Frisk Me

Frisk Me

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by Lauren Layne
     
 

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Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's

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Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras-until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him . . .

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 06/29/2015
Layne (the Redemption series) launches the New York’s Finest contemporary romance series with this stellar example of the genre. The recent endeavors of Luc Moretti, the youngest son in a family of NYPD officers, have earned him the nickname America’s Hero, catapulted him to unwanted fame, and made him the subject of a national television special that the department hopes will counter some recent negative press. Reporter Ava Sims is assigned to his story; she intends to advance her career, and her reporter’s sense tells her there is something more to Luc than heroics. Luc and his loving family, especially his outspoken grandmother, offer a nice counterbalance to Ava’s dysfunctional background, which leaves her unwilling to let anyone get close to her. Ava and Luc’s sparks are immediate, and the evolution of their relationship—which starts with little common ground except a dedication to singlehood—is stimulating and realistic. They negotiate their professional and romantic interactions with banter that’s clever but not self-satisfied, and their moment of truth feels warm and real. Fans of slightly gritty contemporaries will adore this. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Aug.)
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"Layne (the Redemption series) launches the New York's Finest contemporary romance series with this stellar example of the genre. Ava and Luc's sparks are immediate, and the evolution of their relationship-which starts with little common ground except a dedication to singlehood-is stimulating and realistic. They negotiate their professional and romantic interactions with banter that's clever but not self-satisfied, and their moment of truth feels warm and real. Fans of slightly gritty contemporaries will adore this"—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

4 1/2 stars! The first in Layne's New York's Finest series is funny, delightfully steamy and deeply touching, setting the bar quite high. Layne creates protagonists who are fully realized and likable, ensuring that their individual journeys are as clever and moving as their romance, and her novels are always the better for it. A bustling, detailed setting and a stellar cast of supporting characters, particularly the hero's large and outspoken family, provide the perfect backdrop for her characters and keep expectations high for the rest of this soon-to-be-a-hit series."—RT Book Reviews"

Layne is hands down the queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes. Frisk Me was a sensual combo of both that left me dying for more."—#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken"

Frisk Me is a terrific love story—equal parts sweet and hot. Layne is a master of both sexual tension and the soul-satisfying HEA."

USA Today bestselling author, Serena Bell"

Funny, intelligent and touching." —USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox on After the Kiss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455561186
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2015
Series:
New York's Finest Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
118,964
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she's naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren's lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She's also a total website nerd and insists you check out LaurenLayne.com!

