Release Date: 07/28/2015
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 …
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 J
(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
From Frisk Me by Lauren Layne:
Luc stifled the smile, letting his former scowl resettle on his face. If Lopez thought he was being played, there was no way he’d go for it.
“Hey, so Cap said the hot reporter would be doing ride-alongs with us. That’ll be cool,” Lopez said.
“Seriously? You hate ride-alongs,” Luc said.
Lopez held up a finger. “No, I hate the dippy, I-wanna-be-a-cop-someday type of ride-alongs. Those stupid kids are always offering advice when they don’t know shit about shit. But Ms. Sims will be a nice kind of ride-along. Just sitting, observing…looking fine…”
Luc withheld the snort. If Lopez thought Ava wouldn’t be offering plenty of unsolicited advice, he had an unpleasant surprise. He doubted mind your own business was in her DNA, not to mention it was a blatant contradiction of her job description.
“Hot or not, same rules apply,” Luc said, just to set the record straight. “She can come on the tame ride-alongs. That’s it.”
“Shit, and here I was planning to bring her to a shoot-out,” Lopez mused.
Luc flung the paperclip back at his partner, nailing him in the forehead. “Hey. So, I need you to be my wingman.”
Lopez rubbed the red spot to the right of his temple with a knowing grin. “Ah, so you do want a piece of Miss Media.”
“Let me rephrase,” Luc said, sitting back in his chair. “I need you to be my reverse wingman. Do whatever you need to keep that plastic, nosy diva away from me.”
There was a light tap on his shoulder before a female voice spoke up. “Gonna be hard when this nosy diva is hell-bent on getting all up in your business.”
“Nice job, Wingman,” Luc said with a glare at Lopez, whose grin indicated that he’d definitely seen Ava approaching and had opted not to mention it.
Luc pivoted around in his chair so he faced Ava. Only he was sitting, and she was standing, which put him exactly at eye level with Ava’s slim hips.
Generally speaking, Luc liked a little more curve to his women, but apparently his preferences were shifting, because he couldn’t help his sex-starved brain from thinking that Ava Sims’s hips were the perfect size for his hands to wrap around, his fingers holding her still as he prepared to plunge into her…
The fantasy dissolved into a million pieces when she opened her sassy mouth again.
“You know…” her voice was considering, her finger tapping idly against her lips. “I’d always heard that the whole man-in-uniform thing was supposed to be a turn-on. Guess it’s an acquired taste.”
*ARC provided by the Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
First Impression: Magnetic. The writing pulls you in and the character of Luc keeps you there.
In Lauren Layne’s Frisk Me, NYC police officer Luc Moretti has become something of a celebrity, and boy, is he not happy about it. He’s even less happy about Ava doing a series of articles on him and hovering about following him around for two months. But Ava is determined to get the real story on Luc, because she thinks it could propel her to the big time.
I totally loved this book. It’s well-written, engaging, and interesting. It entertained and fascinated me, and I love that. I loved the dynamic between the different characters, all the Moretti’s in particular, but I also loved all the sparks between Luc and Ava. They were a good fit together, and I loved reading about their journey.
My favorite thing about this book was the character of Luc. I connected with him right away and enjoyed reading the story through his eyes. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Ava and seeing things though her eyes, because I did, I just felt more of a connection with Luc. He was really well-drawn, and I loved getting to know him more and more as the story progressed. I also loved the slow build to the relationship. The book itself is fast-paced, so it was great to read about the relationship developing gradually and not without a bit of resistance from Luc and Ava. It made for some great story and relationship development.
If you’re like me and love reading about compelling cop heroes and feisty, snarky reporter heroines, Frisk Me is a fantastic read by a really talented author. I loved the book, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the New York’s Finest series.
Want to know more about the series? Check out the Goodreads series page!
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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.
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