Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Steal Me (New York Finest #2) by Lauren Layne

"Damn, you go from sexy to bossy so fast I get whiplash." - Maggie Walker

Steal Me
Series: New York’s Finest #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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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 am a bit torn with my thoughts about Steal Me. On one hand, it is Lauren Layne, one of my new favorite authors that I will pretty much devour on sight. On the other hand, Steal Me just didn't have the same fierceness that I have come to love with her books. I adored the first book in the New York Finest series and I was so excited for Maggie and Anthony's story. I loved Mags and Anth. Both are strong characters that have been burned in previous relationships. It is those previous relationships that mold their frustrations and fears that come along with their new budding romance. While I can appreciate the idea that their relationship is more subdue because that is who they are as characters, I still wanted a bit more sexual tension. In the end, I loved Steal Me. It had Lauren's fabulous writing and characters, especially Nonna. I want more of her. I love stories with large families that are quick to welcome new people. The Moretti's quickly enveloped Maggie into their family and treated her as their own. I loved that we see more interaction between Vincent and Jill leading into their book. I'm hoping that we get to meet the 4th Moretti brother in the next book. Can't wait!

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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