Monday, August 07, 2017

Release Day Book Brief: Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3) by Layla Reyne

barrel proofTitle ~ Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3)

Author ~ Layla Reyne

Publisher ~ Carina Press

Published ~ 7th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense





FBI agents Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker can't get a moment's peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie's life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take.

Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie's been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan's late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him.

But the explosions are far from over. Aidan's cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist's conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners, always is a promise he intends to keep.


Freya’s Book Brief

Oh My God! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the Barrel Proof ARC arrive. Soo excited to read this as I’d already read the other two and was in awe over them. Book two left the reader with a bit of a WTF moment. So, if you haven’t read it (Cask Strength) or book one (Single Malt), GO DO IT NOW.

The story kicks off with Jamie, Aiden and Danny on their way to Cuba to get Mel. They end up running into a burning building where all sorts of other stuff happens. It’s a corker of a start – Wow!

I sooooo, want to give you spoilers, but I daren’t. The story is full of drama, action, angst, sexy, HOT and oh so sweet moments. By halfway, I’d already cried and had my heart in my mouth. Everything about Aiden’s dead husband, Gabe, comes to a head, which sends Aiden reeling and disappearing off on an undercover mission so that he can get some space and perspective – no spoilers there, it’s in the blurb. Jamie and Aiden love each other, but love and trust don’t always go together, and that can tear people apart.

Aiden and Jamie are adorable, especially during their intimate moments – not all of which are sex based.

The investigation is meaty, but not so intricate that it can’t be followed. The supporting cast has some good roles to play, too. There was a welcome back to some scene-stealing characters that have made their presence known in all the books thus far. Gotta love Cam and Danny.

And unless you’ve read the other two books, most of this probably won’t make sense.

Barrel Proof is an emotional, drama and angst filled roller coaster of a read, with some unexpected allies, and foes. There are phrases in here that firmly belong in my personal room 101, but the book is so damned good, I choose to chalk it up to the gods of – no book is perfect. Barrel Proof is the third, and I believe the final story in the Irish and Whisky series - one I’ll happily read again and again. But, I hope it’s not the last I see of this utterly delightful crew.

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Agents Irish and Whiskey Series

single maltSingle Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1)

The heart’s a resilient beast
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.


CaskStrength_Cover_HiRes_thumb[1]Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey #2)

Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it's a different story. Aidan's feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won't risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer's radar. They're assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie's home state, where Jamie's past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie's been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan's husband that could blow his partner's world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.



Meet Layla Reyne

Layla Reyne - Author Photo

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina and 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. 



1 comment:

  1. This has been such a great series! Purchased Barrel Proof earlier today. Can't wait to start reading it. Heard there may be more stories with some of the supporting characters. That makes me very happy. :)