Hard Sell

Hard Sell

by Lauren Layne


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503902848
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: 21 Wall Street Series , #2
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 133,742
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies, including Hot Asset, her first book in the 21 Wall Street series. A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City to pursue a full-time writing career, hitting the USA Today, New York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. Visit the author at www.laurenlayne.com.

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Hard Sell 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Wunderkid Matt Cannon is the ‘baby’ of the group, with his computer-like brain, good looks and never-ending support from the erstwhile Kate, Kennedy and Ian. Until a bachelor party in Vegas not only runs long, but ends up as a feature story in the Wall Street Journal -with Matt front and center with a stripper, liquor and the taint of illegal substances. Needless to say, a broker who’s bar tab is in four figures with a playboy reputation isn’t quite the image that Wolfe Investments wants to put forward, particularly after Ian’s mess just months ago. Matt’s in hot water and the Sams (his bosses and owners of the company) demand he clean up his act – clients are requesting his head, and moving their accounts to other brokers. In a pickle and desperately in need of a “fixer” he’s going to have to go to the one person who scares him to the core: Sabrina. A ‘fixer’ in that nebulous context of the word, Sabrina is professional, connected, cool-headed and gorgeous. And Matt totally doesn’t want to ask for her help – she’s the only woman who ever got through his ‘marriage is a sham and I’m never letting anyone close enough to hurt me’ philosophy. Friends with Ian since childhood, he’s the only part of Philly that survived Sabrina’s reinvention of herself – a disinterested, if not outright competitive, mother and her early arrival to adulthood with the need to survive and raise her half-brothers left Sabrina knowing that to get anything done, she has to be in control of every eventuality and do it herself. She’s intrigued by Matt (why else would they have all-too-frequent hookups if it weren’t for the great sex) but personally they jibe and poke at one another constantly when together, making all their friends uncomfortable. But, it’s Matt asking, and while she could choose from a dozen different offers that pay better – she’s going to help him. Oh these two – both of them scared to death about being vulnerable and allowing someone the power to truly hurt them – and nobody holds onto a grudge better than Sabrina. No one, not even Ian, knows her ‘whole’ story, and Matt’s colossal foot in mouth moment when they first met is something he’s never quite made up for. But, he’s got his own secrets, and one of them is that Sabrina, despite the arguments and not really ‘knowing’ her story or history intrigues him - not in a ‘she’s hot’ way – but in a way that makes him think that love and marriage doesn’t have to be what his parents have, especially since they claim to be besotted with each other – and now their lives are a mix of long and short term side-pieces with everyone ignoring the pink elephant (or his father’s long-term mistress) in the room. So many moments where the sparks fly off these two – perhaps enhanced by the ‘no hook ups’ rule that is broken not 3 weeks in – and their relationship goes from sibling-like banter and fighting to a recognition of one another’s suitability, desirability and true friendship that is building between them. Of course, Matt (being a boy) is supremely skilled at putting his foot in his mouth – but Juno (Sabrina’s dog) adores him – and dogs are never wrong. With everyone frustrated with both Sabrina and Matt, and an unexpected challenge from the ‘whale” that every broker on Wall Street is chasing, a man who is Matt’s spirit animal and so similar to Matt that it’s uncanny, despite his being about 10 years older and a billionaire, the climax here is oh so sweet and utterly perfect! Two adversaries w
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
When two dominant personalities clash with this much fire you know there are bound to be a sky full of sparks! Matt is a Wall Street power broker who finds his partying ways splashed across the front page of the newspaper prompting his boss to make an ultimatum that’s shocking for this happy bachelor. When he’s ordered to find a love interest and stay out of trouble or lose his job, Matt asks lovely and successful PR genius, Sabrina, to come to his rescue. How in the world did these two former lovers think they could keep their hearts from getting involved? It was so much fun watching these two head strong characters spar with each other because it’s obvious where there’s smoke there’s fire and their sexual chemistry flares hotter than a match. Yet underneath all that bluster are two lonely people terrified of trusting their tender hearts. I read a complimentary copy of this book provided by Kensington Books through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
ldooten More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good read! This was a first for me from this author, and the writing kept my attention from the start. I thought Matt and Sabrina had great chemistry! Even when they're arguing, you could tell that there was a spark there. Although it's eventually revealed why Sabrina was hurt by what Matt said to her when they first met, I felt like she was WAY to hard on him over it. He didn't know her situation, and it wasn't said maliciously. I haven't read the first book in this series, but I didn't feel like it kept me from enjoying this one. I hope the next one is Kennedy and Kate's story! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
cdb393 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I loved this one. Lauren Layne is my go-to author for enemies to lovers story and this one didn't disappoint. Matt and Sabrina had great chemistry and their banter kept the story moving at a fast pace. I also found the book to be very touching after getting a look at Matt and Sabrina's upbringing and how it shaped them. I would say that the conflict, the reason Matt and Sabrina hate each other, seemed a little like an afterthought. I understand Sabrina's knee-jerk reaction and hurt from what happened, but it seems to me that she would have realized pretty fast that it was an overreaction based on things Matt had no way of knowing. I think with them being in the same friends' group, the misunderstanding would have been worked out sooner. That's a really small quibble though. When I finished this book it gave that 'I just finished a great book' feeling and it gave me a book hangover.
