Vincent Moretti is one of the NYPD’s top homicide detectives-and one of the most eligible bachelors in town. His family, however, thinks he should date his longtime partner, Jill-a sassy, sexy, smart-mouthed blonde who drives him absolutely crazy.
Behind the quiet authority, tough-guy demeanor, and dark aviator glasses lies a man with a big soul-and a hard body that can soften any girl’s heart. After years as his coworker, Jill Henley has given up hope that anything could happen between her and Vin. Besides, loving him would break all the rules. But seeing Jill with someone else triggers feelings in Vincent he never knew he had. Now he’ll have to stop playing good cop/bad cop-and find a way to convince her to be his partner for life. . .
I have been looking forward to Vincent Moretti’s story since I heard about this series. You could almost feel the tension between him and Jill coming off of the pages in the other books, and this did not disappoint.
I knew that Vincent’s path to happiness wasn’t going to be easy and that it involved Jill. He is such a taciturn guy that you could tell that when he fell he was gonna fall hard, but seeing him struggle with how he handled the feeling was the best part of this book.
The chemistry and banter between Jill and Vin from the other books made me fall pretty hard for them before I even started this book and I’ll admit I was a huge shipper for them and rooting for their HEA together pretty hard. I was a little thrown when the book started with Jill getting engaged to another guy, but it was the catalyst that Vin needed to make him see what was right in front of his face.
This story had all of the feels. It was swoony, funny, charming, touching, sweet, sexy, and heartwarming. Vincent Moretti is one of those characters that capture your heart right away and that is what makes this books so good. I highly recommend this book if you like your cops strong and silent, with a sweet, swoony side and fierce loyalty to those he cares about. Pick up this series you will not be disappointed.
A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
Vincent Moretti was more than her partner.
So much more.
What he was to her, she didn’t know how to name. Or wasn’t ready to.
Jill Henley was Vincent’s opposite in every way.
Jill was chipper, charming, and smiley.
Vincent was…none of those things.
Vincent forced himself to look at her fiancé again. He looked like Tom Fucking Brady. Even the first name was the same.
“Sweetie, if you’d spent your entire life silently waiting – desperately wanting – someone to love you, and never having that gift even offered – would you know how to give it?”
He’d always thought they’d shared a secret understanding that the fact that what was between them couldn’t be named was precisely what made it theirs. Now, he was realizing that this had been one-sided. That all this time, he’d merely been her colleague while she’d been his… everything.
He believed in love. He did.
He just didn’t believe in it for him.
Not because he had any gory emotional wounds, not because he had some brokenhearted past.
He was just … he didn’t feel like other people did. He wasn’t some sort of sociopathic weirdo, he just had never really absorbed things to his very soul the way his sister, and to a lesser extent his brothers, had.
Quiet. Reserved. Broody.
It’s not that he didn’t feel. Of course he did. He just didn’t feel out loud.
Their relationship had always been both horribly complicated and wonderfully simple. Those two elements canceled each other out so that when it came right down to it, Jill and Vincent were beyond definition.
He didn’t know what he was going to say, only knew that he had to say something, had to convince her that she belonged here. In New York. With him. That he couldn’t imagine what his days would look like without her. That he didn’t know how to be without her.
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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.
Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).
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