Blog Tour & Review Stop: Steal Me by Lauren Layne + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Steal Me
New York’s Finest #2
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing November 24, 2015


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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For Captain Anthony Moretti, three things in life were sacred:
(1) Family.
(2) The NYPD
(3) New York Yankees.
And on this breezy, September Sunday morning, two out of these three things were making him crazy. Not in the good way.
“What do you mean, you don’t want to talk about it?” his father barked, leaning across the table to help himself to one of Anthony’s pieces of bacon.
Maria Moretti’s hand was deft and practiced—the mark of a mother of five—as she swiftly swatted the bacon out of her husband’s fingers. “The doctor said you were supposed to take it easy on the bacon!”
“I am taking it easy. This is Anthony’s bacon,” Tony clarified, rubbing the back of his hand.
“Is it?” Anthony muttered, glancing at the now empty plate. “I don’t seem to remember actually getting to eat any of it.”
His youngest brother and fellow cop stabbed a piece of fruit with his fork and waved it in Anthony’s face. “Cantaloupe?”
Anthony gave Luc a withering look. He could appreciate that his baby brother felt man enough to get a side of fruit with his Sunday brunch, but Anth would stick to potatoes and fatty pig products, thanks very much.
“I think I’m going to hurl,” his other brother, Vincent, said to no one. “Shouldn’t have gotten the side of pancakes. Too old for this shit.”
Anthony felt the beginnings of a headache.
Item number one on his priority list (family) was also thehis number one cause of his frequent, Please, God, take me away to a deserted tropical island,prayers.
But there was no tropical island. Just the same old shit.
For every one of Anthony’s thirty- six years, Sundays had looked exactly the same. All Morettis filed obediently into their pew at St. Ignatius Loyola cChurch on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 10ten o’clock Mass.
Breakfast always followed, always at the same diner, although the name had changed a handful of times over the years.
The sign out front currently read The Darby Diner, named after…nobody knew.
But the Morettis had never cared what it was called. Or why it was called that. As long as the coffee was hot, the hash browns crispy, and the breakfast meats plentiful, they were happy.
Granted, the greasy-spoon food of Tthe Darby Diner was a far cry from the Morettis’ usual fare of home- cooked Italian meals, but Anthony was pretty sure they all secretly loved the weekly foray into pure Americana cuisine. Even his mother didn’t seem to mind (much) so long as her family was all together.

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.

Lauren Layne is the 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.

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  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    1. Thank you! I love the series! You can't go wrong with sexy, Italian NYC cops!