Review + Spotlight + Giveaway: Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

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Cuff Me
by Lauren Layne
New York’s Finest Series
Publication Date:
March 29, 2016
Genre: Romance

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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. . .

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My Review

Vincent Moretti and Jill Henly are NYPD’s top homicide detectives. When Jill’s mother gets sick, Jill takes a three month leave to aid her mother. During their time away Vin realises the importance of Jill in his life. On the day she gets back she drops a bomb…she’s getting married.

Lauren Layne never ceases to turn me into a pile of goo. Cuff Me is a story with the ‘will they, won’t they’ vibe. The Moretti’s have been rooting for Vin and Jill for as long as they have known Jill, and they appear to know more about the situation than Vin and Jill themselves.

Vin being an introvert has not had a lot of luck in socialising which has thus made him believe he is incapable of love that is not familial. Jill despite wearing her heart on her sleeve refuses to acknowledge her true feelings for Vin.

For Vin, Jill is his everything, it’s how he thinks of her and when he finds out she’s engaged, to be married, his whole world comes crashing down. Jill, despite not labelling her feelings for Vin, is tired of waiting and when she gets an opportunity at love and companionship she takes it.

Things start looking down for Vin and Jill after she comes back engaged. They’ve been in sync with one another for years and their first case after Jill’s leave isn’t too hot. Jill and Vin both rely on each other implicitly, but their unable to connect with the case as they have previously.

I am a sucker for subtle romance and this is an epitome of subtly. Like when Vin bought Jill and maple bar doughnut on her welcome home party. Or when he tried setting up a romantic dinner. It’s the little things they did for each other and how in tune they are with each other that had me swooning.

This was much more than a friends to lovers romance. They’re each other’s everything long before they give them a chance romantically.

I also enjoyed being introduced to Marco. I really hope he and Elena get their own books. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Moretti’s.

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Excerpt

One never really realized how much New York City got under your skin until you left it for a while.

It was like one minute New York was your adopted home—a little bit intense, a lot scary.

And the next, you were holding your breath as your plane landed, your entire body on edge with the anticipation of being home again.

Jill Henley smiled as the plane touched down, her eyes closing just for a moment at the realization that she’d be sleeping in her own bed tonight. Going back to her job tomorrow. Eating at her favorite gyros place tomorrow.

But none of that—not the city, nor her pillow-top bed, nor the really freaking amazing gyros—were as important as who awaited her.

The Morettis.

Jill loved her mother desperately—it was the reason she’d spent the past three months in Florida taking care of her.

But the Moretti family had become every bit as much family to Jill as her own mom.

She couldn’t wait to see them again.

All of them.

Okay, so maybe there was one Moretti in particular whom she was especially excited to see.

Not that the excitement was mutual.

As she walked through JFK toward baggage claim, she couldn’t figure out for the life of her why she was even the tiniest bit disappointed about the fact that Vincent Moretti wouldn’t be the one picking her up from the airport.

She hadn’t even asked him. He might have said yes. Maybe. But it would have been done with a grunt and a grumble, and probably a lecture about how his workload was double because his partner had “up and ditched him.”

Besides, it made more sense for Elena to pick her up anyway.

Not only was Elena her best friend, but Elena was an attorney at a fancy-pants law firm, with access to a company car that was a hell of a lot nicer than Vin’s car and didn’t smell like old coffee.

Plus, Jill had news.

Big news.

The biggest.

The kind of news that female friends squealed over in the appropriate, gushing manner.

So why was she so nervous?

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About Lauren Layne

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she’s naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren’s lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She’s also a total website nerd and insists you check out LaurenLayne.com!

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