Lauren Layne returns to the blog today with her new 21 Wall Street series with plenty of hot alpha-males, a great slow-burn romance with a buttoned-up investigator and plenty of banter in
Sexy, Sassy and utterly adorable – Lauren Layne has brought another suited and sexy man to readers: one who has managed to parlay his drop-dead gorgeous looks, smarts and hard work into an ‘almost penthouse apartment’, a corner office and a list of clients who have made money in most of his deals. Ian is constantly working to something, even if he’s not always sure of the ‘what’, but each step in his climb up the ladder of success is one step further away from his childhood: growing up in foster care – unwanted and penniless.
Lara is an investigator for the SEC – a stopgap job that she knows can help her attain her dream of becoming an FBI agent in the white collar division. Both her parents are agents in different departments, and aren’t exactly thrilled with her dream, or her determination to do it her way, without a word from one or both of them to get her in the door.
But an opportunity for a big, splashy, headline grabbing investigation and trial is handed to her by her boss – an anonymous tip claiming Ian had insider information allowing him to step out early, avoiding the massive losses other brokers took on their investments. Thing is – Lara is thrilled to be given the chance at a case that could mean her dream job is in reach – if only it were easier. It’s not the investigation: she’s thorough and competent – even Ian’s lawyer (that he scored after plenty of hysterically achieved help from friends) tells him that Lara is the best option because she is thorough – and fair. But Lara’s reaction to Ian (no matter how hard she tries to ignore it) is electric and confusing… but not nearly as confusing as Ian is by her – totally NOT his type or style, but he’s wanting her – and how much he wants her, along with her humor and smart-ass comments, along with his assistant / friend Kate’s liking her have him unbalanced. A new feeling for the man who’s collected women, money and accolades like dust bunnies.
These two have a connection that is electric – spinning them both off in directions and dreams they’d put aside, and leaving them completely befuddled and confused, but drawn together like peanut butter and jelly. The chemistry is off the charts – and the steam is enough to freshen a crease on Ian’s beautifully tailored suit pants. The best part of a book from LL is the connections: strip away all of the fancy stuff – and these are two people who are meant to be together- and you feel it almost from the get-go. When you add in the group of friends that Ian has collected, from his ‘fixer’ Sabrina (think Ray Donovan without the bloodshed- yet) that he’s known since childhood, Matt the boy wonder trader and Kennedy the ‘silver spoon’ trader, and their assistant Kate – a cross between a mother, pit-bull, uber-competent secretary and the one friend who will always tell you you’re being an ass, Ian’s circle is loyal, protective and patient with his shenanigans – but they know most (if not all ) of his story and reasons, and love him for who he is and what he could be. It’s Lara that brings out his ow desire to ‘be more’ than just another Wolfe of Wall Street, and her belief in him that gives the story, and their relationship, the emotional punch that will have you desperate for Matt’s story.
Title: Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Also in this series: Hard Sell
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor elements
Published by: Montlake Romance
Published on: 22 May, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 39 minutes
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A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.
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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.