REVIEW – HARD SELL (21 Wall Street, #2) by Lauren Layne


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.



*****Patty’s Review*****

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

He kisses me, and I forget everything. Our messy past, his parents, the stupid contract, the fighting. There’s only him, only us.



I expected HARD SELL to be another typical ”enemies-to-lovers” romance. I happen to enjoy this trope and there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t read by Lauren Layne, but I was pleasantly surprised that she added a little twist. While Matt and Sabrina appear to be each other’s toughest adversaries, these two have been carrying on a special frenemies’ with benefits relationship for several years.

At first, I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between the main characters and it’s because it took me a while to warm up to Matt. His personality was lackluster at best. I loved Sabrina from the start. She’s a feisty, tough as nails Heroine, but there’s a soft vulnerability underneath all her layers. She had a rough start in life which has caused her to build up walls to protect her heart and it seems the only person who has the ability to break her is Matt.

When Matt and Sabrina are alone, it’s clear that he has a deep affection for her. His family dynamic explains his hesitancy towards love and commitment but it also humanized his character for me. I no longer thought of him as a shallow playboy.

About halfway through the book, I started to connect with the story and felt the chemistry between Matt and Sabrina. I was finally on board with these two possibly riding off into the sunset together.

Here are my overall ratings:

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

HARD SELL is currently available!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.