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.
I absolutely loved the first book and the series and literally jumped at the chance to read the second! I love the Moretti family so much! Big, boisterous and always in each other’s business, you can’t help but to want to be a part of the family as well. And that’s exactly what waitress Maggie Walker wants too. She’s their weekly waitress and has always gravitated towards the loud and loveable bunch. But when she’s around the eldest sibling, Anthony, his gruff demeanor always unnerves her.
A bit gun-shy from a previous marriage and a family not worth mentioning, Maggie is weary of the no-nonsense police captain with broad shoulders and a whole bunch of other parts that Maggie’s daydreamed about on more than one occasion J
When Maggie’s past crosses paths with a case Anthony’s prescient has been stumped on, the two start spending a lot of time together…possibly some kissy face time too. Feelings start to develop and Maggie wonders if what she’s feeling is real, or if Anthony is using her to help solve his case. Lines are getting blurry as the couple spend more time together. What’s more dangerous; the connection Maggie has to the case or falling for a man who could never love her?
Holy goodness!!! Lauren Layne can write her ass off! I absolutely LOVED this book! You get everything here: action, adventure, sexy times and so, so much laughter. The Moretti family are hilarious and Anthony’s grandmother—affectionately known as Nonna—is a hoot! Whether it’s inappropriate texting or talking about her boyfriends, Nonna is the comic relief that rounds out an already excellent story!
I also love the fact that Maggie is in her thirties. I’m not sure why more authors don’t write older heroines more often but I do so love it when they do! I felt that her age and experience honed her character nicely making her easily relatable.
If I may say one tiny thing that’s been bugging me it’s that there is a fifth Moretti sibling who’s in California and has been barely mentioned. I’m really hoping Ms. Layne will write his book soon, or maybe a visit back home so he can get more page time. His absence didn’t hinder the story, just increased my curiosity about him. Alas, I’ll have to wait longer since Vincent’s book is next. Me thinks this Moretti will fall the hardest.
I recommend this and Luc’s book, FRISK ME to anyone who enjoys reading about big families, sexy cops and unabashedly wicked grandmas!
I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
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.
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