Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Series: 666 Park Avenue
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What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch . . . literally?
Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.
But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world—and herself—is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
Jane Boyle is an American who grew up in France. She was raised by her grandmother after the death of her parents. In order to get away from her smothering grandmother, she moved to Paris. That's where she meets Malcolm and they have a whirlwind romance. After Malcolm proposes and before her move to America, Jane wants to visit her grandmother, who she hasn't seen in years. Weird things have always happened around Jane, but that's nothing compared to what's in her near future.
Malcolm goes from dotting boyfriend/then fiancée to putting everything before Jane. She convinces herself that this dramatic change is only temporary and does her best to get along with his family, especially trying to appease his mother, Lynne. Lynne is the type of future mother-in-law that expects Jane to fall in line and for her only focus to be the perfect wife to Malcolm and not waste her time on tedious things like her career. After all, she's about to become a Doran and the only job Doran women have is to mingle at parties, run committees, look good for the press and have children. It's obvious Lynne doesn't like Jane and thinks she's beneath her family, but is adamant about her having children as soon as possible. Why?
Jane is keeping a secret from the Dorans and it seems like they have a few of their own. The difference is, she wants to protect them. What's their excuse?
I really liked the sound of 666 Park Avenue. It came across as the TV show Charmed, if the characters were socialites. I enjoyed the part of the story that takes place in Paris, but not so much after the move to New York and not because of the change in geography. The story developed differently than I predicted. That's great, unpredictable is always better than predictable, but I personally didn't enjoy the way the story progressed.
Malcolm does not only one thing, but a few that are unforgivable. Leaving Jane to put up with his mother and downplaying Lynne's attitude towards her is the least of his transgressions. I had a lot of sympathy for Jane, but that started to diminish after a particular twist and her subsequent reaction. Despite this I considered reading the sequel because of the potential until I read the synopsis. I'm frustrated now with just the premise and that's not a good state to continue a series. It just isn't for me.
666 Park Avenue has a main character I'd compare to Sex and the City's Charlotte. The feel of a contemporary novel at first with hints of the paranormal that become more evident as the story continues.