Hard Sell: A Best Friend's Brother Romance

· Jade Harbour Capital Book 1 · Sold by Harlequin
2 reviews

About this ebook

"One of the brightest new voices in the genre." —Annabeth Albert, author of Conventionally Yours

One night wasn’t enough.

Danny Ip walks into every boardroom with a plan. His plan for struggling tech company WesTec is to acquire it, shut it down, and squeeze the last remaining revenue out of it for his Jade Harbour Capital portfolio. But he didn’t expect his best friend's younger brother—the hottest one-night stand he ever had—to be there.

Tobin Lok has always thought the world of Danny. He’s funny, warm, attractive—and totally out of Tobin’s league. Now, pitted against Danny at work, Tobin might finally get a chance to prove he’s more than just Wei’s little brother.

It takes a lot to get under Danny’s skin, but Tobin is all grown up in a way Danny can’t ignore. Now, with a promising patent on the line and the stakes higher than ever, all he can think about is getting Tobin back into his bed—and into his life for good.

If only explaining their relationship to Wei could be so easy…

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Jade Harbour Capital
Book 1: Hard Sell
Book 2: Going Public
2 reviews
Buttons Mom2003
May 25, 2021
I loved it! Hard Sell is the first book I’ve read by Hudson Lin even though I have several others in my digital library; I really need to make time to read some of them. Hard Sell is a great love story but it’s also about family and how family doesn’t have to mean blood relatives. Danny and Wei are best friends and Wei’s younger brother, Tobin, tagged along with them a lot. Danny and Tobin had a one-night stand after Wei’s bachelor party. Tobin has had a thing for Danny forever and when they run into each other several years after their night together he wants Danny again. I love the setting for this book. I’ve visited both Toronto and Vancouver and they are both beautiful places I’d love to visit again. Danny moved to Vancouver to get away from his wealthy, overprotective family and to prove he could make it on his own. Danny still lives in Toronto and is a hot-shot in the financial industry. He’s always felt a bit inadequate because he doesn’t come from a wealthy family like Wei and Tobin. He’s clawed his way to the top but it’s no longer satisfying to him; he’s getting burned out. Danny and Tobin are keeping their relationship a secret from Wei so it wasn’t hard to figure out that one of the big conflict moments in the story was when Wei found out about it and it resulted in Danny and Tobin breaking up. I liked that both Danny and Tobin showed their emotional side at various places in the story. There were several tender moments that had me tearing up and I love that in a book. I seem to be struggling again when I try to write a meaningful review. I’ll just stop and say I thought this was a good story and it took me away from real life while I read it and that’s one of the big reasons I read romance. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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Moon Fox
May 20, 2021
The writing is well done and the story kept me engaged. Danny and Tobin were somewhat likable (Yeah, I can't lie, I had a some big issues here) and I felt they worked as a couple. I did enjoy their attraction, chemistry and the connection they shared. Overall, it was a steamy, angsty and dramatic read that had a lot of potential but fell just a bit short of the mark for me. This is my freely posted frank review.
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About the author

Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.

Lin writes diverse romances featuring queer people of color. Find out more at hudsonlin.com or on all social media platforms under the handle @hudsonlinwrites.

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