Marlene976 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Sabrina is snarky, sarcastic and oh so wonderfully. Matt is quick, witted, funny and I think sweet. I love them as couple, as negotiators, enemies, friends and lovers. This is such a good book in a superb series and I can't wait for more. So many beautiful details, and meaning without words ( there is a desperation to the goodbye hug, goodbye to the way we were…..oh my)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid 4.5 stars! I LOVED Matt and Sabrina, as well as their friends. It makes me want to read the first book of the series and I’m definitely looking forward to Kennedy and Kate’s story. Matt and Sabrina are what you would call frenemies, and Matt goes to her when he needs her “fixing” skills to fix his reputation and save his career. This trope can easily be a cliche, but the author was able to keep it fresh. I loved how we got to see how good Sabrina wa at her job and how honest she is a character. Definitely recommend!
BabyDee More than 1 year ago
This was a first time read for me by Lauren Layne that was a well-written novel with a nice romantic plot. Unfortunately, I missed out on the first book in this series and will have to go back to read (smiles). Okay…Supersmart Wall Street broker, Matt Cannon has found himself in a compromising and scandalous situation after he is photographed in Vegas and the center of a WSJ write-up. Well what went on in Vegas did not stay there. When his boss, the two Sams, find out they propose an ultimatum to fix the problem…get a girlfriend or get fired. Naturally, he takes the girlfriend route and starts his search. Not finding any takers, his friends suggest the one person that could fit the bill with no strings attached-- long lost, can’t stand with a passion sometimes, Sabrina. Despite the love-hate she feels for him, she offers to help as his pretend girlfriend. The two main characters once had a mutual heated attraction that led to a “friends with benefits” type of relationship. Can they rekindle it? A must read to find out. I truly enjoyed reading Hard Sell. It had its funny moments, entertaining couples, and bantering main characters that brought out their sexual tension. It kept me interested and I look forward to the next…if there is one in this series.
