Title: Hard Sell
Series: 21 Wall Street #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: 4 Sept 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Hard Sell puts the second of our wall street whizz kids, Matt, in the spotlight; and not a very flattering one at that.
Following a wild Vegas weekend of partying for his cousin’s bachelor party, Matt finds his job on the line thanks to a less-than-flattering newspaper article. In any business perception is the heart of a good/bad reputation, so when the proverbial shizz hits the fan and clients start dropping like flies, Matt needs a fast image makeover. Unfortunately for Matt the best person for the job also hates him.
Sabrina and Matt have had frenemies with benefits thing going on since they met. the chemistry and attraction have never been a problem; however, Matt’s ability to put his foot in his mouth is another matter. Following their first hook-up, Matt’s lack of tact touched on a raw nerve for Sabrina creating a lasting animosity between the pair. However, Sabrina is the best in the PR world and also best friends with Ian (Hot Asset) who also happens to be BF’s with Matt. As such Matt and Sabrina inevitably cross paths a lot in their friendship groups; to make life easier on their friends, Sabrina agrees to help Matt appear as a dependable boyfriend. Hoping it will ease the tension between them, in more ways than one.
Both Sabrina and Matt are anti-relationship due to their upbringing; although from very different perspectives. I loved Sabrina’s emotional growth throughout Hard Sell, the way in which she accepted her emotions and made herself vulnerable was awe inspiring. Even her mindset regarding failure/rejection as lessons to learn and grow from added a layer of positivity to the occasions negative situation.
Luckily, for both Sabrina and Matt, they have a wonderful circle of friends who aren’t afraid to interfere when they deem it necessary. Providing Matt with the intervention required in order to have the much-needed epiphany about his feelings even if they do scare him, lol.
I am so excited to see what happens when Kennedy is brought to his knees in, Huge Deal!!!!