charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to
talking, and he sure as hell isn’t about to give into his mother’s insistence
that he ‘settle down with a nice girl.’ Luckily, Vincent’s gig as one of the
NYPD’s top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner,
Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that
makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.
homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him
better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points
to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare
undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.
set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7
in the suspect’s territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . .
and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in
and out of bed, and Jill’s falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give
her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?
Only a week after, he’d stuck out his hand and introduced himself as Tom, Tom Porter, in a sort of James Bondian way that made her giggle. They had been eating dinner at that very same hotel restaurant.
Only a week after that, dinner with Tom had become the norm rather than the exception.
The week after that?
They occasionally threw lunch into the mix, either her coming to meet him at some fancy place while her mom was in physical therapy, or him bringing fabulous picnicstyle lunches to her mother’s house, where he’d proceed to charm Jill’s mom almost as thoroughly as he charmed Jill.
Five weeks into Jill’s stay in Florida, Jill had stuck around for breakfast.
In his hotel room.
And then there’d been last night.
“Okay, okay, so he’s a dreamboat,” Elena said as the car crept slowly through rush hour traffic toward Manhattan. “How’d he pop the question? Champagne? Roses? Fancy restaurant with a water view?”
“Holy crap,” Jill said with a laugh. “Were you there?”
“I know all,” Elena said, extending her hands to the side as though she were some wise sage. “Did you see it coming at all?”
“Not even a little bit,” Jill admitted.
Not even with the expensive champagne, or the two dozen roses, or the fact that the restaurant staff seemed to be going out of their way to give Jill and Tom privacy at the terrace table overlooking the ocean.
She’d simply thought it had just been a really fantastic good-bye.
Instead it had been a bit more of a be mine forever and ever.
And Jill had said yes.
She’d said yes almost the second he’d gone down on his knee, not because she’d been that sure—she’d been pretty sure . .. sort of sure—she’d said yes because in that moment, Jill had wanted what Tom Porter was offering her.
A companion. A partner. Love.
And that’s what it came down to. Jill wanted to be loved. She wanted to love.
She loved her mother, obviously. And loved the memory of her father, God rest his soul.
And though she had no siblings of her own, the Morettis had filled that gap. And with the recent addition of Luc’s girlfriend, Ava, and Anthony’s new wife, Maggie, she had some amazing girlfriends to add to the mix.
And last, but never least, there was Vincent. Her partner. In some ways her best friend, although in a way that was different from her relationship with Elena.
But as much as Vincent sometimes seemed like two parts of the same whole, he’d always held a bit of himself back from her. From everyone.
He’d made no secret of the fact that he had no intentions of getting married, ever. Any fantasies Jill had had that her partner would one day wake up and see her were long gone.
Which left her a bit.. . lonely.
She wanted someone to come home to at the end of the long day who would just be there. Who’d pour her a glass of wine, maybe rub her feet and just listen.
Tom offered Jill what nobody else had offered her… ever.
Love. Commitment. A future.
And she knew that he loved her. Fast as their relationship had developed, she could feel it. And she loved him too. At least she was pretty sure.
“Aww, you like him,” Elena said teasingly, reaching out a finger and poking the dimple in Jill’s left cheek.
“I want to be happy, El. I want the happily-ever-after with someone who wants it with me.”
She met her friend’s eyes and saw from the flash of regret on Elena’s face that El understood what Jill wasn’t saying out loud.
I can’t wait for Vin forever.
Cuff Me is another fast paced, sexy, romantic read from Lauren Layne! I’ll be honest. I have been waiting for Vincent’s book. The man is beyond complex, but the wait was well worth it. It opens with his partner, Jill, coming home from being gone three months. She’s been in Florida taking care of her mother who had surgery. However, she’s returning home with big news….she’s engaged, and Vincent isn’t happy about it at all! But, will he let his stubbornness and unwillingness to admit his feelings for his partner cost him his chance at happiness with Jill?
I knew Vincent was a complex character, but I had no idea how stubborn he could be! At times, I wanted to beat him senseless to make him admit what he felt for Jill! As the story progressed, though, I realized Vincent actually does have a heart underneath his broody exterior. And, boy does this man know how to do sexy!!!! I couldn’t help loving Jill, but I have loved her from the beginning. She’s the complete opposite of Vin. Where he’s gruff and grouchy, she’s sassy and talks his ear off, and I love that she know how to get under his skin! They were perfect for one another. Not only are they perfectly match as partners on the job but in the bedroom too! What even made this book better was the murder investigation they were working on. The mystery as well as the romance really made the book a fast read!
Lauren Layne is one of my go to writers. Whenever I see she has something new, I grab it! With the NYPD’s finest books, she has created a family that you can’t help but love and want to be a part of. Not only is each book about a couple but it’s a chance to catch up with my favorite family, the Moretti’s, and their grandma, Nonna! What a hoot she is! I feel like I’m there myself when they are together! I’m so excited that the next book is about Luc! I can’t wait to see my favorite family again really soon!