KSP91301 More than 1 year ago
I immediately fell in love with Sabrina Cross and Matt Cannon in book one of Lauren Layne’s 21 Wall Street series. In decades of reading, I’ve never had such a visceral reaction to any character, let alone secondary characters. My heart literally raced each time Sabrina and Matt appeared. Their snarling, snipping, and circling around each other was divine, torturous foreplay. I couldn’t get enough, and was anxious to get Hard Sell in my hot little hands. I kept waiting for that tingly feeling of excitement to return, but it alluded me. Twice. At the risk of sounding silly, I was slightly dazed after finishing the story the first time through. Like “Whaaat??” Thinking–hoping–I was just in a funk, I waited a few weeks and reread it. Sadly, still no tingles. The powerful chemistry that originally drew me to Sabrina and Matt just wasn’t there this time. Don’t get me wrong: They’re still a dynamic couple because they’re individually strong characters, but the barely leashed passion of the hate-to-love story I was expecting was absent. That was disappointing, and, frankly, I felt a little cheated because the fire had burned so gooood. I know. I know. I’ve seen authors comment that characters dictate who they are and the direction their story will take, so I understand. I do. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to pout a little longer over those missing tingles. Nonetheless, Hard Sell is an enjoyable story with the same stellar cast from book one, with the addition of one charismatic character I would enjoy reading about in the future. Other than their animosity towards one another, Sabrina and Matt were a mystery after book one. The revelation of both characters’ unpleasant upbringings and insight into their dysfunctional families explains why they balk at committed relationships. I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for both, even though their individual circumstances couldn’t be more different. Sabrina Cross joined the long list of LL leading ladies on my all-time favorite heroine list. Sabrina came from nothing and, through hard work, determination, and moxie, made herself into one of the top fixers in NYC. She’s shrewd, fierce, and sexy AF, and there isn’t a solution she can’t finagle. This is why she’s the first person Matt Cannon considers when his careless actions jeopardize the career he’s worked toward all his life. I saw Matt as part of the hot couple, so had no preconceived feelings for him. I ending up liking him, although there were a few times I wanted to Gibbs’-smack him for being a typical, clueless male afraid to confront his feelings. As often happens in LL books, his friends take great pleasure in helping him resolve his issues, which is always fun. Hard Sell is an entertaining story with more feels than sparks which I enjoyed it even more the second time through. It felt like revisiting old friends–a feeling many Lauren Layne books give me–so this will be a go-to when I need a comfort read. Now the long wait for Kate and Kennedy’s story. sigh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love a new Lauren Layne book and Hard Sell was no exception! It was a fun romp. Lauren Layne always delivers a great contemporary romance, with a strong, independent, smart heroine and a handsome hero who can match her every step of the way. I was looking forward to reading about Matt and Sabrina two and their sizzling chemistry and I was not disappointed. I'm very excited for Lauren Layne's next book!
Karenag More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Matt and Sabrina that we have been given hints about their chemistry in previous books. Matt is the beloved star of Wall Street, but he does like to party somewhat and it caught up with him in Vegas. Wait, I thought what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas. Unfortunately for him that didn't hold true and he gets in some hot, hot water. In order to save his career, Sabrina to the rescue! But wait, they hate each others guts except when they need to scratch...well, if you want to know what they need to scratch and what happens between these two strong-willed people, read the book. You won't regret it! i received an arc from netgalley to give an honest opinion.
KSwanson More than 1 year ago
I LOVED IT! Another AMAZING read from Lauren Layne. I really enjoyed the first book, and was over the moon I got an ARC for the second one - THANK YOU!!! This is such a great enemy -> lovers story. The attraction between Matt and Sabrina in the first book was so intriguing that I couldn't wait to get my grabby hands on this book. In Hot Asset we see Matt treat Sabrina like the little boy on the playground, who pulls his crush's pigtails so to speak - classic bully-flirting. description Their chemistry was undeniable and the way their story unfolded was a treat to watch. This book exceeded my expectations on how much I thought I was going to like it. Which is a good thing! You Lauren Layne have gained a reader-for-life! You hooked me with Hot Asset and gained a Grade-A Fan-Girl Stalker with Hard Sell ;)
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars ... A great addition to the series. Matt is the wonder boy of Wall Street and he has the attitude and bank account to prove it. But when he gets his picture in the Wall Street Journal ... and not in a good way, his bosses tell him to clean up his act and get a girlfriend or loose his job. So he hires Sabrina (his frenemy-with-benefits) to be his fake girlfriend for a month. Sabina knows that she should just walk away from Matt, but she just can't. She also knows that Matt is going to break her heart ... again. The chaos that ensues from this arrangement is just hilarious! This is a laugh-out-loud book with lots of romance and steamy scenes. I just loved these two characters. Even though Matt is arrogant, he definitely has a soft side. And Sabrina pretends to be a hard a$$, but really she's just covering up a horrid childhood. I loved the first book in this series and I loved his book as well ... I can't wait till Kennedy and Lara's story in the third book. I highly recommend that you read this series from the beginning to get the full effect of the characters, because even the characters from the other books appear quite a bit in each book. I received an ARC courtesy of Montake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
Hard Sell is an puchase! Hard Sell has all the Wolfes chomping at the bit. Seems Wall Street doesn't appreciate a good party, a playboy, and drama. After Ian's story, the Wolfes are barking for a change. Matt has no choice but to change his tune. Tired of my corny jokes yet?! Well, Hard Sell doesn't have lame jokes but it has an enticing enemies with benefits relationship that any one can appreciate. Snark and sarcasm are the foreplay of choice in this book. I was grateful we got Matt's downfall before Kennedy's. The chemistry between Matt and Sabrina and the hatred sparked so much interest in book one that I wasn't sure if be able to wait much longer. (Although now that I've read Hard Sell, a certain other couple is gnawing at my mind.) Enjoy Matt and Sabrina putting on the show of their lives but watch out because the consequences are life changing!
