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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.
Layne (the Redemption series) launches the New York's Finest contemporary romance series with this stellar example of the genre. The recent endeavors of Luc Moretti, the youngest son in a family of NYPD officers, have earned him the nickname America's Hero, catapulted him to unwanted fame, and made him the subject of a national television special that the department hopes will counter some recent negative press. Reporter Ava Sims is assigned to his story; she intends to advance her career, and her reporter's sense tells her there is something more to Luc than heroics. Luc and his loving family, especially his outspoken grandmother, offer a nice counterbalance to Ava's dysfunctional background, which leaves her unwilling to let anyone get close to her. Ava and Luc's sparks are immediate, and the evolution of their relationship which starts with little common ground except a dedication to singlehood is stimulating and realistic. They negotiate their professional and romantic interactions with banter that's clever but not self-satisfied, and their moment of truth feels warm and real. Fans of slightly gritty contemporaries will adore this.