Hard Sell

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Hard Sell

21 Wall Street

I was expecting something slightly different from the blurb than I read and I'm uncertain as to how I feel about that.

Matt and Sabrina have History together, which I didn't fully expect from the blurb, and whereas I liked how Lauren Layne played with the frenemies to lovers concept, I was disappointed at how little stage time was given to their shared past. I didn't need much, but I wanted more than a generalized "misunderstandings happen and bad stuff ensued". Sabrina and Matt both had real challenges with their family growing up and I would have loved to have seen a bit more about that as well because the sheer enormity of what was going on felt a bit hand-waved aside.

I really enjoyed watching Sabrina at work and I would have loved to have seen more of it. She's simply so on top of things and always one step ahead of everyone. Matt felt a bit like the quintessential Wall Street wolf, which worked for the purposes of the story, but was also a bit less intriguing. It's also somewhat less spicy than I anticipated from the blurb, which will be good news for some readers.

Another thing was that I felt that the supporting characters stole a huge part of the show. Kate and Kennedy are now very much on my mind, and Jared as well. Which, it's great that I'm now looking forward to the next few books, but that pulled Hard Sell from "fantastic" to just "really good" for me.

Book Blurb for Hard Sell

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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2018 3.50