Frisk Me (New York's Finest #1)
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 ...
Luc stifled the smile, letting his former scowl resettle on his face. If Lopez thought he was being played, there was no way he’d go for it.
“Hey, so Cap said the hot reporter would be doing ride-alongs with us. That’ll be cool,” Lopez said.
“Seriously? You hate ride-alongs,” Luc said.
Lopez held up a finger. “No, I hate the dippy, I-wanna-be-a-cop-someday type of ride-alongs. Those stupid kids are always offering advice when they don’t know shit about shit. But Ms. Sims will be a nice kind of ride-along. Just sitting, observing…looking fine…”
Luc withheld the snort. If Lopez thought Ava wouldn’t be offering plenty of unsolicited advice, he had an unpleasant surprise. He doubted mind your own business was in her DNA, not to mention it was a blatant contradiction of her job description.
“Hot or not, same rules apply,” Luc said, just to set the record straight. “She can come on the tame ride-alongs. That’s it.”
“Shit, and here I was planning to bring her to a shoot-out,” Lopez mused.
Luc flung the paperclip back at his partner, nailing him in the forehead. “Hey. So, I need you to be my wingman.”
Lopez rubbed the red spot to the right of his temple with a knowing grin. “Ah, so you do want a piece of Miss Media.”
“Let me rephrase,” Luc said, sitting back in his chair. “I need you to be my reverse wingman. Do whatever you need to keep that plastic, nosy diva away from me.”
There was a light tap on his shoulder before a female voice spoke up. “Gonna be hard when this nosy diva is hell-bent on getting all up in your business.”
“Nice job, Wingman,” Luc said with a glare at Lopez, whose grin indicated that he’d definitely seen Ava approaching and had opted not to mention it.
Luc pivoted around in his chair so he faced Ava. Only he was sitting, and she was standing, which put him exactly at eye level with Ava’s slim hips.
Generally speaking, Luc liked a little more curve to his women, but apparently his preferences were shifting, because he couldn’t help his sex-starved brain from thinking that Ava Sims’s hips were the perfect size for his hands to wrap around, his fingers holding her still as he prepared to plunge into her…
The fantasy dissolved into a million pieces when she opened her sassy mouth again.
“You know…” her voice was considering, her finger tapping idly against her lips. “I’d always heard that the whole man-in-uniform thing was supposed to be a turn-on. Guess it’s an acquired taste.”
I first read the blurb for Frisk Me months ago and added it to my TBR right away thinking it'd be right up my alley, and while I did enjoy parts of it, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. That being said, Frisk Me turned out to be an okay read in the end.
Being a cop is in Luc's blood and while he loves his job, he doesn't enjoy all the attention he's getting lately. So, of course, you can imagine how much he doesn't want to cooperate with Ava, the journalist that's putting together a TV special highlighting his recent save that's dubbed him a hero.
Ava is gunning for anchorwoman at the network she works at and knows that Luc's TV special is her ticket. Rather than believing Luc is the hero everyone is making him out to be, Ava, being the jaded journalist that she is, thinks there's more to Luc than he lets on and she's determined to find out what it is.
The tension between Ava and Luc was palpable from the beginning and it was obvious where they were going to end up. Unfortunately they played the hot and cold game way too much for my liking which really ruined it for me. I understand a little back and forth, especially given the fact that they're working together, but the fact that they couldn't even admit their feelings to themselves was really the nail in the coffin for me.
Let me tell you though, when they were together it was great! The witty banter, the sexy times, and even the tender moments really had me rooting for them at one point. Then the betrayal that you could see coming a mile away happened and the way it was handled made me lose interest. Communication is key, and these two were severely lacking it.
While there's not a whole lot of love lost between me and the main characters, the side characters were great, especially Luc's grandmother, Nonna. I could just picture her running around with her purple lipstick and push up bra... That woman had me cracking up and was definitely the highlight of this book.
Frisk Me definitely set up the rest of the series nicely with the introduction of Luc's family and while it didn't exactly turn out to be the perfect read that I was hoping for, I'll definitely be checking out the next book in the series.
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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