Thursday, November 26, 2015

Steal Me by Lauren Layne

Title: Steal Me
Series: New York's Finest
Author: Lauren Layne


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.

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Steal me is the second book in the New York's Finest series and this is Anthony Moretti's story.

Anthony Moretti has one purpose in life and it's to become the police Commissioner in the future, just like his father did.  He is the oldest of the Moretti's children and he is usually the serious one, having a permanent scowl on his face. Anthony is married to his job, as Captain of his precinct. He doesn't have time for romance and he doesn't think he can ever have a relationship. Work will always come first.

Maggie Walker works for the dinner the Moretti family frequently visits. Over the weeks, they have become like family to her. She does wonder about the oldest son. He can be rough around the edges, but something about him calls to her. She wishes Anthony would notice her. Although, when he does it is because she has spilled something on top of him. 

Maggie's life has not been easy. She moved to the city after her divorce. She has no money and works hard to keep herself afloat. She loves her dog and dreams of becoming an author. She is lonely and having the Moretti's accept her into their fold makes her heart feel happy. 

I was so happy to get Steal Me. I absolutely loved Frisk Me and I fell in love with the characters including Anthony. I laughed every time Maggie dumped food on him and how his family protected her.  Luc and Vincent played a big part in this book, they both tried to make Anthony realize how important Maggie really was to him. Anthony could be stubborn with his family and his feelings, but I sighed when he started taking care of Maggie's dog. Maggie was a great character, she understood Anth and she supported him. She gave him a few chances to make amends and I supported her decisions.

As I sided note, Nonna has the best lines. To wang or not to wang.....

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lauren Layne does it again with the second installment in her (series), STEAL ME was everything I was expecting and more.

Maggie is an aspiring author working at a local diner.  She lives alone and is finally getting her life together after divorcing her husband two years ago. Even though she’s able to get away from her toxic husband, she still has her dad and brother that take advantage of her.

Anthony Moretti is now a captain of the NYPD and is slowly making his way to his goal: police commissioner.  He doesn’t let anything get in his way, including women. When his family lets Maggie into their tight circle it’s hard to stay away from her.  Especially when she’s connected to a current case that has left the whole department puzzled.

Maggie seems to get under Anth’s skin more than any other woman has. He’s ready to claim her, but his past stops him from leading him down that road again.


I have to admit that the Moretti family may be one of my favorite families to read about.  They are all so close and down to earth with each other.  And the Nanna… hilarious.  The things that come flying out of her mouth makes laugh uncontrollably.

Maggie has never felt like she had a family so watching her interact and connect with the Moretti’s is really beautiful.  They treat her like she is one of their own and by taking her in and protecting her.

Anthony is a little more hesitant to treat her like family, which calls for a great love/hate romance.            Maggie is feisty and strong and is the best kind of heroine to read about.

I absolutely love the New York’s Finest series and I’m so excited for the next book.  Lauren Layne sure knows how to write alpha male cops and fun feisty women. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. 

*Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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, and currently lives in the Seattle-area. 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!

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