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The Royals #2

Park Avenue Prince

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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.

318 pages, ebook

First published February 13, 2017

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Louise Bay

63 books6,679 followers
International, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes contemporary romance novels - the kind she likes to read.

Ruined by the bonk-busters of the eighties, Louise was inspired by Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins, but wants to be Emily Henry when she grows up.

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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Profile Image for SueBee★bring me an alpha!★.
2,417 reviews14.2k followers
November 18, 2017

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Park Avenue Prince (stand-alone). One-night-stand turns complicated when socialite & new money entrepreneur can’t keep their hands off each other!

“I can’t believe I fucked my first client,” I said, then wished I hadn’t said that out loud.
He pulled me closer and dropped a kiss on the top of my head. “I think you’ll find I fucked you.”

Park Avenue Prince (stand-alone) is old money, socialite and art gallery owner Grace Astor crossing paths with new money, real estate investor and Park Avenue’s resident Sam Shaw.

Neither want to be labeled Park Avenue royalty more on why to unfold with story, but first they must deal with their insane attraction and tendency to falling into bed with each other.

Seven words to describe Sam Shaw: broken, hard-headed, vulnerable, frank, private, closed-off and unassuming.

Seven words to describe Grace Astor: loyal, determined, independent, naïve, stubborn, easy-going and unassuming.

Park Avenue Prince, told from dual POVs, is a fast-paced, feel-good romance with the right blend of romance, angst, smut and humor. I’m happy to report we also get to catch up on Max and Harper from King of Wall Street.

Dirty-talking hero! Hilarious situations! Set-backs, secrets and self-reflection!

“I needed another place to fuck her. A dining table would do nicely.”

Hero: ★★★★
Heroine: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Storytelling: ★★★★★
Sexual tension: ★★★★
Sex scenes: ★★★★
Story ending: ★★★★
Darkness: | LOW FOCUS |
Humor: | HIGH FOCUS |
Kink: | LOW FOCUS |
Romance: | HIGH FOCUS |
Sex frequency: | MEDIUM FOCUS |
Suspense: | LOW FOCUS |

ARC provided to me by author Louise Bay in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Cristiina♡Reads.
576 reviews3,329 followers
February 26, 2019
➳Coming from the very pits of the poor chains, to becoming the Prince of Park Avenue, Louise Bay presents a love story that will keep you on your toes for more…

➳Can dreams really come true? Can you honestly start from the very bottom and make your way to the top, become successful even when there are those who tell you that you can’t? Yeah, the answer is “yes you can,” because if Sam Shaw and Grace Astor did it (even if they are fictional characters) you can do it as well. That’s what Louise Bay makes the reader come across when reading this new fascinating love story that will grab you by your collar and drag you to the end of the book. Sam Shaw is a businessman who is seeking the thrill of the money he has made throughout his years of success, but somehow that thrill is simply not there. Until he meets Grace Astor, an art gallery owner/consultant, who helps him with his lack of designer avenue. Both individuals having a past is what drew them together in this compelling love story. Strangers starring from afar, to lovers who cannot get enough of each other. They both have the ideal illusion of strangers getting to know each other just as if being presented with two individuals in our century, not as if reading couples that state the knowledge of knowing that “he/she is the one” or “it was love at first sight.” No, no… there is nothing cliche about them two when meeting. They are both, two individuals from two totally different worlds that collide to fit in the way society brought them together. Their fascination for each other escalates quickly though, making them fall in love with the characters brought to the page. The chemistry is strong and pulls you for more, because Sam and Grace are the couple that will make you jealous of their actions and their feelings for each other;

"The way he got so personal so quickly made me feel uncomfortable. It wasn’t just his nearness, or his intense stare. It was as if he were trying to unmask me without me noticing. But I had noticed…”

➳Their relationship is one that needs silence and nothing more to get to know each other. Sam and Grace are not just only compatible in the physical department, but they also have this strong emotional pull to them that you just do not need to ask for more, for more details about them. No, all you need is to have them together in the same room and you can feel it, even if it’s coming through the pages of this magnificent love story. While Sam tries to not push so many emotions to their relationship, Grace on the other hand does. She is willing to be open with him, but his past tents to over take him from acknowledging the love they have for each other. Obstacles are present throughout the story but they both learn how to conquer them so their love for each other sparks at the end of the day…

➳At the end of the day, this story was not only compelling, but addicting. Louise Bay has not just only done it again by bringing a love story that is constraining, but she has also brought a series of more to come. I can already tell who the next characters in her next upcoming love story will be, and I am honestly too excited for them…

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662 reviews2,455 followers
March 15, 2017

➦First, le positives:

•A New York setting. I lurve those.

•A self made billionaire who was a foster kid for a hero.

•A heroine who comes from money but tries to make it on her own by opening an art gallery.

Art. Because who doesn't love discussing a juxtaposition of light when it hits something on something. I'm not being sarcastic. Actually enjoyed that part. lol

➦Now, as far as the -- wait, I don't want to say negatives ... it's such a negative word. I shall hereby refer to them as MEHgatives. The biggest MEHgative for me is that there's nothing wrong with this book, in fact, it follows a rather predictable contemporary romance formula.

➦It just felt like some things needed to be either explored more or taken to more extremes. A plot twist would have been nice. The hero needed to be more developed, in my opinion, I wanted more flashbacks to his past. May be then I would have bought the whole ending without rolling my eyes. There were some touching parts so definitely a solid read - hey, I finished it! - just not very memorable, I'm afraid.

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Profile Image for Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic.
2,565 reviews1,244 followers
October 7, 2018
What does one do when all they have ever loved is lost? Well some build walls and refuse to form attachments, much like Sam Shaw did. He doesn't collect things and he definitely doesn't connect with people. At the age of 12, he lost his parents and the only way to avoid that kind of pain again was to isolate himself. You can't miss or hurt over what you've never had.

Then Sam met Grace Astor. Something about her, beyond her physical perfection, called to him and he was unable to resist her. Time spent with her meant strengthening the ties that bind them together. Could Grace, a closet fixer, actually fix Sam? Could she give him new hope? Could she penetrate the thick walls he's surrounded himself with that prevent him from really living?

I suggest you read this story to find those answers and so much more. Louise Bay has written a stunning contemporary romance that reinforces the notion that love cannot be chosen or stopped. We can only hide and deny it for so long ;)

Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 3.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone (with character crossover)
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826 reviews1,023 followers
February 14, 2017
5+ 'Park Avenue Bliss' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
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Louise Bay simply outdid herself with this one. Park Avenue Prince was everything I was expecting and so much more! I have to confess, I did re-read King of Wall Street before this: first because I really enjoyed it and second to focus on Grace's character. And well, PAP was the nicest surprise because I loved it even more than KOWS! Did you love Max King? Then you are not ready for Sam Shaw because he will steal your heart!

Park Avenue Prince is a standalone novel but I consider it a spin-off of King of Wall Street because we do see more of the characters we met there! Grace is Harper's best friend (the heroine) and now it's her time to find her prince. Grace Astor is a Park Avenue Princess and she is recently single and now the owner of an art gallery where she meets the new handsome mysterious billionaire, Sam Shaw, and they have an instant attraction to each other.

I wanted to find out what it was like to be pursued. To be under a man as big, as confident, as in control as Sam Shaw.

I was happily surprised with this book! I did not think it could get any better than THE King but damn! Sam Shaw is Louise's best hero to date. The sparks between him and Grace are flying everywhere since the first moment and they gave me all the feels! Saw is new money and he still is very much affected by the death of his parents years ago. He is afraid to get attached but he can't control it when it comes to his feelings for Grace.

He was everything I shouldn’t want—everything I’d spent my life rejecting and here I was, wanting him so badly I could barely breathe.

