Frisk Me

Lauren Layne
Frisk Me
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Forever Grand Central
Release Date
July 2015
Book 1 of New York's Finest
Contemporary Romance

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Aug 01, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
106 people found the following review helpful
4 "America's Hero" Stars! Being a little late to the Lauren Layne fan club, I only just discovered her writing this year with her release of Crushed (Redemption 2), a title which made my top favorites list. Needless to say, after that first impression, I just knew I had to read her next book, so when I was presented with a review opportunity for FRISK ME, I jumped on it.

FRISK ME, the debut novel in Ms. Layne's New York's Finest Series, contains many of the same attributes that I fell in love with in Crushed: it's funny, witty and touching. The only reason I'm giving this one a four, rather than a five, star rating is that whereas I absolutely adored both the hero and heroine in Crushed, I didn't agree with all of the actions of the heroine in this book. Nonetheless, character flaws and all, FRISK ME is a compelling and entertaining romance which I am happy I had a chance to experience.

What could be more traditional than American apple pie? Why, of course, an honest to goodness American hero in uniform! Ava Sim's news network hopes to capitalize on this popular theme to boost its national ratings by producing a prime time 3-hour special on a NYPD Officer, Luc Moretti. Luc recently gained local notoriety for being captured on film while rescuing a girl from drowning in the East River and shortly thereafter giving a homeless man the jacket off his own back to protect him from inclement weather. Ava is determined to capitalize ratings dream by taking this local story national, and hopefully earn her anchor position in the process. Luc, however, is equally determined to avoid any further publicity, instead reasoning that he was just doing his job.

When it becomes clear that the mandate for the TV special is coming all the way from the top NYPD brass, who hopes to use the story to combat recent negative publicity, Luc is left with no choice but to allow Ava to follow him around for weeks in order to produce footage for the story. Forced to play nice and spend a large amount of time together, the two can't help but feel their mutual chemistry. Ava, however, never being one to be complacent, also can't help but to let her innate talent at investigative journalism shine through. But can two such mutually opposed starting points ever find a way to meet at an HEA in the middle?

All in all, FRISK ME kept me engaged throughout, both with its budding romance as well as the well thought out interactions between Luc and Ava and their respective family members, all of whom seem to have their own agendas. This interconnected interplay will keep you on your toes and rooting for love to win in the end.
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