I admit I had difficulties rating this book. On one hand I enjoyed this book, on the other I had a lot of issues, and I can’t look past them.
Jill and Vincent are long-time partners and best friends. Being a homicide detective is hard, but they make a good pair. It’s easy for Vincent to be a “bad cop”, when Jill is a natural “good cop”.
“Jill Henley was Vincent’s opposite in every way.
Jill was chipper, charming, and smiley.
Vincent was… none of those things.”
Both of them however are too afraid to admit romantic feelings toward each other.
When Jill’s mother got ill, she fled to Florida to take care of her. There she met Tom, handsome rich and attentive man. Now she is coming back to NY as an engaged woman…
Lauren Layne definitely knows how to write a good love story, she is one of my favorite authors. And there were a lot of things that I love in Cuff Me: her trademark humor, strong interesting characters, Moretties. Oh, Moretties… It was like coming home to this loving family.
What are my issues then?
- First of all Vincent is not my favorite type of love interests in romance books. I always prefer a charming heartthrob to reserved and broody hero. Of all Moretti brothers my favorite one is Luc, and I enjoyed his story Frisk Me (the first book in this series) the most. Vin with his gruffness and difficulties to express his feelings just didn’t win my heart.
- There was so little of Nonna in this book. Well, I know, she is the secondary character, but I missed her antics.
- And here comes my biggest issue – the romance itself.
For the big part of the book Jill was engaged to Tom. While there wasn’t any cheating and actually there wasn’t a love triangle, because (who am I kidding) we all knew from the first page who was the One for Jill, but I wish Vincent and Jill had more time as a couple.
And it took them sooooo long to admit their mutual feelings. It was amusing at first, but became more and more frustrating as the story progressed.
- Mystery. Vin and Jill worked on a case, and this mystery run alongside the romantic story. In truth I wasn’t invested in it at all.
Cuff Me turned out to be my least favorite book in this series so far. Despite all my issues I still enjoyed this book and recommend it to those readers who like romance with humor, family. Hopefully there would be more books in this series. We’ve finally met Marco Moretti and Elena definitely deserves to get her own book.