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    Stole my heart

    This is the 2nd book in the New York's Finest series. This book can be read as a standalone. The reading of the books, in order, adds to the enjoyment and understanding of the series. Anthony AKA "Anth" is attracted to Maggie and its mutual. Since he is so career focused and blinded by the past, he never acts on that attraction. His family, however, things she is greater than sliced bread. Maggie knows she has the hots for the police captain. She also knows he hates her since she cannot seem to stop spilling food on him! She is not looking for a relationship right now anyway. When Maggie becomes a key witness in a case he is working on, the laws of attraction pull them like magnets toward one another. Worried about his career, and the choices he must make - he lays it all on the line. This book has a bit of everything. I loved the sexy moments, and this hero is HOT! It has laughter, heart-melting moments, macho alpha males, suspense and more. ***This ARC copy was given from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review only.
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    Those Moretti men

    I really enjoyed this one. The first book in this series, Frisk Me, was good but this one was even better in my opinion. This book was really the perfect combination of romance and suspense. Once I really had a chance to sit down and read, I didn't want to put this one down. I am falling in love with the Moretti men along with the heroines in these books. I kind of wish that this fictional family could adopt me because they are just a lot of fun. It is the Anthony's turn to take the lead role in Steal Me. Anthony is the oldest sibling in the family and the highest ranking family member in the NYPD with his position of Captain. He is also the only member of the family who tends to get things spilled or dropped on him by the waitress during every Sunday brunch. This serious man that is completely career focused doesn't have a lot of patience for their clumsy waitress. Maggie is the waitress that inevitably spills items on Anthony every week. Who can really blame her? He would make just about anyone nervous with his scowl and take charge mentality. And don't forget to call him Captain or you might see a bit of attitude. Maggie is working on writing a book when she isn't waiting tables. In her tiny apartment, she has made a life that she is enjoying along with her dog, Duchess. When she has important information regarding a case that Anthony is working on, they start spending a lot more time with each other. They find out that they both have a lot to learn about each other as they work together to catch a thief and keep Maggie safe. I liked Anthony and Maggie a lot. I really can't say that related to these characters personally but I could see where they were coming from. Anthony has a really hard time finding a healthy balance between his personal life and family and he tends to try to fix everything. Maggie also wants to fix everything but she tries to do it by making everyone happy. They are both really good people. Neither one of these characters made any demands on really anyone and instead take responsibility for more than they should. I think that Anthony and Maggie fit really well together and I loved them as a couple. Their personalities just complimented each other perfectly and the chemistry between the pair made a heart skip a few beats. I also really like the suspenseful parts of the book. The case that Anthony works on during this story seems almost too strange to be true. The more that is revealed about the suspect the more realistic it sounds. Maggie's story really was interesting. I came to feel a lot of respect for her character after learning about everything that she had been through in her life. During some of the most suspenseful parts, I wanted to slap Anthony a little but I do think that his behavior clearly illustrated his internal struggle. The pacing of the book was well done and the romance and suspense had a nice balance with both moving the story forward. I just loved the writing. The secondary characters also added a lot to this book. Who doesn't want a grandmother like Nonna? I would take her as a roommate any day. The same group of characters that we met in the first book play important roles in this one as well. This book could be read as a stand alone but I think it would be best to read them in order. Who would want to skip the first book anyway? It's a good book....trust me, you'll want to read it. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary suspense. Lauren Layne is consistently able to deliver smartly written stories that will melt your heart. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this wonderful series. 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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    loved this latest Moretti brother story!

