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Frisk Me (New York's Finest Book 1) by [Layne, Lauren]
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"Frisk Me is a terrific love story--equal parts sweet and hot. Layne is a master of both sexual tension and the soul-satisfying HEA." "USA Today bestselling author, Serena Bell""

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The NYPD has never been finer in the first book in a hot new contemporary romance series from Lauren Layne. As the three Moretti brothers fulfill their family's cop legacy, their work at the NYPD puts them directly in the line of love.

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  • Publisher: Forever (28 July 2015)
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  • Language: English
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~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads~~

This is the first in a new series, and at the end there is a teaser for the next installment - which I am sure will be just as good. I do hope the cover gets sorted though - the guy here is NOT Moretti as described in the book. Not that it matters, but did seem odd for the first few pages.

The story is a good one, there is nothing overly dramatic, but enough emotion that I had to find a tissue or two. It is very efficient at bringing us a whole new family to understand and care about, and a second lead character who's family we would never want to meet at all! There are wonderful ethical and moral issues brought into play, and side characters who act as perfect foils. All in all, I immersed myself totally in the book. It was lucky I started it on a lazy Sunday, so I could just read until I finished (sob sob).

The chemistry between Luc and Sims (as he insists on calling Ava) is beautifully described and their closeness develops over the story, without them even catching on. His family are fabulous, especially Nonna, but also his Mum and the rest of the clan. I am really looking forward to seeing the story continue to show their progress in the next book.

I do hope that book 2 (Steal Me) is going to be available soon (hint hint) Ms Layne!

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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Rating: 5*

Cover: No, no, no! Definitely a case of do-not-judge-a-book-by-its-cover. The guy on the cover looks nothing like the way Luc is described in the book, not to mention the fact that Luc is not a plain clothes detective

Trope: Cop/Journalist

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: A reluctant cop becomes the focus of media attention and butts heads with a journalist sent to investigate "America's Hero"

Review: There is nothing I don't love about this book! Luc, Ava, The Moretti family (especially Nonna), Lopez, Beth the best friend, Honky Tonky the unfriendly cat .... and the UST between Luc/Ava! Gah! Their chemistry made me want to spontaneously combust and when they actually got round to acting on their attraction .... wow.

I loved Luc as a character. When you first meet him you think he's a happy-go-lucky sort of guy who is a bit annoyed with the media attention but then you get to know him better and you see that he is dealing with some really hardcore stuff. I love how we got to see him deal with the fallout of the shooting two years prior and finally get closure. And he has so much heart! I loved the fact that he went Barbie shopping!

And Ava, wonderful Ava! She also does a lot of growing in the book and I like how by the end, with some help form Luc, she learns she has to live her life, not the life her parents want for her.

I really felt like I got to know and fall in love with the whole of the Moretti family and whilst I didn't like the fact that they kept Luc in the dark about the ~thing~, I can appreciate the fact that it was done out of love.

Overall, I never wanted this book to end and was ridiculously invested in Luc/Ava.

And finally, I CANNOT WAIT FOR VINCENT/JILL's book! I wish there were more romance books out there where the couple are law enforcement partners <3 <3.
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Ava Sims is a broadcast journalist who first met Officer Luc Moretti a few years back when he gave her a parking ticket. When the opportunity arises for her to host her own TV spot featuring the sexy cop she grabs it with both hands. If she can become anchorwoman for CBC then her parents will finally be proud of her and this gig is sure to make her dreams come true.

Luc is horrified when he discovers that he is to become the subject of a 3 hour TV special, ever since he was caught on camera diving into the hudson river to save a little girl from drowning, he has become a local hero. But Luc is harbouring a severe case of guilt. He doesn't feel like he deserves the attention and when he realises that he will have to spend the next 2 months with the feisty brunette who likes to give him grief at every turn, he goes from easy going and charming to cranky and sexually frustrated in record time.

Spending a considerable amount of time together they clash often and the sexual tension builds, but it soon becomes clear that in order for Ava to get her much sought after promotion, she may have to betray the secrets that Luc has been holding onto.
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Whilst I enjoy a slow burn romance, this was maybe a bit slow for my liking, it took a long time for anything to develop between Ava and Luc. Luc was suffering from survivors guilt and was extremely guarded.

