Title: Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 8, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: Approx 70,000 words
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Reviewed by: Maya
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.
“There might be another avenue open to us.”
Mel crossed one leg over the other, heel bouncing. “What’s that?”
“Vaughn approached me at the brewery Saturday night.”
Lauren slumped back in her chair, staring openmouthed at the ceiling. “And y’all complain about me always hiding the ball.”
Nic would’ve laughed if Aidan didn’t look like he was about to spit nails. At him. “That’s what you wouldn’t tell me last night.”
“I’m sorry,” Nic said. “Won’t happen again.”
“What’d he say?” Mel asked, calm and assessing. This was a friendly team-up meeting, and yet Nic still felt like she was interrogating him.
“He made certain…”
“Threats?” Aidan supplied.
“To what, come work for him?”
“Not exactly.” His cringe must have given him away, because Lauren’s blue eyes went round as saucers and her mouth fell open in a silent oh.
“You want to use yourself, as bait,” Mel likewise surmised.
“If I can get him to actually confess, on record…”
“By seducing him.” Aidan, very not calm, shot out of his chair, sending it slamming back into the metal table. “You’re walking a thin line of entrapment.”
“Entrapment requires I induce him to commit a crime he wouldn’t otherwise commit. He’s gonna commit a crime. I’m not talking him into anything.”
“No,” Aidan said, pacing in front of him. “It’s just you, talking yourself into an early grave.”
Nic stood, squaring off against the other man. He wasn’t angry or upset. He was actually humbled by Aidan’s concern, by his commitment to protecting his family, including him.
But the same held true for Nic. “Vaughn’s gunning for me, my livelihood, and my family.” He punctuated the last word with a significant glance around the room, at the members of his family gathered here. “If I don’t start talking soon—if I can’t find a different song to sing—then I’m going to be dead anyways. And I refuse to take any of my family to the grave with me.”
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. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.