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Hard Sell

(21 Wall Street #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,065 ratings  ·  860 reviews
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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 scan
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Published September 4th 2018 by Blackstone Publishing
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Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
I keep falling more and more in love with this author’s writing. This book is fun, sweet, and leaves you hoping and begging for a happy ending. We met both Matt & Sabrina in book one of this series, however if you haven’t read book 1, it isn’t necessary but I am sure you’ll love it, this is a stand-alone read 🙃

Getting this story on Matt & Sabrina, I was quite excited. Matt is partners in the Wall Street Firm, Wolfe Investments, with Ian (book 1). Ian is lifelong best friends with Sabrina. Matt
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

He kisses me, and I forget everything. Our messy past, his parents, the stupid contract, the fighting. There’s only him, only us.

I expected HARD SELL to be another typical ”enemies-to-lovers” romance. I happen to enjoy this trope and there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t read by Lauren Layne, but I was pleasantly surprised that she added a little twist. While Matt and Sabrina appear to be each other's toughest adversaries, these two have been
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren Layne Fans, Romance
4.5 Sparking, Needing Stars
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When Big Money is Changing Hands...Image, as well, as Results Matters. When Wolfe Investments comes under the spotlight for sexy lap dances instead of high percentage returns, the man in the pictures comes under fire. The joke is that Matt Cannon had been at a bachelor party trying to mind his own business. He becomes the target of the tabloids and the ire of his bosses.

We met Matt and his other circle of pals in Hot Asset.
Debbie Oliphant
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I rec received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I love indulging in this author's stories, her characters are so strong and likable and you just want to hang out with them. The Bangor did not disappoint and the pace of the story flowed easily.

This is the second installment from this series and it centers around Matt and Sabrina.

Matt and Sabrina share the same friends but they are not friendly to each other. Matt finds himself in a compromising situation and needs Sabrina's help
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Montlake Romance)

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At 28 Matt Cannon is one of the youngest most successful investment brokers on Wall Street. He’s worked at Wolfe Investments since he was 22, and continued to move up the ranks while making a name for himself. Unfortunately a recent scandal has tarnished that good name and landed him in hot water. The gorgeous golden boys reputation is in jeopardy, and some clients are starting to get a bit anxious. His bosses think he’s in need of an image overhau
I love a good enemies to lovers trope. However, this one took it a step further and gave me an enemies with benefits story that I couldn’t help but gobble up in record time. Sabrina and Matt were just too electrifying when together and it’s obvious that they either had to argue or screw because of their intense chemistry. And so, for the past four years they’ve had one volatile relationship. It was actually quite charming in a fun masochistic way.

Matt’s background was bizarre enough to warp any
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

I loved this book! This is the second book in the 21 Wall street series, but it can be read as a standalone, as I did. This is my first Lauren Layne book, but it definitely won't be my last. I actually think my next read will be the first book in the series, hopefully it's as great as this one.

To be completely honest, this story isn't groundbreaking. We've all read a similar plot before- two people who hate each other
Robin (Bridge Four)
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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,
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, adult
Thank you Montlake Romance for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Our next couple in the 21 Wall Street series are Matt Cannon and Sabrina Cross. We've seen these two in the previous book and they intrigued me ever since. I knew their chemistry will be explosive and it's no surprise I'll enjoy this... A LOT.

Hard Sell is a frenemies-to-lovers book and the youngest broker of Wall Street is in trouble. Matt's reputation is tainted after a bachelor party in Las Vegas and headlining on
Stacey is Sassy
What happens in Vegas…

First up, I have to say that I love the cover model’s outfit. Men around the world are probably cringing and shuddering at me calling a suit an outfit but it’s the whole package, not just the suit. I love the crisp white shirt, tie, vest and jacket. It helps that that it’s mostly in tones of blue contrasting against the white. Sure, the cover model is good looking, but his outfit completely distracted me from his looks. I love seeing a man in a suit but unfortunately, the c
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Love negotiations' Stars!
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Can I just say, once again, that I am addicted to Lauren Layne's novels? Yes, I seem a broken record because I keep loving everything this woman writes. Yes, she did it again. I rated Hot Asset, the first in this series, with 5 stars also. So as you can see, I enjoyed Hard Sell just as much. An amazing frenemies-to-lovers romance that made me laugh, swoon and feel all the emotions. I thought Matt and Sabrina
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
.Under the pages
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Matt Cannon, one of the best brokers of Wall Street, needs to clean his act. Being caught in the middle of a lap dance is not exactly what his clients like to see when they open the Wall Street Journal. So, either he turns into a one-woman kind of man, or he’s fired. Simple as that. Now the question is, who’s going to pretend to be his girlfriend? He needs someone to look the part but have no expectations of some kind when it comes to his feelings. Or the lack of them. And t
4 stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟
Romantic comedy, an enemies to lovers story and book two of the series.
Lighthearted and easy reading.🌞
Lauren Layne does this style of rom-com so well. She had me thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
I have noticed that her books always seem to be full of attractive characters, the pretty people, no plain Jane's but I couldn't care less about that fact as they are so engaging and simply fun to read .💕
Matt and Sabrina were explosive 💣💥together whether they were flirting or figh
h o l l i s
I might not have loved HARD SELL but this particular hate-to-love or, rather, enemies-to-more was closer to the kind of story I've loved from this author in the past.. and that's not just because we had a Georgie Watkins (WALK OF SHAME) cameo; though I'll admit I totally fangirled at seeing her in this one, haha.

