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?
This book delivered exactly what I expected it to. No more. No less.
Friends-to-lovers romances are my favorites. This one had another of my favorite tropes of fake-marriages, which was like a cherry on the top for me.
This wasn’t a path-breaking romance. There were some very predictable elements. And yet I loved it. That’s because of Clarke and Audrey. These two characters and their chemistry elevated the romance to the become the most enjoyable read ofthe series for me. I was hoping for exactly that after reading about them in the first two romances. Audrey was the perfect mix of sweet and sassy, while Clarke, the charming hunk with vulnerabilities and insecurities that I expected them to be.
I absolutely adored Audrey and Clarke’s relationship who were completely different people with each other, equally protective and soft for each other, and yet knowing when to keep distance. They were also quite similar in their opinions about each of their love lives too. Clarke feels that he can keep no woman happy. And Audrey considers herself safely doomed for relationships.
She still blames herself for jumping on a serious relationship with a guy who claimed to be separated, without verifying his status for herself. Add to that, guy who she recently dumped after finding his fetishes for videotaping sexual encounters, turns out to have been married. And this gets leaked by gossip sites, making things even worse for this social media influencer.
Clarke is perfectly happy with his life. He has Audrey, who he has claimed as his fiance more than once before to get away from sticky situations. This time when he does to escape his mother pushing his ex back into his life, Audrey suggests that they continue to pretend, to use it to stave off some heat because of the rumors regarding her doomed love life. Except, these reasons get stacked up, and the pretension goes long enough for some complicated feelings to be added to the mix. The evolution of their relationship was beautifully written. The pacing was also tight, with rarely any boring or unnecessary moments. These are characters that I felt personally invested in.
My biggest problem with the story was the conflict and misunderstanding at the end that I saw from a mile away. The climax was just too predictable. And while I could subtract another star for that, I really genuinely loved the main couple a little too much. It’s the perfect read to meet your craving for a cute romance.