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Review: Single Malt by Layla Reyne

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SingleMaltSingle Malt by Layla Reyne (contemporary, Carina, Feburary 2017)

 

Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey, book 1

 

Summary:

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. 

 

Review:

While raving to a non-romance reading friend, I realized how utterly over-the-top this book is. Here’s the setup – Aiden Talley is a recently widowed, son of an Irish shipping magnate (aka m(b)illionaire), FBI agent who is supervised by his deceased husband’s sister. Jameson (Jamie) Walker is a former NBA star turned FBI agent hacker extraordinaire. As if these simple descriptions aren’t enough, there’s an IRA backstory, murder conspiracies, international mobs, terrorists, OH MY. And in the midst of this, Irish (Aiden) and Whiskey (Jamie) are fighting some scorching attraction. There are so many reasons this book could be too much everything. It’s not. It’s AWESOME.

I absolutely feel for Aiden and Jamie as individuals, and man, do they hurt my heart together. Aiden’s grief is still so very raw. Not only did he lose his husband to the car crash, he lost his long-time FBI partner too. His family is amazing and make just enough of an appearance to help add to the emotional arc. As much as I feel them wanting him to move on, get back in the dating zone, they are heartbroken for his loss.

Jamie has been crushing on Aiden since their first meeting, but Aiden was happily married. While Jamie’s not in the closet, he’s wary and weary of the media attention is NBA stardom brought. He wants to bury himself in the tech cave of the FBI and stay out of the spotlight. His new partnership with Aiden forces him into the field and interacting with other law enforcement and civilians. Jamie is charming and more than capable; he just doesn’t want the public attention big cases will bring. He DOES want them for advancing his career though. He’s determined to prove he’s more than a pretty face, and his tech skills are kickass.

The relationship here is hands down my favorite part. The action and cases were secondary to my emotional connection with the characters. I ached for both of them and the struggle that comes with this kind of grief for both the griever and the person trying to be a part of his life.

The cases do lead to some interesting if not completely shocking twists near the end. I’m intrigued by what’s next. This book isn’t a cliff hanger exactly, but it’s certainly not an ending. The relationship isn’t quite a HFN, and the overarching mystery is just kicking off. There are currently 2 additional books announced, and I’m really glad they’ll both be out this year. I plan to devour each as soon as possible, and I’m really hoping the wait in between isn’t too painful.   

 

Layla Reine: http://www.laylareyne.com/

 

Book Disclosure: An ebook was purchased by the reviewer.

Last modified on Friday, 07 April 2017 09:58
Liz Blue

Liz Blue

Liz is a tiara-wearing social justice superhero who can be found wandering the streets of her nation's capital, though never in a cape. Capes are dangerous!

 

Likes: grammar nerdery, music, Doctor Who, and The West Wing on repeat
Dislikes: games with brackets, black licorice, and numbers

 

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