★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★
Cuff Me is the third installment in a collection of standalone romances from Lauren Layne, which focus on a family of New York brothers who all work within the police department.
This is the story that I have been patiently waiting for since first introduced to the brooding Vincent Moretti right at the very beginning of the series. He is tall, dark and handsome, but moody and mysterious, and I was rooting for him from the very first page – he was swoon city in a very understated way.
Vin and his partner on the job Jill Henley have been best friends for six years. They have been through a lot together in their line of work and understand each other so well after having spent so much time in close proximity and in some really stressful situations.
Jill is yang to Vin’s yin – she is like the human version of sunshine where he is a man who keeps his cards close to his chest. Jill has always been a part of the Moretti family, and she loves being around them. The only thing missing in her life is the companionship only a lover can provide. She is lonely and so when she finds a way to fulfill her dreams, Vin’s world is tilted on its side, and he finally realises what’s been in front of him this whole time.
What I loved most about his book, was the longing and the palpable tension that was present from the very get go between Vin and Jill, and I am not ashamed to admit that a kaleidoscope of butterflies took up in my belly for the duration of this story. It was like a sweet angst that wasn’t overly dramatic but extremely addicting and very realistic.
Let me tell you, this book was more than I ever thought it would be and exceeded my expectations big time, I live for books that give me this five star feeling and couldn’t be happier with the way the story played out. I completely fell in love with both of the main characters and especially felt for Vin.
“He wasn’t accustomed to being anyone’s favorite.
Wasn’t used to being first in anyone’s life.”
A great love story between a Good Cop/Bad Cop duo who complement each other so well, mixed with a little bit of suspense and a fabulous cast of supporting characters. I bloody adored watching these two fall in love, or at least finally realise that they have loved each other from the very start.
Cuff Me is a standalone contemporary romance, told in third person dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review