These two are such outstanding characters as their own but as a couple? Beautiful, romantic and oh-so-HOT! Their feelings for each other are so authentic and unique, I could not stop myself from falling in love with them. And let me tell you, Louise does know how to write scorching hot sex scenes. Sam Shaw is so dirty and swoony, you will love him, ladies!

I was casting a spell over her, and the deeper under she fell, the more intoxicating I found her.

“Do you want it so bad it hurts yet?”

And you know how much I love it when things get pretty emotional, guys! And boy, it does get right in the feels! Sam is so scared to love Grace but it's beautiful to see how he finally accepts his love for her and fights to get her back! I loved that and what I also enjoyed is that we get to see more of Harper and Max (I just adore these two!!). I absolutely loved the ending, I just loved everything!

“Without even knowing it, even through the darkest grief of my life, I waited and hoped. For you.”

Therefore, I am rating Park Avenue Prince with my especial 6 STARS because it totally deserves it. It has everything I enjoy in a contemporary romance: great main and secondary characters, great story and fantastic off-the-charts chemistry between the couple. I do hope we get more stories from these characters Louise created because I love them so much! So, if you loved The King or you want a great read with a hot and romantic hero and a sassy and sweet heroine, do not hesited to grab this, I highly recommend it!

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3,459 reviews2,355 followers
February 7, 2017


Grace Astor grew up on Park Avenue but she is as far from a Park Avenue Princess as you can get. She is determined to make it on her own. At her galleries first opening, an opening featuring the artwork of her cheating ex, Grace meets the intriguing Sam Shaw.

Sam knows all about losing things that you hold dear. He learned at a young age not to form connections. Sex is sex, and there is nothing after. That is until he lays eyes on Grace Astor. There is just something about her that has him taking risks he has never taken before.

As these two embark on a love affair can Grace's love overcome Sam's fears? Or will the risk be too big for Sam and have him walking away from her forever?


This was a super romantic little book. Well written. Nicely paced. Semi-Hot sex scenes. Great cast of secondary characters. Cute Epilogue.

I ADORED Grace and Sam as a couple. As well as individuals. Grace was just a lovely heroine. Down to earth and sweet. I think because of the way the book was written her character isn't quite as fleshed out as Sam's. That didn't take away from my enjoyment of her as a narrator, though. I personally wish Grace would have made him grovel a little more near the end, but that just wasn't the type of person she was. Apparently not a grudge holder like me. *lol*

Sam's character had a bit more depth. He was the one with hurts and insecurities shaped by his past. I loved seeing him fall for Grace and struggle at times. Even though his mouth would deny things, his heart knew from the first meeting that Grace was different. I also appreciate that although not a saint we are not bombarded with OW drama or too many details about Sam's past. It made the journey this couple took that much sweeter.

Nothing much else to say. A fabulous way to spend a few hours and it gets two thumbs up from yours truly.


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3,380 reviews1,991 followers
February 7, 2017
Park Avenue Prince is the endearing tale of Sam Shaw and Grace Astor, the Prince and Princess of Park Avenue. Sam is new money and he build himself up from nothing in run down apartments in New Jersey to living in a Park Avenue penthouse. He still remembers what it's like to have nothing though so he finds it hard to let himself get attached to material things. But as his best friend tells him, he can't leave his penthouse empty other than his ratty old couch.

Enter Grace, gallery owner and the woman he wants for more than art consulting. Grace isn't into the rich guys she grew up around, though; she likes artists and musician and any other guy that needs her to take care of him. But Sam didn't get his billions by giving up and he's determined to get her smart mouth against his.

I really enjoyed Sam and Grace's story and getting to see them slowly come together. It took some work on both of their parts but the journey to them finally letting go of their fears to be with one another was amazing. It was a good blend of sexual tension, romance, and sexiness that will have you captivated from start to finish.

