New York’s Finest #1
Releasing July 28th,2015
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 …
There is nothing like reading a book that is set in NYC when you are a New Yorker. I am always wary of over generalization & over romanization of NYC and even accuracy of the description of the city. Saying that I adored how Lauren utilized the city and the boroughs (yes there is more to discover outside of Manhattan) in her HOT story to enrich it and even making this jaded New Yorkers proud of her city.
Both characters are legacies in their fields… a sort of inherited interest in their now careers. Ava lives in journalism and Luc is in police reinforcement. This story is a light comedy of two people living up to their family’s expectations and yet trying to make their own paths. In many ways both of them are so alike and yet so different. The core of both families is the same (drive for professional success) but where Luc’s family is all about love for one another… Ava’s family is twisted and all about mean spirited competition and seeing who can accomplish more. So even though both our main characters are so much alike (without realizing ’cause they were so pigheaded of course) they are actually perfect for each other as deep down they understand what drives them to be who they are and eventually want to be.
Ava is a journalist trying to get her name out and make it a household name and what is better than a feel good Primetime Nationwide Television Special on an American Hero. Luc is a NYC cop who got swept up in a viral media frenzy when he got ‘caught’ doing a couple good deeds that in my opinion should be a standard for a human being. However because it is so rare, like a unicorn, it made him an internet sensation. Luc was caught on camera saving a drowning little girl by diving into the icy waters of the Hudson River and then reviving her by performing CPR. But it is not his first offense on a good cop/man/hottie front he was also caught giving his coat to a homeless man during one of the coldest winter days. All those good deeds make National hero unfortunately it is the last thing that he wants to be known as considering he believes he has a couple of skeletons in his closet. So having a reporter… no wait HOT, infuriating, sexy as hell reporter poking in his business is beyond annoying. Those two had SO. MUCH. CHEMISTRY…. most of it is ‘omg I hate you, you are so annoying’ but in truth we readers know that it is exactly the opposite. They were witty in their constant banter and ribbing of each other… when they weren’t getting it on of course.
“All right,” he said, clearing his throat. “Let’s start with the basics. How long are we going to pretend that we don’t want to be in bed right now? Or against the wall? Or on a kitchen counter?”
She gave a strangled laugh. “Clearly you don’t understand the art of interviewing. It’s all about finesse.”
Unable to stop himself, Luc traced an index finger along the sharp line of her jaw, dragging the pad of his finger down to her stubborn chin. “Guess you shouldn’t have flirted with a cop then, lady. No such thing as an interview in my line of work.”
“Nope.” He moved in closer, shifting so that his upper body leaned into hers. “We start with interrogations.”
Even with all that I still have to say that the secondary characters stole the show, for me. Luc’s grandma, his partner, his brothers, his parents were the comedy that this love story needed.
“You’re in Upper West, yeah?”
He turned to see her watching him in the shadows. “Dying to know how I can afford it, huh?”
“Nope, your grandma filled me in. Roomies! That must be fun.”
Luc grunted. “This morning I woke up to her shouting at the window washers across the street asking them to, and I quote, ‘shake it.’”
So in short grab this book… start the series… it’s what you need to brighten your day and lighten your mood. Best part… it’s a SERIES so we get stories for all the Moretti siblings and they all wear uniforms *wink wink*. After all how can you pass up a Moretti with a description like this…
Good looks definitely ran in the family. So did the go-fuck-yourself scowl.
5 Reasons to Love a Cop by Lauren Layne
Hi there, and thanks so much for letting me stop by to talk about my new book!!
Frisk Me is the first in my New York’s Finest series about a family of NYPD cops, and I’m SO EXCITED for the world to meet the Morettis.
Although, I’ll be honest, when I sat down to put together my marketing plan for this series, I pretty much wrote one word:
And then I got on a call with my marketing team, and they were like, “This series is going to sell itself because … Cops.”
RIGHT?! There’s something just sexy about police officers. Actually, there’s 5 things, and I took the liberty of listing them out for you ☺
(1) Because there’s just something about a man in uniform …
(2) One word: handcuffs(
3) Saving lives: all in a days work.
(4) Strip searches.
(5) Your own personal hero.
What about you – are you a sucker for a guy in a uniform?? wipes drool
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.