Review: Single Malt by Layla Reyne

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey, #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: February 27th 2017

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.

My Rating:
4 Stars

My Review:
 Single Malt is the first book in Layla Reyne's Agent's Irish and Whiskey series.  I do not believe that these books will be standalones, as this story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and things aren't completely wrapped up neatly between the guys.  Normally, I really don't like cliffhangers at all, but I really loved this one!  I went into it knowing that it ended in a cliffhanger tho, so maybe that helped a little.

Aiden lost his husband 8 months ago in a car accident, and has a lot of survivors guilt because he made it out of the accident and both his husband and his work partner did not.  He is also feeling a lot of guilt about his attraction to Jamie, his new partner.  He feels like he is betraying his husband by wanting Jamie.  He comes off gruff and snippy to Jamie sometimes because of it.

Jamie is a former basketball star that is now a cyber genius.  He's had a crush on Aiden since the first time he saw him, but kept his distance because Aiden was married.  Now they they are working together his attraction shows and he can't help but flirt with Aiden, and he starts to realize maybe the attraction is as one sided as it seems.

This one is what I call a slow burn romance.  There is a ton of chemistry between the two of them, but it takes quite a while before they actually "get together".  These two are super hot together.

The plot started out a little bit hard to follow but in the end it all tied together nicely and got me REALLY excited about the next book.  If you love books with a storyline where you won't be able to guess "who the bad guy is" or what's going to happen next, and suspenseful romances with sizzling chemistry, then this is the book for you.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  *

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  1. It's always interesting when one comes across a romance series that isn't a companion one. I can handle continual series in YA, but in adult? It's torture! At least adult books publish faster than YA books. I do love a good slow-burn romance! I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Julie. =)

    Have a fantastic week!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I requested the second book on NetGalley, so fingers crossed! lol! I really NEED to know what happens next. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one

  2. This sounds good!! LOVE slow burn. I kind of hate cliffhangers but sound sleek it is worth it. Great review!

    1. Thank you! It was really good! I am not a fan of cliffhangers at all. Patience is not my strong point. I need to know what happens, right now! lol.


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