This book was just overall entertaining and I think many people will enjoy getting to know these characters. They were very well developed and had a lot of personality traits that I think a lot of people will be able to relate to. It's definitely a recommended book from me for anyone looking for a steamy contemporary with a billionaire and his princess.
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1,395 reviews245 followers
April 17, 2017
3.5 stars

I liked Park Avenue Prince but I didn't love it. Whilst I absolutely can't knock the romance, character likability or setting, because Manhattan is one of my favourite places, something was missing and it lacked the emotional punch I was hoping we were building up to.


What I did love about this was, despite the wealth aspect, how grounded Louise Bay made Grace and Sam: they were so endearing. But I think opportunities were missed when it came to Sam and, with a little more development and more of a delve into his past, I think this could have been taken from good, to great.

“I want for nothing with you in my world.”

This is only my second read by Louise Bay, and her writing style, characters and the heat she creates between them all work for me and whilst not perfect, Park Avenue Prince was enjoyable. I'm looking forward to returning to New York for Duke of Manhattan and Scarlett's story.
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1,544 reviews1,444 followers
March 25, 2017
2,5... but not 3 for me, so 2 it is!

Caution: The blurb is so misleading... What you get is something else.

This was such an unnecessary read for me. Having read this blurb, I expected an alpha male hero who wants to own a free-spirited and sassy woman but what I got was totally different.

Here is what you get:

Sam Shaw loses his parents at the age of 12 and is taken care of by the Social Services. He buries his pain deep down and he tries to survive.

He doesn’t want anyone to care about in his life. He has one friend only: Angie –the girl from the Child Center, the one he grew up with... She is married.

Years pass, and Sam becomes super rich but he lives a weird life. He wears expensive clothes for the business world but even though he buys a house in Park Avenue, he doesn’t buy furniture for his house. No bed, no TV etc. That sounded like a bit of exaggeration. The explanation is he doesn’t want to own anything that doesn’t mean “a good investment”. He sleeps on a mattress on the floor, for God's sake, in an apartment in Park Avenue.

He doesn’t buy a car. He buys buildings or art, anything that has a sales value but he buys nothing normal people need in their homes.

He also has never let himself fall in love. He is afraid of loving and losing. When he falls in love with our heroine, Grace, he resists his feelings for a long time. he doesn't want to accept that it is love.

Grace is the strong and reasonable one in this story, Sam is the man-child who needs to be helped to get rid of his fears of loss.

Sam does make Grace happy for a while but then, he also lets her down a few times and when she needs him most after a car accident, he leaves her and disappears. He leaves her not because he doesn’t love her, he leaves her for fear of losing her one day if she also dies just like his parents. He is too dumb to see that breaking up with her also means losing her in a way.

She calls him, goes to his office... She begs and begs but no, he doesn’t change his mind.

He only comes to his senses when his friend Angie asks him a question... Bam! He is enlightened and runs to her to apologize but she doesn’t even let him grovel, saying his coming back to her is enough.... Grrrr!!!! I thought I liked Grace... nope, I changed my opinion!

I wanted to dnf the book a few times but I didn’t... Don’t ask me why, I don't know, maybe I just wanted to see how he would come to his senses and I was totally disappointed when he did...

The book is told by dual point of view, but believe me it is slow, dragging and boring most of the time...
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1,446 reviews1,154 followers
November 4, 2020
Her Prince was waiting in the castle she escaped from...

I am such a big baby. I can't believe I re-cry with my re-reads. It's not like I don't know the bad bits and that it all comes out good in the end. I think it's just that if I'm reading or listening to a good story by a talented author, they can make me escape into their book 'world' again and again. I felt the characters pain right alongside them, and I hated seeing them hurt. It's all good in the end and I finished with a contented smile on my face.

I think I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I enjoyed my listen of the story more than the read. The narrators do a really great job of portraying outer strength and inner vulnerabilities in the characters. Not sure how they did it, but I was convinced that the hero I met, could become the hero I loved ... for the heroine. 😉

I loved my revisit with Grace, Sam and the other characters I met in King of Wall Street. Loved it so much, I can't help but move on to listening to Duke of Manhattan. These Royals are hard to resist.


