I completely fell in love with this new story by Lauren Layne!
Contemporary Romance novels are my happy place. But there are so many of them that it’s not uncommon to pick ones that are only passable, some of them good, but only a few will be GREAT.
Obviously, the later happened with “Frisk Me” book 1 in the New York Finest series by Lauren Layne.
After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York’s most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the “American Hero,” Luc’s boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn’t mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who’s been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.
Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC’s lead anchor-but to get there, she’ll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava gets to know Luc and his oddball family, the more she realizes that beneath the swagger and the blue uniform is a complex man who makes her heart beat too fast. Soon, Ava’s doing the unthinkable, and falling for the best of New York’s finest …
Author : Lauren Layne
Title : Frisk Me
Series : New York’s Finest #1
Publisher : -Forever
Pages : 384
Release date : July 28, 2015
Genre : Contemporary
Tour : Tasty Book Tour
When Ava Sims’ chance to finally be an anchorman at CBC network presents itself she seizes the opportunity and is more than ever determined to make it work. Her idea to make a 3 hours show following the life of New York Police Officer Luca “Luc” Moretti, most eligible bachelor and the city golden hero, should grant her the position she’s dreaming of.
Luca Moretti’s approval be damned.
Everyone Liked a hero. Especially a good-looking one. As far as poster boys went, it didn’t get more perfect than Luc Moretti in all his tall, dark, good-guy handsomeness. No hot-blooded straight woman could look at that guy and not fantasize about what he looked like under that uniform. Ava included.
Officer Moretti is a hero. As much as he tries to convince the world he isn’t, as remote and cold he’s trying to be, he just can’t hide what is he made of. He’s an all together good guy with a heart of gold.
Videos of him saving a child from drowning in the Hudson river and offering an homeless guy his coat has made him New York new sensation. Everyone wants to know WHO is Luc Moretti.
Luca “Luc” Moretti is the youngest of a blue blood family. His father was once New York’s commissioner—himself the son of police officer—, his two eldest brothers are high ranked in the force and his sister is a lawyer.
He comes from a legit cuckoo for kaka Italian family. And if I had to choose what was my favorite thing in this book, I would definitely answer : THE FAMILY.
– “Did I mention that Miss Sims and I have a history?”
Nonna’s gray eyebrows lifted. “Did you fornicate?”
Luc choked on his beer. “Jesus, no. And there should be a ban against that word.”
“Don’t be prudish, Luca. So if you didn’t fornicate with this girl, how did you know her? Did she fornicate with one of your brothers? Anthony get around.”
As expected, Luc isn’t thrilled at all to have a journalist following his every moves and certainly not Ava Sims. They both met a few years back over a still unsolved case of parking ticket… The past sexual tension seems to still linger between them as well as their animosity toward each other…
Enemies to lovers plot anyone? YES!
Ava Sims was truly an heroine I could identify myself to, she was driven, smart and would give any alpha man a run for their money. She had this insolent vibe going on that I truly loved.
The story builds around Ava trying to reveal Luc’ secrets, sexual tension building around their daily collaboration, bringing the angst of their refuted attraction to a peak.
They both delivered quality banter, sarcasm, dirty jokes and made their possible to annoy and get each other mad. It was hilarious to watch them fight and pretend they didn’t want each other. All the while waiting for each other to cave in and submit.
The steam was without a fail matching their attraction and incessant bickering, Lauren Layne delivering some truly hot between the sheets scenes!
Much as I love the sexy librarian look, things are going to get a little rough.
Ava is going to get much more than she expected to, falling for the hero and having the difficult choice to do everything for the job she fought years to have, even if it means betraying Luc’ secrets…
I truly enjoyed the slow build between them, as I was everlastingly entertained by their bantering joust and the intrusion of Luc’s overbearing family. All the secondary characters just made this story all the more interesting and I can’t wait to read about Anthony and Vincent in the next installments.
One character most definitely stole the show, and that was Nonna, Luc’s grandmother, she was a hoot. You know that family member that has no filter whatsoever, can embarrass you like no one else but get away with everything because she’s so damn lovable? That’s Nonna to you.
– “What color of lipstick do you think I should wear? Classic red or shocking orange. I’m thinking orange. Also, have either of you seen my push up bra? I’m worried I left it at Ned’s house.”
Neither brother responded, and Anthony very slowly turned his head to look at Luc.
“She belongs in a home. One with bars on the window.”
“I’m beginning to think the Manhattan zip code isn’t worth this,” Luc mutteredd.
“Nothing is worth this;” Anthony said, watching in horror as Nonna made a puckering motion in the mirror and applied coral lipstick before trying to plump her non-existent cleavage.
A matchmaker, a friend, a teenager, a meddler, the cement of the family.
Frisk Me offered heartfelt romance and bona fide hilarious moments that will make you wish to be a Moretti.
“Holy crap! You’re like, that guy! You’re the cop!”
Luc Moretti deliberately ignored the high-pitched squeal.
He took a slow sip of his much-needed coffee and threw up a silent prayer that for once, the women would be talking about some other cop.
“Tina, it is him! The cop from the YouTube video!”
Pray as he might, it was never some other officer who was subjected to over-enthusiastic hero-worship. Not these days, anyway. It was always Luc who couldn’t do so much as get on the A train without hearing some form of, hey, aren’t you that guy…?
Yes. Yes he was that fucking guy. Unfortunately.
“Can we get a picture with you?” one of the women asked as they both closed in on him.
Luc’s ready protest was interrupted by the deep voice of his partner.
“Ladies, ladies, let’s give Officer Moretti some space! The man likes to refresh his makeup before a photo op. Moretti, did you bring that special lip balm you like to use? The one you say makes your lips all rosy?”
Luc’s eyes narrowed at his partner as he reached up and scratched his nose with his middle finger.
Both women had already pulled cell phones out of their purses, ready for a shot with New York’s latest hero.
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.