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  • A Park Avenue Promise Novel (The Park Avenue Promise, Book 1)
  • Written by: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Kitty Bang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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Start Us Up

Written by: Lexi Blake
Narrated by: Kitty Bang
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From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, discover The Park Avenue Promise Series...

Three young women make a pact in high school—

to always be friends and to one day make it big in Manhattan.

She’s a high-tech boss who lost it all…

Ivy Jensen was the darling of the tech world, right up until her company fell apart completely after she trusted the wrong person. Her reputation in tatters, she finds herself back in the tiny apartment she grew up in, living with her mom. When a group of angel investors offer her a meeting, she knows she has to come up with the new big idea or her career is over.

He’s an up and coming coder…

Heath Marino has always been fascinated with writing code. He’s worked on a dozen games and apps and is considered one of the industry’s more eccentric talents. But now he’s back in New York to spend time with his grandmother. She was known as one of the city’s greatest matchmakers, and he wants to know why. Surely there’s some kind of code in his grandmother’s methods, and he’s going to find them.

When Ivy meets Heath it’s instant attraction, but she’s got a career to get back to and he just might be her on-ramp. It could be a perfect partnership or absolute heartbreak.

©2023 Lexi Blake. (P)2023 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“Narrator Kitty Bang draws the listener into the story of Ivy Jensen, who is returning home to New York after her tech company failed because she trusted someone she shouldn't have.… Ivy has a wealthy mentor, CeCe, and Bang has just the right touch of arrogance and haughtiness in her performance. As Heath and Ivy grow closer, Bang infuses Heath with warmth and tenderness as he tries to overcome Lexi's uncertainty about their relationship. Listeners will be totally rooting for them.”AudioFile Magazine

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  • 2duckornot2duck
  • 2023-08-11

Great Start!!

I'm looking forward to this series. It's fun and the characters are wonderful. I don't think the narration does the comedy of the story any justice. There's something missing in the delivery. Having said that, the narration isn't bad... it's just meh. The Bliss books have the same problem. Such GREAT humor... and it's just run through like it didn't really happen. God I miss Ryan West on her stuff.

Anyway, I love the characters so much. There's a lifetime of potential for this series!!!

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  • jw
  • 2023-08-17

I hate to say…

From another North Texas lady who has read/listened to EVERY book she’s written, I hate to say it didn’t do anything great for me. It was too slow (which narrator didn’t help) & drawn out. Could have cut hours out in middle and not missed anything. I realize she’s tired of writing her super sexy books but the Bayou series had intrigue & excitement, this had nothing like that until the very end. The elder Lydia & Ci Ci were more interesting than Ivy. It does have a cuteness factor at times but lacking so much more.
And to her author friend that mentioned “don’t put anymore dogs on the cover (like Bayou series)”, I totally disagree. I’ve bought many authors that I was unfamiliar with just because they had a dog on the cover & in the story. I knew I could relate to them in someway & animals just make it more memorable.

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  • Janine J.
  • 2024-02-16

What a great book! Would love to have more of the character’s stories.

Loved the modern day truth of the glass ceiling and the dog eat dog tech world! And even better….
Bringing real world challenges and old world practices together to find real good love. I want more!

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  • Susan
  • 2023-12-23

Too long and lackluster

I enjoy most of Lexi Blake’s work. This one was just blah. There were no unexpected moments or real heart stopping romantic scenes. You knew Nick was evil from day one. You knew Heath was kind and other than the last chapter it was dull. The narrator did well working with as little as she had to work with. Hopefully Lexi’s next book is better because I really do enjoy her books.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2023-12-05

Wow! This book spoke to me in so many ways.

I love this new book and can’t wait to listen to the next up in this series. I’ve been a long time fan of Lexi Blake’s work, but began to want more depth and complexity and this book was it! I loved how she did a deep dive into Ivy’s character and self reflection.

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  • LexiMuse
  • 2023-09-27

Slow moving but a good beginning to a series

The narration was ok but not great and really should be dual or duet. Most are these days. First in a new series so lots of introductions of characters. Romance was slow and villains predictable but interesting. Hopefully next will have better narration.

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  • Diana Tucker
  • 2023-09-02

Love this new storyline from Lexi Blake!

I am a long time fan of Lexi Blake and honestly haven’t read anything she has written and I’ve not loved. Wasn’t sure about this one at first as it took me a few chapters to get onboard with the characters-

But Lexi didn’t disappoint. She presented a story that resonated with me on many levels. As a female in the world of business, I could so understand the emotions and challenges our main character had to overcome. Lexi’s voice exploring the childhood baggage and emotion scares we don’t even know we have hit me where I live.

Can’t want to see what healing journey Lexi will take me on in the next two books in this series.

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  • Rhonda Madison
  • 2023-08-30

Great start to a new series

This is the first book in this series about three friends who have stayed friends for years. Ivy and Heath are great. Kitty Bang's narration was great.

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  • Laura
  • 2023-08-18

Excellent story

For me the beginning was Very slow and a bit plodding but as the story got off the ground it got better and better. I knew that Lexi would come through with a wonderful story so I kept going and was rewarded with a beautiful story. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2023-08-16

Great new series

Lexi Blake has become one of my favorite authors. This is a contemporary romance, which genre I rarely read. However, I loved this book and her wonderfully flawed characters who learn to work through issues and are loved as they are.

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