Living happy or just surviving…

Wow!! Park Avenue Prince made me cry. This story was a little harder to love than King of Wall Street. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both good. I just felt that one was easier to love (the characters) than the other.

When I met Sam, I felt like he had a block of ice around him. There were cracks and fissures in his ice, showing that he’d taken some hits. But, it was still hard, impenetrable and the picture he presented was a little distorted. A few chunks would fall off and you would get the impression it was melting. As soon as the thaw would start, you could see him looking for a cooler room. He needed to lock himself up tight. He couldn’t let the ice melt…because that would leave him vulnerable.

Now, Grace, she’s a little brittle when I meet up with her again. In previous meetings, she seemed fairly well put together. Unfortunately, after one too many douchewaffles taking advantage of her tender and gooey centre, she’s had to go hard. Grace thought that her perfect guy would be someone who needs her more than she needs him. Turns out, her perfect guy needed her but she needed him just as much.

Isn’t it funny how life turns out? The Princess ends up finding her Prince in the castle she escaped from, trying to find her happy place.

Sam has lived a life where he pushed away anything with permanency. Only one other person has stuck by him through the years, but she’s the only one because she’s got her own version of ice around her. When Sam meets Grace, he’s completely smitten with her. At first, he thinks he’ll just take his usual fill and move on, but this time it’s different. With Angie, and her husband Chas’s (only mentioning Chas who doesn’t play a major role, so you know there is NOTHING romantic between Angie and Sam) help, Sam must learn to accept that his ice is melting. And, a few more cracks before it’s melt, will not make him shatter.

Grace, she’s a bit of a sucker for punishment. Even after all the pain, she’s received from previous douchewaffles, she refuses to give up when things get tough. She’ll wait and hold strong because she knows (or hopes) that eventually Sam’s ice will completely melt. Grace knows Sam is capable of being warm, she just has to hope that he knows he’s capable of it.

Park Avenue Prince was a good story. The first half took a little while to warm up to, but the second half had all the emotional highs and lows that I enjoy in my romance reads. It was HOT and sweet, mixed with heartbreak and confusion. In the end, I was completely satisfied and finished with a big goofy grin on my face.

I can’t wait for Scarlett’s story.

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125 reviews
February 21, 2017
Park Avenue Prince
Louise Bay

Get ready to be in love and to be heart broken at the same time.
Park Avenue Prince was an unexpected hit for me. I was expecting feisty approach but it turned out to be love at it's finest.
This book depicts that love whatever the circumstances can still endure.
Grace Astor doesn't want to do anything with her family's rich side instead she decided to open up her own Art Gallery and he met Sam Shaw.
Despite having his family lost at his early age, Sam wanted to do nothing with love until Grace.
I guess what I really loved about this book was even though I was a reader I can still that I am inside their bubble love story. As if I am really experiencing their love all through out the story. Everything is happy bliss at first but then when the accident happened to Grace, Sam realized that when he will eventually loose Grace, in accident or in any form he'll go crazy. So he needed to distance himself.
Some people never recover from the PTSD that was inflicted early on their life, affecting some of the future decisions in life.
But Grace held on and Sam eventually made through.
I have to say, this story is not my usual get go, but it made me feel in love all over again. The hot sex was just a bonus, all of the scenes in the book is to die for. It made me feel that love can conquer all BS in life and it made me hope that I too can find my very own Sam Shaw.
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Author 6 books128 followers
March 21, 2017
When a self made billionaire Sam Shaw meets Art gallery owner Grace Aston they are both forced to deal with their pasts. Sam grew up in foster care after the death of his parents and swore never to get close to anyone again. Grace Aston grew up in luxury but shuns it preferring to make her own way in life.This is definitely a hard earned love for these two characters and both characters are very likable and the sex is pretty hot. The story line is interesting and enjoyable, but I found with the conclusion that Sam was almost a coward and weak and Grace a bit whiny. Over-all a good read. Narrated by the sexy voices of Sebastian York and Andi Arndt, who could ever ask for more.
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1,559 reviews287 followers
February 14, 2017
I love seeing a new story unfold. I marvel at how an author can put together and create perfect characters that mesh together and are just so right for each other.

