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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

Those Morettis are addictive I tell you! I breezed through this book like it was a slice of cheesecake and when I was done I felt like I was the only one who had a happy moment.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: 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.

I promised myself that I would not pick a favorite Moretti sibling until this series was over and they all got their stories told BUT Anthony and Maggie’s story is going to be hard to beat in my eyes!

First there’s Anthony, the stoic, super motivated and newly minted Captain of the NYPD Twentieth Precinct. There’s a really soft, gooey center underneath all those scowls, growls and hard ass personality and I loved how as Steal Me progressed, more and more layers to the oldest Moretti sibling were revealed. I love a hero that feels he can’t be successful in his professional and personal life because there’s so much potential for self torture and befuddlement on his part and of course, it gives the heroine the opportunity to be awesome enough to make the hero doubt his long held belief. Anthony was so stubborn though and it added an extra challenge for Maggie which in turn made this book such a fun read.

At first Maggie seemed like the overdone klutzy type character and I thought she would be boring but given that it was Anthony’s fault it turned into a joke and gave Anthony one more thing to grouse about. Maggie is actually a lot tougher than she seemed and I thought I had her pegged within a few pages but she kept surprising me and proving my assumptions wrong. I thought she was a mousy, dorky, dull witted character when in fact she was hiding her awesomeness behind her waitress’ uniform. I ended up liking this woman who was snarky, brave, intelligent and persistent! That last one being absolutely necessary when dealing with a Moretti apparently.

One thing was definitely certain though, all the energy that Anthony expends being this serious, no fun kind of guy translated into some serious vibes whenever he was around Maggie. Man, those two really had a lot of pent up sexual angst because once they crossed that line even their kisses were smokin’ hot! All that push and pull between them also forced Anthony and Maggie to acknowledge their past baggage and their current conflicts. I just loved these two so much!

Steal Me also included some really sweet and laugh out loud moments with the entire Moretti clan, including my favorite: Nonna Moretti. She was great in the first book and down right adorable in this one. The whole family is. They meddle but not too much and Tony and Maria Moretti push their kids but still allow them to learn on their own. They’re one of the best parents I’ve ever seen in romance. But they still come second to Nonna. I adore her so much.

Final Verdict: Anthony’s intense personality was both challenged and complimented by Maggie’s persistent positivity and sharp mind. The story was easy to get into and even easier to love. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I can’t believe how much I am enjoying this series!

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