I've been thinking the hardest part of this whole thing will be faking being in love when I don't even believe in love. Now I know better. The hardest thing is going to be keeping my han
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
one thing is sure and that is that Lauren Layne has many same characters, plotlines, and even series..
I may have read a lot of her books...but still, I have this feeling of just reading( or listening) the same old story..which doesn't have to be a bad thing, we ( the readers) enjoy comfort or knowing what to expect...But..aaaaahhh yeah there is a but...when to say enough...when even "if is not broken don't fix it" is just annoying saying...

I liked this one better than the previous book...still
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

The story, the characters, the plot... nothing connect with me. Nothing build the interest in me.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I like when an author can surprise me and LL definitely surprised me when it came to Matt and Sabrina. I’ll be honest, their love/hate relationship with benefits sounded like a drama ridden train wreck but I liked Hot Asset (book 1) and I really want to find out what the deal is between Kennedy and Ellie. I was looking at this read as a means to an end but I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how this all unfolded. With each encounter, the MCs revealed a bit more of themselves a ...more
shirley ♡
“I’m not in panic over my love for her. On the contrary, loving Sabrina might just be the most sane, smartest thing I’ve ever done. I love her. I love her more than anything.”

I’ve been reading a lot of books by this author lately and this one has become one of my favorite books by her.

This book has everything I like in a book. I liked these characters from the moment I read their scenes in ‘Hot Asset’. In that book they have an enemies to lovers vibe and I am a sucker for that tr
Kristy K
3.5 Stars

I've been a fan of Layne's for a while now and I am officially on board with her latest series, 21 Wall Street. After meeting Sabrina and Matt in Ian's book, I was excited to get their story. It's not exactly a true enemies-to-lovers story, more like (stealing from Layne's own description here) frenemies-to-lovers.

After Matt gets into a scandal (pictures of him in Vegas), his bosses give him an ultimatum: settle down (with a nice girl) or get the boot. Needing a woman who can abide by
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

Enemies to Lovers.....Matt and Sabrina’s story was perfectly executed. They had quick and sassy banter, good friends who supported and loved them, and an intense connection that neither had ever really voiced to one another. It was a perfect little read.

These enemies are perfect for another. While Sabrina is the fixer of New York, Matt is a Wall Street phenome. Each have a connection through Ian, Matt’s best friend and well as Sabrina’s best friend. When Matt gets himself into a bit of trouble w
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡

If something is going to capture my attention, it is an enemies-to-lovers romance between a scandalous investor and sassy public relations specialist. And that is what happened here with Hard Sell, my first, but not last read by Lauren Layne.

However, while the characters are engaging, there were certain areas within the story that needed some finessing to make this, what to me would be, a more complete and gripping romance.

Who else, besides Matt Cannon, would ruin my appetite for a perf
Chitra *CJ*
"Hard Sell" is the story of Sabrina and Matt.

So unfortunately I had read the series out of order and for me this is the final book to complete the trilogy. Definitely the best of the bunch.

Wall street playboy hero gets caught womanizing with druggies at a lewd bachelor party. When his professional reputation takes a hit, he is suggested to hire his arch nemesis as a pretend girlfriend. Our heroine is a "fixer" who has been in a non-commitment, enemies with benefits relationship with the hero. Sh
Melanie (mells_view)
Pretty good frenemies to lovers read...

I enjoyed Matt & Sabrina’s story. Their back and forth is pretty funny, and the tension between them is pretty steamy. I enjoyed the additional characters, and the main characters back stories. This is a good frenemies to lovers read!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*  

After reading Hot Asset, I was hyped to dive into the second book in the 21 Wall Street series because I was already shipping the couple for this book and I needed to know what the hell went wrong in the first place to cause such animosity between the pair.

Hard Sell is an enemies-to-lovers romance and follows our main characters, Matt Cannon and Sabrina Cross. After Matt's wild night in Vegas makes h
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Sabrina and Matt have been sniping at each other for years, plus hooking up occasionally. Matt makes a huge blunder and needs Sabrina's help to clean up his image. Their sniping and arguing got old, but in the end true love wins.

Friends Kate and Kennedy are up next, but can we have another book with Jarod.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.
Dual 1st person POV.
I've had this ARC but couldn't get it to download to my kindle. Luckily, it came out on KU, so I was able to read it thru KU. I've read and enjoyed many of Lauren Layne's books. I haven't had a chance to read the previous book (Ian & Lara's book "Hot Asset"). I do want to go back and read it. They were great in this book & I want to get a little more on Sabrina and Matt's backstory too.
As usual,in LL books, the supporting characters play a big part in the H & h's
“I’m not in panic over my love for her. On the contrary, loving Sabrina might just be the most sane, smartest thing I’ve ever done.
I love her. I love her more than anything.
My panic? Fear that I might be too late—that she might no longer love me.”

I want to start my review by saying : I'm in love.
I don't think there was a single thing about this book I didn't like. And the last time I felt this way about a standalone romance in a series was while reading The Deal by Elle Kennedy. And anyone
Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
ARC received thanks to publisher & Netgalley.
Happily Mary After
Recommendation appeared on USA Today’s Happy Ever After on September 4, 2018.

Hard Sell reminds me exactly why Lauren Layne is one of my all-time-favorite authors. The characters are compelling and interesting, the story is smart, entertaining and heartfelt, and the writing is intelligent and engaging. Sabrina and Matt have annoyed each other and lusted after each other for years, and they have settled into a frenemies-with-benefits relationship. When Matt needs a fake girlfriend to quiet the ru
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Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Hot Asset, Hard Sell, and Huge Deal in her 21 Wall Street series, as well as her Central Park Pact series. Her books have sold more than a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is bas ...more

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