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Amazon Publishing, 2018 - FICTION - 270 pages
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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.

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Ian is a ladies man. He flirts and they all fall over themselves to get to him. Unfortunately, Lara doesn’t even come close to falling for his one liners. Her lack of interest only makes him want to get in there more. Then he learns the woman he’s unsuccessfully flirting with is an SEC investigator and she’s here to find evidence that he is guilty of insider trading. What follows is a chemistry laden story of two people on opposite sides. I do enjoy an enemies to lovers trope.
I actually loved Ian, despite his previous manwhore ways. Once he saw Lara he was pulled to her and continued to want more although she wasn’t giving him anything but a hard time. It was endearing watching him fall and my heart hurt several times for him throughout the story. He has a past that leaves him feeling not worthy enough and unwanted.
Lara was totally career focused and I wasn’t sure how their relationship was going to end in a happy ever after. She was smart and snarky and a tad geeky. Everything I enjoy about a heroine. I wanted her to triumph but not at the cost of Ian’s freedom. Because, you know, I liked Ian. I liked Lara. I especially liked it when they finally were able to be together. Unfortunately, their coming together did not fix all of their problems.
This was such a well thought out, fast paced read with some fun and interesting secondary characters. It never bogged down and I was never tempted to skim. When this couple were free to give in to their desires the heat level was quite intense. The ending had many layers to it and I appreciated that this author didn’t take the easy way out. I’m especially excited to learn that there will be more in this series with Ian’s friends being the focal point. Altogether, this was a great read that quickly pulled me into the suit wearing world of Wall Street and I cannot wait for more!

About the author (2018)

Lauren Layne is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels. A former e-commerce and Web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated in 2011 to New York City, where she left the corporate world to pursue a full-time writing career. Lauren is the author of the Oxford and Wedding Belles Series. Her title Good Girl made the best seller list in 2017.

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