Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog tour: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

New York's Finest #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing July 28th,2015
Forever Romance

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 ...

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.


***Note: don't judge a book by its cover—especially not this book, because Luc Moretti is nothing like the guy on the cover. Sorry, I thought it fair to warn you because I was totally thrown off when I started reading the book and discovered Officer Luca Moretti was the total opposite of the guy on the cover—and this didn't help me create an image of him in my mind.***

If you like enemies to lovers stories, this will probably be a 5* read for you. For me, it was a 4* even though at some points I was thinking more about a 3* because some things didn't work too well for me. However, good dialogues and super funny side characters (plus the hilarious portrait of the typical Italian family—since I'm Italian, it made me laugh out loud for its authenticity) earned an additional star. 

I've read books by this author before and I enjoy her sassy, humorous and entertaining style. Her characters are well-rounded and the dialogues flow easily and feel real (not something everyone can do). This book is no exception and it's well written, hilarious at times and romantic at others. 

Although I enjoyed the book, I couldn't completely connect with the heroine, especially once she decided to uncover Luc's big secret—career-oriented or not, I thought that was plain mean of her, especially since she planned to suprise him on national TV. Even though I tried to understand her feelings, because of her awful family and all, in some parts of the book she drove me crazy. 

Luc, on the other hand, was a good hero. Who doesn't like a man in uniform, after all? Plus, he's a hero with a heart of gold but he's humble about it. He's the true essence of a modern hero. I didn't particularly like the fact that he seemed to be just another one of those guys who jump from one bed to another. I'm not being prudish, but I like my heroes to have a little more consideration of women as human beings, with feelings and all, rather than just a means to an end—the end being "to scratch an itch".

For this reason, I also didn't quite like the fact that they took advantage of their forced proximity to scratch said itch and spent basically half of the book doing just that. I think they acted on their attraction a little too soon, thus making the story drag on a little at times. Even though it was only sexual attraction at first, I think it would've been nice to wait a little, make them work for it. 
Okay, they both agreed that there would be no future for them as a couple, since neither wanted a relationship and a white picket fence, and neither was forced to do something they didn't want to do but still... I don't know, it felt a little shallow (again, that's just my personal opinion and it shouldn't influence your judgment).
There were quite a few descriptive sex scenes, so if you like clean romance this might not exactly be the right choice—on the other hand, if you like your romance books to be a little steamy, then this is a good pick.
I preferred way better the more romantic scenes, like when they spent time at Ava's and she was her real self, with glasses, messy hair and yoga pants, and they opened up with each other. Those scenes were beautifully written and I truly enjoyed them.

Like I said, there were funny side characters, which helped me enjoy the book just that little bit more. The best one is definitely Nonna, the grandmother. She's truly hilarious and made me laugh out loud. 
I also liked the tight-knit family, in true Italian style, and I enjoyed seeing how they all treated Luc like the "bambino" of the family, since he was the youngest. 

I will definitely be reading the next books in the series and I hope we'll get to know a little more about Marco (the only brother who doesn't live in NY with the rest of the family). Hopefully he'll have his own book too. 



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