Cuff Me is the third book in Layne’s New York’s Finest series. I haven’t read the first two books in this series but when I read about this one I just had to pick it up. It contains a gruff hero and a friends to lovers plot, how could I pass that up?
Vincent Moretti and Jill Henley have been partners for several years . At the beginning of the book Jill has been gone three months because she had to take care of her mother who took a fall. Vincent isn’t really in touch with his emotions but he has missed his partner and is glad she will be back. Unfortunately, for Vincent, while she has been gone she got engaged and is planning to move away in a few months.
Jill’s news throws Vincent’s world for a loop, he doesn’t want to lose her but is not sure what to do and isn’t quite ready to acknowledge how strongly he really feels. He has always been a bit of an outsider. His mother tells a sweet and yet sad story about how he got that way. Vin is a loner in a crowd and even when he wants to connect to someone he isn’t quite sure what to do about it.
Jill got engaged to Tom because she wants the kind of relationship she sees happening all around her and Tom is a pretty great guy, the kind of guy every girl dreams of when they are young. She is perplexed by her current relationship with Vincent. She had hoped that maybe something would happen with him once but it never did however now she is getting all sorts of mixed-messages from him. Plus they are having a more difficult time than normal solving their current case.
Though Jill is engaged to someone who isn’t the hero at the start of the book there is no cheating in the story if that is something you dislike . This also means that while there are love scenes in the book they don’t happen right away. This story isn’t perfect and the mystery that they need to solve isn’t that complex but I still enjoyed it greatly.
BTW I didn’t mean to focus so much on Vin but he is one of my favorite types of heroes, a big gruff guy who cares greatly but isn’t always always that good at showing it. Please romance world write me more guys like this.