Vincent Moretti is one of the NYPD’s top homicide detectives-and one of the most eligible bachelors in town. His family, however, thinks he should date his longtime partner, Jill-a sassy, sexy, smart-mouthed blonde who drives him absolutely crazy.
Behind the quiet authority, tough-guy demeanor, and dark aviator glasses lies a man with a big soul-and a hard body that can soften any girl’s heart. After years as his coworker, Jill Henley has given up hope that anything could happen between her and Vin. Besides, loving him would break all the rules. But seeing Jill with someone else triggers feelings in Vincent he never knew he had. Now he’ll have to stop playing good cop/bad cop-and find a way to convince her to be his partner for life. . .
Loving Vin wasn’t easy. He was stubborn and prickly and difficult. And loving him was also . . . inevitable.
ARC received from: Netgalley
Cover: I don’t know who is responsible for choosing the cover for Lauren Layne’s “New York Finest” series but I guarantee I can do a better job – Vincent is quite clearly described as having brown eyes.
Take note publishers – I am ready and willing to give up my current job and scour through catalogs of male models and match them for suitable romance book covers.
Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio
One-Sentence Summary: Two NYPD partners cross the line between friendship and love
Review: If we go back to my review for the first book in this series, Frisk Me you’ll see that it ended with this: 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 . Needless to say I have been longing for Vincent/Jill’s story ever since we were first introduced to them.
Whilst the second book in the series, Steal Me, didn’t really do it for me, I am so pleased to say that Cuff Me absolutely DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I love books that leave plenty of time for UST and build-up before the couple get together and this absolutely followed that route and the payoff was so so delicious.
Friends-to-lovers tropes are always a tricky one as it has to be believable that the oblivious party would suddenly start seeing his friend in a new way. In this book, having Jill go away for a few months and come back engaged was a realistic trigger for Vincent to wake up and realise what he had in front of him. I also liked the fact that the “other guy” Tom was genuinely nice and loved the scene between him and Jill in the hotel room.
As to the case – obviously “suspense” and “whodunnit” are not the key elements in this book but I enjoyed it all the same.
The Morettis are all their usual interfering selves. Being British and an only child I always find these sort of crazy close-knit family dynamics completely lovable but also a bit weird in how involved everyone is in everyone else’s love lives (Brothers & Sisters and Parenthood anyone??) but maybe that’s just me. Of course it makes for some great family scenes in romance novels!
As to Vincent and Jill themselves, they set the pages on fire. The whole “handcuff” scene is just … well, I’ll say no more and let you start reading and enjoy it yourselves. 😉
Now what I want to know is whose book is next Marco or Elena’s and when can I read it????
“My brothers said that saying it would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. They were wrong. It was the easiest. Because loving you is easy.”