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Review: Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

He’s a Wall Street wolf. She’s been hired to tame him. From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes a wildly sexy novel of business and pleasure.

Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.

For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.

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“I’ve been thinking the hardest part of this whole thing will be faking being in love when I don’t even believe in love. Now I know better. The hardest thing is going to be keeping my hands off the only woman I’ve ever wanted.”

Hard Sell is the second book in the 21 Wall Street Series and it follows the story of Matt and Sabrina. Matt is young and amazing at what he does. He’s on top of the world or so he thinks. When his wild night in Vegas makes headlines, he’s forced to do the one thing he’s never wanted to do. He needs a girlfriend and fast. If he can prove to his bosses that he’s changed and put the wild man to rest, his job will be saved…if not, it’s the ax for him….Sabrina is known as the fixer. There isn’t any situation that she can’t find a way out of. She is the very best. So, when Matt comes to her with his problem, she knows it will be a challenge, but she can’t possibly say no. With rules in place and their game faces on, will these two stick to the rules or will they cross the uncrossable line??? There’s only one way to find out….

I loved the idea of Hard Sell. I’m a sucker for fake relationships and an even bigger sucker for those enemies to lovers story-lines. And I thought Lauren Layne’s take on it was really interesting. I mean Matt and Sabrina couldn’t stand one another, yet at the same time, they were kinda sorta maybe friends??? Overall, I thought that Matt and Sabrina had some good chemistry. I loved seeing the two of them go off on each other and couldn’t wait to see the tension between the two of them explode. That being said, I would have loved to have seen some flashbacks of Matt and Sabrina. It’s clear to the reader that two of them have a past and I feel as though I would have understood these characters more if we had gotten to see some of that past. What happened to them? What led them to hooking up? When did the deep hate grow between them? I feel those issues were vital to the story and by not seeing the whole picture clearly, it left me feeling like something was missing.

Overall, I thought Hard Sell was an ok read. It’s not my favorite from this author, but I still found it to be an enjoyable and engaging read. I loved the friendships between Matt and his buddies. I loved the banter between Matt and Sabrina and loved the steamy moments between the two of them. The story-line itself was a fresh and fun take on the whole enemies to lovers/fake relationship troupe. I just felt like something was missing. Maybe I needed some more angst; some more drama. I’m not really sure. I think Hard Sell will be one of those books you either love or you hate. For me, I didn’t love it, but still had a good time reading it.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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