Steal Me by Lauren Layne

Posted December 17, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Steal Me by Lauren LayneSteal Me by Lauren Layne
Series: New York's Finest #2
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Revenge, Romance, Suspense
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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.

I don’t know about you, but I love me a cop romance, something about a guy with a gun fighting on the side of justice, well it just does it for me. So this is book two in the series, and while I have no idea what really happened in book one, this book is truly a stand alone, so you don’t have to worry about being lost.

This book really is one of those times where you have two very different people, from very different upbringings, coming together and giving a go at romance. First, you have Maggie, who is probably the world’s clumsiest waitress at a diner in NYC. Well hold up, let me revise that, she is really only clumsy when it comes to Anthony Moratti, who every time he walks into the diner promptly gets some kind of edible food item dumped on him. I definitely don’t think Maggie is doing it on purpose, just something about Anthony throws her off balance, and honestly Anthony is one of those brooding, 100% series types, so it’s not totally surprising that Maggie is a little off her game whenever he is in the room.

Maggie, at least to me, came across as more than a little bit naive. I don’t necessarily think it was a bad thing, but it definitely resulted in a couple of instances where I wanted to shake her vigorously, especially when it came to her family. Maggie’s family, oh boy, Maggie’s family, let’s just say they are the whole reason why “with family like that, who needs enemies” exist.

So Anthony, I liked. I guess I like the whole strong silent type. He’s not exactly vocal about how he feels. But that’s not to say he’s an unfeeling guy, he carries a lot of guilt about something from his past, but he also clearly cares for Maggie, especially when the case he has been working on ends up involving her and her no good ex-husband.

Normally in a cop romance I expect a bit of mystery to the crime in question, but you find out who the bad guy is pretty early on in the book, but that’s not to say that you don’t get a lot of suspense. There is a lot of when is he going to strike/what he is going to do when he finally shows up in this book. All in all, I thought this was a pretty solid book, good romance, interesting plot, and some really interesting secondary characters as well. If you like a good cop romance, then you should check this one out.
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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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