Friday, November 27, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

Steal Me

New York’s Finest #2

by Lauren Layne
Releasing November 24, 2015\


Being a cop might be in Anthony Moretti's blood, but protecting and serving the city of New York has always been more than just the family business. If that means his love life stays locked up, well then that's just another sacrifice made in the line of duty. That is, until he sets eyes on the gorgeous new waitress at The Darby Diner and suddenly Anthony's morning coffee is leaving him a whole lot more hot and bothered than usual.

Though waitressing at The Darby isn't exactly Maggie Walker's dream job, it pays the bills and gives her time to work on her novel. Now if only she could stop fantasizing about gorgeous Anthony Moretti every time he sits down at her table, she'd really be in great shape. But when he needs her help identifying a criminal threatening The Darby—and Maggie recognizes her ex-husband—she fears her fresh start might be a pipe dream. Faster than a New York minute, Maggie and Anthony find themselves in one perilous pursuit that only gets hotter with each and every rule-breaking kiss.

(4 stars)

We're back with the Moretti family and I seriously miss a certain grandmother, Nonna. This old lady never fails to entertain me. I wish there is a novella on all her shenanigans and escapade. 

"Did you show her your wang?"

"I'll bring my sharpshooter."

This time we have the story of the big brother of the family, Anthony Moretti. We had a little dose of him previously, mainly about his seriousness of his law enforcement career and a major hardass. Anthony is now a Captain, and working on his first case in the new position to catch the infamous Smiley, a non-violent burglar.

The heroine, Maggie Walker is an aspiring writer and a waitress at the diner often frequent by the Morettis. The family instantly like her and included her into their fold naturally, much to Anthony's irritation. It doesn't help that the she keeps dropping food on him and overflowing his coffee. Something about him that make her extra nervous.

When Anthony found out that Maggie might be the burglary case suspect's ex-wife. They both got more entangled with each other. 

I think the main reason why this book works for me is because of the hero, Captain Anthony Moretti. He is such a serious, grumpy, tight ass. I find his constantscowling and frowning extremely sexy. He is the man who always want to be the best and do the right thing. I wish something will just threaten his iron clad control and see him feeling lost for once. 

He try not to give in to his feelings for Maggie because she is now his informant and that will be extremely unprofessional. But the little things he did for her make it even more meaningful and endearing, not because it was anything special, but because he is Anthony.

It hurts to hear about how his last relationship ended in tragedy that left a deep impact to him. He was adamant that he can never be a boyfriend, much less a husband, if he wish to pursue a successful career all the way to the top. Of course, he had a bunch of nosy and caring family members that constantly tell him what a fool he is.

My only complaint is the whole burglary case is too mellow. I wish for something more dangerous and violent. Maybe a murder or a kidnapping case will be more dramatic. And with how it was solved, it feels anti-climatic too because Anthony spend the whole length of book trying to solve it.

What will make this book even better is if we actually get to see a functional relationship between Anthony and Maggie. We only get to see their desire, their longing, the ups and downs of them trying to be together and Anthony's struggles. Seeing that the most important thing to Anthony is a partner that fully support and embrace his career, I wish I can have more of their life together. In order words, I wish this book is longer, going beyond of them saying 'I love you'.

For Captain Anthony Moretti, three things in life were sacred:
(1) Family.
(2) The NYPD
(3) New York Yankees.
And on this breezy, September Sunday morning, two out of these three things were making him crazy. Not in the good way.
“What do you mean, you don’t want to talk about it?” his father barked, leaning across the table to help himself to one of Anthony’s pieces of bacon.
Maria Moretti’s hand was deft and practiced—the mark of a mother of five—as she swiftly swatted the bacon out of her husband’s fingers. “The doctor said you were supposed to take it easy on the bacon!”
“I am taking it easy. This is Anthony’s bacon,” Tony clarified, rubbing the back of his hand.
“Is it?” Anthony muttered, glancing at the now empty plate. “I don’t seem to remember actually getting to eat any of it.”
His youngest brother and fellow cop stabbed a piece of fruit with his fork and waved it in Anthony’s face. “Cantaloupe?”
Anthony gave Luc a withering look. He could appreciate that his baby brother felt man enough to get a side of fruit with his Sunday brunch, but Anth would stick to potatoes and fatty pig products, thanks very much.
“I think I’m going to hurl,” his other brother, Vincent, said to no one. “Shouldn’t have gotten the side of pancakes. Too old for this shit.”
Anthony felt the beginnings of a headache.
Item number one on his priority list (family) was also thehis number one cause of his frequent, Please, God, take me away to a deserted tropical island,prayers.
But there was no tropical island. Just the same old shit.
For every one of Anthony’s thirty- six years, Sundays had looked exactly the same. All Morettis filed obediently into their pew at St. Ignatius Loyola cChurch on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 10ten o’clock Mass.
Breakfast always followed, always at the same diner, although the name had changed a handful of times over the years.
The sign out front currently read The Darby Diner, named after…nobody knew.
But the Morettis had never cared what it was called. Or why it was called that. As long as the coffee was hot, the hash browns crispy, and the breakfast meats plentiful, they were happy.
Granted, the greasy-spoon food of Tthe Darby Diner was a far cry from the Morettis’ usual fare of home- cooked Italian meals, but Anthony was pretty sure they all secretly loved the weekly foray into pure Americana cuisine. Even his mother didn’t seem to mind (much) so long as her family was all together.

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
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.

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