What I loved about it though was the Moretti family. Luc is the youngest of 4, he has 3 brothers who are also cops and a sister who is a defence attorney. Their father was the police commissioner so they are known as NYPD royalty. Like any true Italian family, they are all very close and the whole clan, including their crazy Nonna, were all very interesting characters. I'm very much looking forward to reading each of their stories in future books.

This is a standalone novel, told in dual POV.
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I enjoyed reading this book because it had a lot of parts that you would find happening to anyone if that were in a relationship. It wasn't all happy times and the funny parts made up for the bad parts. Most people can relate too it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x972ee990) out of 5 stars 99 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996ee750) out of 5 stars Amazing hero. The heroine though nearly ruined the book. 10 Aug. 2015
By Anna's herding cats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So. This is going to be a weird review because Frisk Me left me feeling very conflicted and split pretty much down the middle on what I thought about it. So in a way I'm going to do two reviews.

But first the quick of it. Luc is a cop in NYC and he's in the spotlight because he's...a hero. He rescued a little girl who fell into the river and saved her life and just happened to get caught on camera doing so and now he's a wee bit famous and being targeted by a national news station and their reporter, Ava, who want to do a 3 hour special on him. And his bosses at the precinct aren't giving him much of a choice. He's gonna chat it up with this reporter and she's gonna follow him around near constantly for a few weeks to get an in depth look at the man behind the badge.

What made it a 4 star read:

If I was rating Frisk Me based on the hero and his family...4 stars no question. Luc is an amazing man and hero in every since of the word. He's just a good guy that cares, is good at his job and loves his family. Hell he even lives with his brother and grandmom and is so cute about his very eccentric nonna. I absolutely adored him.

His family was amazing too. They're a big Italian (and pseudo-Italian) family that's all up in each other's business. It reminds me of home and they were just funny and frustrating and sweet together with all their meddling and teasing. I cannot wait to read about his siblings finding romance and love. More of his battling mom (who was Italian) and grandmom (who claimed Italian though she'd only been married to one) and argue over how to chop tomatoes. His mom was one of those homey sweet ones you'd just want to wrap you in hugs and his grandmom...hilarious and so very inappropriate. Like would make you hang your head and go "oh grandma!" with her yoga. push up bras and teasing her grandkids about sex. I'd totally want to be a part of this family.

What made it a 2 star read:

Heck I even liked that there was animosity between the hero and heroine. That combined with chemistry can be very fun to watch unfold. And Layne does a great job of that as usual. For a while there in the middle some hilarious grrr filled interactions between the two. So there was a lot of good stuff happening.

Now. Where the problem comes in. If I was rating this based on the heroine...2 stars. And that is being generous. Extremely generous. I felt bad for Ava. I felt pity for Ava. She had a difficult family but that's not why. It was because I didn't really think she was a good person. Reporters in general are a little hard to swallow in romances. But sometimes it can work. I was even starting to like her there in the middle of the book for a while but then Ava did the typical and betrayed her hero to advance her own career. A career she didn't even want or like. Her attempt at groveling to fix the jerkery was pathetic and not nearly enough to redeem her in any way. This was one of those times where I wished there was no HEA because Ava didn't deserve it and Luc deserved better than what he got--a woman who thinks of herself first and what she can get and not the people around her who really care about her. Even her partner and camera man was disappointed in her.

There was another thing that came up a couple times and had me going what the heck? So the hero was being featured in the news because he saw a little girl fall into the river and jumped in to save her. Who in the world would think it was actually a valid question to ask..."why would you jump in to rescue a kid that you don't even know. Was it just because it was your job?" What the heck? No. Any decent person would rescue a little girl from death by drowning if they could. Who even questions that s***? And now I'm done with my rant I think. lol

So how to rate a book where you loved half and the other half made you grit your teeth. Hell if I know. I'm splitting the difference and giving a 3, I guess, but honestly Ava really made me want to rate it less than that which is frustrating as hell because omg Luc!

