BOOK REVIEW: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

07 September 2015

Frisk Me (New York's Finest #1)
by Lauren Layne (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Forever on July 28th, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
Format: eBook (385 pages)
Source: Purchased
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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.

Lauren Layne brings you another sexy romance in Frisk Me that will have you swooning and your heart melting at the same time. We meet Officer Luc Moretti who suddenly got famous overnight due to a viral video of him saving a little girl from drowning, and although he’s not fond of the sudden fame—people asking for autographs and pictures, calling him a hero even though he believes he’s just doing his job—the last thing he needs is more unwanted exposure. Unfortunately for him, news journalist Ava Sims comes into the picture, tasked to film a documentary on him, and no matter how much these two are not fond of each other, their attraction is absolutely undeniable.

Layne’s characters are undeniably relatable in so many ways, as I’ve noticed from her previous books. Despite their strong upfront personalities, they’re emotionally broken individuals who need a little bit of loving. I loved Luc’s character very much. Although he came off as a little bit aloof and stoic at the beginning, especially towards Ava, he does have his reasons, but underneath all that, he’s such a sweet and down to earth character, and incredibly sexy too. Plus the fact that he’s Italian, and wow, oh wow, I do love Italians. Hah! Ava—on the other hand—is a character I have mixed feelings for. She’s hot and cold, sassy, feisty and hard headed and as much as I enjoyed the fact that she’s of the same major as I am and that she’s a career woman working at a high end media industry, she’s got her moments that had me shaking my head. But otherwise, she’s a smart, driven woman and props to Lauren Layne for writing strong career oriented heroines.

The romance was fantastic. The hilarious banter between Luc and Ava was what I enjoyed the most. What’s funny is how these two originally met and the second time they’re officially introduced, these two bit at each other like cats and dogs, and this is the trope I adore the most—hate-to-love romance and these kinds just make me feel all giddy. Add in the amazing secondary characters that had me cracking up so much, particularly, Luc’s family. Reading about them was such a hoot, especially Nonna. Oh, that old lady was probably the best character to date! The drama, however, wasn’t something I enjoyed reading about. How it unfolded was a little over the top, from Luc’s past and Ava’s desperate need for her big break, but it was still intriguing to read about.

While this book isn’t one of my favorites, I still enjoyed it a lot. Frisk Me jumbled up my emotions. I laughed and I cried, and boy, am I stoked to read the next books in this series featuring Luc’s brothers. *screaming*