Central Park Pact

The Series

"Sparkling dialog, hilarious wedding planning scenes, and deeply emotional moments." —Publishers Weekly


This series has perhaps the most un-Lauren Layne set-up ever: it begins at ... a funeral?!

Naomi, Claire, and Audrey are all dating the same man; only they don’t know of the others’ existence until his funeral. Determined not to make the same mistake again, they make a pact to protect each other from the worst of the Manhattan dating scene. Only to find that with the help of your friends, anything is possible: even happily-ever-after.

As with many of my series, this has a heavy focus on the friendship, and it's also my first series to be "less steamy."

  • These books are closed door romance. There is sex, but not overly explicit details.
  • They're written in alternating, third-person POV.
  • Each one can be read as a standalone, though it's recommended to read in order, as they do build on one another.

Behind the Scenes

I'd like to be upfront about something: my publisher classifies these as romance. The contract for the story describes it as a blend of contemporary romance and women's fiction.

In hindsight, looking back, I kind of hate this differentiation.

Isn't it true that the romance genre is fiction for women? And that women's fiction can contain romance? I mean, I guess I get why publishes might want to avoid the label of "romance." Some readers get really snobbish about "romance novels," so let me tell you right now, if that's you, you're not going to like these books.

Yes, they are less steamy than some of my others, with "closed door" sex scenes. But they are romances. In fact, one of my editor's comments on an early draft was, "It reads too much like a romance novel."

I changed nothing. It is a a romance novel!

I believe that romance novels can have non-sexy covers. And can omit explicit details. And focus on friendship and personal growth and a romantic love story.

That said, there is another group of readers; not ones who are snobby about romance novels, but who love romance novels, and believe they need steam. If that's you, you're not going to like this series either! 

So who will like these books? Anyone looking to escape to New York City where you can meet new best friends at the park on the day of a funeral, where the guy of your dreams might be right next door, and happily-ever-after absolutely does exist.