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
5 Exceptional Stars Review by Nancy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Hard Sell by Lauren Layne is the second book in the 21 Wall Street series, it is a humorous, sizzling enemies to lovers. A very entertaining read! I was anticipating Matt and Sabrina’s story based on the little glimpse we got in Hot Asset, book one in the series. I am happy to report this book was just as wonderful as the first. Matt is one of the youngest, most successful men in his field, but after making headlines for his night at a bachelor party, the job he has worked so hard for is being threatened. Now he finds himself in a bind and needing to clean up his act. With the encouragement of his closest friends, he decides to call the “fixer”, the woman who can fix just about anything. The only problem: they hate each other. Sabrina has made quite the name for herself, she is the most sought out woman by those who need something fixed. When Matt comes knocking at her door needing her services, she immediately refuses. They might have fun hooking up, but they can’t stand each other. There is no way faking a relationship is going to end well for either of them, but Matt needs to demonstrate to his bosses that he can hold a stable relationship. Sabrina can’t deny him, so for the time being she will help clean up his mess. What was supposed to only be a fake relationship quickly turns into real feelings and real heartache. As they dig into their past and open up, their relationship quickly morphs from hate to love. I enjoyed following along as their relationship blossomed. Layne did an amazing job developing these characters and their love. It was a marvelous story with some even greater characters. I can not wait for book three!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Was there ever a doubt that this would send you in to a romantic frenzy with one very hot, very sexy, very wealthy, hard working "boy wonder". Matt may have allowed too much of his "boy wonder" antics lose just a bit too much. Wolfe Investments now want him to grow and have his outside life match the hard working life. He needs to settle down. In comes Sabrina. Matt and Sabrina bring on the intensity. The heat and spice of a relationship that for all intense and purposes is real to the public eye. Behind closed doors there was to be nothing real about it. That say would be the definition of a fake relationship. Watching the two of them dance around who will succumb first was entertaining. Matt and Sabrina back and forth was the clincher. These two together was passionate, intense, and at times funny. The connection between them was what made the a couple for me. It grew as they grew to learn more about the other. Lauren Layne had not let me down with a read that could be picked up and enjoyed just for the story contained within. Fake relationship or taming of the wolf whichever you want to see on these pages you will most certainly find them. The characters are complementary of each other. The secondary characters allow for you to see a little more and feel an additional level of connection. #21WallStreet #WolfesofWallStreet #TamingtheWolf #fakerelationship
Gayathiri More than 1 year ago
4 - 4.5 stars!! This is the second book in the Wall street series and my first book by the author!! This is a complete stand alone, And i really enjoyed this book that i cant wait to read the first book in the series!!! This is an enemies to Lovers romance.. Not the usual typical one, but thoroughly enjoyable one.. Matt and Sabrina actually share a very unique relation.. Enemies with Benefits!!! An incident in their past had made them bitter towards each other.. They make each other crazy but their attraction towards each other is off the charts!!! Matt and Sabrina try to avoid each other... However, when Matt lands himself in a situation and ends up in a mess with his employment, he seeks help from Sabrina who is amazing with PR skills.. Matt needs a girl friend for a while to get his reputation intact in his firm Wall Street.. And Sabrina is the only one he trusts with that job!! Both Matt and Sabrina are not much of believers in relationships and that is the reason they get into this pretending agreement.. However, once they get into the act, they realize they dont hate each other, but actually have more things in common including their past that made them hate relationships n love!! Eventually they do fall for each other unknowingly and the whole way they realize and get their HEA was awesome!!! I loved the writing and the flow of the story was so enjoyable that i couldnt stop until i finished it!!! I cant wait for the next book about Kennedy and Kate!!!
