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Who are we? Like you even need to ask. We’re the seven richer-than-sin legacies causing debauchery at the prestigious Astor University in Manhattan.
Some call us spoiled.
Some call us trouble.
But everyone calls us the Park Avenue Princes.

Weston LaRue
“The Playboy”

I’m never one to turn down a bet. Especially not when it comes to retaliating against the dean for pulling a dick move before summer break.
So when the dean’s golden child arrives at Astor for his freshman year, my fellow troublemakers throw down a wager I can’t resist.

The target: the dean’s son, John Thomas Hawthorne, or “JT.”
The bet: corruption in any way I choose.

It should’ve been easy. With his mess of brown curls, pouty lips, and good-boy reputation, JT is the perfect revenge. And even better? He’s straight.

Challenge accepted. I’ll do whatever it takes to prove a point, no matter how reckless it might be.

Game. On.

Infamous Park Avenue Prince is the first standalone novel in the Park Avenue Princes world.


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Infamous Park Avenue Prince by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

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“What do you guys do when you’re not partying?”     “Sleep. Sex. Eat. Sex. Occasionally grace Astor with our presence.”     I laughed. “You’re obnoxious.”     “I prefer charming.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Infamous Park Avenue Prince is the first book in the new series Park Avenue Princes. And oh, what a start to a series it was.

The bet was simple – corrupt the dean's son. It should have been easy. On paper, West had this in the bag, but JT wasn't anything that West expected. West was the rich boy, the privileged, the prince of the school, not only the school, New York. He was cocky and arrogant enough to know he'd get exactly what he wanted, and JT proved to be a bit tougher than he was used to. The deeper West got, the more he liked spending time with JT. He found himself craving the one thing he shouldn't.

JT was starting his freshman year and is the dean's son. A combination that was going to make it hard for him to find friends. When West showed up, JT wasn't expecting the charming man to want to be his friend. JT was way out of his comfort zone with West as friends, but something about West had JT experiencing things he never thought he would. And that first kiss...woo.

I loved everything about this. But the angst I had knowing that JT was going to find out about that bet had me on edge throughout each chapter. I loved seeing West's sweet side when he was alone with JT, it redeemed him in my eyes for being that jerk we are supposed to hate but I just couldn't!! And JT's ability to knock West down a peg, showing him that his money wasn't everything.

I can't wait to see what happens for these princes in the coming books!

I love both of these authors, together and separately, but this book was a total miss for me. I couldn't connect with JT or West. The story seemed to drag on forever and nothing spicy happened until around the 50% mark. I wasn't invested in the relationship or the outcome honestly. I tried, I tried to leave and read something else and come back, but still nothing. I will say I really liked West's dad and I liked Caleb. Even though this was a miss for me, which could have been due to the whole stupid bet storyline, I will read the series. I really want the story with Travis and Caleb and I want to know more about East as well.

I am a huge fan of these two talented authors – but have discovered that the turn someone gay concept, especially by entitled rich guy for pretty naive and sheltered dean's son wasn't for me. I chose to have faith in there being a redeeming edge to the tale, but wow, it was a surprisingly long wait.

I am still trying to decide whether I was amused by the way that West overcame curfews, or just fed up of the money being thrown around. The fact that he did some work for the family business wasn't really enough to convince me he was in any sense a good guy.

JT – would his well-educated parents really saddle him with such a name combination? – was a pleasing character, who went through an important awakening in his early days of college, on top of being known as the dean's son. The jeans error made me smile, and he was definitely the person who kept me reading.

I do want to continue reading this series as I am particularly curious about Travis and Caleb. Hopefully, now we have been introduced to them all, there will be less concentration on the princes as a whole.

I'm going to be upfront that this book was just not for me, personality wise. Maybe my mood. Maybe I'm just tapped. Maybe because I'm neurodivergent and felt overwhelmed.

Honestly, I never, ever in my life thought I'd write this. Too much banter. I love me some banter and angst. The beginning was a chaos I couldn't escape, and it tainted the rest of the journey for me.

I rolled easily through JT's opening and subsequent chapters, but felt bombarded during every single West chapter.

As a reader, I feel as if I place myself in the scene. So as seven boys got off a bus, it felt as if I was getting bombarded at once. What was supposed to be a banter-filled introduction to seven current and future main characters made me feel like crouching to the ground, covering my head, and screaming, "Enough!"

Let me meet the narrator first before more than half a dozen are talking over each other like the first day of kindergarten, not college upperclassmen.

I'm not a fan of too many characters in a scene, especially when they are new to me and I feel like I need to take notes. This novel was lacking a smooth introduction transition.

I appreciated TJ mentally describing them while looking from the window. I just couldn't handle meeting them en masse.

I felt this madness during every West scene. Too much stimulation. Too much banter. Never an honest thought or genuine conversation. Sure, he was charming in spades but 100% fake.

I almost tapped out at their first lunch. The back and forth banter to build tension, it was grating on me to where I just tapped forward to the next chapter.

This isn't a bet issue for me. I love me a novel dripping with angst. That squicky feeling as I wait for the betrayal to be revealed. I'm a sucker for books, shows, and movies featuring this.

The first half was a slow crawl through not much happening, so I wasn't invested. I enjoyed the angsty reveal and the subsequent groveling.

After dozens of times where West thought how fun and humorous it would be to corrupt an impressionable, naive, and all-around good JT, I wasn’t down for JT being with West.

If you can't stand one of the narrators, who shows very little growth for more than 75% of the novel, it's hard to ship them.

Forget the money and selfishness. I don't mind self-proclaimed assholes either. I just found West extremely obnoxious and immature for his age and standing in society. I never felt he was remorseful or got the gravity of his actions. There wasn't much redemption for me. So, this pretty much was a death knell when it came to the romance.

I'm curious about others in series and will gladly give them a try.



Author Bio

ELLA FRANK is the USA Today bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan favorite PresLocke series. Her Prime Time series has been praised as “highly entertaining!” and “sexy as hell!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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BROOKE BLAINE is a USA Today bestselling author best known for writing romantic comedy and M/M romance. Her novels lead with humor and heart, but Brooke never shies away from throwing in something extra naughty that will scandalize her conservative Southern family for life (bless their hearts).

She's a choc-o-holic, lives for eighties bands (which means she thinks guyliner is totally underrated), believes it's always wine o'clock, and lives with the coolest cat on the planet—her Ragdoll/Maine Coon mix, Jackson Agador Spartacus

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In that moment, I would have done anything he asked of me. I wanted to please him. I wanted to make him beg. But more than anything else, I wanted him to keep going.


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