Author ~ Layla Reyne
Publisher ~ Carina Press
Published ~ 27th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he's not—Jamie is off-limits.
Jamie's lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco's top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie's skills invaluable.
Jamie's talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They'll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.
Aiden Talley’s life was changed when a car crash robbed him of his husband, Gabe, his FBI partner, Tom, and almost his own life. Eight months later he returns to work, able, but not necessarily ready to move on. Jameson Walker is Aiden’s new partner - his much younger, sports champion and computer genius, partner. Walker has been attracted to Aiden since he left the academy.
Mel – one smart cookie, sister-in-law, and section commander, gives Aiden the news that the accident wasn’t a hit and run, as first thought, and seemingly someone high in the chain wants the whole thing forgotten about. Therefore, any investigation must run under the radar.
Single Malt isn’t only about the drama, car chases and gun fights. It’s also about the investigative process, which in this instance, is captivating. Oh, the adrenaline junkie side is in there too – oh myyy, is it. What is also good is that despite the ghost of the Aiden’s ‘accident’ being a factor of the story – other cases are solved, too. Add to that the not overdone, personal/family side, and what we have is a nicely rounded novel that ticked all my boxes.
Jamie has an inviting personality, is handsome, is a geek, and he follows orders – what was not to like. Almost too good to be true, but this is fiction, right, so why the hell not? As well as Jamie’s personable nature smoothing departmental co-operation; those traits offer Aiden an extra set of problems. Aiden is attracted to Jamie, which fosters feelings of guilt. His battle is heartbreaking. Gabe was the love of his life, and he doesn’t believe he can move on from that.
Jamie understands the hold Gabe continues to have, and tries to be the partner he needs. Especially, when Aiden is feeling raw, experiencing flashbacks and needs help getting back on track. Jamie ain’t no wilting flower though, and holds his own both mentally and physically. Those moments make the boys closer and fuel their attraction.
There is a well thought out backstory to the main characters that has a bearing on the scenes. And what I was treated to was a range of flirting jealousy, action, heat, drama, angst, OMG times as well as the heartbreaking and aww moments. There are, will they won’t they elements all the way through, to which departmental barriers, add to the hesitation. You’ll have to read it to find the outcome.
As I said earlier, the high-end FBI action is there providing heart-in-the-mouth moments – so fear not.
The novel can be read on its own, with none of those angst-ridden cliffhangers – emphasis on the angst elements. However, it does leave enough hooks for me to look forward to the next book in the sequence, which comes out in the spring. Single Malt is a superb start to what promises to be an awesome series.
Meet Layla Reyne
2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. You can find her online at http://www.laylareyne.com/