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 …
My Rating: 4.5 stars
A funny, sweet and sexy story laced with a witty love-hate banter and topped with a heartwarming relationship between a sharp Lois Lane type reporter and a good-doer Superman cop.
Luc Moretti is royalty of a different kind. He’s the kind of royalty that comes from being the youngest in a long line of police officers where his father is the ex-police commissioner and his three older brothers are all in law enforcement. But none have received the over-enthusiastic attention Luc’s gotten over doing what he thought should be his unsung job while getting caught on a video that went viral.
“You’re America’s Hero not because of your acts, but because of your heart.”
Nursing an acute case of misplaced guilt, the last thing he wants is his life on display. He wants is his life to get back normal, but being forced into doing a national TV special is just the opposite. Can the two month interaction with the beautiful reporter who’s been assigned to him remain professional or will she be the one he breaks his no serious relationships for?
“I think the woman behind the reporter is pulled to me. Just like the man behind the cop is drawn to you.”
Ava Sims is an up and coming TV reporter. All she needs is a break to get her the anchorwoman spot her parents have always wanted for her. Even though she’s probably the only woman who’s met officer Moretti and hasn’t thrown herself at him, she’s still interested in him… as a story, to reveal the man behind the uniform. Will she use and betray Luc to help her further a career she’s been compelled to follow or will the time with him help her find out what she really wants to do with her life?
“Luc Moretti the officer was the cover of the story, but Luc Moretti the man was the heart of it.”
Picking up a Lauren Layne book has become a natural thing when it comes to contemporary romance for me. She has a talent to create relatable characters you want to know. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough with all the spark provoking banter infused with a bit of hostility between Ava and Luc. The story made me smile and laugh constantly. From the beginning I knew I would thoroughly enjoy this book.
“I don’t know quite whether to kiss you or strangle you.”
I loved Luc and Ava’s chemistry. It was great that they had briefly met some years back while he was writing her a parking ticket, the memory of which served to stoke the fireworks between them. Their angry back and forth banter was funny, cute and sexy. The more they got a rise out of each other, the more they wanted to get under each other’s skin and deeper.
“Guess you shouldn’t have flirted with a cop then, lady. No such thing as an interview in my line of work…” He moved in closer, shifting so that his upper body leaned into hers. “We start with interrogations.”
It was wonderful how they both gave each other what they needed and I’m not just talking about incredibly racy moments. I’m referring to how Luc understood and supported her and ultimately put her above himself, and conversely how Ava saw beyond the badge.
“I’d give up being everybody else’s hero, if you’ll just let me be yours.”
Both main characters were equally endearing. Ava with all her sass, self-assured ambition, determination and smarts was charmingly flawed because she was also a bit lost, a lot unloved, vulnerable, but still funny and sweet underneath.
All the grumpiness in the world couldn’t completely cover up the gooeyness within Luc. Who wouldn’t appreciate a truly good man that dedicates himself to protect and proudly wears his uniform? But it’s a job that required him to face death and sometimes even make life or death decisions. One of which still haunted him and tugged my heart.
“A hero cop who was long on charm, short on pretense, with a hidden sweet side.”
I can’t not mention Luc’s overbearing, in your face, incredibly loveable Italian family, especially his quirky and mouthy grandma, Honky Tonky, Ava’s aloof cat and her bridezilla best friend Beth which rounded out this wonderfully entertaining story, with the right mix between slow burn sexiness, comedy, angst, and heartfelt, tear jerking moments.
Frisk Me is the first book in the New York’s Finest series by Lauren Layne. It is a standalone, full-length, contemporary romance full of fun, sexy bits and swoon worthy moments. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.
4.5 super cop stars.
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.