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Frisk Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Layne never disappoints. This novel is sweet, funny, and romantic. You will love the main characters, and she also develops secondary characters for future novels. Will revisit this one again.
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sdeets More than 1 year ago
Ava and Luc's story was fun and sexy with a little emotional twist. Luc hates his new hero status because deep down he still isn't over the death of his partner Ava tries to live up to her family's expectations, even if it's not what she really wants . They're both a mess apart but good together. And the grandmother is a hoot! Good read, would recommend.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this new Lauren Layne book! It was a little bit different than the other ones I've read by her, but still good. I liked how it took Ava and Luc a little while before they became comfortable enough with each other or acted on their obvious attraction. The animosity between them was sometimes frustrating and sometimes amusing, but it all lead to some great moments. Some great sexy moments. They hit several bumps along the way, and you begin to wonder if they can come out of it strong enough together, getting past all the hurt. Frisk Me is a nice start to the new series. My favorite part of the story is Luc and his family--there's something about a book focusing attention on a close-knit family dynamic that pulls me in. And then add in how the story is cute and sexy, plus serious and funny, and you've got a pretty great combination. I will admit that I was tearing up near the end. All in all, a very nice and intriguing story! Quite interested in seeing what's in store for the next book in the New York's Finest series. My Rating: Very Good
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Nonna stole the show for me! She is such a feisty eighty-something year old, and I love they way she dishes it out with her grandsons. Luc and Ava have some really good chemistry and in and out of bed and I liked that they didn't jump into bed immediately. Her betrayal is pretty predictable, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. Great intro to the Moretti clan, looking forward to the next book! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
CarolineBritt More than 1 year ago
Amazing read! I love all her books; they're like reading a great rom-com movie. The best part about Frisk Me is the amazing tension between the main characters. At first it seems like it's too much, how are these people going to stop hating each other?! But as it starts to shift, it's too much in ANOTHER way. Oh, and don't forget about the crazy Italian grandmother! She's the best! I caught myself laughing out loud so many times! So if you like rom-com movies and the hilarity of a Janet Evanovich book, then you'll like this one. (And any other Lauren Layne actually)
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
I have yet to read a Lauren Layne book that I could put down after starting. She develops her characters so well that you fall in love with both the hero and heroine. The heroine in this book is Ava Sims a reporter. She comes from a long line of great journalists. Her family lets her know on a regular basis that she is just average. Ava finally gets her big break by covering an American Hero story on a police officer name Luc who happened to dive into a river to save a young girl. She thinks this story will be her big break to prove everyone wrong that she isn't just average. Unfortunately America's Hero isn't exactly excited to be in the spotlight. Luc isn't happy about his sudden fame for doing his duty as a cop and a decent human being. Everywhere he goes he is reminded of the good deed he has done. While being reminded of this good deed he is still haunted by his tortured past. He is told by his superior's that he has to go along with this interview for the good of the department. Little does he know he will be with this little spit fire Ava for a couple months so that she can get all the background she needs on him. I love the push and pull dynamics between these two characters. It's almost like there is 4 characters. Ava the reporter, and normal Ava. Then Luc the cop, and Luc the down to earth family guy. I will say Nonna was one of my favorite characters in this book!! I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
This isn't my first Lauren Layne book, but it is my first of her adult titles. It won't be my last. As a matter of fact, I'm already anticipating the next title in this series, Steal Me. Fortunately, November isn't too far away. I really liked the pairing of these characters and the setup for the story here. I couldn't wait to see what happened when stubborn, closed off police officer Luc, who was constantly trying to stay out of the spotlight, met up with the woman and reporter, Ava, who was intent on shining that light brightly on him. I enjoyed watching them play off each other and I loved their banter. I enjoyed watching each of them struggle with what their chemistry and developing connection meant for their careers. Ava's was torn between wanting to tell the story and wanting to protect Luc. Luc wanted to trust to trust Ava, but was having a difficult time because he needed to keep himself closed off from the reporter side of her. As the lines blurred, it made for an interesting dynamic between these two. I knew it would be a bumpy ride, and more often than not, I enjoy good, antagonistic chemistry between characters. I definitely liked both Luc and Ava and felt like I understood their motivations. There's no denying there was tons of chemistry between them. While I started out enjoying their banter and bullheadedness, there was a little more back and forth than I could personally take at times. I understood why there was as much conflict between these two as there was, but it did make it difficult to root for them at times. But when they were good together? They were amazing. They were passionate and had a connection that went beyond the bedroom, no matter how much each of them were insistent that all they could have was a sexual relationship. The sexy scenes were hot and romantic; the perfect combination for me when it comes to romance. Luc's family was one of the high points for me in this book. I absolutely LOVED the Moretti clan. How can you not? They were meddlesome in that way the best families are, especially when it's clear they have their clan's best interests at heart. Thick or thin, they stuck together. And Nonna? She was a hoot and a half. I loved that lady. At times it felt like the rest of the Moretti's overshadowed the developing relationship between Luc and Ava. So, while I might not have fallen head over heels for Frisk Me, I absolutely enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys strong characters and (more than) a little conflict in their romance. The payoff for the frustration and lack of communication was an ending that left me with hearts in my eyes. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
You know when you grab a book and you see the words Lauren Layne on the title, you are in a for a real treat - and Frisk Me is no different than all the other novels that the great Ms. Lauren Layne has written. Layne has a way of writing books that capture her audiences attention right from the onset and writes such great characters that will capture you in the great writing style that is Lauren Layne. I absolutely loved Luc Moretti and the way his character was written. He was not your standard "hero" or main lead of the book - he was struggling with his past and how it impacted his day to day life. His character was written with such class and such precision, he was a character with whom you just fall in love with right away. Ava is spunky, fun and oh so sexy and Luc just can't but be drawn to this women with whom he just wants to stay away from .... However, as we all know great love stories go ... they chemistry and connection between the two is just too great that they can't but help fall in love. I really enjoyed Frisk Me by Lauren Layne and would definitely recommend it as a great summer read! You must put New York's Finest cop and hero of the hour Luc Moretti's and his heroine Ava Simms on your To-Be-Read Shelf.