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!