Title: Cuff Me
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: New York's Finest #3
Main Characters: Vincent and Jill
Release Date: March 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
ARRESTED BY LOVE
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. . .
This is a fabulous friends to lovers story. Vin and Jill have been partners with the NYPD for 6 years. The story starts when Jill is arriving home after a 3 month leave of absence when she went to stay and care for her mother in Florida. For Vin, it's the first realization about just how much his partner means to him...it's more than just their friendship and partnership. He plans to ask her out and see if it can be something more for her, too. The thing is, Vin is NOT a talker or someone who's emotionally available. As a result, while he missed her horribly while she was gone, he didn't really talk or communicate with Jill that much while she was gone. As a result, the huge diamond engagement ring on her finger is a HUGE shock. How can she be marrying someone else?
Jill's whirlwind romance with Tom was perfect. He was perfect, but now that she's home she's picking up strange vibes from Vin. For a lot of this book, Jill is involved with another man, but Lauren Layne did an incredible job of writing that aspect of the story. There is NO cheating involved. There are just hints of something not quite right...something more with Vin. But how can Jill give up perfection with Tom on the off-chance of maybe something with Vin, the most emotionally unavailable person she knows. Yes, they are best friends, but neither knows what to do here. Vin wants her to be happy and she is, but that possibility is there and it's haunting both of them.
Seriously, Lauren Layne is one of my all-time favorite authors, and usually I love her books for their snappy, witty repartee. This is not that book. Vin is not a talker, but I loved it all the same. The emotion...wow, it just saturated every word, every glance, every piece of dialogue NOT spoken. It was so, so good!
Vin is a cop and person who's always hid his emotions very well. I think it's because of that simple fact that I found this book to be highly emotional and angst-filled. There were moments where my heart just broke for him. He's a good guy, but he just doesn't know how to relate to Jill...or anyone in any kind of emotional way. He's a bit stunted and it was his mother's explanation of why that broke my heart. Nothing happened to him, but he grew up in a big boisterous family and was always the shy one. As a result, he learned how to live on the periphery, never engaging, and wow, that really affected me as a reader. I wanted to just wrap him up in a big old hug.
I'll be honest, there is not a single Lauren Layne book that I have read that I wouldn't absolutely recommend. This is one of those too, but this one is for readers who like that underlying chemistry and emotion that makes for a great angsty read. I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.