*I received a free copy of Hard Sell from Montlake Romance via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: 21 Wall Street #2
Published by Montlake Romance on September 4, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
After meeting Sabrina and Matt in Hot Asset, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Hard Sell to find out the story between these two. I was not disappointed. The chemistry was visceral, the banter snarky-sexy, and the back stories were compelling. Layne is quickly becoming a contemporary romance favorite of mine.
Matt needs an image overhaul STAT! Pictures of him partying it up in Vegas were printed in the Wall Street Journal, making his clients question his credibility which is NOT a good thing when you’re managing millions in assets. Sabrina is a “fixer” so Matt seeks out her help in the plot his employers have concocted…that he’s ready to settle down. He knows Sabrina is perfect for the job because there’s absolutely no risk of her falling for him. Ah…the best laid plans.
Hard Sell was sweet, sexy, and fun. I enjoyed getting better acquainted with both Matt and Sabrina – especially getting to know what tipped the scales in the love/hate relationship. They’ve always argued and fought but the sexual tension was obvious. Neither was interested in long-term and learning the reasons behind their feelings was insightful. I understood them so much better once they opened up and let the other in. Besides spending time with Matt and Sabrina, Layne also allowed us more access to Ian and Lara, and Kennedy and Kate. I appreciate the close-knit friendships of the guys and I adore the fact that the girls have all gotten close. The dynamics between them are all fun as well as realistic.
The only fault I could find with Hard Sell was that some of the drama was a bit contrived. Overall though, I adored Matt and Sabrina and I’m anxious for Kennedy and Kate’s story!