The Hard Sell
by Lulu Wright
Release Date: September 26, 2016
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I am absolutely sold on The Hard Sell, the debut novel from Lulu Wright. It is hilarious, romantic, and steamy, all the attributes of a romantic comedy that I love.
These characters and the chemistry between them make the entire book. Jack is the boss that runs a tight ship and has a tighter body. Even though he is incredibly good-looking, the initial impression is that of a jerk. He is combative, stubborn, and difficult, and yet, Lulu Wright creates a character that despite all these flaws the reader still loves him.
The heroine, Lily, is quirky, energetic, and not afraid to use her assets to get ahead and her promotion through the sales of men’s underwear. Her internal dialogue is hilarious and only serves to make her more endearing. She continually butts heads with the hero, resulting in insane chemistry. The antics, the battle for dominance, and the fight for attraction is highly entertaining.
The sexual chemistry between these two is off the charts. The places, the ways, the aggression between these two make for some pretty heat inducing scenes. Their energy and draw to each other comes across as authentic and oozes off the page. The characters’ adventurous nature, willingness to try new acts together make for some intense sex, and once again it plays as authentic, not as the author just trying to through in some kinky scenes. All I have to say is a trunk and some scrabble tiles makes for an excellent gift (husbands should take note)!
The secondary characters in this book are fantastic! Everyone from the parents to the friends within the Hamilton store are just utterly lovable, just as much as the main characters. They provide comedy, conflict, resolution, but they are more than just an impetus to push the plot forward. The reader enjoys the moments with them, in some cases, as much as time spend with the main characters.
I enjoyed the plot of the story. The author takes the time to develop the characters and their relationship. They don’t just jump into bed together, even with the ridiculous sexual chemistry existing between the two. Through their banter and trying to one-up each other, they begin to become acquainted. Their progression as a couple is perfectly paced. The conflict comes at the hands of a character the reader will see coming a mile away; however, I am not sure I was expecting the reaction from our heroine. Jake’s reaction to the conflict, his refusal to give up on them, will only serve to make the reader love him more. I do wish I would have had a more solid ending for them as a couple with the epilogue, but I am hoping we will get more from this crazy cast of characters or that we may see these two again.
What a fantastic debut for a new author! If this is her first book, I cannot wait to see where she goes from here. I am certainly looking forward to what comes next!
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lily Brook works in men’s underwear, but she would love to get Jack Stewart out of his.
Lily hasn’t dated anyone worth writing home about for years. So when she meets the impossible and impossibly handsome Jack Stewart–well, you could say he piques her interest. It doesn’t matter that he’s the cockiest asshole this side of the Mason-Dixon line.
Jack Stewart is destined for success. With his designer suits, intense hazel eyes, and penthouse apartment, he’s the total package. But he’s also the manager of Hamilton’s Department Store–the store where Lily could make or break her career. He would never fraternize with an employee. And there’s no way in hell Lily would risk her job on the hottest guy in Philadelphia. Right?
But she can’t stop imagining what he’d look like in a pair of Flash Fit’s sexy male underwear…
He shouldn’t dip his wick in the company’s ink, but he can’t resist Lily’s curvaceous body and wacky charm. He wants Lily–in the break room, the dressing area, everywhere.
Making a move on Jack could end her career. But can Lily resist his Hard Sell?
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About the Author:
Lulu Wright is a sushi eating lover of Broadway shows, long walks on the beach, and sexy book boyfriends. After working in retail for ages, she’s proud to put her hilarious experiences to paper in her first romance novel, The Hard Sell.