Goodreads Rating: 3.95 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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.
Thank you Montlake Romance for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Hot Asset is an enemies to lovers romance story and the first book in the 21 Wall Street trilogy. It’s about Ian Bradley, a financial director/investment broker at Wolf Investments and Lara McKenzie, a SEC investigator.
Ian Bradley is an intelligent, driven, passionate and hardworking guy. Growing up in a poor household and being a foster kid, he’s motivated to have a better life. He started from the bottom of the chain and at early thirties, he earned his status as a self-made billionaire. You’ve got to respect the guy for that. As for relationships, he’s a well-known playboy and he never takes relationship seriously. That’s about to change when he’s accused of insider tipping and he meets the SEC investigator assigned on his case.
Lara McKenzie is a gorgeous, smart and sassy woman who aspires to become an FBI agent like her parents.Working as a SEC investigator is her gateway to have her dream job without nepotism. Her assignment on Ian’s case is a huge deal and she’s determined to gather evidence against him. She’s different from all the woman he’s dated. She’s immune to his cockiness, arrogance and charm.
Our protagonists hated each other in the beginning and they exchanged quick-witted banters which brought a lot of tension. I love Ian and Lara challenged each other in every aspect. Both characters are strong-willed, independent and dedicated with their respective jobs. I love the chemistry and sexual tension between them. It’s sizzling and you can’t help devouring it. It’s that romantic.
Lauren Layne’s writing style is remarkably engaging. The supporting characters stood out as well and I’m thrilled they’ll have their respective books. I can’t wait to read Hard Sell; Matt and Sabrina’s story. I’m sure it’ll ooze with sexual tension and Huge Deal; Kennedy and Kate’s story. Omg these two just need to be a couple! ❤ ❤ ❤ I’m giving Ian and Lara’s story 4 solid stars because I had fun reading it. If you love enemies to lovers trope, I recommend this book.
2nd entry for #Smutathon: Enemies to Lovers