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Monday, March 21, 2016

Tasty Book Tour: Cuff Me by Lauren Layne (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Hello everyone! I’m glad to be back today, it’s been one heck of a Spring Break for me but today I am happy to be part of the Cuff Me blog tour presented by Tasty Book Tours. It was by accident I came across this series and I couldn’t be more smitten by the Moretti family! I hope you’ll give the series a try if you haven’t read it! Don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway at the end of the post!

About Lauren Layne:
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Vincent Moretti is one of the NYPD's top homicide detectives-and one of the most eligible bachelors in town. His family, however, thinks he should date his longtime partner, Jill-a sassy, sexy, smart-mouthed blonde who drives him absolutely crazy.

Behind the quiet authority, tough-guy demeanor, and dark aviator glasses lies a man with a big soul-and a hard body that can soften any girl's heart. After years as his coworker, Jill Henley has given up hope that anything could happen between her and Vin. Besides, loving him would break all the rules. But seeing Jill with someone else triggers feelings in Vincent he never knew he had. Now he'll have to stop playing good cop/bad cop-and find a way to convince her to be his partner for life. . .

Vincent Moretti is one of the top homicide detectives in New York. With his quiet, tough guy exterior and hidden soft heart, Vin could win over any woman he wanted except he can be kind of clueless when it comes to matters of the heart. Until his longtime partner Jill Henley comes back from her vacation engaged. Before her engagement, Jill used to drive Vin crazy with her endless chatter and snarky attitude but now that she’s about to be removed from his grasp permanently, Vin questions his budding feelings for his coworker.

Awww I think Vincent might be my favorite Moretti after all. He’s gruff, emotionally constipated, socially awkward and stubborn as hell but he’s also loyal, emotionally vulnerable and one hundred percent book boyfriend material. Vin knows he’s one of, if not the best homicide detectives. He’s confident about his ability to perform his job but when it came to him as a person, as a man he was less than sure. Vin didn’t do pity parties but it was clear that they guy thought he was lacking when it came to emotions and showing affection. How can you not want to love a guy like that?

So when the hero is a bit shut off from his softer side, naturally the heroine’s personality should balance it out. Enter Jill, his co-worker, partner, and much loved adopted member of the Moretti family. Jill was outgoing, funny, affectionate and overall happy person. I wouldn’t call her bubbly because to me that is a personality trait that gets annoying after awhile but Jill definitely had an upbeat, positive personality. She was just too easy to like and she was definitely no pushover which is great because those Moretti men could bulldoze over lesser people. I did have one minor issue with Jill and it involved her less than observant but whiny, pathetic “You don’t spend enough time with me” girlfriend attitude in one scene that ended up hurting Vincent and almost costing them their budding relationship. To me it felt off that she would behave so inconsiderately when up until that point she had shown to be a very considerate person.

The attraction between Vincent and Jill was always there whenever they appeared in previous books. It was subtle and mostly noticeable on Jill’s part but in a resigned sort of way. Vin and Jill also had a unique friendship too, one where she did most of the talking while Vin kind of just grunted in agreement but it worked for them. I enjoyed their friendship as much as I enjoyed their romance and I’m glad that at the end they kept the best parts of their friendship and used it to build their new relationship.

Of course, Cuff Me wasn’t all heat. Vin’s siblings and especially his Nonna brought some great humor. I love Nonna Moretti. In each book she is so full of life and spunk and often times has been the one to say what no one else had the guts to say. Plus she’s got such an active social and um, sex life that I can’t help but admire that woman.

Final Verdict: There are two more Moretti children left and I hope they get stories of their own soon. Until then, Cuff Me remains the one to beat in my eyes.

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Only a week after, he’d stuck out his hand and introduced himself as Tom, Tom Porter, in a sort of James Bondian way that made her giggle. They had been eating dinner at that very same hotel restaurant.

Only a week after that, dinner with Tom had become the norm rather than the exception.

The week after that?

They occasionally threw lunch into the mix, either her coming to meet him at some fancy place while her mom was in physical therapy, or him bringing fabulous picnicstyle lunches to her mother’s house, where he’d proceed to charm Jill’s mom almost as thoroughly as he charmed Jill.

Five weeks into Jill’s stay in Florida, Jill had stuck around for breakfast.

In his hotel room.

And then there’d been last night.

“Okay, okay, so he’s a dreamboat,” Elena said as the car crept slowly through rush hour traffic toward Manhattan. “How’d he pop the question? Champagne? Roses? Fancy restaurant with a water view?”

“Holy crap,” Jill said with a laugh. “Were you there?”

“I know all,” Elena said, extending her hands to the side as though she were some wise sage. “Did you see it coming at all?”

“Not even a little bit,” Jill admitted.

Not even with the expensive champagne, or the two dozen roses, or the fact that the restaurant staff seemed to be going out of their way to give Jill and Tom privacy at the terrace table overlooking the ocean.

She’d simply thought it had just been a really fantastic good-bye.

Instead it had been a bit more of a be mine forever and ever.

And Jill had said yes.

She’d said yes almost the second he’d gone down on his knee, not because she’d been that sure—she’d been pretty sure . .. sort of sure—she’d said yes because in that moment, Jill had wanted what Tom Porter was offering her.

A companion. A partner. Love.

And that’s what it came down to. Jill wanted to be loved. She wanted to love.

She loved her mother, obviously. And loved the memory of her father, God rest his soul.

And though she had no siblings of her own, the Morettis had filled that gap. And with the recent addition of Luc’s girlfriend, Ava, and Anthony’s new wife, Maggie, she had some amazing girlfriends to add to the mix.

And last, but never least, there was Vincent. Her partner. In some ways her best friend, although in a way that was different from her relationship with Elena.

But as much as Vincent sometimes seemed like two parts of the same whole, he’d always held a bit of himself back from her. From everyone.

He’d made no secret of the fact that he had no intentions of getting married, ever. Any fantasies Jill had had that her partner would one day wake up and see her were long gone.

Which left her a bit.. . lonely.

She wanted someone to come home to at the end of the long day who would just be there. Who’d pour her a glass of wine, maybe rub her feet and just listen.

Tom offered Jill what nobody else had offered her... ever.

Love. Commitment. A future.

And she knew that he loved her. Fast as their relationship had developed, she could feel it. And she loved him too. At least she was pretty sure.

“Aww, you like him,” Elena said teasingly, reaching out a finger and poking the dimple in Jill’s left cheek.

“I want to be happy, El. I want the happily-ever-after with someone who wants it with me.”

She met her friend’s eyes and saw from the flash of regret on Elena’s face that El understood what Jill wasn’t saying out loud.
I can’t wait for Vin forever.

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