[2] Romance Reads Round Up

Hot Asset
by Lauren Layne
4 out of 5 Stars

Ian Bradley is your quintessential hedge fund manager prowling Wall Street. Successfull, good looking, wealthy.  For a time, it seems like everything is going right in his world.

Until it wasn’t.

Lara McKenzie has a lot to prove. A daughter of FBI agents,  she knows the climb to the top will be steeper considering her parents’ reputation. So she will do anything to get a guilty ruling with her latest case. Unfortunately, Ian Bradley is just as determined for her to lose.

With great chemistry and smart repartee, Hot Asset proved to be such a fun and quick read. Lauren Layne’s latest series is clever, sexy, and at times, funny. The perfect recipe for a romance to fawn over.

I did experience some mild irritation when I learned why he was being investigated to begin with. I mean, besides the fact that he was allegedly inside trading, the real reason was a little flimsy at best.

Regardless, I’m chomping at the bit to follow this series. It sure has been a while since I’ve been obssessed with one.

Hard Sell
by Lauren Layne
4 out of 5 Stars

The Wolf of Wall Street is about to see his career go down in flames. It seems that all his hard partying life is about to catch up to him. Seen at a party where drugs and other acts of debaucharey are being performed, his clients and his bosses are none too happy.

If he has any hopes of saving his career and his reputation, he would need a miracle in the hands of the greatest PR person that ever lived.

Enter Sabrina Cross. A PR genius, Sabrina will have to pull all the stops in order to help Matt. Including signing up to become his pretend girlfriend.

Fortunately for Matt Cannon, they share a past. She’s the girl he knew he had zero chance of impressing no matter what he does. But that doesn’t stop him from trying any chance he gets. And because of their past, the pretending part only gets even more complicated. Feelings get in the way and hard choices will have to be made.

Once again, Ms. Layne nailed it with this follow up book. Matt and Sabrina sizzle with organic chemistry. These two light up a room with every look, and every smile they throw at each other. Oh, and the banters! She’s so good at this. It makes me wonder why I haven’t been reading a lot of her work.

Sabrina and Matt had a lot of growing up to do – well, more on Matt’s end. He knew the fast life needed to end if he ever wanted to keep the name he’s made for himself. Sabrina, on the other hand, only needed to wake up and realize what’s been in front of her face all along. Her background wasn’t the easiest life, but she sure crawled out of the pit in which she grew up.

Over all, this series is really proving to be an obsession I could easily get behind. With very little drama to speak of, you can only look forward to good times ahead.

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[598]: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

25058352 Steal Me by Lauren Layne
Series: New York’s Finest, #2
E-ARC Galley from Forever Publishing & Net Galley
Publication Date: November 24th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Being a cop might be in Anthony Moretti’s blood, but protecting and serving the city of New York has always been more than just the family business. If that means his love life stays locked up, well then that’s just another sacrifice made in the line of duty. That is, until he sets eyes on the gorgeous new waitress at The Darby Diner and suddenly Anthony’s morning coffee is leaving him a whole lot more hot and bothered than usual.

Though waitressing at The Darby isn’t exactly Maggie Walker’s dream job, it pays the bills and gives her time to work on her novel. Now if only she could stop fantasizing about gorgeous Anthony Moretti every time he sits down at her table, she’d really be in great shape. But when he needs her help identifying a criminal threatening The Darby—and Maggie recognizes her ex-husband—she fears her fresh start might be a pipe dream. Faster than a New York minute, Maggie and Anthony find themselves in one perilous pursuit that only gets hotter with each and every rule-breaking kiss.

I could never resist a good romance featuring men in uniforms. I rarely request them from Net Galley, but since hearing a slew of wonderful reviews for this book, it was only a matter of time. I like reading these books on a lazy Sunday. It takes me a minimum of 3 hours to devour them. Even shorter when I enjoy them like I did with this one. I didn’t even realize that I was reading the second book to a series until I went snooping in my Kindle to find the first book (Frisk Me) still unread. Thankfully, you need not read the first one to follow the story line.


There is nothing more endearing than a clumsy heroine. Pair her up with a straight and arrow, unsmiling, unamused, man of the law and you’ve got yourself a perfectly well suited awkward couple. Maggie is not normally a clumsy person. There is just something about the oldest Moretti that reduces her into a bumbling klutz. Anthony doesn’t make it easy for her, though. But if he were to be honest, he’ll admit that he was intimidating her for a reason. They have an inherent chemistry. Even if they seem to clash whenever they’re within a 5-foot radius of each other.


Adding to Anthony’s sour disposition is his frustration to solve a rash of theft perpetrated by a lone, petty criminal. The thief has a penchant for eluding the cops much to Captain Moretti’s chagrin. NYPD hasn’t caught a break in the case, that is until Maggie recognized the criminal as her ex-husband, Eddie.

Through the investigation, Maggie and Anthony will face decisions that could affect them in more ways than one. Maggie knew the score when she decided to give into Anthony’s only-sex-no-attachment rule. She’s used to men using her and leaving her once she’s done being useful. Anthony is focused on furthering his career no matter the cause. So Maggie just has to get used to the fact that he’ll never be the kind of man she wanted.

Maggie also learned a few things about herself. About what she really wants to do with her life. She has to work for it, but she’ll forever be a dreamer if she doesn’t work for everything she deserves. Anthony, for his part, has to learn to let go of the past. To stop blaming himself  and admit that Maggie can weather the storm of being with an officer of the law.


I enjoyed this one. As far as romance goes, this one was sweet. I like the comic relief that the entire Moretti family provided. They were meddlers – the lot of them – but they all have their hearts in the right place. I’m looking forward to reading Vincent’s story!


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