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Robin_Snyder More than 1 year ago
3.5 Frienimies to Lovers Stars Matt is a Wall Street wiz kid and he has just been caught in a precarious situation at a bachelor party by a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He needs to fix his reputation fast, before his clients start jumping ship and there is no better way to do that then to seem like he is in a committed relationship. Sabrina is the best fixer in town. If you have a problem she knows how to make it go away. She has known Matt for a few years, they even seem to end up in bed together from time to time. It’s not friends with benefits by any means. Matt gets under her skin and it is more like enemies with benefits. This makes her perfect for the role of fake girlfriend. “And you think that’s me? Your mortal enemy?” “I want you because you’re my mortal enemy, Sabrina.” “Why?” His eyes lock on mine. “Because of all the women in my life, you’re the one I can count on to never fall in love with me.” It is so simple or at least it should be there should be no way that anything becomes of this. But spending time together not fighting is making each see the other in a new light and they just might be more perfect for each other than either knew. Hell, to be completely honest, I don’t know that he was ever my worst enemy, so much as my biggest threat. The person who I sensed, even from the very beginning, could destroy me. What I didn’t see until recently was how the person with the power to destroy you can also be the one to lift you up. This a cute enemies to lovers tale and I liked getting into the history of both individuals to see why they have avoided each other until now. Matt’s reluctance for a relationship because of his childhood and current family situation completely made sense. This is exactly the kind of story I expect for Lauren Layne and she is still my go to for contemporary romance since I know it will be a great blend of cute and funny. I’m still waiting for Kennedy and Kate to figure out their situation, hopefully that book is next.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 Stars Can A Relationship Have A Do-Over? Matt Cannon needs to do some damage control. And that comes with an ultimatum. Sabrina Cross tells it like it is and doesn’t accept anything less in return. I found it interesting that the author gives us a time line that we follow with each chapter. It would almost be worth reading again by reading each chapter on its designated day. Will be interesting to see that timetable play out. I got a really good chuckle moment and I had no trouble picturing the whole thing play out in my head. I think you will enjoy it too. To get the reader involved with the story, our author has her characters interact with us. Although at the ending I felt more like a voyeur. Some might say that this story is about second chances but personally I don’t think it is. As Matt starts to slowly reveal things, I don’t think anything really fell into place for them. I think it’s more of a do-over with a twist. Matt has me thinking soap opera – probably partially because of the timeline. I can picture myself watching it to see if he’s resolved things or just getting in deeper. Will there be a weekly cliffhanger? There’s a secondary character we meet named Ian. As I’m reading along I’m beginning to wonder what his story is. The reason for that would be because I haven’t read book one in the 21 Wall Street series. I don’t feel shortchanged because I haven’t but as I get to know Ian I just want to know more about his story. So Matt becomes my reason for wanting more. Another secondary character is Kate. She’s Matt’s assistant and I would love to meet her. She knows how to keep her boss focused. The author did such a good job developing her character that I thought she deserved a raise. Ms. Layne must have known that I would get too comfortable with the relationship our main characters had going on. It seemed like she created a roadblock that just made me more interested in seeing what she was going to come up with next. As we continue to get closer to what we know is the ending, our characters still have that roadblock getting in the way – I loved watching Matt squirm. But he made me smile by giving me a very romantic moment which was followed by my last chuckle. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
DoveArt More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Lauren Layne book so far. Matt and Sabrina have great chemistry but can't seem to get along outside the bedroom. When Matt is in need of Sabrina's help, they get a second chance to break down their walls with each other. I love their evolution from friends/enemies with benefits to much more. The story was very well paced and the dialogues are funny and witty and true to each character. Also, I love how each character, beyond Matt and Sabrina, is well defined. I am really looking forward to Kate and Kennedy's story and I hope Jarod will get his own book too!
