Hot Asset by Lauren LayneHot Asset by Lauren Layne

Hot Asset

byLauren Layne

Paperback | May 22, 2018

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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.

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 list...
Title:Hot AssetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1503901068

ISBN - 13:9781503901063

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly OK This book was smart, funny and the perfect amount of sexy. I think these types of novels have come a long way, and the female characters are finally a bit more complex and more feminist. This is the same story you see all the time, the sassy girl hates the cocky boy and then falls in love with him. But… it’s done in a really smart way. The alternating first-person point of view was so helpful as a reader. It kept me engaged and really enhanced the story, being able to experience it from both Ian and Lara. I really did like both characters and I thought they were a great bit and I enjoyed their back and forth banter. The specifics of the story, like the investigation and the careers of both main characters were a little flawed and unrealistic, but all in all, I think it was a wonderful slow-burn romance.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from spirited and edgy HOT ASSET is the first instalment in Lauren Layne’s contemporary, adult 21 WALL STREET romance series. This is thirty-two year old Wall Street investor Ian Bradley, and twenty-eight year old SEC agent Lara McKenzie’s story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Lara and Ian) HOT ASSET follows the building but forbidden relationship between Wall Street investor Ian Bradley, and SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) agent Lara McKenzie. An anonymous tip to the SEC found our hero, Ian Bradley, being investigated for insider trading. Enter SEC agent Lara McKenzie, and the woman with whom Ian would fall in love. What ensues is the building but forbidden relationship between Ian and Lara, and the potential fall-out as Lara’s findings are ignored by the people in charge. Ian Bradley grew up in the foster care system, and has worked for every penny and dollar he has earned. A womanizer by reputation, Ian struggles in his attempts to seduce the stoic SEC agent, but something about Lara gives him pause. Behind the librarian glasses, and professional decorum, Lara hides a goddess that Ian hopes to control. Someone is out to destroy Ian’s life using Lara McKenzie in the process, but Ian isn’t willing to go down without a fight. The relationship between Lara and Ian begins acrimoniously when Ian discovers the reasons behind our heroine’s visit. Not only is Ian innocent of all of the charges but Lara insists that she must continue to investigate until the very end. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is plenty of back and forth, sexual banter between our leading couple, banter that crosses the line as Ian tries desperately to seduce the woman looking into his life. There is a wonderful cast of secondary and supporting characters who are a little bit protective of our story line hero. We are introduced to his best friends and fellow investors twenty-eight year old Matt Cannon, and thirty two year old Kennedy Dawson; attorney Vanessa Lewis, fixer and PR Rep Sabrina Cross, and PA Kate Henley; Lara’s boss Steve Ennis, and his brother in law Jacob Houghton. Matt and Sabrina’s story line is next in Hard Sell. The world building looks at the close friendships between Ian, Kennedy and Matt, and their PA Kate Henley; Ian’s backstory and his struggles growing up in the foster care system; as well as Lara’s fight to prove she is worthy of working for the FBI. HOT ASSET is a spirited and edgy story line. The premise is imaginative and engaging; the characters are colorful, energetic and charismatic; the romance is captivating and sensual. Lauren Layne’s HOT ASSET is a wonderful and sexy start to her 21 Wall Street series.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the wall street suits! Ian is a ladies man. He flirts and they all fall over themselves to get to him. Unfortunately, Lara doesn’t even come close to falling for his one liners. Her lack of interest only makes him want to get in there more. Then he learns the woman he’s unsuccessfully flirting with is an SEC investigator and she’s here to find evidence that he is guilty of insider trading. What follows is a chemistry laden story of two people on opposite sides. I do enjoy an enemies to lovers trope. I actually loved Ian, despite his previous manwhore ways. Once he saw Lara he was pulled to her and continued to want more although she wasn’t giving him anything but a hard time. It was endearing watching him fall and my heart hurt several times for him throughout the story. He has a past that leaves him feeling not worthy enough and unwanted. Lara was totally career focused and I wasn’t sure how their relationship was going to end in a happy ever after. She was smart and snarky and a tad geeky. Everything I enjoy about a heroine. I wanted her to triumph but not at the cost of Ian’s freedom. Because, you know, I liked Ian. I liked Lara. I especially liked it when they finally were able to be together. Unfortunately, their coming together did not fix all of their problems. This was such a well thought out, fast paced read with some fun and interesting secondary characters. It never bogged down and I was never tempted to skim. When this couple were free to give in to their desires the heat level was quite intense. The ending had many layers to it and I appreciated that this author didn’t take the easy way out. I’m especially excited to learn that there will be more in this series with Ian’s friends being the focal point. Altogether, this was a great read that quickly pulled me into the suit wearing world of Wall Street and I cannot wait for more!
Date published: 2018-05-22