First of all, reading this reminded me of that TV series “Billions” albeit in a more attractive package! Secondly, to be honest, I had a bit of a rough time starting as my first impression of Ian was not so great. His introduction scene had me gritted my teeth, in the same way Lara’s judgmental view made me. That “Hot Asset” is being told in alternate POVs as first persons between Ian and Lara really uped the impact.
I was proven wrong of course! As it so happened this was exactly what’s going on in this first entry to Lauren Layne’s new “21 Wall Street” series. Ian Bradley was more than a pretty face Wall Street hotshot in a designer suit. The author artfully divulge Ian’s many contradicting layers of personality, that pretty soon had this reader sympathize with him. I also got where Lara was coming from; how her ambition battled with her conscience and the pull of attraction.
It’s not exactly a slow burn, though our MCs took their time from making a move out of respect of each other. That they both didn’t let their actions be dictated by their nether’s regions really boosted my approval of this book. This was making their story and character real, not just a round of explicit sexy times for the sake of having sexy times page after page.
My only issue with the storyline lied on resolving the problem part. I was hoping it’d be less easy than how it went here. Readers could practically smell the antagonists since they showed up, but the frame-up was practically boasting and all talk. The whole catching the bad guy approach felt too simplified to me.
As an intro to the new series, this book set an interesting premise of what the series is all about. “Hot Asset” also introduced a number of supporting characters who were not only there to enliven the scenario, but hinted on the other two couples to come who would go head to head in the next books in this series. And if the glimpse I saw here was any indication, I’m hopeful the following installments will be awesome! They can’t come soon enough, let me tell you.
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.