Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ian is the man of Wall Street, he gets all the best accounts, makes all the money, and gets any woman he wants. That is, until he meets Lara. When he learns who she is and why she is at his office, he can't believe what he is hearing. Ian has never cheated at anything in his life, so who would say he cheated at his job to make money?

Lara works for the SEC and she tracks down those that cheat and steal to make money on Wall Street. She knows that Ian must have done wrong. He is too cocky and too arrogant not to have. But as she gets to know him, when he cooperates, she sees the real Ian and she is beginning to like him.

Ian felt something towards Lara the first time he met her, and he doesn't know how to handle it. He is, after all, a one date kind of man. But he wants so much more with Lara. Lara wants to finish this investigation and move on, she knows this is not going anywhere. It looks like someone might be trying to set Ian up, but who would do such a thing?

Can Lara move on without falling into Ian's arms? Will Ian wait until she finishes her final letter to her boss, saying there is nothing here before he makes his move?

I liked this story from the beginning and didn't want to put it down because I didn't want to miss anything because I had to sleep. I loved the chemistry between Ian and Lara. If you are looking for a good story then this one is for you and I can't wait for Matt's story, Hard Sell, coming in the fall of 2018.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
A cute book in which Ian and Lara start off in very adversarial positions and have to dance their way around their mutual attraction to each other.

Lara is with the SEC and can't be seen as having any sort of partisan relationship with anyone she is investigating. And she is investigating Mr. Ian Bradley. Ian isn't sure why he's being singled out. He's done nothing wrong but it feels personal, and the longer he's around Ms. McKenzie the more the wants to get personal with her.

I enjoyed the book but I feel as though the relationship between Lara and her boss needed to be explored a little more to set up the ending just a bit better.

I just adore Lauren Layne and I have yet to read a book by her that didn’t impress me. I’m pretty sure at this point, Layne couldn’t write a book that I didn’t find myself intrigued after the first page. Surprisingly, I didn’t just like Hot Asset, I LOVED it. I am completely, one hundred percent smitten with not only Ian, one of the main characters, but all the Wolfes on Wall Street. Hot Asset (the 21 Wall Street series) by Lauren Layne may be my new favorite series by Layne. Honestly, I didn’t think the day would come because I’m rather partial to the Wedding Belles series, but here I am gushing over these Wall Street guys! I just could not put Hot Asset down and I was completely invested from start to finish. Also, who doesn’t appreciate Layne’s slow burning build-up with her characters? This book was the perfect blend of romance and steam! Plus, I really appreciated that Lara, one of the main characters, was a strong independent career woman! Now, after reading Hot Asset, I am beyond ready to read Matt’s story in book #2 and I am looking forward to reading the rest of these amazing Wall Street guys’ stories! 5 STARS for Lauren Layne’s Hot Asset (21 Wall Street series).

4.5 stars of sexy suitedness!

This is another really enjoyable read from Ms. Layne – an author on my absolute must read list, with very good reason.

I enjoy some intrigue and mystery with my romance, and this delivers it in spades. I loved finding out just what the issue was, and the resolution was super cool. Given this was delivered alongside a wonderfully sexy and chemistry driven romance, how could the book not be anything but wonderful?

There is always so much detail in Ms. Layne's writing, but none of it is superfluous, ever. It always furthers my understanding of the people, the place, or the plot – and this time I got to learn how to mix a Negroni too! Thanks to a writing style which is a smooth as any cocktail and as enjoyable as the very best canapé, I could not stop reading until the very end... which was everything I could have wanted and more.

If you have not read a Lauren Layne book before, you are in for a treat, and have the joy of an extensive back list to devour. If you have, well rest assured this is as good as them all, if not, for me, slightly better – and wow, there will be a lot more fun to come, because Matt, Kennedy, Kate, and Sabrina all have some catching up to do with Ian and Lara!

Lauren Layne, a former e-commerce and web marketing manager, moved from Seattle to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. Her first book was published in the summer of 2013, and since then, she’s written more than two dozen romantic comedies, hitting the New York Times, USA Today, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. She currently lives in New York City with her husband.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne to read and review.

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