ARC Review: Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

Release Date: February 11, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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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.

This is my first Louise Bay book and definitely won’t be the last. This book is sexy and fun, full of heart with characters that are very easy to relate to.

Sam Shaw is a rags-to-riches kind of guy. His parents died in an accident when he was 12 and was transferred to group homes after group homes while growing up. Because of his previous experience of loss, this made him realize not to hold on things because he believed he will lose it in the end. He has no one but his friend in the system, Angie and her husband. He’s the kind of billionaire who has a huge penthouse but said house doesn’t have anything but beat up mattress for him to sleep on. Like I said, no inclination on material things and relationships. He’s excelled at reading people as this was helpful to him climbing up the corporate ladder of real estate investments. Until he meets Grace Astor, the gallery owner whom he wanted to buy paintings from and wanted to fuck.

Grace Astor’s type of guy is definitely the kind of Sam Shaw’s–rich, handsome, hot and dangerous. She’s more into the silent, creative guys like her art. She’s really into them that she had to open a gallery to showcase paintings and make money out of it. She sees the beauty behind every piece and I liked that about her. She’s got depth. She also loves hard and has a tendency to fix the one she’s with. (That would be a lesson for the woman, by the way.)

I really love the start of the story where Grace would just shut out Sam’s advances. She didn’t fall into his arms that instantly. Though in my opinion, it all happened very quickly. The scenes following what they did were touching though and I liked every bit of it–going to auctions to bid for art, Sam renting out an exclusive art place just for the two of them, meeting the friends and the parents. Generally, I loved everything that they did on the first 80% of the book and how it showed both of their sides, their weakness and strengths, but still with a little mystery because of Sam’s gut feeling, their effort to push each other’s limits and do something they haven’t done before (not sexually). I also applaud Grace for understanding a man like Sam and how tight she held on to the love she knew they had for each other. I just thought that Sam should be thinking of that, too.

I thought they really had a mutual understanding of going in to relationship and while I understood Sam’s fear of losing someone like that again, his attitude when something happened to Grace was absolutely nuts. Somehow, yes, it made sense because he’s protecting himself and by doing so, he was pushing her away. (I cried during that scene, by the way.) What I didn’t get though was how predictable (I’ve spotted that the moment the other character mentioned it) and underwhelming his grand gesture was and I didn’t feel he was sincere about it. I think maybe it’s because he knew how Grace loved him so much? But even then, no grovelling happened because Grace overlooked everything just to be with Sam again. And I wasn’t sure if I was okay with that. Maybe I am not fine with it. Yeah, definitely not. (It was a huge let down for me as a reader because I felt like the hero didn’t do enough for the clusterfuck he did to the heroine.)

There was something off with the sex scenes, too. Like for instance, very little foreplay? Or sometimes none at all? And the way Grace let Sam took her on the floor of his penthouse because like I said not a single piece of furniture? Hmm. I’m side-eyeing this scene so hard. I mean, what does that say about our characters? A table in his office would be fine, I guess.

Overall, while I totally enjoyed the story for the most part, the conflict and the ending were kind of meh to me. I would’ve wanted for Sam to go big or go home and Grace to be a little hard on the outside after how Sam treated her while she was recovering.

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