New York's Finest #3
Releasing on March 29th, 2016
Forever: Grand Central
Rating: 5 Stars
Rating: 5 Stars
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Vincent knows he's not the most charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to talking, and he sure as hell isn't about to give into his mother's insistence that he 'settle down with a nice girl.' Luckily, Vincent's gig as one of the NYPD's top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner, Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.
After six years of working the homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.
Now the bureau's most antagonistic set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7 in the suspect's territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . . and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in and out of bed, and Jill's falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?
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Vincent “Vin” Moretti has a really tough job. Jillian “Jill” Henley has some really big news that’s going to shock her partner. Once you meet Vin’s family you’re going to want to know more about them. This is a book that reads as a stand-alone but before you even finish you’ll realize that this is a series you’ll enjoy.
My problem with Vin is that he’s a man that has no clue. My problem with Jill is that she won’t take the bull by the horns. Given Jill and Vin’s profession, I’m glad that the author added in a mystery. Every time it appeared in a scene it would pique my interest and had me looking for the next scene where I might get a hint as to whether the were close to getting it solved. Our author also created a secondary character named Tom. Even though you don’t see him a lot, you get the sense that he’s a good guy. It also left me wondering if the reader will see him again.
My laugh moment came when Vin’s father is having a talk with his sons. But Nonna has him beat - and what a great way to bring closure to a great book. The author was also very sweet to include a hint of the next book of hers I intend to read. But as I patiently wait – if you believe that one… - I’ll have to go back and read Frisk Me and Steal Me.
The author grabs the reader’s attention almost right away and you’ll know that she’s sealed the deal after Vin’s family has a party. I had a morning that I had to spend at a very long appointment and was so glad that I had this book with me. It was a great way to forget that I was spending a lot of time just waiting. But it was aggravating every time I had to shut my reader down – there just is no good stopping point. Now to tell you how well my day was going – lost both cable and internet once I got home from my appointment. But that turned out to be my saving grace – I was able to sit back, relax, and finish reading this book. The only thing that would have made my enjoyment any better would have been to have a paper copy. You can bet that I’m going to keep my eye out at my local bookstore. And may even think about getting the audible copy so that I can enjoy as I’m driving.
One never really realized how much New York City got under your skin until you left it for a while.
It was like one minute New York was your adopted home—a little bit intense, a lot scary.
And the next, you were holding your breath as your plane landed, your entire body on edge with the anticipation of being home again.
Jill Henley smiled as the plane touched down, her eyes closing just for a moment at the realization that she’d be sleeping in her own bed tonight. Going back to her job tomorrow. Eating at her favorite gyros place tomorrow.
But none of that—not the city, nor her pillow-top bed, nor the really freaking amazing gyros—were as important as who awaited her.
Jill loved her mother desperately—it was the reason she’d spent the past three months in Florida taking care of her.
But the Moretti family had become every bit as much family to Jill as her own mom.
She couldn’t wait to see them again.
All of them.
Okay, so maybe there was one Moretti in particular whom she was especially excited to see.
Not that the excitement was mutual.
As she walked through JFK toward baggage claim, she couldn’t figure out for the life of her why she was even the tiniest bit disappointed about the fact that Vincent Moretti wouldn’t be the one picking her up from the airport.
She hadn’t even asked him. He might have said yes. Maybe. But it would have been done with a grunt and a grumble, and probably a lecture about how his workload was double because his partner had “up and ditched him.”
Besides, it made more sense for Elena to pick her up anyway.
Not only was Elena her best friend, but Elena was an attorney at a fancy-pants law firm, with access to a company car that was a hell of a lot nicer than Vin’s car and didn’t smell like old coffee.
Plus, Jill had news.
The kind of news that female friends squealed over in the appropriate, gushing manner.
So why was she so nervous?
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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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