    This second book in the New York’s Finest series is all about Anthony, the eldest of the Moretti brothers and the one with the biggest chip on his shoulder. He’s aiming for a job as police chief, like his father before him, and nothing is going to stand in his way, especially not a cocky thief who’s thumbing his nose at the NYPD in a blatant fashion. When it turns out that the sometimes clumsy, always adorable (and equally irritating, to him anyway) waitress at their family brunch spot, Maggie, is the ex-wife of the thief on the run, he’s confident that she’ll be able to help him on the case. The problem? He’s more interested in getting to know her personally than professionally. And fooling around with a potential witness might be disastrous for them both. What’s a straight up, by the books cop going to do with a case of love on his hands? After seeing staid, serious Anthony in book one of the series (Frisk Me) also reviewed by yours truly, I was excited to see him lose some of his cool demeanor, and his relationship with Maggie certainly does that, in spades. Anthony’s got two problems to contend with. Firstly, his last relationship ended in tragedy and he blames himself for it. As a result, he’s pretty determined not to get involved with another woman any time soon. Secondly, his job is his life – literally. He’s aiming high in his career, with no time for women, or for the annoying thief who’s grandstanding could end up costing him his reputation as a solid police captain worthy of promotion. And then when the woman he has an untimely annoying attraction to turns out to be linked to the thief? Double the trouble! Because the fine upstanding man that he is also has a protective streak, and believing that Maggie might be in danger gives him the excuse he needs to spend more time with her, even as he’s trying to convince himself that he should leave well enough alone. Maggie is a wonderful heroine as a friendly, caring woman with a big heart. She reluctantly realizes that despite Anthony’s outward demeanor towards her (rather gruff and taciturn for the most part), she’s got a crush on him, and it results in the most embarrassing moments in her waitressing career as she constantly seems to get on his bad side (spilled coffee and other items par for the course). Then when she realizes that the thief that is hounding the NYPD is actually her ex-husband? Talk about a dismaying revelation! Still, when Anthony needs her around and wants her input, she’s not going to say no. And when their close proximity results in some sexy scenes between them, it’s only a matter of time before their hearts are both on the line. I really enjoyed the two of them together, and how, after Maggie gets to know more about Anthony and what makes him tick, she isn’t put off by his gruff attitude. Because the truth is that underneath that layer is a man who cares deeply about his family and the people around him, including her. Their romance is a slow movement towards the inevitable, with lots of sexual tension and some delightful scenes as Anthony’s endearing family stick their noses into his business (as always) and we get lots of fun and witty banter to go with the romance. A very enjoyable continuation of the series! 4 stars.
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    Second Chances and Sweet Romance

    I know that I always start out a review of any Lauren Layne book by gushing about her writing, but it never gets old! She always brings something fresh and new to each book. Being a cop is the family business but Anthony Moretti has bigger dreams than being a mere cop. He's got his eye on the highest office within the NYPD and he's willing to give up everything else, even relationships, in his quest to get there and well, experience has taught him that he can't have both, so he'll take the ambition over a relationship any day. So why does their new waitress leave him so unsettled and bring out the worst side of him? And when she becomes the key to catching an elusive burglar, he'll do everything to keep her safe. Maggie Walker has big dreams and being a waitress isn't one of them but it keeps a roof over her head, so she'll do what she has to do until she achieves her dream of becoming a published author. But she may not have even this job for long if she keeps spilling food and drinks on Anthony Moretti, NYPD Captain and the man who flusters her like no other. Maggie has been down this road before and her divorce left her with a bad taste in her mouth but more than that, the deadbeats and criminals that make up her family tree will ensure that Anthony never gives her the time of day. STEAL ME is all about second chances in life and love and Maggie epitomizes this more than any other character in the book. Maggie had given up everything for a family that used her over and over again. Leaving her past behind and starting over in New York was the best decision she made and even though she was struggling, she was living her life and had hope for better things. Maggie was easily my favorite character in STEAL ME. Her growth over the course of the book was fun to read. Her sassy side came out big time as her confidence grew and I loved it. Anthony was quite annoying with his bullheadedness but in spite of that, he stole my heart especially when he finally realized that he was in love with Maggie. One thing I enjoy about this book is that passion between them built up slowly (something I love about Ms. Layne's writing) and the build-up was so much fun to watch. I also love the connections of family and friendship and how each person adds to but does not steal the focus from the central characters. STEAL ME was definitely a treat to read and is a must-read for anyone who loves family, friendship and love. 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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    STEAL ME, too!

    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***
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