Craft Brew (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 8, 2018
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 304
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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.

This is the second in a series and is, in my opinion, the better of the two so far. I found myself thrown into book 1 feeling lost, but Craft Brew was a life raft or a compass rose.

This book was so much more personal and highlighted both MC’s emotions and characters and delved into the questions that Imperial Stout (Book 1) had left us readers with unanswered.

Nic is still dealing with his father Curtis’ money issues throughout this book, but we get more information as to his past and the woman his father hired to take care of him. We also get a sense of what he went through when he came out and how that led to his decisions and his fear of commitment.

Cam was the main player in this plot line. He gets the call that his mother has suffered a heart attack and most of the story takes place with him back home in Boston, surrounded by his brothers and parents. His sister’s kidnapping was alluded to in the first book, but this delves into her case and Cam’s shady past and why his brother Keith is so angry. We also realize how much his missing sister has shaped the framework of his career and life.

There is a lot of action in this book, but there is also a lot more tender moments and love between friends, siblings and family. The overall feeling of this book was way more romantic and endearing than the first, which was more my style. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend.

Trouble Brewing Series

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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