Series: New York's Finest #3
Published by Forever
Publication Date: March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Vincent knows he’s not the most charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to talking, and he sure as hell isn’t about to give into his mother’s insistence that he ‘settle down with a nice girl.’ Luckily, Vincent’s gig as one of the NYPD’s top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner, Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.
After six years of working the homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.
Now the bureau’s most antagonistic set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7 in the suspect’s territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . . and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in and out of bed, and Jill’s falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?
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.