Review: Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

Hard Sell
(21 Wall Street #2)
by Lauren Layne

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.

Matt Canon, the youngest broker from Wall Street was caught in an uncompromising position… er, situation, marring his reputation and that of his colleagues and bosses (The Sams) from Wolfe Investments. To do damage control, Matt’s friends suggested the services of Sabrina Cross, a PR genius, who would surely help clean up his act and stature.

Only problem was, Sabrina hated his guts. But they had to tolerate each other and pretend to be lovers to make everything work, or else, Matt’s clients and potential business associates would drop him. Including Jarod Lanham, billionaire extra-ordinaire who also got his eyes on Sabrina.

While at first, Matt came across to me as a hard-core playboy. But his sensitivity to Sabrina’s needs and him listening to his friends was a major point for me. I liked how his character developed eventually and how he easily sneaked his way to my heart. Sabrina is also a competent personality, strong and subdued in her own little way, although broken due to familial issues, (actually both she and Matt were). The compelling support of their friends did a big role in their lives, that’s why I would have loved to have read the first book in the series to get to know them well.

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne is simply addictive. I always love a love-hate relationship, fake romance and enemies to lovers trope, and Layne’s writing made this story more interestingly intense. I can’t wait to read Kate & Kennedy’s story, soon!

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