I was Hugely Disappointed! Huge Deal by Lauren Layne [Audiobook Review]

Posted April 18, 2019 by Zeee in Reviews8 Comments

I was Hugely Disappointed! Huge Deal by Lauren Layne [Audiobook Review]Huge Deal written by Lauren Layne
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: 21 Wall Street #3
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Samantha Cook, Zachary Webber
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
ISBN: 1441735704
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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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.

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My Thoughts

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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Overall: 3



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What do you think about a book where the hero and heroine’s relationship is teased in the previous books but don’t deliver?

Does this affect your enjoyment of the book?


About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She’s based in New York City.

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8 responses to “I was Hugely Disappointed! Huge Deal by Lauren Layne [Audiobook Review]


    I’m still waiting for hoopla to get a copy so it may be a while til I read it.

    I’m not sure if the love triangle will be a bummer for me, I guess it depends on how it’s done.

    • The love triangle thing isn’t that big of a deal, actually. But I was ultimately disappointed by this overall. The love triangle thingy was just to make Kennedy jealous, actually. But I am still iffy with love triangles and I don’t really like that in books, even if it’s for a “good cause” LOL

  2. I am so sorry this book let you down. I hate it when we go into a book with such excitment and it doesn’t live up to our hype. I think that dissapointment is up there with rejection for me. I do love the title you gave this post though, lol well done 😉 I hope the next book you pick up gives you the proper feels.
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    • Thank you! I love puns and punny titles! 🙂 I’m also a mood reader and that really affects my reactions to what I’m currently reading.

  3. Oh damn, I loved this book. Like, it’s my favorite book in the entire series. I thought that Kate and Kennedy’s romance was handled so well. I love me some jealous Kennedy and Kate was an absolute rock star to me. Sorry, this one didn’t work out for you as much as you hoped it would. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the next LL will work better for you.

    • I guess maybe because I was expecting more? Anyway, I’m still glad you loved it! I am a mood reader and that definitely affects my reactions to what I’m currently reading.