Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Craft Brew by Layla Reyne

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The men have been keeping their relationship secret and things are getting serious. Nic is worried about his father’s creditors finding out about his relationship with Cam and putting Cam in danger. From Cam’s end, he is called back to Boston when his mother falls ill. At his mother’s request, he reopens the investigation into his sister’s disappearance 20 years prior.

For me, the investigation into Erin’s disappearance, this is where the story really took off. I didn’t know where the investigation was going, and I was intrigued as we follow the clues, old and new. But Cam doesn’t investigate alone. He calls in Nic, best friend Jamie, as well as his former partner in Boston to help and he needs all the help he can get.

I’m a sucker for a mystery and crime, and when it is combined with a developing romance. In Craft Brew, the balance between the two is perfect and with danger swirling all around them as well as family drama added in, I was completely immersed in the story. I was in book heaven. And when Craft Brew came to a close, all I could think about was when can we have more Cam and Nic? I want more.

Is it disloyal to think I might actually love this series a little bit more than the original Irish and Whiskey books? I really love the combination of action and relationship development in this second book, and Nic and Cam just keep getting better together.

I don’t even know where to start with the action in this book. It’s a fast paced and exciting read. Nic is still running from the gangster in San Francisco and Cam ends up chasing a serial killer in Boston. The investigation in Boston is fast paced and beautifully constructed. Nic’s issues fade into the series storyline as he flies to Boston to assist Cam and Jamie.

Nic and Cam are more settled in this second book and their connection is warm, solid, and grounding. I love the lack of angst and the way they lean on each other for support. These two are still sexy and the chemistry is still brilliant, but in this book they feel like true partners.

Much of this story is set in Boston, Cam’s hometown. I loved getting to know his family and getting glimpses of his younger life. The first book explained Dominic’s history and this one makes Cam feel more human and more vulnerable than he has before.

I really love this series. The characters are fabulous, their relationships are beautiful, and the action never stops. This isn’t a standalone novel – new readers need to start with the Irish and Whiskey books before this series – but this is a great addition to a fantastic series.

This the second book in the series, and you really need to have read Imperial Stout first. Even better, read the Agents Irish and Whiskey series which is both excellent and precedes this series. I am assuming that you have read Imperial Stout in this review.

The nightmare for Nic continues, with his father having done deals with the mob. Nic and Cam may now be together, but they are not open about it and that does not make Cam happy. He doesn't understand that Nic is protecting him from the trouble that his father is causing. In the meantime, a call from Boston throws all their plans into disarray.

The situation in Boston requires Cam to join forces with Jamie and Aiden, and even call Nic in, and finally a number of cold cases, including his sister's, are solved. This is a really good mystery story, with the added issues of being so close to Cam, his brothers, and parents. It removes Nic from the limelight but does not remove the problems which will hopefully be resolved in the next book.

Through all the difficult times, Nic and Cam discover the strength that they find in each other, and the passion which supports them through the good and most definitely the bad.

Also Available in the Trouble Brewing Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Imperial Stout post.

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 Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2) by Layla Reyne to read and review.

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