In Review: Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne

Posted July 31, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren LayneHot Asset by Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: eARC, 266 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

Who’d have thought pairing up a Wall Street investor and the SEC agent investigating him for fraud and insider trading would result in such magic? Lauren, apparently. I freaking loved Ian and Lara and their story. The forbidden nature of their relationship, combined with their wicked hot chemistry, made Hot Asset an absolutely delightful read. One that I devoured in a few short hours.

Without giving too much of the story away, I have to say I love watching the cocky playboy guy fall hard for a heroine. There’s something that’s so fun when that guy is the who is one absolutely smitten. As was the case with Ian in this book. I loved the banter between him and Lara. Plus, I loved that I was kept guessing about whether or not he really was guilty… (And no, I’m not going to tell you.) There were some interesting twists, enough feels to make it interesting and sexy times so hot I thought might iPad might catch fire. The perfect combination!

I’m convinced Lauren Layne could rewrite the dictionary and I’d totally love it. There’s a reason she’s one of my go-to, auto-buy/auto-request authors. Everything she writes is pure freaking gold. Hot Asset is no exception. I’m super excited about this new 21 Wall Street series and I can’t wait for more! The good news is I have a review copy of the next book, Hard Sell. I just need to make time to read it — something I’m aiming to do quite soon.


I’ve kissed my fair share of women—more than my fair share. But I’ve never needed to kiss one like I do this woman, never felt like I’ll regret it the rest of my life if I don’t take my chance.

But Ian’s real. He’s real, and he makes me feel both feminine and powerful, and it’s a delicious feeling.

“So, fair warning… the next time we see my friends, there’s a good chance there will be a sing-along. You’re to tell them that I was sweet. Just turned eighteen.”

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

She lives in the Seattle-area with her husband and jumbo Pomeranian.

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