New York’s Finest Series (Book 1)
Release Date: July 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 …
“Holy crap! You’re like, that guy! You’re the cop!”
Luc Moretti deliberately ignored the high-pitched squeal.
He took a slow sip of his much-needed coffee and threw up a silent prayer that for once, the women would be talking about some other cop.
“Tina, it is him! The cop from the YouTube video!”
Pray as he might, it was never some other officer who was subjected to over-enthusiastic hero-worship. Not these days, anyway. It was always Luc who couldn’t do so much as get on the A train without hearing some form of, hey, aren’t you that guy…?
Yes. Yes he was that fucking guy. Unfortunately.
“Can we get a picture with you?” one of the women asked as they both closed in on him.
Luc’s ready protest was interrupted by the deep voice of his partner.
“Ladies, ladies, let’s give Officer Moretti some space! The man likes to refresh his makeup before a photo op. Moretti, did you bring that special lip balm you like to use? The one you say makes your lips all rosy?”
Luc’s eyes narrowed at his partner as he reached up and scratched his nose with his middle finger.
Both women had already pulled cell phones out of their purses, ready for a shot with New York’s latest hero.
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.
I really liked Lauren Lane’s latest release, Frisk Me. It was a great start to the New York’s Finest Series about the Moretti family. The plot was fun, the characters are enticing, and the romance completely captured my attention. The first book is about Luca – their ‘Bambino’ and his romance with Ava Sims.
I loved Luc’s character – I thought his chaotic life was hilarious. He is used to unwanted attention (mostly from his siblings), but Luc was completely unprepared for the hero worship he receives after two good deeds are caught on video and shared with the public. The once easy-going and charismatic man now feels trapped in his own life – so he definitely isn’t pleased when a local reporter wants to put more of a spotlight on him.
I felt incredibly protective of Luc, so when I met Ava Sims, I was worried I would not like her much. But Ava has a bunch of quirky and redeeming qualities that endear her to you. She has been competing for notoriety and fame her entire life – not just at work but at home with her family, too. If an interview with a man that completely infuriates her is what it takes to achieve her goals and exceed her expectations – she’s all in. If only she wasn’t as enticed by his good looks and personality as the rest of the world.
You quickly feel empathy for these two and hope that they walk away from the situation without too much damage to their lives. Both characters pull different emotions in you as a reader but nothing increases your heartbeat like the chemistry and passion you feel when these two are together. Their relationship is lively and alluring – you keep reading just to get to the next scene in which they are engaging one another. I loved it.
Overall, the book’s plot could potentially be slightly predictable but instead it was a awesome book. The characters make the story exceed your assumptions and they leave you wanting more from this series. I cannot wait to get to know the rest of the Moretti family.