Am I going to read the next? Yeah. Despite the cringe-able heroine issues in this book I did love the hero and his family. I want to see them get their happily ever afters and spend more time with them. They're one of those crazy Italian families that love each other passionately and drive each other crazy in turn which is so fun to be around. I've got hope for the series and am looking forward to more. Just hoping the heroine issues pass and I can get lost in the characters and story like I usually do with Layne.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By andrewsheath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When he wants to be Luc could be a ray of damn sunshine, "he ran a hand through his hair, answering honestly, because honesty was what Morettis did best. “Sexual frustration. As far as how to fix it…” His eyes fell on her mouth." He could be just oh so pleasant and sarcastic, "Sims, as a cop, I commend your safety precaution, but think you could open up now that you know it’s me?” he said to the peephole." You could tell he was a typical make, "what the hell is more pressing than oral sex?” She slapped his roaming hand away as she went to her dresser and pulled out a pair of yellow boy shorts with a blue and white bow on the front." Also like a typical male he knows how to rub his woman's words in, "blotchy and tired, huh?” Luc asked as he took their Thai food out of the delivery bag. “You didn’t seem to think I was blotchy and tired when you jumped my bones as soon as I entered the door." This is going to be a great series I loved this family, the family dynamic reminded me of the show Blue Bloods, (I hate that show) but I love this damn family so much it triumphs the show.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996eebdc) out of 5 stars Great start to a new series! 28 July 2015
By Maria Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996eefa8) out of 5 stars Lauren Layne's Best Work Yet 6 Aug. 2015
By Nicole Tillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Something told me that this would be very different from the rest of Lauren Layne's books, so I did something I'd never done before. Instead of pre-ordering the ebook and opening it the second it was delivered to my kindle, I pre-ordered and let it sit for a little while. Long enough for Amazon reviews to pop up. Once they did, I read through quite a few to get a feel for what it was going to be like, and I was surprised to find that not everyone was loving Layne's newest novel. I'm not sure why I waited for that... but now I'm kind of happy I did.
I sat down to read this book at around 6:00 this morning and finished it around 9:00 at night. (That's not solid reading time, mind you. I have two kids and put in a few hours of work as well.) But every free second I had I was reading.
And page by page, I fell in love.
I've adored all of Lauren's characters. Every. Single. One. The one time I didn't like a character, my opinion of her totally changed the next time she appeared in a book. *Cough*Olivia*Cough* So I knew I would like Luc and Ava. But I liked them in a completely different way than I've liked any of her other characters. Well, Ava, at least. Luc I loved just as much as the rest of Lauren's heartthrobs. Ava... she was a little more complex. While reading the Redemption novels and the Love, Sex, and Stilettos series, I was always thinking, "Wow. Those girls are awesome. I'm in love. I'm in *envy*." But with Ava... no. I knew from the beginning what was going to happen and all I could think was, "Please, girl... don't do it. Don't. You. Do. It." And then... "Dude... why?!?!" Something about Ava rubbed me the wrong way, but that's not particularly a bad thing. At least I don't think so. (This is where my opinion of the book clashes with the three star reviews...) Some people said that Ava wasn't a "likable" character.... Okay. So? Not all characters are meant to be embraced and loved from beginning to end. In fact, I'm more compelled to like a character if they have to win you over. Anyone can write a story about the perfect guy and the perfect gal and have you swoon over a corny, spit-polished, happily ever after. But this is Lauren Layne we're talking about, people! She delivered! The only reason you didn't like her was because she was human and you saw yourself *IN* her! (Lookin at you, three star reviewers!) Because most people at one point or another have been drawn in by the temptation to throw someone under the bus to further their own ambitions. Does it make you a sucky person? Meh, sorta. Is it okay? Eh, depends on who you ask. Is it wrong? Perhaps.... but it's HUMAN. Don't knock stars because the leading lady came off the page as someone you disliked. She earned those stars by creating a character that made you feel any emotion toward her at all, be it positive or negative. So, yeah. She was obnoxious at times (but c'mon, that was hilarious!) and she was pushy (as any fierce woman in a relationship with a headstrong man tends to be) and she did something downright villainous (c'mon, folks, that's just good storytelling.) So, yeah... she was rough around the edges. BUT!!! She was more realistic than any heroine Layne has written thus far. I. Loved. Ava.
And as for the other "flaws" that have been pointed out... the length of the book, the fact that they only seemed to be in "like", and the cover.
Okay, the length. Some say it's too long even if you like "slow-burn romances". I really didn't think so. If a book is too long (in my opinion) you can usually tell because there will be pages filled with crap you feel like you could just skim over. Not the case with Frisk me. I read every page. I was totally invested. So even though it was a little longer, the story didn't suffer because of that, and I think that's the only thing that matters.
Now, as far as being in "like". C'mon, you can't tell me that you've never been in a relationship where you're just like, "Whoa. Let's pump the brakes here. So not sure I'm ready for this." Not all people fall hard and fast and throw the L word around like confetti. I liked that they didn't profess their love by page twenty. You didn't like it? Sorry reality isn't your cup of tea.
Now.... the topic that seems to pop up in every other review. The cover.
While this isn't my favorite Lauren Layne cover, I still liked it. Does the dude on the front mesh with the vision of Luc in my head? No. Did that matter at all? Not one bit. I've seen pleeeeeeenty of books with covers that don't look a lick like you think they should. But you know that old adage "don't judge a book by it's cover"? Yeah... ya'll fail. (Still givin' you the stink eye, three stars!)
Anywho.... *whistles* Those are just a few of my thoughts. I felt this book was exceptionally well written and I'm eager to see where Layne takes this series. I'm also in desperate need of the Oxford series. Like, foaming at the mouth need... Just sayin'.
Anywho...
That's it for now, ladies.
Stay classy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996eef54) out of 5 stars I fell madly in love with this story & Luc! 28 July 2015
By Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I fell madly in love with this story! Frisk Me was a dynamic blend of laughter, sarcasm, sexiness and characters that found their way into my heart. But in all honestly, I was nervous to start this book. I struggled with the idea that a police story could be fun and sexy. BUT the first page alone proved me SO wrong because I was already smiling. Never again will I second guess or question the storyline or type of characters in a Lauren Layne book! Because the stories and characters she creates are always amazing! They make me laugh, smile, cry and fall hopelessly in love with them. Her stories are the kind that stick with you for a long time to come and that you want all of your friends to read! You must meet Luc and Ava!

