Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC’s lead anchor-but to get there, she’ll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava gets to know Luc and his oddball family, the more she realizes that beneath the swagger and the blue uniform is a complex man who makes her heart beat too fast. Soon, Ava’s doing the unthinkable, and falling for the best of New York’s finest ..
Ava Sims is headstrong, tenacious, and a woman on a mission. She’s been assigned to Officer Luc Moretti—the do-gooder cop everyone’s been talking about—and she has to make an entire TV special on him. Except she knows that there are skeletons in Officer Moretti’s closet and she’s determined to drag them out. Ava was…inspiring. That is the only word I can think of when I think of Ava. She was inspiring and she chased her goal with an almost bull-headed approach…something that was as awesome to see as it was scary. Awesome because I’ve hardly ever seen people going for something they want the way Ava did. Scary because boy did this girl have a laser-like focus on her target.
Luca Moretti or Officer Moretti is the true protagonist of this novel. Why? Because even though the book follows an alternating POVs between both Luc and Ava, Luc just takes it away. It blew me, how much I loved this particular guy. I love this author’s men because they are fucking fantastic but Luc was just something all together different. Luc was a genuinely good guy. I can be a complete cliché and say that guys like Luc are rare and almost non-existent in our world, but the truth is, Luc just marked a whole new different league for me. This guy is so deliciously flawed and he did and thought some things that made me want to strangle him, and that just made him so much more irresistible to me.
Obviously, the story revolves around how Ava trying to break down Officer Luc and try to figure out exactly what he’s hiding from the public—and from her. She doesn’t believe for a bit that he’s as sincere as they come and is convinced that he has a hidden agenda. But as they spend a lot of time together—with her tailing him as a part of the TV special—she discovers what he really is, and what it is that he’s hiding. Their relationship, although initially filled with banter and teasing, slowly turns to friendship, and then more. But Luc’s convinced that Ava deserves security in her life—something he’s not sure she’ll get in a life with a cop. How Ava convinces him otherwise, or if she even convinces him at all is something that remains to be seen.
Frisk Me is, in a word, perfect. There isn’t one major thing that I could fault in this book and it’s THE best feeling in the world to find such a book. I’ve reached a point where two things are absolutely clear to me: a) I need people to read Frisk Me so that I can have a spoiler-filled discussion with them and b) There’s no one who can quite write the enemies to lovers trope quite like Lauren Layne can. Banter is her thing and she’s damned good at it. And Frisk Me pretty much proved that.
The book is pretty damn character driven—and that means that there were more than plenty of opportunities for me to want to kill these characters for being dense assholes, but it also meant that their connection was the focus of the story. While their communication skills left much to be desired, these two managed to pull themselves together and make it work. I still hoped to see a bit more maturity and you know, talking happening between the two of them, but they were great together…when they were pleasant to each other, that is. Luca brought out the soft side of Ava that the reader did not expect, and Ava’s ability to make Luc smile while also frustrate him spectacularly was cute.
One thing I’m definitely looking forward to seeing in the entire series is Luc’s family—the Morettis. They were fucking amazing and probably one of the best, most entertaining families I’ve ever read in an adult contemporary. They were supportive and strong, stood like a mountain for the family bambino but they ribbed and teased and had no mercy on Luc when it came to his love life. They were frigging amazing and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the younger Morettis are dealt with in the coming books!
Overall, while the romance was a bit too slow-burn for me, it is a book with both, a heart and plenty of giggles. If the rest of the Moretti boys are even half as sexy as Luca, I’m going to be a very, very happy girl!
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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.