My love affair with all things Louise Bay started with Max in King of Wall Street, and now it continues with Sam in PARK AVENUE PRINCE.
Park Avenue Prince, by Louise Bay
Publish Date: February 13, 2017
Format: e-ARC, provided by Social Butterfly PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4 STARS
(Synopsis) 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.
Sam Shaw is the ultimate reluctant billionaire. After being orphaned at age 12 and then thrust into the system, Sam had to learn the hard way to cherish every possession you had, because you never knew when it could be taken away from you. Even though he's become incredibly successful and wealthy, He doesn't live like it. He owns a beautiful new home on Park Avenue, but the only furniture in it is a thrift store couch and a mattress on the floor.
After his best friend convinces him to at least buy some art to put on the walls (it's a good investment, and therefore not frivolous, so it's okay with Sam), Sam ends up at Grace Astor Fine Art and is immediately taken with Grace Astor, herself. He initially just wants to get her in his bed, but after he finally succeeds at that, he's shocked to find that he wants her there again. And again. And again.
Although they were raised very differently, Grace and Sam have a lot in common. Even though her parents are rich, she doesn't think that extends to her. She believes she has to work hard to get what she wants and not to take handouts from others. She opened her own art gallery with her own money that she made. Even though it's not a job for the New York socialite elite, she does what makes her happy. Rich, pretentious men that her parents throw at her are not what make her happy, so she avoids dating suits and instead gravitates toward the artistic, creative sorts who need her help and encouragement in order to flourish. Unfortunately, this also means she gets screwed over a lot.
Both Sam and Grace have money (well, Grace's family has money), but it's nice that, for once, their money isn't a barrier to their relationship. No - their problems are far deeper than that. Between Sam's fear of abandonment and Grace distrusting Sam's overall character, they both had a lot of work to do. Their relationship progressed at a very believable pace. It's very clear in the beginning that they were hot for each other because of how they looked and because of this raw, exciting chemistry that always was present between them.
But beyond that, it took a lot of conversations and time spent together in order to slowly break down their walls. And it was definitely a gradual process. Trust is earned over time, and that's a lesson both Grace and Sam had to learn. But, their times together were sweet and poignant, as well as sexy as all get out. There was a lot of talk about art and their pasts and their futures and how - or if - they fit in.
Since Grace is Harper's BFF from The King of Wall Street, we had a chance to catch up with Max and Harper and their kids, which was so much fun. Seeing them through Sam's jaded eyes was heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Sam and Grace finding each other and learning more about themselves in the process.
Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn't have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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