Hard Sell by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Hard Sell

by Lauren Layne

Published by Montlake Romance

Book #2 of 21 Wall Street Series

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.


Some Steaminess Rom-Com Feel Good

Hard Sell is the second book in the 21 Wall Street series by Lauren Layne, and focuses on Matt Cannon and his enemy-with-benefits Sabrina Cross. I will say, I was looking forward to this one, after reading Hot Asset. Matt and Sabrina's fights were pretty entertaining in the first book, and the sexual tension bled through the pages.

In book two of the series, we find out that it wasn't just a one time hook-up, and fight that leads to them becoming enemies, but that four years later, they still hook-up from time to time. That's their thing. They either are at each others throats, or going at it. For two people who have major commitment issues, it works for them. The question on everyone's mind though, is why do they fight all the time?

Both admit the night they met, and fell into bed together, was amazing. Romantic even. Turns out, one, rather insensitive comment from Matt, is what ruined what could have been a really good thing from the start. It brought up painful memories from Sabrina's past, ones she works hard to forget. And while he was incredibly apologetic, they both held grudges over one another.

When you are scared of love, it would be easier to hide behind anger.

Their very different pasts, resulting in the same current issues, I found interesting. Matt's childhood was unconventional, despite being raised with a silver spoon, and while I suspected that his parents marriage was messy, I was surprised about the actual state of their marriage, and can see why Matt avoids relationships. He was raised knowing about his parents affairs, knowing that they knew about the affairs, and yet they pretended everything was perfect.

That would mess with any kids head, and shape who they became in the future.

With Sabrina, we knew from the first book that she grew up in Philly with Ian, and they both had rough childhoods. We knew