Single Malt (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 194
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

Whiskey (given name: Jameson Walker) helped the Tar Heels win two national basketball championships and is now with the FBI in the Cyber Crimes division. Irish (given name: Adian Talley) is an Irish ex-pat and just returning to the FBI after the car crash that changed his life. His FBI partner Tom, and Aidan’s husband Gabe died in the crash and Aidan is determined to find out what happened that day, and who is to blame.

But first Irish and Whiskey must solve a case involving cyber attacks on a bio-containment facility (think anthrax, etc.) in Galveston and race against the clock to figure out and prevent the terrorists’ end-game.

The author does a stellar job of getting readers up-to-speed on all things cyber and “biohazardy” and keeping us informed and intrigued throughout. There are a good amount of action scenes and suspense and the pace of the book is fast …. and okay, furious. Juxtaposed with all this action is the relationship developing between Aidan and Jamie which is a slow and very hot burn, as each man needs to to work through past relationships. And when they finally come together, it is worth the wait.

This is the first book in the series, and I wouldn’t say that the book ends in a traditional cliffhanger. It’s more a matter that the bioterrorism case has been solved, but now new information is revealed that may bring Aidan closer to what exactly happened to bring about the deadly car crash.

I give Single Malt 4.5 stars and am anxiously awaiting the next book in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, Cask Strength, due May 1, 2017.

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


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My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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