Published by Montlake Romance on May 22, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Samantha Cook, Zachary Webber
Length: 7 Hours and 39 Mins
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 by Lauren Layne, is the first book in her Wall Street series and when I saw this Audiobook available on Libby I just had to grab it up. I have been wanting to read more of this author and I have to say this is my favorite book of her’s so far. Now I can at times be picky about the enemies to lovers trope that is written but boy she NAILED it on the head with this book and I adored every single minute. There was something so unqiue and fresh about this story that drew me in completely and within just a few minutes of listening, I was hooked into it.
Our story begins with our lovely hero and heroine, Ian and Lara get into it in the most delicious ways. Ian is one of Wall Street’s most successful men, a self made hero that has wealth and prestige and any pick of women in his bed. But is shocked when all his hard work and determination might be put at risk, when he comes under investigation and the woman after him is none other than Lara McKenzie. Lara is determined to get her ticket into the FBI. Both her parents are agents, and its been her dream. And now she is only one job away from achieving her dream. But Ian is proving difficult and challenging, and despite herself, she is beginning to admire his tenacity. The chemistry between them is explosive but will her feelings get in the way of her job and finding her dream career? Or will she be able to do what is right even at the cost of her dream?
“I don’t give a damn about right and wrong, or black and white, or rules and protocols. I only give a damn about him, about the way he makes me feel.”
Hot Asset was such a delicious romance and I had such a blast with this book. I first want to touch on the narration of this story. Now Zachary Webber is known among all of #romancelandia for sure. His voice is so yummy….that is all I can say. The way he narrates romance is just on tune with the character and he always nails it perfectly and he did so with Ian’s character. I really adored the dual POV. if its 1st person I really prefer dual so we get both protaganists side of the story. And Zachary did a tremendous job in showing the true character of Ian. Then we have Samantha Cook. I am not sure if this is the first time that I have listened to her or not. But she did a perfect Lara in my opinion…the way these two narrate together was flawless in the most perfect ways.
Now if you love enemies to lovers at all…..you NEED this book in your life for sure!! I have read a ton of this trope in the past and honestly, Lauren Layne does it BEST. It had just the right touch of angst without coming on too strong. The angst had that more “fun and sexy” feel to it and the tension between them was so engaging. I really adored the way their interactions just built up the story. We see the goodness in our hero. Now what I didn’t expect was his past, and I really loved seeing a man who was a foster child, who really came from the worst situation and through hard work and self determination cultivated his own future and that was really beautiful to see.
The friendship between his friends was truly entertaing and endearing. There is something about male friendships that I am really drawn to, in the same way I am drawn to in female friendships. The way they support each other, even if business wise they can be at odds, but when one of their own is in trouble, they really come together in unity and love and show that selfless support. I adored being able to see that in this book.
Overall Hot Asset is a story that will deliver in the witty humor, self determined characters, an unsuspecting plot and a love story to quench your romantic thirst in the utterly satisfying way! TRULY A DELICIOUS MEAL OF DELIGHTS!