Title: Frisk Me
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: New York's Finest #1
Main Characters: Luc and Ava
Release Date: July 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
I love this family full of sexy, alpha, Italian cops. I do not love the blond cover model. What part of dark, broody, Italian is confusing? He's gorgeous, but...LOL.
But regardless of that, this is a pretty good book. I loved the fantastic chemistry and conflict between Luc and Ava. They were simply explosive together and that made for a really sexy read full of sexual tension that I enjoyed.
And they have things in common too because they both have internal conflict about their job.
For Luc, that tracks back to a case which resulted in the death of his partner and a young girl. He has a lot of guilt over his actions surrounding those events. Actions that everyone agrees weren't his fault. Hindsight is 20/20 and he's human. It wasn't his fault. Period. Dot. He also has issues in this family of cop over-achievers...it's hard to live up to.
For Ava, she's conflicted about her job. Her family also has high expectations for her, which she has taken into her psyche. She has to succeed at any cost...even though she really doesn't enjoy the job, how completely groomed she has to be, or the exploitation of others she has to do for the job.
A lot of people are hating on this book for what Ava did and her lack of character growth, and to a certain extent, I agree with those criticisms. I just think the author didn't take it far enough. There was a way to do what Ava did and turn it so that she could maintain the story she originally set out to tell, but point out the way that media exploits cops both good and bad. These men and women in uniform are still human beings that have to make split second calls and follow procedure with very real and many times dangerous repercussions. But at the end of the day, they are human, with human emotions, reactions, and they pay for it in a much deeper way...both them and the people who love them and worry for them every day when they leave their home to report into the job. That story line was there, but I don't feel like it was used to the extent it could have been.
But regardless of that one tiny complaint, this was a fantastic book and is setting up a great series. I loved the witty dialogue, the wide cast of characters, and the set-up for the chemistry between Luc and Ava. I thought they were incredibly sexy and fun. And I'm definitely looking forward to more of the Moretti clan.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.