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New York's Finest #2
Releasing Nov 24th, 2015
IN HOT PURSUIT
Being a cop might be in Anthony Moretti's blood, but protecting and serving the city of New York has always been more than just the family business. If that means his love life stays locked up, well then that's just another sacrifice made in the line of duty. That is, until he sets eyes on the gorgeous new waitress at The Darby Diner and suddenly Anthony's morning coffee is leaving him a whole lot more hot and bothered than usual.
Though waitressing at The Darby isn't exactly Maggie Walker's dream job, it pays the bills and gives her time to work on her novel. Now if only she could stop fantasizing about gorgeous Anthony Moretti every time he sits down at her table, she'd really be in great shape. But when he needs her help identifying a criminal threatening The Darby—and Maggie recognizes her ex-husband—she fears her fresh start might be a pipe dream. Faster than a New York minute, Maggie and Anthony find themselves in one perilous pursuit that only gets hotter with each and every rule-breaking kiss.
“I just can’t believe Mags called you Officer,” Vincent said in sham reverent tone. “I don’t know how she missed the nine -hundred and forty- two reminders that you’re a Captain now.”
“Well she damn well should remember,” he muttered. “Is anyone else remembering that she spilled iced -tea all over me at my coronation party?”
“She spilled it on your shoes,” Elena said. “Which were black.”
“Still,” Anth said, glancing around the room this time to make sure she wasn’t with in earshot. “I don’t know why we have to act like she’s a new member of the family when she can’t seem to go a single Sunday without spilling somebody’s breakfast on me. It can’t be an accident every time.”
“Maybe she wants to get your attention. Your humble, pleasant charming personality is so charming,” Ava said quietly into her coffee mug.
Anth looked at Luc’s girlfriend. “Et tu, Brute?”
And then his dad leaned back in the booth, folded his arms, and glared at his oldest son. “So tell me again what you’re doing to close in on this Smiley character.”
“Oh my God, he’s like a dog with a bone!” Elena said, throwing her arms up in exasperation, before turning her attention back to her cell phone. “Also, is Nonna texting anyone else? I’ve been getting mucous every five minutes.”
“Yes,” everyone replied at once.
“She just sent me a Wikipedia link on phlegm,” Vincent grumbled.
To say that his grandmother had been upset to miss brunch because of a lingering head cold was an understatement. She’d been punishing them all with updates on her illness.
Anthony glanced at his watch, and mentally counted the minutes until he could relax with a beer and watch the Yankees game.
Of the three sacred things in his life, the New York Yankees had always been a very distant third to family and the Department.
Now he was seriously rethinking his priorities.
Of the three sacred things in his life, the New York Yankees had always been a very a distant third to family and the Department.
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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
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