This is the story of Sam and Grace. I actually had to warm up to Sam in this one. It was not an instant love affair for me. I'm not sure why as I am usually connected to the characters Louise Bay creates. But Sam had to grow on me but it did not take long. And by about midway through the book, I was ready for my own happily ever after with him. He is super sweet, scared, and a bit damaged.

Grace is also sweet and fights to stand on her own. She has an interesting view of life and a fast growing connection to Sam. I love the way they see each other, slowly cannot be without each other, and the depth of their relationship when they realize the truth.

Louise Bay has crafted yet another story that is so deep and engrossing that it is easy to became emotionally attached. Crying at the sad parts and cheering at the good parts. I can never get enough of her writing. She has quickly become a reading addiction by consistently crafting books that speak to the heart and you simply need to read.

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864 reviews126 followers
February 7, 2017
Bay has once again completely blown my opinion of the romance genre to smithereens! I can only tolerate this genre in doses but with each dosage, Bay is ON FIRE!

PAP has several layers of plot that work together intricately and flawlessly. Sam is a complex character. For excellent reasons you will discover in this fabulous story, he is unable to feel, express, or recognize love. Grace appears in Sam's life like a gentle breeze. It's really humbling to "witness" each layer of Sam's experiences in his relationship with Grace. He's a blank canvas. Bay has written each of Sam's experiences as a separate but perfect gift. Don't get it twisted. Sam is NOT a weak man. He's a billionaire who owns a ton of real estate. He's not a virgin. However. He's never been in a relationship, never had a girlfriend. So he doesn't have any experiences or practice to help him out with Grace. Grace is exactly what Sam needs and he is exactly what she needs as well. This beautiful story chronicles their journey to the end of the rainbow where their HEA awaits. Oh what a journey!

I cannot stay away from Bay's books. She slays me every time. With each of her stories she pries open a bit more of my closed mind. Impossible feat, trust! PAP is my favorite Bay story because Sam is sooooo REAL!! He is near and dear to my heart. Sam and Grace are sooooo special. Absolutely ADORE these two!

Five stars!

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1,644 reviews149 followers
February 17, 2017
This was sweet, sexy and romantic, a nice read. Well, it was until the conflict anyway.

Grace is New York royalty, having grown up on Park Avenue she's determined to make it on her own; so determined, she's actually had to sell her favourite Renoir (the one her grandad gave her) to pay for the set up of her fine art gallery. Imagine the sacrifice! I liked her though, she loved what she did and that came across in the story and felt fairly fresh and original.

Sam, meanwhile, has just bought his first apartment. It's a plush place on Park Avenue. He's dragged himself up and is selfmade. Unfortunately, and rather too predictably for my liking, he has commitment issues and is something of a manwhore...


I cannot lie, the manwhore with commitment issues hero is getting really old for me now. I've read about him so many times, and sadly this story was really dragged down for me by it. His behaviour felt predictable and cliche, which was a real pity as the banter, the chemistry and the smut in this story had been so lively and intense.

Another pet peeve is when the previously feisty heroine rolls over and forgives the hero too easily. I was so disappointed to see Grace transform into a bit of a doormat at the end.

Complete story but part of a series featuring recurring characters. I much preferred The King of Wall Street to this one. Available on ku.
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113 reviews29 followers
September 13, 2019
3.5 Stars ✨

Usually I love everything Louise Bay writes, but this book was just nothing for me 😪
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1,847 reviews485 followers
July 6, 2023
Park Avenue Prince is book 2 of The Royals series by Louise Bay. It is a standalone, contemporary romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.

