Banter, Banter & More Banter: Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


by Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2
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Most of you already know what a big fan of Lauren Layne I am. I'm always excited to dive into a story by her. I was even more hyped for 21 Wall Street because she goes back to write about her in-suit heroes in NYC. As a first book, Hot Asset delivered in many ways. Though not my favorite read from Lauren Layne, it was a solid addition to my LL library.

Ian Bradley is a hero who takes time to warm up to. As someone who grew up without many opportunities, he has forged a path to success for himself by working hard and pushing himself to the limits as a Wall Street broker. While on this journey, he has become somewhat of an ass with a reputation of a player. Over the course of Hot Asset, we learn this isn't somewhat true and that Ian possesses a deeper persona than just that of a notorious player. While I won't say that Ian was a favorite LL hero for me by any means, I grew to enjoy his character over the course of the story, when we got to know his past better. I was especially fond of him when he interacted with his coworkers and friends. A more fun side to him emerged that I found very likable. Now, Lara, I connected with more than I did with Ian. She was an ambitious SEC agent with dreams of working for the FBI. Her drive and resilience were the highlights of Hot Asset for me. She was whip-smart and didn't allow Ian to walk all over her despite how hard he tried. Lara also was an honest woman who strived to find the truth and was ready to put her job on the line for the truth. I very much admired that about her.

When Lara and Ian meet, the sparks fly between them, but when he finds out she is here to investigate him, his attitude isn't the nicest. Still, there was plenty of banter between the two and the mild hate-to-love dynamics were more than enjoyable. Lauren Layne always writes clever and delightful dialogue so her books are a pure joy to read even when I'm not 100% convinced by the characters. The romance developed satisfyingly and the two had some good chemistry together, something that LL is known for in the romance community. I have to say, more than I was invested in the romance between Ian and Lara though, I was dying at the interactions between the secondary characters. Ian's friends, who will also be getting books, were so intriguing and fun. We were given glimpses to the future couples and let's just say that I am ready to sell my soul for the third book. ;)

All in all, this was a decent romance read. I had fun reading it and am eagerly waiting for the next book. You can never truly go wrong with a Lauren Layne book!

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