Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Big Bad Wolfe of Wall Street with Lauren Layne of Hot Asset + #Giveaway

The Big Bad Wolfe of Wall Street by Lauren Layne

Thanks so much for having me at Reading Between the Wines! My current book is HOT ASSET, the start of my 21 Wall Street series, featuring three high-powered investment brokers working in New York City, who have their playboy lifestyles turned upside down by smart, sassy women. Book one is about Ian Bradley, a dedicated bachelor who finds himself wrongly accused of insider trading, only to fall … for the woman doing the accusing.

Ian’s an investment broker, which means he deals with millions and millions of dollars, much of which finds its way to his own bank account. Which is a good thing, until it’s not! Getting accused of insider trading is nightmare for the men and women of Wall Street, especially when it’s not true, as is the case with Ian. He’s worked so hard to get where he is in his career, it’s devastating to have it implied that he got there illegally. Even more devastating to realize he’s attracted to the very woman doing the accusing!

Of all the heroes I’ve written, Ian is the one who should most come with a warning label. He’s the type of guy that truly never intends to sleep with the same woman twice. Ever. Half the time, he’s that dog that can’t even remember a woman’s name! As a foster kid, he’s literally never had a single example in his life of a healthy romantic relationship, and it doesn’t even occur to him that it’s possible! Unfortunately for the women of New York, he’s also extremely charming, accustomed to getting what he wants, and thus … the worst kind of heartbreaker!

Please enjoy this excerpt from HOT ASSET to get heroine Lara McKenzie's first impression of Ian aka the "Wolfe" of Wallstreet:

Statistically speaking, Ian’s probably every bit as guilty of insider trading as our source claims. He’s one of the biggest names at one of the biggest investment firms. That means the most money. The most money means the most to lose . . . and the most to win. Which means the most temptation to cheat.

Ian’s also exactly what I’d expected. The guy’s pic on the company website is pretty much the stock photo equivalent of a Wall Street broker—expensive haircut, expensive teeth, expensive suit, expensive tan.

In person, he was even more . . .

Well, he was just . . . too much. Too tall. Too charming. Too masculine.

Also . . . gorgeous. Really, ridiculously, hurts your eyes gorgeous.

But he knows it.

Even if I hadn’t been investigating the guy, I’d have dodged his come-ons. Guys like that just aren’t for me. I don’t have the patience for their flash and dazzle and strutting, and they don’t have time for my rules and structure.

So is Ian Bradley hot? Yes. Very. But I don’t need hot. I’d settle for someone a little plain, even a little boring, just so long as he’s loyal. Someone who won’t mind when I geek out over a new case at work or spend my Saturdays updating my Quantico application.

Professional life first, personal after. It’s a little pact I’ve made with myself since acknowledging that apparently I’m incapable of juggling both.

36307262Hot Asset 
(21 Wall Street #1)
by Lauren Layne
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 266 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Montlake Romance
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.

About the Author
Lauren Layne, a former e-commerce and web marketing manager, moved from Seattle to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. Her first book was published in the summer of 2013, and since then, she’s written more than two dozen romantic comedies, hitting the New York Times, USA Today, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. She currently lives in New York City with her husband.

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