Single Malt (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Page Count: 194
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.38 stars out of 5

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.

What a spectacular cliffhanger! Seriously, the ending alone made this book. Oh, and if I can toot my horn so to speak…I CALLED IT!!!!!!!!!

Okay, enough of that….and onto the good stuff. Please keep in mind that his is a Mystery/Suspense story with a bit a romance mixed in. Also, said romance is a slow burn. Like there is no contact until Chapter 15, where out of distress a kiss takes place, and then it is all downhill from there.

Layla Raine, does a wonderful job with the details in this book. I cannot imagine the amount of time she put into researching biomedical engineering, computer science and cyber intelligence. Then to take all that information and develop it into a captivating story and instilling said knowledge into the characters. Seriously, hats off to you. The story mesmerized me and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what the endgame could be. IMO, it felt like a PG version of the TV series 24.

I absolutely fell for Whiskey and Irish. I am a sucker not just for the 12 year age gap, but for second chances. I enjoyed the give and take of these two, and how well they work together despite all the baggage they carry. In the end, Whiskey and Irish are newly together; however, I have a feeling things might explode between them in the next installment given the terrible position Mel put Whiskey in. Even if the end justifies the means, Irish will not see it that way.

I cannot wait to see how the author plays out this series. Even though we are left with a cliffhanger, I believe everyone that reads this will love the ending that the author left us with.

Agents Irish and Whiskey

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Galley copy of Single Malt(Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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