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Luca is a reluctant hero and Ava is the reporter who is determined to expose him as a fraud. Luca didn't set out to be a hero ... he was just doing what any compassionate person would do and it's not his fault that there always seems to be someone filming him when he's just being nice. He didn't ask to be a hero and he sure as hell doesn't want the stigma that seems to come with that label. He wants to be just a normal cop. Ava is waiting for her shot at the big time and she thinks that Luca is the key to her success. What could be better than bringing a hero down amidst a scandal but what if Luca really is the hero that the public is making him out to be ... It's been a while since I've read a book that grabbed me from the very first page. I don't think I even made it to the end of the first page and I knew that Frisk Me was going to be good. I had high hopes for this one because I thought that the blurb sounded pretty interesting and I NEEDED this book to be good. I've been in a massive book funk for the past two months and nothing seemed to crack it. Until this one. I found myself staying up super late just so that I could finish a chapter. And then the next one and the next one. I absolutely loved all of the characters that Lauren Layne created. I think that all of them played a really important part in the plot and there weren't any that I was wondering why in the hell they were included or excluded for that matter. The plot was fabulous, there weren't any slow parts or sections that shouldn't be included because they were boring or unimportant. Everything was just ... great. I really don't know what else to say at this point. Frisk Me was great and Lauren Layne is now one of my favorite authors. I'm also super excited for the next novel in this series. I'm telling you, it better be as awesome as this first one or I will be totally pissed. I have super high expectations for anything from this author now. No pressure. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought that this was a solid romance novel and I really enjoyed reading it. I had a chance to read one of Lauren Layne's earlier novels just a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved it so I jumped at the chance to read this first book in her new series. I found this book a bit difficult to get into but once the story grabbed me I couldn't get enough. I just loved Luc and his family of police officers. Luc was just a good guy who happened to be caught on video doing a couple of good deeds. Because of these videos, Luc finds himself becoming the center of attention everywhere he goes. He is anything but happy when he is told that he is about to become an even bigger celebrity because of a national television special about him. Luc suddenly finds himself being shadowed by a reporter, Ava. While it was really easy to love Luc and his family, I had trouble warming up to Ava. Ava is pursuing goals that will make her family happy and spends a lot of time trying to live up to a certain image. During parts of the book, I found that I liked Ava a little but her character just never connected with me. Luc was definitely the star of this story in my opinion. I did like the parts of the book where Luc and Ava were together quite a bit. When it was just Luc and Ava, her character seemed a lot more authentic and I really felt that they had chemistry. The sexy times between the pair were smokin' hot and Lauren Layne has proven without a doubt to me that she can write some awesome love scenes. I really wish that Ava would have been easier to like. Just as I was starting to like her a little she would do something that would make me doubt her again. I really disliked some of her actions during the story and felt that she seemed to always choose her job over Luc at every turn. There was nothing that was a deal breaker for me but there were definitely a few things in the book that I could have liked a lot better. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is a great book to start with since it is the beginning of a new series and I think it will appeal to most romance readers. I plan to continue with this series. Luc has a lot of interesting bothers who are also police officers and I can't wait to read their stories. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. Comment Comment | Permalink
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
FRISK ME is funny, highly entertaining and completely captured my attention from start to finish. I love how Luc and Ava were constantly butting heads and equally matched in the sarcasm and stubbornness department. Their chemistry was palpable and sizzled during each encounter! I absolutely loved the whole story! I loved this big, boisterous Italian Moretti family. I loved how no two family members were the same and the diversity is really what made the family so loveable. And I also loved that there are four very sexy cop brothers in the family and I’m looking forward to everyone’s story! My favorite part of the book was definitely Nonna, Luc’s grandmother. She is over 80 years old and as vibrant as ever! She’s the unabashedly vocal and brutally honest in all things and can definitely teach her grandchildren a thing or two about relationships. The only thing that bothered me about the book was that we didn’t get to see the conclusion of a large piece of the story. I am hoping we’ll see it in the next book. This is my first read from Lauren Layne and she completely enchanted me! I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I’m currently checking out her other books! I HIGHLY recommend FRISK ME to anyone who loves a good story with big laughs and big heart! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
There's a lot going for this story that made it a really fun, sometimes emotional, super sexy read. The hero of the story, Luc, is one of those downright good guys. He's thoughtful, he's friendly, he's got a strong moral compass, and the fact that he's a sexy, handsome man sure doesn't hurt. He always does the right thing, never wanting recognition for doing what he expects others to do as well, so being in the limelight in a TV show all about America's heroes makes him very uncomfortable. He doesn't consider himself a hero, just a guy, doing his job. (Of course, this is what makes him hero material in our eyes, and the eyes of the American viewing public, hence why the top brass want to showcase him as a way of getting good PR for the NYPD). Ava on the other hand, is a bit more difficult character to like, at least on the surface. Our first introduction to her shows her flouting the law (she attracts parking tickets like magnets) and clearly she doesn't think much of Luc. She's feisty and stubborn and opinionated- but it doesn't take long to find out that these character traits that make for a good investigative journalist are covering for a woman who is seeking approval from her never satisfied parents, even if she has trouble admitting that to herself. It's their dream to have one of their daughters in the public limelight, not hers. As she and Luc become reluctant partners in making a show neither is really interested in but have been forced to do together by their bosses, she comes to envy Luc and his dedication to his job. It shows her just how wrong her own goals have been, a difficult pill to swallow. While there is a definite antagonism towards each other, it's really a mask for the sexual attraction between them. And once that mask drops, they engage wholeheartedly in a steamy and seductive affair. At first, sex between them is a no-strings attached, "let's scratch this itch together, but keep it a secret" affair. But the more time they spend together, the more involved they get emotionally. They both come to realize that what's on the surface is not what's underneath. While in Luc's case this results in him realizing that there is a wounded woman beneath the tough facade, in Ava's case this leads to the uncomfortable conclusion that Luc is hiding something, and to be true to herself she can't just ignore it. But revealing his secrets will likely mean the end of the safety and security she's found in his arms. A tough choice, to be sure. One of the other enjoyable aspects of this story was Luc's family and the relationship of the siblings and parents. Luc lives with his brother and his Nonna and that makes for some very funny scenes. Like any family, the characters are diverse, some more open with their thoughts and feelings than others. There were several witty conversations amidst the more emotional ones, and there is no doubt that the stories of Luc's siblings will be just as fun and enjoyable to read as this one. I loved how the story progressed, with behind the scenes looks at police work and television journalism. The romance between Ava and Luc was sexy and emotional, and though they both make some mistakes on the road to happiness, the final result is a satisfying happy ending that brought a few tears to my eyes. 5 stars and a great start to this new series!