[598]: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

25058352 Steal Me by Lauren Layne
Series: New York’s Finest, #2
E-ARC Galley from Forever Publishing & Net Galley
Publication Date: November 24th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


IN HOT PURSUIT

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 could never resist a good romance featuring men in uniforms. I rarely request them from Net Galley, but since hearing a slew of wonderful reviews for this book, it was only a matter of time. I like reading these books on a lazy Sunday. It takes me a minimum of 3 hours to devour them. Even shorter when I enjoy them like I did with this one. I didn’t even realize that I was reading the second book to a series until I went snooping in my Kindle to find the first book (Frisk Me) still unread. Thankfully, you need not read the first one to follow the story line.

GRACELESS HEROINE vs. THE GRUMPY CAPTAIN

There is nothing more endearing than a clumsy heroine. Pair her up with a straight and arrow, unsmiling, unamused, man of the law and you’ve got yourself a perfectly well suited awkward couple. Maggie is not normally a clumsy person. There is just something about the oldest Moretti that reduces her into a bumbling klutz. Anthony doesn’t make it easy for her, though. But if he were to be honest, he’ll admit that he was intimidating her for a reason. They have an inherent chemistry. Even if they seem to clash whenever they’re within a 5-foot radius of each other.

A CASE OF PETTY CRIME

Adding to Anthony’s sour disposition is his frustration to solve a rash of theft perpetrated by a lone, petty criminal. The thief has a penchant for eluding the cops much to Captain Moretti’s chagrin. NYPD hasn’t caught a break in the case, that is until Maggie recognized the criminal as her ex-husband, Eddie.

Through the investigation, Maggie and Anthony will face decisions that could affect them in more ways than one. Maggie knew the score when she decided to give into Anthony’s only-sex-no-attachment rule. She’s used to men using her and leaving her once she’s done being useful. Anthony is focused on furthering his career no matter the cause. So Maggie just has to get used to the fact that he’ll never be the kind of man she wanted.

Maggie also learned a few things about herself. About what she really wants to do with her life. She has to work for it, but she’ll forever be a dreamer if she doesn’t work for everything she deserves. Anthony, for his part, has to learn to let go of the past. To stop blaming himself  and admit that Maggie can weather the storm of being with an officer of the law.

IN RETROSPECT

I enjoyed this one. As far as romance goes, this one was sweet. I like the comic relief that the entire Moretti family provided. They were meddlers – the lot of them – but they all have their hearts in the right place. I’m looking forward to reading Vincent’s story!

 

  • I’m so glad you took a chance on this one Joy, despite the creepy cover. My goodness, than man is enough to send me screaming for the hills. I love a clumsy protagonist, I can completely relate and often fall over my own feet. Having a bit of comedy woven throughout sounds like it really softened the storyline too. Glad you were able to enjoy this one Joy and wonderful review <3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m not a fan of the cover or, really, of this series too much. The first book was good and the idea behind this series is adorable but I’m feeling as if it’s just alright. I’m glad you liked it, though, and Lauren Layne is always great for a pick-me-up romance. Fantastic review, Joy!

  • Glad you enjoyed this one… you need a bit of comedy every now and then, and the romance sounds good too!

  • I like the sound of the family and the comic relief. Sounds like you had fun with this one 🙂

  • This sounds like a nice, light read. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • I had fun with this one, too, Joy. I love the family and the wacky grandma! 🙂

  • RO

    I’m not sure that I’m a fan of the cover, but I really enjoy the title and the premise of the story. Sounds like a good review and really liked your review! Hugs…RO

  • That cover looks pretty awesome, lol 😀 But not a book for me. Hmph. But I’m glad you liked it a lot sweetie, despite not loving it 🙂 Thank you for sharing your lovely read sweet girl. <3

  • I don’t know why but that guy on the cover looks creepy and too photoshopped haha. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one, definitely a perfect read for a lazy sunday 🙂

  • Melliane

    it’s always nice to have a sweet romance and I agree for the uniforme lol. But I confess that I didn’t know about this one

  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this one – I love the books you can just devour in a few hours!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Sounds like the perfect junk food read!

  • I am digging the sound of this series! I’m a Layne virgin btw, so if I do find the time to pop that cherry, I’ll take note of this series.

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I love the meddling family so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed the romance in this one overall, Joy. 🙂
    Lovely review!

  • This series has just popped on my radar; it’s been getting some buzz lately. Also, I think “Frisk Me” might be my favorite romance novel title of all time.

  • It’s always nice when there is some humor in a book to shake things up a little bit as well. I am glad you could devour this one quickly and enjoy it quite a bit 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I like the sound of this one Joy! I’m all for a clumsy heroine, I’m not normally so myself but can definitely see me having issues when in the presence of a good looking guy. And yay for a grumpy hero. LOVE them!

  • The sweet romance sounds great in this one

  • kindlemom1

    The Moretti family sounds like so much fun and I love all the comic relief you said the book delivered. Great review!

  • This series has been on my radar since the first book, so I can’t wait to get started.

  • This sounds like a cute romance novel. I also love my straight-faced, man of the law love interests so I might check this one out 🙂

  • “There is just something about the oldest Moretti that reduces her into a bumbling klutz. ”

    Oy. That can easily get on my nerves. But I do love a grumpy hero, probably because I relate to them more. 😀

  • Awww, I like meddling families!