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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Review: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

Who doesn't love a surprise? I know I LOVE being surprised by a good read and that's just what happened with this book! I found a new family to love!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was gifted to me and the decision to review it was mine. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: July 28, 2015

Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras-until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him . . .

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story-to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform . . . and she can't wait to get him out of his.

So basically the story is that Luc, the youngest in his family that consists of his legendary NYPD dad and older brothers following the same path, is suddenly flooded with media attention after he rescues a little girl from the river. He’s not thrilled by the fact that the media wants to turn him into some kind of superhero when he was only doing his job. To make things worse, his boss is now ordering him to play nice with a journalist sent to do a TV special on him. Ava is less than impressed with the image the media has of Luc so she’s determined to find out if he’s the real deal, except that all that time spent with him is giving her second thoughts about her first impression of him.

I started Frisk Me as a way to kill time in between reviews and ended up pulling an all nighter because the Moretti family was just too adorable!

As the youngest sibling, Luc was subjected to all kinds of older sibling behavior and he handled it for the most part with humor and that is the first impression I got of the Moretti family: They loved fiercely, fought hard and laughed often. I love a romance that has at least one cheeky character but this one has more than one! Having multiple funny men/women doesn’t always work but in this case, Lauren Layne gave each Moretti sibling and their grandmother their individual brand of cheekiness so it didn’t feel like they were all the same. Luc’s humor came from being the youngest; Elena’s from being the only girl, Anthony is the oldest and has a more serious outlook and Vincent’s deadpan humor is something only a sarcastic mind could appreciate.

But Nonna Moretti is in a class all her own though. I say if you’re going to write a meddling grandmother in a romance, THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT! Nonna didn’t annoy me with over the top pushing or that “I know best attitude” that ticks me off. Instead she took the blunt approach. Everyone knew she was meddling and she had no shame telling her grandchildren the truth. But the truly endearing aspect of Nonna’s personality was her zest for life! She did yoga, had an active love life and loved her racy lingerie! She shared an apartment with Anthony and Luc and yet she had more fun in her life than they did! I adored this woman!

The Moretti boys grew up watching as their father went to work as an NYPD officer and their mother worried about whether he would come back or not and it shaped each one of them in different ways. For Luc he thought he could never put anyone through the worry and dread that his mother went through, much less what his own family would go through if he was killed in the line of duty. That was his obstacle with Ava and it wasn’t an easy one to overcome because it is a thought that every law enforcement officer and their families have every single day. That touch of realism made Luc more than just a character in a book; it made him into a symbol of all real law enforcement officers. I loved how the author made Luc more than just a pretty face or the son of a legend; he was his own man and a good one. I was half in love with him myself by the end of the book!

Ava was an okay heroine. She was ambitious and had great instincts but like many journalist character she lacked a bit of an ethical barometer. Yes her job was to ferret out secrets and present the truth BUT those same great instincts should have told her to handle things a lot better than she did with Luc because they had a personal relationship not just a professional one. Her judgment was poor and while I understood her desire to pursue the next step in her career (Because I wanted that journalism degree at one point myself), I don’t believe in crushing innocent people to achieve those goals and that’s what Ava was prepared to do. Maybe not in the sense that she was revealing something illegal in Luc’s past but she was prepared to crush him emotionally and that didn’t sit well with me.

Final Verdict: Strong start, strong characters, plenty of humor and an adorable grandmother, Frisk Me introduced yet another new-to-me-author.

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