Monday, July 27, 2015

Release Blitz + ARC Review + Giveaway: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

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 …

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(3 1/2 stars)

Let me just get this off my chest first. There is seriously something wrong with the cover model. The hero is supposed to be an Italian stud in standard-issue uniform. Instead, we got a surfer dude in plain clothes. That's just wrong. Did Lauren see this?

Luca Moretti is from a family of cop that dub as the NYPD royalty. He is the youngest in the tight-nit Italian family and being a roommate with his Nonna. When Luca embarrassingly gotten famous for his recent heroinc save of a little girl, he turned into a media sensation and now the national TV wants to feature him on a prime time slot much to his dismay.

Ava Sims is a woman hungry for the post of anchorwoman. She is from a family of broadcasting royalty. The pressure from the family is making her got out at all cost to dig into Luca's hidden story.

There two together is like fire and water. They just plainly pissed each other off due to their on-going conflict in the assignment whereby Ava is to shadow Luca for weeks.

"I'd always heard that the whole man-in-uniform thing was supposed to be a turn-on. Guess it's an acquired taste."
"See, here I am having a similar revelation. Always thought you TV people were supposed to be likable. Guess that's subjective too."

There is nothing I don't like in the story, but I can't give it a higher rating because the romance didn't make my juice flowing and it lack a certain kind of intensity. I was intrigued with Luca's guilt from a past case that had been tormenting him. But even that conflict is not anything major.

The best of the book is the Moretti family, especially Nonna. That old lady is a hoot!

"A good lay with a pretty brunette will make you less irritable."

"Take the girl to dinner, Luca. I need her uterus for grandbabies."

"It doesn't even matter that's she's not Italian. She has dark hair and dark eyes so we'll just lie. We can change her last name. I know someone."

I find myself loving this Moretti family and I can't wait for Anthony and Vincent book. It seems like Vincent is having some kind of hate/lust relationship with his partner and Anthony is such a douchey captain. I'm looking forward to their story. I'm hoping the sequel will be a goodie. I still have faith in Lauren.

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she's naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren's lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan, and currently lives in the Seattle-area. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She's also a total website nerd and insists you check out!

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