Hard Sell by Lauren Layne – ARC


Overall: 3.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 2/4 🔥🔥
Feels: 😆😖😢💗

~QD Story Details~
Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: NYC
Character age range: Late 20s
Lead: Matt Cannon
Love interest(s): Sabrina Cross
HEA: Yes

~QD Book Info~
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: Yes
Series: Yes – 21 Wall Street Series
1. Hot Asset – released 05/22/18
2. Hard Sell – to be released 09/04/18
3. Huge Deal – anticipated release 11/06/18

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: penetrative, oral
Possible triggers: childhood abuse, mention of prostitution

A witty combination of enemies-to-lovers and fake-relationship romantic comedy goodness. The characters are compelling and I love that the female lead is a “fixer”. Generally, I feel like it’s a role given mostly to males (ex: “Ray Donovan”, ) and since Sabrina is not only female but excels at the job, that alone was a win. The story itself flows well and the banter amongst all the friendships was fun to read. The author does a great job of setting up the storyline for the next book too.

Where this book disappointed me was in that transition moment; you know, that magic moment where the characters decide they don’t hate each other. There’s this huge lead up and without giving away any spoilers, the transition from enemies to lovers (specifically on the part of one particular character) wasn’t as organic as I felt it could have been. For one character it was heart-wrenching while for the other it was just this rushed moment. A lightbulb moment like that works if there’s a big catalyst but there wasn’t one here so it felt a little abrupt.

All that being said, it’s not enough to keep me from reading the next book. I’m honestly looking forward to reading the 3rd installment of the 21 Wall Street series, especially because of who the lead characters are!

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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~Author Info~
Lauren Layne
Website: http://laurenlayne.com
Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/yaphka4t
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/_laurenlayne