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
In her second 21 Wall Street novel, Lauren Layne takes readers on a witty, sexy slow burn journey about a hot shot broker and the woman hired to tone down his wild party image. At twenty-eight Matt Cannon thought he had everything he ever dreamed of. He’s rich, smart, and looks that guarantee he’s in no shortage of female attention. But when a Las Vegas bachelor party gets a bit too wild and on the Wall Street Journal headlines, his bosses give him an ultimatum that will not only make him clean up but also rethink his priorities and view on commitment, because the only person who can help him is also the only woman he’s ever wanted. Sabrina Cross is the most sought after PR fixer in Manhattan, so repairing Matt’s faux par should be a piece of cake, except the two of them have history, hot enemies-with-benefits history. But Sabrina has a solution for that as well. No benefits while she’s playing to be Matt’s pretend dotting girlfriend. Will they cross the line and put their hearts in danger when neither is looking of a happily ever after? Both Matt and Sabrina are attractive characters that pull you into their lives and story. They’re both strong and independent, with a cynical view on love because of their dysfunctional family lives while growing up. And when it comes to one another, they’re blinded by fear. The secondary characters Layne has developed in this series feel like old friends and are equally alluring. They’re loyal and supportive and perfectly compliment the main couple’s story. I can’t wait to read the next book and hope for more. Lauren Layne has long been a fixture in my reading library with her well-paced stories expertly balanced with delightful wit, sizzling chemistry, delightful characters and a lighthearted plot. Hard Sell was a fun, delicious escape about two people who had found their person years back but hadn’t realized it. Hard Sell is book #2 of the 21 Wall Street series by Lauren Layne. It is a standalone, contemporary romance. Told from both points of view with a happily ending, no cliffhanger.
adet More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne gets better with each series! The 21 Wall Street series is one of Lauren's best series to date. HARD SELL is witty, charming, sexy, and the frienemies to lovers story we longed for after HOT ASSET. Matt Cannon's gorgeous, smart, and the guy every woman wants....except frienemy, Sabrina, who is exactly what Matt needs, when his boy-wonder charm lands him in hot water with his professional and personal life. In a true battle of wits, Sabrina and Matt try and out-plan each other, but what they don't plan on is falling in love with one another. HARD SELL was exciting, enchanting, and exactly what I had been waiting for. Can't wait for Kennedy's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily the best frenemies-to-lovers book that I have read in a long time. Matt and Sabrina are both strong-willed, independent people who are determined to succeed in a city thriving with business that love to watch people fail. Fake-romance-turned-real romance is a favorite trope of mine. Don’t ask me why. But Matt and Sabrina’s romance felt real from the beginning. And the hired fake romance feels like it could be a reality more often than not on Wall Street—where reputation is everything. And Matt and Sabrina both know that they need to heal themselves from the inside out, despite the fact that they are both admittedly broken in the love department. But, hey. Aren’t we all?
Adultbooksrmyjam More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers but they weren’t true enemies, they just like to argue with each other. I think it got them going to bicker with each other. It definitely lead to some awesome sexual tension. I’m looking forward to the next couple, I like them the best.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Hard Sell is the second novel from Lauren Layne's latest series, 21 Wall Street. To begin with, Ms. Layne's writing style is always polished, evenly paced and modern. Secondly, the chemistry between the two main characters is steamy and seductive. Lastly, the combination of humor, desire and the excitement of Manhattan is nicely presented. This enemies to lovers romance may be enjoyed as a standalone. Sabrina Cross is a public relations guru. She is intelligent, witty and beautiful. She is a known fixer, and because her expertise is in such high demand, she has a waiting list for her services. She has some good friends and does not believe she will ever find her forever love. Stock broker extraordinaire Matt Cannon is smart, good-looking and very wealthy. Unfortunately, his womanizing and partying ways have finally caused him grief in his professional life, so now he has to reprove to his management and clients that he is serious about his job. That's where Sabrina comes in. Matt hires her to be his fake girlfriend, so that he can appear settled and committed. Matt and Sabrina slept together about a dozen times four years ago. Due to a misunderstanding during that time, they can barely stand to be in the same room now. Since they share the same group of friends, they have no choice but to tolerate each other. So their new business relationship is both straight forward and complicated at the same time. In addition, their feelings from the past have never dissipated. I thoroughly enjoyed this sexy and entertaining novel. Ms. Lane opens the story with a very exciting chapter, which sets the tone to this mostly upbeat romance. Sabrina and Matt are a hot couple, and the build-up to their sexy times left me longing for more. Their fake relationship evolved romantically, and I was cheering for them to find their happily ever after together. Overall, a solid read that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.