REVIEW – HOT ASSET (21 Wall Street, #1) by Lauren Layne


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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}


”HOT ASSET” is the first installment of Lauren Layne’s ”21 Wall Street” series and it’s looking like this is going to be another huge hit for this talented author. Each book focuses on a different ”Wolfe of Wall Street”. They are three of the hottest and devilishly handsome investment bankers in New York City. They are notorious players but from what I can tell they each have a woman in their lives that pushes their buttons and we are in for some yummy ”enemies to lovers”romances.

Ian Bradley is a self-made millionaire. He owes his success to hard work and determination. Nothing came easily to him in life. To the outside world, he may seem like an overindulgent douche but the few people who really know him can honestly say that he’s one of the good ones. He is, however, notorious for his reputation as being a “player”. Ian has never slept with any woman more than once and that’s because he’s never felt a connection to anyone before. The moment he meets Lara McKenzie, Ian knows he’s in big trouble. He’s inexplicably drawn to her and unfortunately for Ian, Lara is an SEC investigator assigned to find incriminating evidence to prove that he’s guilty of insider trading.



The two spend most of the story at odds with each other since Lara’s mission is to convict Ian of a crime he didn’t commit. It would seem virtually impossible for these two to become romantically involved but this wouldn’t be a good romance if they didn’t end up falling in love. The problem is, Lara is determined to get a conviction because it’s guaranteed to get her promoted to an FBI agent. Love can’t come first for Lara since her career is her main focus.



Can Lara follow through on her investigation when the future of the man she’s in love with is in jeopardy? Will she really be able to choose her career over her happiness?

Here are my overall ratings

Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5


HOT ASSET is currently available.








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