Title: Steal Me
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: New York's Finest #2
Main Characters: Anthony and Maggie
Release Date: November 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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 love this series. But one of the reasons I loved this particular book so much is due to Lauren Layne's incredible ability to build up sexual tension. Wow...I'd love to read her rough drafts to see how much of that ability is just innate talent and how much she adds in as she goes in through the rewriting process. Because her books are so amazing for the push/pull of the emotions of the characters. This one in particular was fabulous just because Anthony is such a repressed character.
Anthony's issue with his emotions, dealing with having them at all, is what makes this book so good. He's trying to balance his career aspirations and his promotion to Captain with his family obligations and trying to solve a crime that involves a girl he's interested in which is a serious breach in protocol. Not a good thing for his first big case as a Captain...at least not if he wants to progress any farther up the chain. This is a guy who is seriously conflicted and that means he continually jerks Maggie around.
I loved Maggie's connection to Anthony's family and how they were all rooting for her. They sense that she needs someone in her corner and are perfectly willing to throw Anthony under the bus and tell him to get his head out of his butt. It made for a fun read and I laughed out loud several times during the family interactions. I love the siblings relationships and how they are all close enough to be completely honest with one another.
It was just a great book. I cannot wait for Vincent and Jill's book. It promises to be another great one.
Note: even though I get these books for review, I always buy a copy of Lauren Layne's books (the ones I can anyway) because her's are ALL definitely worthy of a place on my keeper shelf.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.