Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

Title: Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Main Characters: Ian and Lara
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Montlake
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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, and 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.
My Review:
ooh, what a fabulous enemies to lovers story. I really liked the setup of this one...so unusual...an SEC investigator and the Wall Street genius that she's been charged to investigate...serious no-go for a relationship with these two. 

I really liked the initial intro to Ian...unapologetic playboy and manwhore. But as the story delves deeper, you find out some truly amazing things about how far he's come. Then there's Lara who's more of an awkward homebody (although there were times it felt like her character had a few inconsistencies...she dressed awful and came across as a real introvert, but then wanted to go out to the hottest club in town??) But overall, the story was so good, it was easy to overlook those tiny issues.

I liked them together, and thought Ian's terror about having his world turned upside down was really well-written. 

For so long, it's really unclear how/why Ian's been accused of insider trading. That part of the story line worked for me, too. As did the forbidden aspect of anything happening between Ian and Lara. It goes without saying that it screws everything up if she becomes personally involved with him...for both of them. They simply can't...and that provides a backdrop for some sizzling chemistry. But first, I loved that she simply rejects him...which honestly, he needs just to take his incredibly large ego down a few notches.

We're also introduced to the next two hero/heroines, and I'm excited about where the series is going. I'm really looking forward to both those books. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. BUT I already owned a print copy, too, because I need this one on my keeper shelf.

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