Title: Huge Deal
Written by Lauren Layne
Read by Samantha Cook, Zachary Webber
Series: 21 Wall Street #3
Published by Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
Source: Audible, Purchased
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Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.
An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.
Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.
It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.
I was really expecting a lot from Huge Deal, in fact, after reading book 1, I was already anticipating Kate and Kennedy’s HEA. Unrequited love is another of my catnips and this book promised to be awesome!
Unfortunately, that was not the case, for me, at least. Huge Deal turned out to be an utter disappointment for me. In fact, this book kept me wanting for more! I guess I wanted more banter and more steam! I mean, after we have been teased about Kennedy and Kate since book 1, most especially book 2, I was already expecting to be wowed. And I guess, that’s just me getting super hyped by a book.
There is a sort of love triangle here in that Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing Kate! A few years ago, Kate had heard Kennedy talk crap about her to Ian and Matt and it broke her heart. Unfortunately, she hasn’t gotten over her boss and has been trying to get over him since. This sounded like the perfect opportunity for Kate to get over her unrequited crush. While this isn’t exactly a love triangle, I’m not a fan of going after someone’s brother to get over the other. So, this was really iffy for me.
Again, I go back to less banter and definitely minimal steam factor as compared to the other two books. While steam factor isn’t a huge plus for me, banter is and that can make or break a book for me.
Overall, I still enjoyed Huge Deal but I really wish there was more. We were already teased with hints of this romance since book 1 and I wish this book delivered.
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