[Review]: Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: April 23, 2019

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.divider_line (1)Review:

This book was a total slow burn romance! Kate has loved Kennedy since she first laid eyes on him and it’s obvious to everyone except him. This is an unrequited love to the point where Kennedy is completely oblivious and it made me want to tear my hair out at some points.

Kate and Kennedy are total workaholics. She’s his assistant, but she’s never been as close to him as she is to her other two bosses. But he knows exactly how to get under her skin and always finds an excuse to talk to her, even if it is to annoy her. He’s always given her the cold shoulder and they’ve never really understood each other. She was totally head over heels for him until she heard him make a pact with the guys to never date her and he made a comment that hurt her in the worst way. The worst part is that even though she tries to forget her feelings for him, she can’t.

What bothered me is that Kennedy never really notices Kate until she gets a ‘makeover’. It is mentioned several times how ‘plain’ Kate thinks she is and it bothers me that he never truly takes notice until then. That part just set me on edge because a guy shouldn’t show sudden interest when a woman changes her appearance.

It takes Kennedy a long time to figure out he has feelings for Kate. Like, most of the book. I wanted to smack him for being so utterly obtuse. It also bothered me that she dates his brother as well. Just…cringe-worthy. I’m glad there was all that tension and slow burn chemistry, but I feel like I wanted to see more cute Kate and Kennedy moments. Overall, this book was cute, but definitely problematic for me. I think I preferred Matt and Sabrina’s story for sure.

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