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Review: Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

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Hot Asset: 21 Wall Street

By: Lauren Layne

Releasing May 22nd, 2018


Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

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“[A] playful romance…Layne populates her world of high-stakes finance with charismatic characters, and the fast-paced story works well with the simmering sexual tension between the leads…It’s easy to root for this couple.” Publishers Weekly

“Layne can always be counted on to create an engaging, steamy, and thoroughly rewarding reading experience.” —RT Book Reviews

My Review

“For one bizarre-ass moment, the woman feels meant for me. The kicker? She’s not even my type.”

“Somehow Lara McKenzie’s gaze has more effect on my boy than any other woman’s physical touch. I’ve been in a constant state of want since our first meeting, with no relief in sight–I can’t have her, and I don’t want any of the women I can have.”

“I’ve never wanted—needed—anything like I want her to stay. To want me back.”

“I’ve kissed my fair share of women–more than my fair share. But I’ve never needed to kiss on e like I do this woman, never felt like I’ll regret it fore the rest of my life if I don’t take my chance. My fingers wind around her ponytail. Mine. I want this frustrating, complex woman as my own. I nip her lip. Surrender.”

Hot Asset is the first book in the exciting new, 21 Wall Street Series. Hot Asset follows the story of Ian and Lara. Ian is the quintessential walking talking Wall Street Playboy. He’s rich, good looking, completely arrogant and totally used to getting his way. That is until he meets Lara. She doesn’t buy into his charming playboy ways and Ian takes that as a challenge. He’s determined to win her over. The only problem is that Lara isn’t just some girl. Lara is an SEC agent who gets tasked to investigate Ian. She should be off-limits. But as the saying goes, opposites attract and nothing strikes the flame hotter than wanting someone you know you can’t have. Will these two opposites give in to their desires or will they just crash and burn? There’s only one way to find out….

Hot Asset is a fun and entertaining story. I found this story to be well written and captivating. I thought the plot was fresh and unique. I couldn’t wait to dive further into Ian and Lara’s story. I loved the dynamic and banter between the two of them. They both gave as good as they got and couldn’t deny the sparks that were flying around them. Their push and pull had me burning through the pages, anxiously wanting to know how their story would play out. The road to happily ever after for these two definitely wasn’t an easy one. For starters, Lara was investigating Ian, so any type of hook-up would be a definite no, no. But their jobs weren’t the only hurdle these two had to overcome. Nope they had quite a few hurdles along the way and they both had to learn how to trust one another…

Hot Asset was a terrific read from beginning to end. I fell in love with the characters instantly and am dying to know more about he secondary ones. I loved the intrigue and drama surrounding this book. I thought it had just the right mix of drama, angst and sexy good times. I think this series is off to a great start and I look forward to checking out more in this series in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Author Info

Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in eight languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers WeeklyGlamourThe Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

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