After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York’s most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the “American Hero,” Luc’s boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn’t mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who’s been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.

Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC’s lead anchor-but to get there, she’ll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava gets to know Luc and his oddball family, the more she realizes that beneath the swagger and the blue uniform is a complex man who makes her heart beat too fast. Soon, Ava’s doing the unthinkable, and falling for the best of New York’s finest …


★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★


Ava Sims is a broadcast journalist who first met Officer Luc Moretti a few years back when he gave her a parking ticket. When the opportunity arises for her to host her own TV spot featuring the sexy cop she grabs it with both hands. If she can become anchorwoman for CBC then her parents will finally be proud of her and this gig is sure to make her dreams come true.

Luc is horrified when he discovers that he is to become the subject of a 3 hour TV special, ever since he was caught on camera diving into the hudson river to save a little girl from drowning, he has become a local hero. But Luc is harbouring a severe case of guilt. He doesn’t feel like he deserves the attention and when he realises that he will have to spend the next 2 months with the feisty brunette who likes to give him grief at every turn, he goes from easy going and charming to cranky and sexually frustrated in record time.

Spending a considerable amount of time together they clash often and the sexual tension builds, but it soon becomes clear that in order for Ava to get her much sought after promotion, she may have to betray the secrets that Luc has been holding onto.

Whilst I enjoy a slow burn romance, this was maybe a bit slow for my liking, it took a long time for anything to develop between Ava and Luc. Luc was suffering from survivors guilt and was extremely guarded.

What I loved about it though was the Moretti family. Luc is the youngest of 4, he has 3 brothers who are also cops and a sister who is a defence attorney. Their father was the police commissioner so they are known as NYPD royalty. Like any true Italian family, they are all very close and the whole clan, including their crazy Nonna, were all very interesting characters. I’m very much looking forward to reading each of their stories in future books.

 This is a standalone novel, told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Lauren Layne

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she’s naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren’s lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She’s also a total website nerd and insists you check out!

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