Those who’ve followed my blog for awhile know I have massive reader love for Lauren Layne. Her books hit all my favorite tropes, and the angst she infuses into her novels give me all the feels. So even though I’ve never been a hardcore man-in- uniform reader, I pretty much have faith that if Layne writes it, I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A cop famous for his heroic deeds caught on YouTube is shadowed by a reporter for a show that could make her career, but guilt over his past gets in the way of the feelings he has for her. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.
The Good Stuff
As expected, I devoured this novel and loved every minute of it, my favorite part being the banter and dialog between the characters. Luc and Ava have amazing chemistry, which always just makes the angst that much better because you feel the conflict (all the heart feels). However, it’s not just their interaction that works in this book, but also their interactions with others. I loved Luc’s family dynamic, and his conversations with his grandmother cracked me up. Feisty old ladies in novels are so full of win, I can’t even.
This book also took on some serious themes, like survivor’s guilt. Though some of her previous books have had serious elements to them, this one definitely stepped it up a notch. I suppose with cop heroes, things have to get serious, but I shed some reader tears at a few heartbreaking points in the story.
The Romance Factor
The chemistry and angst that I previously talked about made for some top romance. Also, I loved the similarities between Luc and Ava. This isn’t an opposites attract situation, even though they work in opposing jobs, and the fact that they were so alike led to this great understanding between the two of them…though they still brought the conflict. Definitely a 5/5 RF.
The Steam Factor
The sensuality of the sex scenes added a great deal to the romance, but they were also super steamy. Though not as taboo or graphic as others, it was definitely enough to make a girl have to fan herself while reading in public. 4/5.
This is the first in the New York’s Finest series, and I can’t wait to read the second one. She also has some other things coming out this year, so basically, I’ll be stocked in romance crack until the end of the year. Please Lauren Layne…just take my money!