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    See me

    This is book # 3 in the New York's Finest series. This is a book that can be read as a standalone novel. To enjoy fully and understand all the inside jokes from the characters involved, I recommend reading in the order intended. Vincent and Jill have been partners for six years. They know each other well. They have an excellent record as detectives also. They are basically best friends. Jill has been in love with Vin for a while, and finds that he will never change so she must move on. She comes back from assisting her mother in Florida with future plans that rock Vincent's world. Vin has known he has had feelings for Jill for a while. When she left for 3 months, it made him notice even more the hole that was left in her absence. He plans to change all that with her return. Seriously hot and soul wrenching! I eagerly read the words on the page and did not want the book to end. I found the characters development and pace to be spot on. I enjoyed this book! ***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher for an honest review only.
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    Favorite book in the series so far

    I loved this book! It was definitely my favorite in the series so far. There is just something about Vincent and Jill that just makes my heart melt a little bit. They were meant to be with each other but they have to figure out how to make that happen. While this book is the third installment in the New York's Finest series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. Vincent and Jill have appeared in the earlier books in the series but I didn't really feel like I knew them until spending time with them in this book. The characters in this story were amazing. Seeing the characters from the previous books was great but I just loved everything about Jill and Vincent. They are both detectives in the New York Police Department and have been paired up for the past six years. Jill considers herself to be an adopted member of the Morelli clan and the pair have a great working relationship and easy friendship. Jill just felt so alive in this story. She had a lot to give and had decided to try to find some happiness by getting engaged. Her fiance, Tom, is a genuinely good guy but their relationship lacks some of the magic she is looking for. Vincent is incredibly guarded. He has never had a serious relationship and doesn't take chances with his heart. When he finds out that Jill is engaged, he realizes exactly what she means to him. Watching him learn how to open up to Jill was heartbreaking at times because I could really feel how hard everything was for him. I was so glad that Jill was as patient and kind as she was with him and they really proved to be a wonderful couple with a whole lot of chemistry. The case that Vincent and Jill were working on was incredibly interesting as well. An elderly actress falls to her death and there are no leads. It was nice to watch the pair work together because it was almost magical how well they complemented each other. I thought it was fitting that the case they were working on caused them a lot of difficulty to match the turmoil in their personal lives. The eventual resolution of the case was very well done. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I am a huge fan of Lauren Layne's writing and this book is an excellent example of her writing. I plan to continue reading Lauren Layne's work and have my fingers crossed that we will see more of the Morelli's soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever - Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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    My favourite of the series!

    I loved this story! It's got my favourite thing in a romance - unresolved sexual tension! That's certainly what we get here as Vincent and Jill discover that the easy partnership they had for 6 years has disappeared and in its place is a cautious, awkward, trying to get back to the way things were friendship. While Jill was away for 3 months Vincent acted exactly as he always does - meaning he only contacted her twice and never indicated to her that he missed her. He's a straightforward, reserved man, his emotions always on tight lockdown. (His family would describe him as 'grumpy' and often do, to his face). Vincent's tendency to hide his emotions serves him well as a homicide detective, but not so much on the relationship front. Realizing how much he missed Jill, even if he can't voice it in words, has made him determined to start things off with her on a different foot when she returns - a plan Jill foils with the news of her engagement. Instead he's got to figure out a way to cope with the idea that he could lose his partner for good. On Jill's end, she's just doing what she needs to do to move on with her life. She's had unresolved feelings for Vincent for a long time, but has come to the realization that if she wants a husband and children, it's not going to be with Vincent. Her fiance Tom on the other hand is perfect - a true gentleman, wealthy but not a snob, friendly, good in the sack, a mirror image of Jill herself. When he proposes after they've known each other for such a short time, Jill happily accepts. Only, now that she's back home, in the arms of the Moretti family who have always treated her like one of them, she has a harder time convincing herself that she's doing the right thing. This is a slow burn romance. The first half of the story is Jill and Vincent coming to grips with the fact that their partnership is no longer the same. They start to recognize that the special bond they've always had is there because of a deep seated attraction that they've never acted upon, combined with the trust and respect that they have for each other. No worries, there is no cheating in the story, and I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Jill obviously doesn't end up with Tom. He's a good catalyst for Jill and Vincent to deal with the issues between them though (and I felt a little bad for him at first as he obviously cares a lot about Jill , but he seems to do alright for himself in the end). By the time Vincent and Jill acknowledge what's between them and get down to the 'down and dirty' (and whoo boy, they light things up!) we're well into the second half of the story. And I was quite fine with that, I was glad that they didn't rush into anything, and that it happened in a realistic time frame. Even when they get to the good stuff, there's lots still to work through. Though they've been partners in crime, so to speak, it's a whole other ball game to be partners in an intimate relationship, and so they have to learn to communicate and, in Jill's case, to recognize the effort that Vincent is going through to put himself out there for her. He's not vocal, but he works at showing Jill that he really loves her in other ways, and it takes her a while to recognize it. The Moretti family is highly entertaining. With everyone (save for Mom and Nonna) in law enforcement, or the criminal justice system (Vincent's sister Elena is a defense lawyer, much to the cop brothers' dismay) Sunday family brunches are a highly spirited affair. I love how they've made the new partners feel wanted and accepted, in all three of the stories. Jill has a special place as Vincent's work partner but has become good friends with Elena too, and they have some fun scenes together. The brothers act like real brothers, so there are lots of laugh out loud moments, and some serious ones too as Vincent's brothers (and his dad Tony) help him see that Jill is the one for him. Throughout the course of the story, there is a great murder mystery playing out, an aging film star whose death is no accident. While Jill and Vincent are working through their own issues, they are also tracking a killer and I enjoyed that aspect of the story very much, including how Jill and Vincent work together and their individual roles in solving a crime that make them such good partners. I had no idea who the murderer was (they do solve the case by the end) so it was well plotted and kept some nice tension running through the story. Vincent and Jill are stumped by this case where they usually are able to figure out the perpetrator right away - a parallel sign of their own murky issues. This is my favourite story of the series to date, and I really hope we'll see the last two Moretti siblings (especially Elena!) get a story too. 5 stars for this very enjoyable romance. It's definitely going to be listed in my top reads of 2016.
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    A great friends-to-lovers story

