Frisk Me by @_LaurenLayne

Frisk Me (New York's Finest, #1)“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.”
“No?”
“Nope.” He moved in closer, shifting so that his upper body leaned into hers. “We start with interrogations.”
“And then?” Her voice was flirty and light, but her eyes were pure heat.
His gaze dropped to his hand, which had found its way to her knee somehow. “Depends. If the cop’s skilled at interrogation, things generally progress to handcuffs…and other things. If the cop’s unsuccessful…”
Luc broke off and shrugged.
Ava looked at him over the top of her wineglass. “Which one are you? The skilled interrogator or the other?”
“Depends.”
“On.”
He leaned in and pressed his lips to her ear. “Whether or not you like handcuffs.”

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.

Lauren Layne - Luc

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.

Vincent merely glared at Jill and walked away.
Luc shook his head as he took a sip of his rapidly warming iced tea. “I don’t know how you two survive each other.”
“Right?” she said, her voice unperturbed. “I’m thinking we should totally have a TV show based on us. The dark, dickwad cop and his perfect, darling partner.”
Luc smiled. “The latter who is of course, unaware of her charm.”
“Naturally.”
“You have seen most male/female partner cop shows, right? You know how those generally end up.” Luc glanced down and wiggled his eyebrows.
Jill rolled her eyes. “Yeah, trust me. That’s not happening with your dearest brother.”

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