Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Hot Asset is a compelling start to the new series from Lauren Layne. With richly developed characters and a wonderful pace to the story, Hot Asset is here just in time for the summer.
Ian, the first of our Wolves of Wall Street, is on the first impression. the embodiment of playboy investment banker (confident bordering on cocky and has never had a serious relationship). However, it is quickly apparent that this is the persona he has carefully cultivated hiding his foster care roots. Under all his outward confidence Ian still holds a lot of attachment issues, desperately wanting to be part of a family ♥ Having thrown all of his energy into his career, Ian is completely blindsided when he comes under investigation for insider trading!!! And that is the only thing knocking Ian off-kilter – the SEC agent sent to conduct the investigation throws Ian completely off his axis and has him re-evaluating his view of the future.
Lara is adorable in a hot, nerd girl way – feisty, sassy and gorgeous. As the investigating officer, this is a make or break case for Lara’s career. Lara has dreams of becoming an FBI agent within the white-collar crime division; her family is FBI legacy but are not very supportive of Lara following in their footsteps which tends to undermine Lara’s confidence in her abilities. Dedicated to her career just as much as Ian, Lara is nothing if not fastidious and honorable; so her attraction to the suspect of her investigation is somewhat confusing to her.
The chemistry between Lara and Ian creates a lot of friction between the pair – the equation – friction → heat → STEAM!!!!! The smallest spark sets of a chain reaction of fireworks. Unfortunately, the investigation takes an unexpected twist which adds strain to the developing feelings between Ian and Lara. As well as both of their careers being on the line.
I completely adored Ian and Lara, their character development was a thing of wonder in the way they enhanced each other’s positive qualities without losing their individuality. Glimpses of Ian’s vulnerabilities add to the sweetness of the narrative.
The peripheral characters, the close friends of Ian and Lara, add to the story overall. They are all very different with diverse backgrounds, I cannot wait to get to know them individually through the series. Matt and Sabrina are bound to cause major explosions in Hard Sell.