    Ms. Layne's books should come with a warning label: Don't start unless you're ready to finish in one sitting! When I got my copy, I decided to browse the first chapter only to find myself halfway through when I finally looked up and quite unhappy to step away for any reason. I simply adore friends-to-lovers stories especially where there is a long history of friendship like in this case, because the couple knows each other inside and out already and it adds another layer to the relationship without much emotional angst and drama. Usually that would be the case, but for Jill and Vin it was an angst-filled trip to their happy ending only lightened by the intervention of their loved ones. While Luc is the charming brother and Anthony is the serious brother, Vincent Moretti gets the distinction of being the clueless brother. Clueless about his feelings for his partner as well as hers for him and just plain out of touch with his softer side. Until he gets a wakeup call and finds himself in danger of losing the woman he didn't even know he loved and wanted unless he can convince her to take a chance on him. Thankfully he has a nosy and interfering family to help him get his girl, but not without some humorous moments and some tough love. Jill Henley has been in love with Vincent for as long as they've been partners and is pretty much a member of his family, but she's tired of waiting for him to realize that they have more than friendship between them and has decided to move on from the best thing that isn't happening to something good. I have to say that Ms. Layne takes a lot of risks with her writing that actually turn out quite well. This story had the potential to be very messy and heartbreaking for everyone involved but the noisy and opinionated Moretti family helped to make it a very entertaining one, especially Nonna and her lack of a filter. One thing I enjoy about this book is that Vin was just a regular guy who just never connected with his feelings, instead of the usual damaged hero with a story. I like that Jill was his complete opposite in temperament and outlook and that this dynamic worked for them both professionally and personally. CUFF ME is emotional, entertaining and very sexy, something we've come to expect from Ms. Layne and I hope that the last two Morettis standing get their happy endings too. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Loved it!

    I absolutely LOVED this book! It is my favorite of the series and one of the best reads of 2016! Vin and Jill have been partners for six years. I love how they have a history and that they’re best friends. I totally love that the couple had a strong history, it made them falling in love all the more special. Vin is a tough guy and it’s hard to express his feelings, especially those for Jill. Fortunately, Vin has a loud-mouthed, very opinionated and nosey Italian family that butts in to give advice, on both sides. I love, love LOVE the tight-knit Moretti clan. It’s always wonderful to catch up with the couples from previous books. Elena, the sole Moretti sister got more page time and we finally get to meet Marco, the brother/police sergeant who moved to California with his girlfriend. Marco is just as devastatingly handsome as his other brothers, but his girlfriend leaves a lot to be desired… (I hope she’s not his happily ever after) And it wouldn’t be a New York’s Finest book without the witty commentary of Nonna, the onery grandmother to the Moretti siblings. She’s a riot and always makes me laugh every scene she’s in. CUFF ME is a wonderful story full of excitement and humor sprinkled with a tough-as-nails kind of love that will leave you completely satisfied. I whole-heartedly recommend the entire series! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
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