✔️ rags to riches hero
✔️ big city setting (NYC)

➦ What I liked:
- The big city setting
- Exploring the art and art galleries described in the book
- Grace was an absolute sweetheart
- Sam's back story was one of rags to riches and I liked his mettle. He was a determined, thoughtful and swoony hero.

➦ What I disliked:
- I wasn't a fan of how Sam faced the main story's conflict

★ Hero: 👤👤👤👤
★ Heroine: 👤👤👤👤
★ Plot: 📚📚📚
★ Romance: 💕💕💕💕
★ Sexiness: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
★ Performance: 👤👤👤👤
★ Overall Rating: 3.8

★ I listened to this audiobook via Audible. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. ★
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367 reviews36 followers
February 16, 2017
*** ARC kindly provided by the Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. ***

I loved Indigo Nights by this author and it's the same with this amazing book 'Park Avenue Prince'.

I really enjoyed complex, generous  Sam and sassy, lovely Grace. Their chemistry was amazing and there are some hot scenes in this book. I would have loved a little bit more groveling at the end ;) Love can't be stopped...

I couldn't put this one down. It made me feel so much and am looking forward to read more from this author. Hoping I’ll soon have time tor read the King of Wall Street which is Grace's friend Harper's book
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298 reviews75 followers
August 2, 2017
While I enjoyed this book, I didn't love it as much as some of the past books by Louise Bay.
It was slow and not much was happening but I think I can say it was a sweet heart warming story.
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1,258 reviews43 followers
January 9, 2019
This is just so amazing

So I am trying to make a list of my favorite romance authors for my blog.
If you know any and can recommend a book to me that would be great 😍
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1,666 reviews1,275 followers
February 14, 2017

4.5 Park Avenue CROWNS

Louise Bay always delivers a steamy read with interesting and engaging characters, and in Park Avenue Prince Sam Shaw has completely stolen the show and my heart.

Sam's character in the story is completely captivating. His climb up the corporate ladder with real estate investments without any type of post-secondary education speaks to his dedication not only in business but in all things. I also love his lack of connection to material possession, even if his reasoning is sad, his ability not to get sucked into that world makes me love him all the more. He shows control in all things, well, until he meets Grace, and he goes after what he wants with the complete devotion. Additionally, his looks will captivate readers, his stare will enthrall them, and the intelligent man hiding behind the good looks will have readers swooning over Sam Shaw. What makes him more that just the stereotypical alpha hero is his past, and the effect the trauma has had on him in the present day. This aspect of his personality adds a level of vulnerability to this seemingly cool and collected man.

Grace earns the respect of the readers as the heroine of the story, because she is making it on her own. Although similar to Sam, her choice to be successful on her on is to prove that she can. She doesn't want to rest on her laurels or her daddy's money, and so she is willing to sacrifice and bust her butt in order to make her gallery a success. Her passion and love of art is clear, and some of my favorite parts in her romance with Sam is watching them talk about art, particularly because the focus is more on how someone feels about it versus the technical aspects of it.

This story and the development of the characters through the course of the book will captivate readers' attention. From the initial chase of one determined Sam Shaw to the breakdown of walls, this couple will have you falling in love with them as they fall in love with each other. As each chapter occurs, another facet of each character is revealed, and these characters fall a little bit more in love with each other, as they are more than the typical Park Avenue royalty. The conflict and climax of the story is expected, but the way Louise Bay executes the climax within the story is surprising. Readers will not expect the explosion of their relationship to be the result of this event. And while it hurts to watch the falling action unfold, the readers will completely understand character reaction and choices. Louise Bay though brings the story's conclusion full circle, and provides readers with a fantastic HEA.

