Review: Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

Posted August 31, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Review: Hard Sell by Lauren LayneHard Sell
by Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street Series #2
Published by Amazon, Montlake Romance on September 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 252
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Brilliantly hot Matt Cannon doesn't mind his "boy wonder" nickname. At twenty-eight, he may be the youngest--and richest--broker at his firm, but the constant string of women in his bed know he's all man. When Matt's boss insists he clean up his image to land a potential investor, Matt knows just the woman to pose as his girlfriend.

Sabrina Cross is Wall Street's go-to "fixer"--a chameleon of a woman who can be anything, to any man, for any reason, with just one rule: no touching. Matt and Sabrina have always been like oil and water, but their new arrangement lights a match to the animosity and leads to something altogether hotter.

Lauren Layne is at the top of my favorite author’s list. I will read whatever she puts out because I’m that big a fan of hers and lately, she’s been knocking shit out of the park. It’s no different with Hard Sell. Matt and Sabrina’s romance was just as awesome as I hoped and I completely adored the both of them.

So, Hard Sell is the second book in the 21 Wall Streets series and it was another rollicking good time. I enjoyed Ian and Lara’s story in Hot Asset but the bickering and angsty love of Matt and Sabrina really worked for me. I thought Lauren Layne did the fake relationship turned real relationship thing between Matt and Sabrina really well and everything just worked for me.

When we first meet Matt and Sabrina, you just know that there’s a history between the two. They bicker constantly and are always having to be separated because of their bickering. They belong to the same circle of friends and while they don’t seem to like each other, they tolerate each other for the sake of their shared loved one, Ian Bradley.

Matt works with Ian and Sabrina is a fixer who is Ian’s oldest friend. When Matt needs a fake girlfriend to fix his image for a potential investor, who better to fix this problem for him than Sabrina? She fixes problems and he has a problem that not just anyone could help him with so even though he doesn’t get along with Sabrina, he does trust her. He also desperately needs her.

They both knew that the situation was a weird one and that it wasn’t going to be easy. They barely get along and having to pretend to love each other is going to take a lot out of them and I laughed and laughed because Lauren Layne’s humor game in this one is strong.

“How’s the Sabrina thing been going?”

“I’m exhausted.”

“It’s only been two days.”

I enjoyed the way that they both understood how they felt about each other and I enjoyed seeing them work through their seperate issues to come out on top. They were a great couple with amazing chemistry and I thought Layne did a fantastic job of telling their story.

Matt Cannon is my book boyfriend for this week because he was flat out the bomb. I loved his cocky attitude, his witty personality and I really adored the way that he came to love Sabrina. The passion was always there for them but everything else was new to him and seeing him come to realize that was so good. I loved seeing him get so jealous and then going after what he really wanted. A jealous Matt Cannon is super sexy.

I’ve been thinking the hardest part of this whole thing will be faking being in love when I don’t even believe in love. Now I know better. The hardest thing is going to be keeping my hands off the only woman I’ve ever wanted.

Here’s my Matt Cannon.

Overall, it’s another winner for me. I enjoyed the characters, the romance, everything and even though there were times when I wanted to junk punch both Matt and Sabrina, in the end, I just flat out loved them. I cannot freaking wait for Kennedy and Kate’s story.

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

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Hard Sell by Lauren Layne
September 4, 2018
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10 responses to “Review: Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

  1. I had so much fun with this one too, more than the first book and I liked the first book too. I loved the chemistry between Matt and Sabrina. Lauren Layne is just the bomb dot com! How excited are you for Kennedy’s book??? I NEED!

    • Rowena

      OMG, so Lauren Layne’s editor is one of my friends and she loved Kennedy’s book so I have such high hopes that I will love it too. I cannot freaking wait to see both Kennedy and Kate front and center. I’m a sucker for that unrequited crush trope and Kate loves her some Kennedy. He’s so blind to it too. Gah, I’m super excited about it!

      I thought Matt and Sabrina had great chemistry too. It was just so stinkin’ good.

    • Rowena

      I adore all things Lauren Layne, well scratch that, I adore most things Lauren Layne (some of her NA books didn’t work for me and neither did one of her cop books but I love everything else) so if you haven’t tried her out yet, you should. She’s great, I promise!

  2. I’ve not got to this latest series from Lauren Layne but now I really want to start it because fake relationship second book! This sounds so cute and fun and I think Layne’s coming in strong with this series from what I’ve seen. I’ve seen some of her past releases haven’t met her usual awesome standards but I’m so glad this series is such a hit. I am definitely going to have to treat myself sometime soon.

    • You should really check it out, Becky. I liked the first book but I LOVED the second book. They’re super good and Lauren Layne at her best. I promise!

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