Book Review: Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

Title:  Park Avenue Prince

Author:  Louise Bay

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Series:  Standalone

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◄◄ Goodreads Blurb ►►

THE PRINCE OF PARK AVENUE FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FEISTY MANHATTAN PRINCESS. I’ve made every one of my billions of dollars myself—I’m calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a monk. I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They’re the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I’m not the guy who sends flowers. I’m not the guy who calls the next day. Or so I thought before an impatient, smart-talking, beyond beautiful heiress bursts into my world. When Grace Astor rolls her eyes at me—I want to hold her against me and show her what she’s been missing. When she makes a joke at my expense—I want to silence her sassy mouth with my tongue. And when she leaves straight after we f*ck with barely a goodbye—it makes me want to pin her down and remind her of the three orgasms she just had. She might be a princess but I’m going to show her who rules in this Park Avenue bedroom. A sexy, standalone, contemporary romance.

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◄◄ My Thoughts ►►

Park Avenue Prince is a seductively sweet contemporary romance that had me hooked right away.  I adored King of Wall Street and had been hoping and wishing for another book in that universe for a long while.

Louise Bay writes super sexy romances with an emotional kick.  This book turned me on, made me fall in love, sent me on full-fledged crying jag, but also frustrated me.

Here’s the breakdown: Grace has wealthy parents and was afforded a privileged upbringing.  Determined to make it on her own, she opens her own art gallery using her own money.  She meets enigmatic Sam Shaw during a show at the art gallery.   The attraction between these two is immediate and palpable.  Sam is the exact opposite of what you’d expect from an uber wealthy businessman.  His backstory is tragic and shapes his life in ways I couldn’t believe.  After meeting Grace and taking an interest in her, he slowly begins to opens up more and their love blossoms into something he never expected, but so beautiful.

Here’s what I loved:  Sam. I loved almost everything about him until the conflict.  His back story, character development, and the experience of falling in love through his eyes was quite enjoyable.

Max and Harper.  I always enjoy mini crossovers and seeing how other characters I’ve come to love are living their lives.  Loved that!

The character development and juxtapositions of Grace and Sam’s current circumstances was probably the most enjoyable aspect of this story for me.  They are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  To see them come together was a treat.

Unfortunately, I didn’t care for Grace quite as much.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s a lovely character.  I just felt she wasn’t consistent.  I loved the insight into her family dynamic.  Grace’s willingness to make it on her own and the family secrets she divulged were quite intriguing.  While I can appreciate her “stand by your man attitude towards the end of the novel, there’s a difference in being empathic and allowing yourself to be a mistreated.  The conflict ended too abruptly for me.  I was so conflicted because she made Sam work for the relationship, but gave in at the end with barely an apology.

Overall, this is a sweet and sexy romance that’s sure to WOW readers.  Louise Bay does a phenomenal job creating characters who make her readers fall in love with them.  I enjoyed getting to know Grace and Sam and look forward to more.

I rate it: 3.75 Stars

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