Love on Lexington Avenue, Lauren Layne

There’s never a bad time to fall in love in the city, right? Wrong. According to the recently-widowed Claire Hayes, it’s very, very wrong. In fact, after finding out her late husband was a liar and a cheat, Claire’s convinced there’s never a good time for romantic notions. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her philandering husband, Claire sets out to redesign her entire Upper East Side brownstone and make it her own. But when she meets gruff and often-cantankerous contractor Scott Turner and realizes not all men are scumbags, Claire must decide if she’s ready to risk her heart again.
Scott needs a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and bluntly makes it clear to Claire that he only took on her house for that reason, adding that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess on his job site. But when long work days soon turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction…? Scott knows he’s not one to settle down, but then why can’t he bring himself to put the finishing touches on Claire’s house and move on to the next job?

Love on Lexington Avenue
Central Park Pact #2
Ano: 2019
Páginas: 288
Idioma: inglês
Editora: Gallery Books

Adoro as comédias românticas de Lauren Layne e em Love at Lexington Avenue ela não decepciona trazendo um casal totalmente improvável que conquista o leitor já desde o primeiro encontro.

Claire está com a auto-estima bastante baixa depois de tudo o que descobriu sobre seu marido, por isso está disposta a fazer uma mudança radical em sua vida, a começar por sua casa.

Quando conhece o rapaz indicado por seu amigo Oliver para o serviço, ela se pergunta se Scott realmente fará o que ela pede para transformar sua casa em um novo lar. Scott faz o tipo zangado e grosseiro mas como deseja mudar de ares e fazer algo diferente com sua profissão, ele aceita o desafio de encarar o gosto duvidoso de Claire por cores.
Entre brigas divertidíssimas e momentos de fofura, o casal acaba se conectando e, mesmo vivendo às turras, começam a se afeiçoar um pelo outro e quando Claire pede para ele ajudá-la em outras questões além da casa, a química entre eles explode.

Amei demais a história e como Lauren Layne mostrou o crescimento de ambos além de trazer os personagens do livro anterior e acrescentar um elemento que amo: um pet super fofo. Agora estou ansiosa pela história de Audrey e bem que queria algo para Brett também.

In english

I love Lauren Layne's romantic comedies and on Love on Lexington Avenue, she doesn't disappoint bringing a totally unlikely couple that has captured the reader right from the first meeting.

Claire's self-esteem is pretty low after all she has found out about her late husband so she is willing to make a radical change in her life starting with her home.

When she meets the contractor indicated by her friend Oliver for the job, she wonders if Scott will actually do what she asks to make her house a new home for her. Scott is the rude type of guy but since he wants to do something different with his profession, he takes the challenge of facing Claire's dubious taste for color.

Between fun fights and moments of cuteness, the couple ends up connecting and even living always fighting for something, they begin to get fond of each other and when Claire asks him to help her in other matters beyond the house, the chemistry between them explodes.

I loved the story so much and how Lauren Layne showed the growth of both beyond bringing the characters from the previous book and adding an element I love, a super cute pet. Now I'm looking forward to Audrey's story and I really wanted something for Brett too.

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