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.
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 just can’t believe Mags called you Officer,” Vincent said in sham reverent tone. “I don’t know how she missed the nine -hundred and forty- two reminders that you’re a Captain now.”
“Well she damn well should remember,” he muttered. “Is anyone else remembering that she spilled iced -tea all over me at my coronation party?”
“She spilled it on your shoes,” Elena said. “Which were black.”
“Still,” Anth said, glancing around the room this time to make sure she wasn’t with in earshot. “I don’t know why we have to act like she’s a new member of the family when she can’t seem to go a single Sunday without spilling somebody’s breakfast on me. It can’t be an accident every time.”
“Maybe she wants to get your attention. Your humble, pleasantcharming personality is so charming,” Ava said quietly into her coffee mug.
Anth looked at Luc’s girlfriend. “Et tu, Brute?”
And then his dad leaned back in the booth, folded his arms, and glared at his oldest son. “So tell me again what you’re doing to close in on this Smiley character.”
“Oh my God, he’s like a dog with a bone!” Elena said, throwing her arms up in exasperation, before turning her attention back to her cell phone. “Also, is Nonna texting anyone else? I’ve been getting mucous every five minutes.”
“Yes,” everyone replied at once.
“She just sent me a wWikipedia link on phlegm,” Vincent grumbled.
To say that his grandmother had been upset to miss brunch because of a lingering head cold was an understatement. She’d been punishing them all with updates on her illness.
Anthony glanced at his watch, and mentally counted the minutes until he could relax with a beer and watch the Yankees game.
Of the three sacred things in his life, the New York Yankees had always been a very distant third to family and the Department.
Now he was seriously rethinking his priorities.
Of the three sacred things in his life, the New York Yankees had always been a very a distant third to family and the Department.
Steal Me by Lauren Layne stole my heart…not just the story but the larger than life characters too! This is the second book in the series and is Anthony and Maggie’s story. Anthony is the oldest and most serious of all the Moretti brothers. He’s following in his father’s footsteps; he’s recently made captain on the force, and he has the potential to go all the way up the ladder in the NYPD…but those plans may have hit a snag when an arrogant burglar is making a joke of the police as he continues to leave snarky notes at each scene. He’s proving very hard to catch too. And, there is a complication in the sexy captain’s personal life in the form of the shy waitress, Maggie. She his family’s favorite waitress at the diner they frequent. He can’t get her out of his mind, and not because she’s always dumping food or drinks on him. She stirs feelings inside of him he’s never experienced before. His mind tells him that relationships aren’t possible, but his heart and his desire for her tells him differently. As she becomes a big part in his ongoing case, he realizes she has feelings for him too…so, what will ultimately be the victor…his mind or his heart?
The one thing that draws me into a story is the character development, and Layne’s characters are larger than life…they have their own personalities and made me feel like I was a part of the Moretti clan. Anthony is serious and has to be in control, and there’s nothing I like more than an alpha losing control, especially by a woman! I didn’t much care for Anthony at first, but when I saw his defenses crumble, I fell for him just like Maggie did. I loved Maggie from the very beginning, and I enjoyed seeing her change from an insecure and shy girl to the confident woman who spoke her mind. She was truly the hero of this book! All the secondary characters were as well-developed as Anthony and Maggie. One of my favorites is Nonna…she’s a spunky, independent grandma! Love her!
Seriously, what’s better than a book filled with a loveable family, friends, romance, and steam? Not much! And, add the way Layne described the beginnings of their relationship to reading a book…priceless! This was a great addition to the series, and I can’t wait to catch up with the Moretti’s in the next book, Cuff Me!