About CUFF MEVincent 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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3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time
Review Copy provided by publisher via Net Galley
Cuff Me is the first book of the New York's Finest series that I've gotten to read and I really enjoyed it. Even though it is the third in the series, I didn't feel like I was missing any necessary information to get to know Vin and Jill.
Vincent and Jill have been partners for a long time and she has been away due to a family emergency. Her being gone made him realize he wanted to be more than just partners, but she comes back engaged. The story that follows has it ups and downs as we get to know these two in a professional setting and see their personal lives cross into the mix.
I liked both Vin and Jill, but have to admit that I didn't really relate strongly with either of them. I felt badly for Vin and his inability to say what was on his mind. These two got in their own way more often than not and it often took him family (who were also her friends) to make them see what was right in front of them.
This was an entertaining book. It had a dash of suspense/police work, a little sexy time, some romance, and a lot of emotional tension. Cuff Me is a well written stand alone that has me curious to go back and read the other books in the series.
About Lauren LayneA 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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