Louise Bay continues to be one of my favorite angsty-romance writers. Her stories are always incredibly sexy, filled with emotion, and angsty characters and story-lines. I find myself always engaged and invested in the worlds she creates, and I usually don't want to leave the characters. Park Avenue Prince is just another example of the talent that is Ms. Bay.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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1,671 reviews356 followers
December 2, 2019
Spoilers ahead, 2.5*

There's just something about this author's books that are not working for me, a lack of relevant details, improper relationship building, lack of chemistry between the mcs and the flow of the writing keep making every book I try from her just ok rather than great reads.
This one started pretty good the h usually dated struggling actors and musicians and such so the H wasn't actually her type but once they got involved she was head over heels. When she had an accident he walked away from her while she was in the hospital because of his issues. She went to HIM asking him not to push her away, almost 2 months later he gets the typical epiphany and buys back her treasured painting as his way of apology and all is forgiven.
Before the seemingly inevitable breakup I'd probably have gone with 3.5* but the breakup was so dumb and formulaic that it just pissed me off

H was the usual type who had hookups but no emotional connection
h had quite a few boyfriends with the last one cheating on her
No cheating, OW or OM drama
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520 reviews
July 7, 2020
Sam è un imprenditore di successo e non deve dire grazie a nessuno perché il suo successo è tutto merito suo. Sam è anche terrorizzato dall’amore perché ha paura di perdere chi ama quindi quando incontra la bellissima Grace e in lei vede qualcosa di diverso sa che deve fare di tutto per non innamorarsi...
Libro molto carino e scorrevole,differente dal primo che avevo trovato più lento. La trama è già vista sicuramente ma a me non ha dato noia,unica pecca non mi è piaciuto Sam nel l’abbandonare Gracie nel momento di più bisogno. Per me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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1,568 reviews1,220 followers
December 18, 2018
2.75 stars

It started very strong: heroine who didn’t like the hero immediately – yes! Heroine who didn’t have weak knees and swollen trembled folds female parts – yes! Heroine who didn’t drool over the hero and didn’t want to lick his abs worship his perfect body – yes!

Ok, some chapters later she had puckered nipples and afterward begged for his d*ck (is there such thing in real life???).

I liked the book till the point he pushed her away. I didn’t understand why, because all his issues were not enough to abandon her – IMO.

But since the heroine was kind and patient woman *cough cough* she didn’t give up, fought for him and took him back.

Well, he bought her Renoir painting, then it was ok I guess… Me, gold-digger! ;-)
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954 reviews1,114 followers
December 26, 2021
3'5🌟 Una historia sencilla perfecta para pasar un buen rato, cuenta con una protagonista femenina diferente a lo que nos solemos encontrar lo que hace que la novela sea adictiva y que deje al lector con ganas de seguir leyendo.
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Author 9 books200 followers
February 4, 2021
Me he enamorado profundamente de esta historia, de Grace, de Sam, de la relación que construyen juntos...

Muy significativa y hermosa.
Profile Image for Lynsey Austin-Goddard ❤.
299 reviews62 followers
February 6, 2017
Argh, this is a hard review for me to write. Many people know I'm a Mega-Bay Fan, I stalk her, she know's how much I love her and adore her characters Ethan Scott is #1, closely followed by Max King then Mr 8A Dylan James, but eeeek I hate to say didn't do it for me. I'm not sure what my expectations were, but I didn't really engage with the male character, I though like Grace Astor's vibrance and tenacity, but Sam Shaw just didn't ding any of my bells, like Louise's past males characters. I liked the concept of his rags to riches story and his bond with Angie, but his and Grace's chemistry I didn't feel, and the story just didn't play out well for me, and felt too rushed at the end wrapping it all together. I usually find Louise's book's really engaging but unfortunately just couldn't feel the love for Park Avenue Prince. BUT I FLOVED that another couple from a previous book featured and we got to see a snippet of their life now.

I'm sure may people will adore PAP but for me personally it's not what I usually fall in love with in Louise's books. However, I'd like to see Angie and Chas's coming together, I think she's full of spunk and would make it a tough chase for him.

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