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Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras-until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him . . .

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story-to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform . . . and she can't wait to get him out of his.

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    Luc will steal your heart!

    Overall, I thought that this was a solid romance novel and I really enjoyed reading it. I had a chance to read one of Lauren Layne's earlier novels just a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved it so I jumped at the chance to read this first book in her new series. I found this book a bit difficult to get into but once the story grabbed me I couldn't get enough. I just loved Luc and his family of police officers. Luc was just a good guy who happened to be caught on video doing a couple of good deeds. Because of these videos, Luc finds himself becoming the center of attention everywhere he goes. He is anything but happy when he is told that he is about to become an even bigger celebrity because of a national television special about him. Luc suddenly finds himself being shadowed by a reporter, Ava. While it was really easy to love Luc and his family, I had trouble warming up to Ava. Ava is pursuing goals that will make her family happy and spends a lot of time trying to live up to a certain image. During parts of the book, I found that I liked Ava a little but her character just never connected with me. Luc was definitely the star of this story in my opinion. I did like the parts of the book where Luc and Ava were together quite a bit. When it was just Luc and Ava, her character seemed a lot more authentic and I really felt that they had chemistry. The sexy times between the pair were smokin' hot and Lauren Layne has proven without a doubt to me that she can write some awesome love scenes. I really wish that Ava would have been easier to like. Just as I was starting to like her a little she would do something that would make me doubt her again. I really disliked some of her actions during the story and felt that she seemed to always choose her job over Luc at every turn. There was nothing that was a deal breaker for me but there were definitely a few things in the book that I could have liked a lot better. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is a great book to start with since it is the beginning of a new series and I think it will appeal to most romance readers. I plan to continue with this series. Luc has a lot of interesting bothers who are also police officers and I can't wait to read their stories. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. Comment Comment | Permalink

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    Great sexy start to a new series!

    This is the story of Luc and Ava. Luc is a cop, like his father and his brothers. He's the guy who always does the right thing, though he's learned from bitter experience that following the rules and following his instincts don't always coincide. When Ava, a budding newscaster with her eye on a prime time TV job is tasked with creating a documentary about Luc after he performs some heroic deeds that he is reluctant to be in the spotlight for (he was just doing his job, after all) , they clash. For Luc doesn't want anyone digging too deep into his past, least of all an investigative journalist who can tell that there is more to Luc than meets the eye. But their clash doesn't just happen on the surface - they have a heated sexual attraction to each other that can't be ignored. When Ava has to choose between Luc and the story of a lifetime, what will she choose? There's a lot going for this story that made it a really fun, sometimes emotional, super sexy read. The hero of the story, Luc, is one of those downright good guys. He's thoughtful, he's friendly, he's got a strong moral compass, and the fact that he's a sexy, handsome man sure doesn't hurt. He always does the right thing, never wanting recognition for doing what he expects others to do as well, so being in the limelight in a TV show all about America's heroes makes him very uncomfortable. He doesn't consider himself a hero, just a guy, doing his job. (Of course, this is what makes him hero material in our eyes, and the eyes of the American viewing public, hence why the top brass want to showcase him as a way of getting good PR for the NYPD). Ava on the other hand, is a bit more difficult character to like, at least on the surface. Our first introduction to her shows her flouting the law (she attracts parking tickets like magnets) and clearly she doesn't think much of Luc. She's feisty and stubborn and opinionated- but it doesn't take long to find out that these character traits that make for a good investigative journalist are covering for a woman who is seeking approval from her never satisfied parents, even if she has trouble admitting that to herself. It's their dream to have one of their daughters in the public limelight, not hers. As she and Luc become reluctant partners in making a show neither is really interested in but have been forced to do together by their bosses, she comes to envy Luc and his dedication to his job. It shows her just how wrong her own goals have been, a difficult pill to swallow. While there is a definite antagonism towards each other, it's really a mask for the sexual attraction between them. And once that mask drops, they engage wholeheartedly in a steamy and seductive affair. At first, sex between them is a no-strings attached, "let's scratch this itch together, but keep it a secret" affair. But the more time they spend together, the more involved they get emotionally. They both come to realize that what's on the surface is not what's underneath. While in Luc's case this results in him realizing that there is a wounded woman beneath the tough facade, in Ava's case this leads to the uncomfortable conclusion that Luc is hiding something, and to be true to herself she can't just ignore it. But revealing his secrets will likely mean the end of the safety and security she's found in his arms. A tough choice, to be sure. One of the other enjoyable aspects of this story was Luc's family and the relationship of the siblings and parents. Luc lives with his brother and his Nonna and that makes for some very funny scenes. Like any family, the characters are diverse, some more open with their thoughts and feelings than others. There were several witty conversations amidst the more emotional ones, and there is no doubt that the stories of Luc's siblings will be just as fun and enjoyable to read as this one. I loved how the story progressed, with behind the scenes looks at police work and television journalism. The romance between Ava and Luc was sexy and emotional, and though they both make some mistakes on the road to happiness, the final result is a satisfying happy ending that brought a few tears to my eyes. 5 stars and a great start to this new series!

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    Great start to a new series

    Nonna stole the show for me! She is such a feisty eighty-something year old, and I love they way she dishes it out with her grandsons. Luc and Ava have some really good chemistry and in and out of bed and I liked that they didn't jump into bed immediately. Her betrayal is pretty predictable, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. Great intro to the Moretti clan, looking forward to the next book! I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

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    Frisk Me

    FRISK ME is funny, highly entertaining and completely captured my attention from start to finish. I love how Luc and Ava were constantly butting heads and equally matched in the sarcasm and stubbornness department. Their chemistry was palpable and sizzled during each encounter! I absolutely loved the whole story! I loved this big, boisterous Italian Moretti family. I loved how no two family members were the same and the diversity is really what made the family so loveable. And I also loved that there are four very sexy cop brothers in the family and I’m looking forward to everyone’s story! My favorite part of the book was definitely Nonna, Luc’s grandmother. She is over 80 years old and as vibrant as ever! She’s the unabashedly vocal and brutally honest in all things and can definitely teach her grandchildren a thing or two about relationships. The only thing that bothered me about the book was that we didn’t get to see the conclusion of a large piece of the story. I am hoping we’ll see it in the next book. This is my first read from Lauren Layne and she completely enchanted me! I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I’m currently checking out her other books! I HIGHLY recommend FRISK ME to anyone who loves a good story with big laughs and big heart! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

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