Thursday, November 26, 2015

review || STEAL ME { blog tour } by Lauren Layne

Forever | November 24, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
New York's Finest, book 2



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.
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{ about lauren layne } .

Lauren Layne is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

{ review } .

Oh, how I love this family...

When we watched as Luc fell for Ava, we also saw as the Moretti family's beloved waitress left and in her wake was a newer girl, Maggie. And while the family loved Maggie and her fumbling, went out of their way to make her feel welcome -- well, all but Anthony did.

Granted, every time Anth saw Maggie, she was spilling something on him -- tea, ketchup, coffee.

I loved gruff Anthony. The oldest sibling in the group, he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder and definitely has some high walls. One of my favorite early-on scenes was when he (rudely) corrects Maggie of his title -- and then she goes and sarcastically repeats it on the subway, "Captain Moretti".

Maggie was so easy to love, so endearing. It was easy to see how and why the Moretti family loved her (and why they accepted her, brought her in, tried keeping her in....).

This story had just enough suspense to draw out the story. Anthony's current case is dragging him down; he can't manage to solve it and because of such, he's put a ton of pressure on himself. His future goals include police commissioner but he can't have this case bringing his reputation down. When he's working on the case at Darby's Diner, and lovable Maggie's face turns to fear, his tough, high walls start to crumble and he finds himself learning everything that his family sees when they look at this woman.

There are few stories that Ms. Layne weaves that I don't fully, truly, 100%-ly love. This Moretti clan will definitely be a favorite and I can't wait to watch as the next falls -- Vincent and his partner, Jill, who is already essentially an honorary Moretti (we see a lot of these two's interactions in STEAL ME, setting up beautifully for book 3, CUFF ME).

for other reviews & tour goodies,

{ previous review in series } .

FRISK ME 5{ review }

{ giveaway } .

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