Luc Moretti, sigh. He is from an Italian family whose blood runs in the force. His three brothers are also cops and his father just retired as a police commissioner in the NYPD. He is courageous but not a big fan of being pegged as a hero in the public eye. A little girl fell off of a bridge and without a second thought, Luc jumped in, swam her to shore and did mouth to mouth to bring her back to life. The problem was it was captured on someone’s phone and everyone knows about his heroic act. While he wants his life back to normal since he was just doing his job (love his modesty), enter Ava Sims. She's a correspondent from CBC and wants to run a three-hour national special on him and the NYPD. And Luc has no option but to oblige.

I loved Luc! He has such a sweet heart. The thoughtful gestures he would do for Ava melted me into a smiling puddle of goo. And on top of that he was also humble, charismatic, wounded, funny, sexy and such a good guy! But you know what the icing on the cake was? He had a way of twisting his words or a situation into something sexier than it should have been. It lit up my face every single time he did it! So yeah, Luc is definitely getting added to my list of book boyfriends. I never once thought I'd have a cop on there! But now I do lol!

Like many of her other books, we also get to see Ava's side of the story. Ava is definitely a multi-faceted person, and while I loved her personal side, sometimes I didn't always see eye to eye with her business side. You see, there is the calculated, driven women that she portrays to the majority of the world, but when she kicks off her high heels and changes into her flip-flops then the real Ava is in full effect. She is unsure, funny, a smart ass and very perceptive. She was extremely easy to like and connect with. But of course my favorites parts of her was when she was interacting with Luc. Because the sarcasm between the two of them created the perfect amount of sexual tension and made me laugh so hard at their antics. They were characters that I understood inside out and I couldn’t get enough of them!

Another thing I couldn’t get enough of was Luc’s family! They interfered in the best of ways and oh my gosh they were hilarious, loving and looked out for one another. Their weekly get togethers always made me laugh and feel all warm and cozy in my heart. It was wonderful to see such a strong family unit that felt real in a book! But you want to know who my favorite family member was...well besides Luc? Nona, his Grandma. She is a hoot, and then some! Just try reading her scenes without laughing hysterically, I dare you!

So yeah, I loved this book! I laughed and cried hysterically, and I am so excited that I get to read more about these characters! Because the next book in this series is about Luc’s brother, Anthony. He’s grumpy hmmm or maybe more guarded then Luc, but he is intriguing and has the Moretti charm so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for him! Until then, I have to go read another book written by this author. Lauren Layne's writing and characters are that addicting!

*ARC kindly provided by Forever Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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