I’d like to welcome again the amazing Lauren Layne on the blog!
Why did I want to read it?
By now, you probably all know that I’m one of Lauren Layne’s biggest fans. So if she wrote it, I’m going to read it. Plus, it’s a brand new series from her… about a family of cops… in New York City!
What worked for me?
Lauren Layne does another fantastic job fleshing out all these characters, especially Ava and Luc. Her readers always know her characters even if they’re not together, if that makes sense. It means that Ava and Luc have their own characteristics and personalities apart from the fact that they are the two parts that make up the main couple in the book. I was also invested on how these two battled their own demons, so to speak; Luc, with his survivor guilt and Ava with the pressure coming from her family to reach a dream that might not even be hers to begin with.
I love how fate throws these two together and won’t just leave them alone. And I’m smiling widely, as far as my mouth can go, because there’s so much fun to be had, reading them suffer each other’s presence and at the same time finding time and again this twisting, almost powerful attraction between them even they can’t deny. I love how they slowly got to know each other and this is another thing that Lauren does so well in her books. She gives her readers a chance to really get to know her characters and not just throw in plot twists here and there for effect.
I love the Morretti family. They’re loud and noisy and yet traditional in a way; nosy and yet they know when to give you the space to grow; and they’re protective and loyal as all out. I love it when family members meddle in the romance the way the Morrettis do it, subtly and yet not subtle at all and it all comes from a very good place.
What did not work for me?
It was almost book perfection for me except for that one bit towards the end, which I wouldn’t expound on as it’s a spoiler. It wasn’t a make or break thing for me although for a moment back there, I thought it had been. I got over it, thank the book gods. I didn’t get why that particular character had to push through with a certain action when I felt that there had been more choices to pick from. It diminished a tiny bit of my support for the romance and by the end of the book, I was glad that it didn’t ruin the fun I had while reading this one.
My over-all take on it?
I loved it! A new series from Lauren Layne is always, always welcome. This was a great start and I can’t wait to read the books to follow. Ava and Luc are a dynamic couple from beginning to end and it was another great reading experience for me to follow their romance.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
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Have you read Lauren Layne’s books? (You should! ^_^) Do you enjoy reading family series like this one? And what do you say about that antagonistic atmosphere between the main characters in the beginning? Hate it, not a fan, love it?