- Expected Jan 28, 2020
“The word charm is pretty much synonymous with Lauren Layne.” —Hypable
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?
Layne concludes her Central Park Pact trilogy (following Love on Lexington Avenue) with this breezy and satisfying contemporary romance. Audrey Tate, reeling with pain and guilt following the death of her married lover, avoids reentering the Manhattan dating scene in favor of immersing herself in her work as a social media influencer and spending time with her longtime best friend, Clarke West. When Clarke's manipulative, matchmaking mother tries to get him back together with his ex-girlfriend in an effort to see her son married, Clarke lies and says he's already engaged to Audrey. What starts as a lark for Audrey, who thinks it sounds fun to plan a fake wedding, grows complicated as she and Clarke support each other through familial pressure and their fake kisses start to feel real. Layne's vision of Manhattan is escapist and aspirational, populated solely by the wealthy. Sparkling dialogue, hilarious wedding planning scenes, and deeply emotional moments see the series end on a high note.