REVIEW + Giveaway: Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

cuff-meAuthor: Lauren Layne
Series: New York’s Finest #3
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC through NetGalley
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Meet New York’s Finest-three hot brothers sworn to protect and serve the city they love . . . and the women who’ve stolen their hearts.


Vincent Moretti is one of the NYPD’s top homicide detectives-and one of the most eligible bachelors in town. His family, however, thinks he should date his longtime partner, Jill-a sassy, sexy, smart-mouthed blonde who drives him absolutely crazy.

Behind the quiet authority, tough-guy demeanor, and dark aviator glasses lies a man with a big soul-and a hard body that can soften any girl’s heart. After years as his coworker, Jill Henley has given up hope that anything could happen between her and Vin. Besides, loving him would break all the rules. But seeing Jill with someone else triggers feelings in Vincent he never knew he had. Now he’ll have to stop playing good cop/bad cop-and find a way to convince her to be his partner for life…

Oozing sexual tension from two opposing characters enfolded by amazing narration and sweet romance.

Cuff Me is the third book of New York’s Finest series by Lauren Layne and it was awesome!

Detective Vincent Moretti’s partner in the NYPD, Detective Jill Henley, is back from from Florida after three months of taking care of her mother. But she’s not only back—she’s got news that he never expected he’d hear from her. But what difference would it make exactly when he doesn’t even know what his feelings are for Jill?

I’ve never read any Lauren Layne books until this one and I’m so glad that Vincent and Jill were my first because I instantly fell in love with their dynamic personality and partnership.

Vincent is not my typical romance hero because even when he’s moody and hot, he’s definitely a man who doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings. Case in point everyone in the Moretti family sees something between him and Jill but he doesn’t. It’s not that he’s blind. It was just he’s shy, reserved and unfriendly. Now, he’s not really hate-able. That’s just the way he is. No dark past or anything like that. It’s his personality—period. I think that’s the strongest point of the book because it’s different and Lauren excellently pulled off the tough hero vibe without having to compromise in the romance department. And insta-everything. In fact, I loved how the story progressed with each and every slow turn. Not turtle slow, okay?

Jill is the exact opposite of Vincent. While Vin has this cold personality, Jill has this bright and so sunshine-y, so-much-love-to-give attitude that attracted a moth. A very handsome, too-good-to-be-true, perfect moth. And surprise—it’s not Vin! Ooops! But don’t think this is a love triangle story. Nope. Even I am iffy with that and try to avoid reading such trope. Lauren made sure I didn’t have to hate The Other Guy because he was portrayed perfectly. He’s not a jerk, he loves Jill and he’s a 100% good man. But really, they’re marriage wouldn’t have worked because the choice they made was safe. And there was really no spark between them. (That’s me telling you that I thanked Lauren that she didn’t write anything that involved Jill and The Other Guy going at it.) Even I could feel it while reading the book. But his appearance in the story made a difference because it changed things and it made Vin to pull his head out of his ass.

The secondary characters, even the ones who were involved in solving their latest case, were absolutely all great as well. I love the Moretti family! They’re all funny, unique and so smart! Lauren didn’t miss a single character left out and she even twisted things up a little bit to avoid the flatness of the story. Like throwing a mystery case that left Jill and Vin questioning every probable suspect but ended up not having anything. So that made it even more enjoyable. Because I got romance and suspense at the same time.

I felt like smacking Vin in the face most of the time but I guess I was hoping he’d figure himself out—he’s a cop, FFS. And I’m so glad he did. Because seeing a Vincent Moretti in love was like finding an oasis in the desert.

Lauren’s words—ahhhh! Lauren’s words!—flowed flawlessly through each page that made the book so entertaining and very enjoyable to read. It’s a slow burn kind of romance filled with steamy sexual tension and funny banter! The only downside of it was the ending which felt like cut short and rushed. I would’ve wanted to see more of them after what happened. An epilogue would’ve been so nice to wrap up Vin and Jill’s story.

I can’t wait for the other books in the series! I’m so excited for Marc’s and Elena’s story!


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