Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cask Strength by Layla Reyne

Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer's radar. They're assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie's home state, where Jamie's past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner's world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Holy crap! I was hesitant with this book because the previous book was really wordy in my opinion, but I wanted to know what was on that jump drive and what really happened to Gabe. Let me tell you, I didn't want to put this book down! I was ticked when I had to stop reading and go to work! This book was awesome. I liked the storyline and loved how much Aiden and Jamie we got. Of course, the hot sex was good too! The story ends on a high note but with a bit of a cliffhanger. I seriously need the next book now!

Five months on since we left our FBI pair and the story begins with a very hot scene between Aiden and Jamie. We quickly learn things have a changed a little between them and Aiden has pulled away emotionally. I was shocked. I was also pissed at Aiden and my desire smack him in the back of the head until he came to he senses was strong.

Terrorist Renaud is continuing to cause problems for our pair, and to keep them out of the line of fire, Aiden and Jamie are sent undercover to bust a sports betting/identity fraud ring. Jamie goes undercover as an assistant coach for a college basketball team, which puts his old life on a collision course with this new one. This, in turn, causes more issues between him and Aiden.

Cask Strength is a fantastic blend of crime fighting, heart pumping action, and heart squeezing emotion. I love crime solving mixed with relationship drama and this book has done it perfectly. An unexpected twist in the story has left me hanging for the next instalment of this series. I can't wait for more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The second book in the series, the plot grows increasingly complicated as they prod the secrets surrounding Aiden’s husband’s and partner’s deaths. While that investigation runs through the whole series, this book focuses on an undercover assignment where Irish and Whiskey investigate an illegal sports betting ring.

The plot construction in these books is fantastic. This is a fast paced read with threads of several layered storylines running through it. I love the secrets, the tiny clues, and the way the author makes us suspicious of everyone.

The relationship between Aiden and Jamie is even more complicated in the second book. As work partners, they complement each other perfectly. I love the banter, the instinctive trust, and the generation gap. Their personal relationship is more complicated. Aiden insists on no-strings attached sex. Jamie wants to stay closeted. Neither man has much emotional intelligence. And in this book, Aiden isn’t the only one with an ex.

Jamie’s history as a famous ball player is at the heart of this book. The sports action adds a whole new layer of excitement to the series about gunrunners and FBI corruption. I enjoyed the college setting for this book and I loved the undercover element of the investigation.

I am completely hooked on this series and I can’t wait for the next book. These are such great stories!

This is book two in the series, and thankfully, book three is not too far off publication, as there is a bit of a cliffhanger here. I really think you should read book one before you read this, as the story is ongoing.

Aiden and Jamie had succumbed to their attraction – but it is not appropriate given they are partnered FBI agents. This leads to an uncomfortable situation for both of them, which is incredibly frustrating to watch, but plays into the FBI plot. As in the first book, there is a top layer plot, which is interesting, with the Renaud terrorism angle flowing through it too.

As things start to become clearer in their private lives, the mystery surrounding Gabe may finally be resolved – but you will have to read to find out!

Also Available in the Agents Irish and Whiskey Series

Book 1
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Love, Coast-to-Coast.

Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up surrounded by generations of Southern storytellers and at the knee of her soap-opera-loving grandmother (and her grandfather, too, though he’d never admit it), she began spinning tales of romance at an early age. Now writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance, Layla is inspired by her coast-to-coast experiences and delights in weaving elements of the people she’s met and places she’s been into her stories for readers everywhere to enjoy. Layla, a 2016 RWA Golden Heart® Award Finalist in Romantic Suspense, is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Silicon Valley, Kiss of Death, Golden Network and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey #2) by Layla Reyne to read and review.

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