Monday, July 27, 2015

Frisk Me by Lauren Layne ~ Review

Source:  Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras—until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him.

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story—to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform . . . and she can't wait to get him out of his.

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Much to do about nothing - that’s how I felt about this book

I’m a very character driven reader.  When I really and passionately don’t like a character, I’m not going to like the book.  Such was the case with Frisk Me.

Ava Simms is a reporter who’s been given the assignment of creating a three-hour feature about the America Hero in the NYPD who has been caught on video a couple of times helping people… also known as doing his job.  Anyway, Ava first met Luc when he was writing her media van a parking ticket a few months back.  She yelled at him about freedom of the press and some such nonsense.  And that was her first strike.  Really?  I don’t care for pushy reporters.  My first major in college was journalism and I know a thing or two about the field.  Getting the story doesn’t put you above the traffic laws.  And yelling at a cob for doing his job is all kinds of wrong.  I probably could have got over that.

When they meet again, she’s in her killer heels uniform to his cop uniform in his captains office.  She get to shadow him for a month.  He has no choice.  Oh, and she threw the unpaid parking ticket back at him as she left the office.  Strike two.  As it turns out, there is a collection of parking tickets in the backseat pocket of the media van.  This begs the questions, how does her van not get booted, towed, or the like for all the unpaid tickets?  Why does she think she’s better than the rest of us who actually follow the rules?  Yeah, I didn’t like her.  And this was all within the first couple of chapters. 

Ava comes from a family of journalists and feels like the only way to win their love and respect is to make it in the field.  They want her to become an anchorwoman.  It’s not really her dream.  She doesn’t just want to report the news, but dig it up, hunt it down.  So she doesn’t want to do this fluffy American hero piece that may get her that anchorwoman job.  She doesn’t believe he’s a hero.  There must be something he’s hiding and she just the women to find it.  Last strike.

So why didn’t I stop reading when I was only 3 chapter in and Ava had 3 strikes?  Luc of course.  He’s a good cop from a family of cops.  Not wanting any of this stupid attention, he just wants to do his job.  The memories of a call that ended badly have Luc feeling like he’s far from a hero.  Let me say though, that he followed orders by the book.  Things went badly that day because a jerk that is currently rotting in jail because Luc put him there is the only one to blame.  But as good men sometimes do, Luc plays the what if game.  And blames himself for the deaths that day.  Because I respected Luc, I read the rest of the story.

And Ava continued to get strikes.  And she did just what I thought she would.  But seriously peeps, there just wasn’t that much dirt for her to find.  Nothing Luc had done wrong that was for sure.  There was a betrayal yet it all just felt like a bunch of nothing.  Much to do about nothing.  And the whole thing had me wishing Luc wouldn’t forgive her and this happy would be with a different girl in his arms.  One that deserved a great guy like Luc.

Who does that?  Who hopes they don’t get together in the end?  I had thought through most of the book that I could give this 3 stars and just be grumpy about it.  But no, I can’t recommend it at all.

Other, however, feel differently.  See links to their reviews below.


  1. Unpaid parking tickets? A stack? Holy cowziers! I am a rule follower too, that would not fly in my world. Hate that you wanted Luc to end up with someone else, anyone else. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. Ava sounds like a character that I would really dislike as well! I would want Luc to end up with someone worthy of him! Excellent Review :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape