So by now you know how much we love Layla Reyne and her Agents Irish and Whiskey series. We couldn’t wait to chat with MCs Nic and Cam when Imperial Stout, the first book in Layla’s Trouble Brewing spin-off series was released. Today we couldn’t be more excited that Cam is back, with his BFF Jamie in tow to talk to us again in celebration of the release of Craft Brew! This interview was so fun y’all, so we’ll get right to it, but be sure to check out all the 411 on the book after!
You’ve both known each other for quite some time, can each of you recall the moment you knew your friendship would be one that would grow into you becoming BFFs?
Cam: When he showed up at the hospital after breaking my leg in that tourney game. He looked like an overgrown puppy dog, with too long limbs and big sad eyes. I knew he was genuinely sorry, for something that wasn’t even his fault. It’s just part of the game. But it took guts for an eighteen-year-old-kid to come say he was anyways.
Jamie: When he held my mess of hair back as I puked over the side of his dad’s boat.
Cam: *Snickers* Anytime I said “beef stew,” he was a goner.
Jamie: *groans and clutches his stomach*
Jamie: We only got to face-off once, but it was a major tourney game and our schools, UNC and BC, had been on a collision course all season. Both pre-season favorites. And with The Big Dance being single elimination, every game is a must-win. There’s nothing like it in sports.
Cam: It was just before BC joined the ACC, which made it even more of a big deal, as our teams didn’t usually meet. It’s insane, as an eighteen-year-old, to be on that kind of stage, and with the tourney, in unfamiliar settings. Playing basketball on a raised floor in the middle of a football stadium is fucking surreal.
Jamie: And it didn’t get any less surreal at twenty, or any easier in the NBA. I frankly wasn’t cut out for it then, and thankfully, this guy was already recruiting me to the FBI.
Cam: Once you got out of nerd school.
Jamie: Shut it.
Jamie: *Looks at Cam* That car chase we survived in Boston?
Cam: Yeah, that car chase takes the prize. *Whispers* Don’t tell Nic or Aidan.
Cam: Jamie can cook just about anything, but never ask him to make lemon bars.
Jamie: We weren’t supposed to speak of that ever again.
Cam (to interviewer): You won’t tell anyone, right?
Jamie: *rolls his eyes* Fine, if we’re playing by those rules, he went to the theater to see—
Cam: Don’t you do it!
Jamie: You forced my hand, brother. He went to see The Devil Wears Prada ten times *hands spread* in the theater.
Cam: I’m sorry, but did you see the amount of eye-candy on screen? Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, and Simon Baker. I was in horny twenty-something heaven.
Jamie: I love how his mother reads romance novels aloud like they’re soap operas. She did all the voices and everything. It was amazing.
Cam: Travel more. Jamie’s mom, and his sister and nieces, visit a fair bit. But that’s really just a matter of numbers weighing against the Byrne clan. Too many of us. I pity anyone on a plane or in a hotel with us, if we all had to go somewhere at once.
Cam: Classic Rock.
Jamie: Correct, Nineties Grunge.
Cam: Ding, ding, ding!
Jamie: It’s in my garage.
Cam: Fucker. Same answer, it’s in his garage.
Jamie: * grins *
Cam: Boxer briefs, and I only know that because this fool is the messiest man alive and leaves his dirty clothes everywhere.
Jamie: *Unrepentant* True, on both counts. I’m going to decline to answer, for fear of a certain ex-SEAL sniper.
Cam: Smart man.
Cam: Pretty sure it’s that shiny ring on his finger.
Jamie: *Bashful grin*
Cam: Ohmigod, he’s such a newlywed sap.
Jamie: Okay, Mister-Nic-rimmed—
Cam: TMI! Just tell the nice lady if I’m right.
Jamie: In part. It’s a tie, between my marriage to Aidan and my current job coaching basketball for St. Mary’s. The first is obvious; Cam’s totally right there. I’m a lovesick fool for my husband. I’m also a lovesick fool for my job. I love coaching, being a part of the game I love again, and being there for my players, as a coach and an example for my players. You really can be yourself and win at love and life.
Cam: How am I supposed to compete with that answer?
Jamie: You gave your family peace after twenty years, brother. I’d say that’s something.
Jamie: Loyal, brave, steady.
Cam: Loyal, brave, steady.
***About Layla Reyne***
Author 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.
***About the Book***Craft Brew by Layla Reyne
Also by this author: Single Malt, Cask Strength, Barrel Proof
Series: Trouble Brewing #2
Published by Carina Press on October 8th, 2018
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Character(s): Businessmen/Lawyers/Entrepreneurs, Detectives
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Assistant US attorney Dominic Price is staring down the barrel of his father’s debts. The bull’s-eye on his back makes him a threat to everyone he cares about, so when his lover wants to go public with their relationship, he bolts. Not because he isn’t in love—he can’t stomach the thought of putting Cam in danger.
Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne is determined to figure out what trouble Nic is running from, but devastating news from home brings him back to Boston and to the cold case that has haunted his family for two decades. Shoving aside his pride, he calls Nic for help.
Together they search for answers, navigating the minefield of Cam’s past. But when they get too close to the truth, Cam must use every skill in his arsenal to save the man he loves…before it’s too late.
What do you think, Pretties? Wasn’t this interview so much fun? Be sure to grab your copy of CRAFT BREW to get to know the guys even more today!