Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cuff Me by Lauren Layne Blog Tour

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...

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“There’s something wrong with a man that grins like that at a crime scene.”

Detective Vincent Moretti glanced up from where he’d been studying the gunshot wound of the vic and glared at the officer who’d been shadowing him for the past three months.

“I wasn’t grinning.”

Detective Tyler Dansen never paused in scribbling in the black notebook he carried everywhere. “You were definitely grinning.”


Dansen glanced up. “Fine. Maybe not grinning. But I’m one hundred percent sure I saw you smile.”

“How about you be one hundred percent sure about who shot this guy instead?” Vincent said irritably.

Dansen returned his attention to his damn notebook, but he didn’t look particularly chagrined by Vin’s reprimand.

Oh, what Vin wouldn’t give to go back to those early days when all he’d had to do was look at Dansen, and the kid practically dropped into a deferential bow.

Three months of spending every workday in each other’s company had the newly minted detective acting nearly as impudent as Vincent’s actual partner.

Nearly being an important distinction, because Vincent didn’t think they made ’em sassier, more stubborn, or more annoying than Detective Jill Henley.

And he would know. They’d been partners for six long years, and their pairing up as partners was proof of God’s sense of humor.

Jill Henley was Vincent’s opposite in every way.

Jill was chipper, charming, and smiley.

Vincent was... none of those things.

Especially not the last one. Although, if he was being really honest with himself, Dansen may have been right about Vincent cracking a smile earlier.

It’s not that Vin was immune to death. There was absolutely nothing humorous about a man lying cold in his own blood and guts, dead from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

But after six years as a homicide DT for the NYPD, one learned to compartmentalize. To let the brain occasionally go somewhere else other than death even as you were staring straight at it.

It was the only way to survive. Otherwise it was nothing but puking and nightmares.

And speaking of puking...

Vincent stood and gave Detective Dansen a once-over.

“If you’re gonna barf, do it outside,” he said, just to needle the younger man.

Dansen threw his arms up in exasperation. “That was one time. One time! And I hear it happens to everyone on their first day.”

“Didn’t happen to me.”

“That’s because you’re a machine,” Dansen muttered under his breath.

Vincent didn’t respond to this. It was nothing he hadn’t heard before. Robot. Machine. Automaton.

He just didn’t know what people expected him to do about it.

In the movies, there was always some reason for the semi-mechanical, unfeeling action hero.

Either a dead wife, an abusive past, or some other sort of jacked-up emotional history. But Vincent had always sort of figured he’d been born this way. Quiet. Reserved. Broody.

It’s not that he didn’t feel. Of course he did. He just didn’t feel out loud. He wasn’t sure that he really knew how to, and wasn’t sure he wanted to learn.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars
This is the story of Vincent, the quietest and most unreadable Moretti brother to date – but he is as deserving as his brothers, no doubt. If you haven't read the previous stories yet, then I recommend that you do – as they help with context, and are good reads – but it is a lovely story in its own right too.

Partners in the NYPD for six years, and he really hasn't clued in to Jill's feelings at all – but when confronted with the possibility of living without his best friend, poor Vin is thrown for six. All the advice is meaningless if he can't take a risk. His Momma, Maria, gets some truly wonderful lines in this book – and actually so does his Dad. The buildup is slow and delicious, and well worth the wait.

I do hope that Ms. Layne is busy writing the next installment, because I cherish these tales.

I really liked this story, it’s a great detective read!

Vincent Moretti doesn’t really do emotion, he’s always considered himself an outsider who doesn’t fit in anywhere. He’s from a huge Italian family and doesn’t really feel like he connects with his siblings. The one person he looks forward to being around is his partner, Jill Henley, whom has had to take a sabbatical from work to care for her mother out of state. Now that she is returning home, Vincent realizes how much he’s missed her and wants to ask her on a real date. The only problem, Jill comes back engaged to a man she met while at her mother’s house.

Jill Henley wants a happily ever after so badly she’s willing to settle for a relationship with no spark. She’s been close to the Moretti family since Vincent first brought her around for dinner and she’s now close friends with Vincent’s sister who knows that Jill’s feelings for her brother are more than just partners. Jill doesn’t think her extremely moody partner even likes her, let alone has feelings beyond that for her and she just wants happiness, that’s why when her short-time boyfriend proposes, she doesn’t hesitate to say yes. Now Vincent realizes he can’t lose her and sets out to win her away from her new fiancé.

I loved Jill and Vincent’s relationship(s) friends, partners, and then lovers. It was an interesting, original plotline that I found very enjoyable. I look forward to reading more from this author!

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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  1. thank you for hosting and reviewing today! ~gaele for @TastyBookTours


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