{Review} Single Malt by Layla Reyne

{Review} Single Malt by Layla ReyneSingle Malt by Layla Reyne
Also by this author: Cask Strength, Barrel Proof
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1
Also in this series: Cask Strength, Barrel Proof
Published by Carina Press on February 27th 2017
Genres: Forbidden Love, M/M Romance, May/December Romance, Romantic Suspense
Character(s): Detectives
Pages: 194
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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.

Erin: Oh boy was this book ever a wild ride! Smart, sexy, suspenseful…. it was one thrilling moment after another. Debut author Layla Reyne has completely knocked it out of the park with her romantic suspense, Single Malt. Agents Aidan Talley and Jameson Walker are two of the sexiest FBI agents I’ve come across in quite some time. Mix that with some stellar writing, a plot that moves like lightning, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat and what you get is a book that is enthralling from beginning to end.

When the book begins, Aidan Talley is still mourning the loss of his husband eight months prior. Not only did he lose his husband of ten years in an auto accident that may or may not be an accident at all, but his work partner also died in the accident. One in which Aidan was driving the vehicle. So yeah, there’s lots for Aidan to work through. When his boss, who just happens to be his sister-in-law, decides it’s time for Aidan to come back to work, he does so reluctantly because not only does he have to begin to move on, he’s also got a new partner. Enter the deliciously sexy, geeky, former North Carolina Tar Heel star basketball player Jameson Walker … aka known as Whiskey. Jamie is not only a hell of a basketball player, he’s one of the best FBI agents around. He’s a master behind the wheel of a car and there isn’t a computer program he can’t hack. He’s also six and a half feet of muscle, wit, and charm. Trust me, he’s just about the swooniest guy I’ve come across in a long time. And Aidan–or Irish as Jamie calls him–and Whiskey together are a powerful combination of smarts and uber sexiness. The sexual tension between these two is something else. Whoa.

“I’m sorry.” Aidan shook off the disturbance. “Did I miss the casual-day memo?”

“Easy, Irish.” Walker removed his baseball cap and ran a hand through his hair, ruffling the flattened waves. “Boys and Girls Club outing at AT&T Park this afternoon.”


Walker’s blue eyes sparkled like he’d solved and impossible puzzle. “The cufflinks, the brogue in your voice that slips sometimes…” He leaned forward and Aidan fought not to react to the heady tropical scent of White Cristal cologne. “And I’ve only ever seen eyes that color on natural redheads.”

“What color is that?” Aidan asked, putting aside the fact Walker had seen through the disguise he’d worn for three decades.

“Autumn,” Walker answered, voice dropping an octave. “Like a pile of fall leaves back home, right after it rains. Dark brown swirled with brick red and flecks of gold.”

Coffee with a dash of Goldschlager, Gabe used to say. But damn if Walker’s description, spoken in that seductive drawl, didn’t send another flare of desire scorching through him.

All the swoons, yeah?

But not only are Jamie and Aidan together an addicting combination, the mystery Layla Reyne has thrown our duo into was fascinating. Bio terrorism and computer hacking is something I haven’t seen much of and I was sucked in immediately. As our two guys track down leads and start to put the pieces together it shows just how wicked smart Jamie is and when coupled with Aidan’s experience and personality, it was utterly compelling. I give Layla Reyne all the kudos in the world for her research and keeping the myriad of technical terms easy to follow. I was never overwhelmed to the point where I lost track of what was going on. And there is lots to keep track of for sure.

I just loved this book. I couldn’t start reading and luckily for us, the second book in the series is due to come out May 1st. Just a small warning, Single Malt ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it’s nothing that should stop you from diving into this book and the start of what is going to be one hell of an entertaining series. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one people!

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