sold in nine languages, Lauren’s writing has received critical acclaim from various publications, including Publishers Weekly, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition.
Lauren is located in the bustling metropolis of New York City.
Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne is a charming and comedic romance novel that will leave readers with a smile on their face. First published on January 28, 2020, the book is part of the well-loved “Central Park Pact” series, following the lives of three high-powered women who made a pact to get married within a year or face the consequences of revealing their lack of success.
Layne is known for her fun and relatable storylines, and Marriage on Madison Avenue is no exception. The novel is set in the bustling city of New York and follows the relationship dynamic between two old friends-turned-enemies, Audrey Tate and Clarke West.
The plot centers on their pursuit of true love and marriage, each hoping to win the bet and prove their worth to their friends. The book draws on the themes of friendship, forgiveness, and learning to love oneself.
The vulnerability of the characters and their struggles with self-worth add depth to the storyline, making it more than just a simple romance. It speaks to the social pressures that women face to find the perfect relationship, even at the cost of their true selves.
Layne’s writing is witty and entertaining, making it easy to get wrapped up in the story. She sets an engaging pace, keeping readers invested in the characters’ journeys.
One of the standout features of the novel is Layne’s ability to develop relatable and likable characters. Audrey and Clarke are both complex and dynamic, and their chemistry keeps the romantic element of the story fresh and exciting.
However, where the book falls short is in its predictability. The writing can be formulaic at times, with the plot twists and character arcs being easily predictable.
Although this can be expected for a romance novel, it takes away from the tension and excitement of the storyline. Overall, Marriage on Madison Avenue is a fun, lighthearted read that is sure to entertain any romance fan.
Layne’s charming writing, relatable characters, and comedic moments make it a perfect read for a cozy night in. It is a delightful installment in the “Central Park Pact” series and offers a witty and modern perspective on love and relationships.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars