Frisk Me by Lauren Layne
Series: New York's Finest #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 28, 2015
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
This isn’t my first Lauren Layne book, but it is my first of her adult titles. It won’t be my last. As a matter of fact, I’m already anticipating the next title in this series, Steal Me. Fortunately, November isn’t too far away.
I really liked the pairing of these characters and the setup for the story here. I couldn’t wait to see what happened when stubborn, closed off police officer Luc, who was constantly trying to stay out of the spotlight, met up with the woman and reporter, Ava, who was intent on shining that light brightly on him. I enjoyed watching them play off each other and I loved their banter. I enjoyed watching each of them struggle with what their chemistry and developing connection meant for their careers. Ava’s was torn between wanting to tell the story and wanting to protect Luc. Luc wanted to trust to trust Ava, but was having a difficult time because he needed to keep himself closed off from the reporter side of her. As the lines blurred, it made for an interesting dynamic between these two.
I knew it would be a bumpy ride, and more often than not, I enjoy good, antagonistic chemistry between characters. I definitely liked both Luc and Ava and felt like I understood their motivations. There’s no denying there was tons of chemistry between them. While I started out enjoying their banter and bullheadedness, there was a little more back and forth than I could personally take at times. I understood why there was as much conflict between these two as there was, but it did make it difficult to root for them at times. But when they were good together? They were amazing. They were passionate and had a connection that went beyond the bedroom, no matter how much each of them were insistent that all they could have was a sexual relationship. The sexy scenes were hot and romantic; the perfect combination for me when it comes to romance.
Luc’s family was one of the high points for me in this book. I absolutely LOVED the Moretti clan. How can you not? They were meddlesome in that way the best families are, especially when it’s clear they have their clan’s best interests at heart. Thick or thin, they stuck together. And Nonna? She was a hoot and a half. I loved that lady. At times it felt like the rest of the Moretti’s overshadowed the developing relationship between Luc and Ava.
So, while I might not have fallen head over heels for Frisk Me, I absolutely enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys strong characters and (more than) a little conflict in their romance. The payoff for the frustration and lack of communication was an ending that left me with hearts in my eyes.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.