Published by Forever
Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York’s most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the “American Hero,” Luc’s boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn’t mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who’s been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.
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 close to achieving her dream of becoming an anchorwoman in the Big Apple but first she must bring her A game on a TV special on hero cop, Officer Luca Moretti. Spending a few months shadowing him and learning about the man behind the uniform should be a piece of cake, but Luca is very uncooperative and as things progress, Ava’s reporter’s instincts are buzzing because it seems like America’s hero may not be a hero after all.
Officer Luca Moretti is the youngest in a family of cops, dedicated to the uniform and the mostly thankless job that comes with it so when a video of him jumping into the river to rescue a little girl goes viral, he’s not very happy with his sudden notoriety. But when the bigwigs at the Police Department decide to capitalize on his sudden fame to build some public goodwill for the department, he’s definitely not down with that. Unfortunately for him, he’s got no say in the matter and he’s forced to have Ava Sims dodge his every move and dig into every part of his life, even the parts he keeps hidden.
Ava and Luca already had a previous run in that did not endear them to each other so this assignment promises to be a difficult one but the close proximity and their unacknowledged mutual attraction moves their relationship from frosty to steamy and professional and personal lines get blurred. As Luca’s secrets are revealed, Ava realizes that in order to get her big break, she will have to betray him and she has to decide if the anchorwoman position is really worth what it would cost her.
I’m always excited to pick up a book by Ms. Layne because I know I’ll get a heartfelt and satisfying story with very realistic characters that anyone can relate to, sizzling chemistry and witty banter. Ava, for all her ambition and self-confidence has always wanted her parents’ approval, to the point of chasing a career that she’s not really sure she wants and she hides her vulnerability under a pushy exterior. Luca is a really charming, sweet and cute guy who is all about doing good and takes his job very seriously.
The chemistry between Ava and Luca is of the slow and easy variety but was no less potent. Both of them are not looking for anything serious but it crept up on them and they are faced with some difficult choices. Will Ava pass up the chance to achieve her dream in order to keep Luca in her life? Will Luca make Ava choose between him and her dream?
Another reason I love Ms. Layne’s writing is that her stories are not complete without close emotional connections with secondary characters and I love the Moretti family. Loud, overbearing, in your business all the time but also always there when needed. The series promises to be thrilling and I look forward to more.