In Hot Asset we meet Lara and Ian, two strong independent people who absolutely aren’t interested in each other.
HOT ASSET by Lauren Layne
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Length: 266 Pages
Story Rating: 4/ 5
Romance Rating: 5/5
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.
This ended up being a solid book. It took a couple false starts though – apparently, I’m not good at reading when I’m grumpy. It must have been bad if that cover couldn’t even get me interested… He’s nice to look at, isn’t he?
Before we get started lets set the mood with some handsome well-dressed men. 😉
Ok, that was fun!
There are few things I enjoy reading about more than strong women and Lara is just that. She’s confident and witty and I loved her as soon as she was introduced.
I didn’t like Ian in the beginning. He was one of those good-looking guys who knows how good looking he is and uses it to his advantage. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with that, I just wanted a nice, sweet, caring hero. No worries though, the author did an awesome job of humanizing him. Despite being confident in his life as an investment banker on Wall Street, deep down he’s still the insecure foster kid who feels unworthy of love. It broke my heart because it illustrated the way childhood scars stay with you. You may learn to hide them, maybe even forget about them for years at a time, but underneath it’s hard to overcome.
Ian’s story is sad and left him determined not to get close to anyone again. Lara sees Ian as a job and knows anything more in unethical. But, that does nothing to dampen the flirting and undeniable chemistry between them.
This book had me smiling and smirking, there may have even been a few giggles thrown in there. The steamy scenes were hot, consensual, and exactly what I like to see in my books.
One thing I appreciated about this book is how the author made sure the couple practiced safe sex every single time things got steamy. I know it’s a silly thing to appreciate, but I think it’s so important not to romanticize actions that could lead to devastating consequences.
Overall, Hot Asset with a steamy and engaging story. I’d recomment this book to anyone looking for the perfect poolside read.