Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Dead Draw by Layla Reyne Release Blitz

Dead Draw. A Perfect Play Novel. Layla Reyne.

When a marriage of convenience is the only play left…

Special Agent Emmitt Marshall knows how to:
Wear a cowboy hat.
Hack anything.
Win at chess.
Fall in love with emotionally unavailable men.
He even knows the perfect play to catch the terrorists who killed his mentor.

Special Agent Levi Bishop doesn’t know how to:
Move on after his wife’s death.
Help his grieving son.
Pay off his mountain of debt.
Fix the mess some cowboy cyber agent made of his case.
The same cowboy who proposes a marriage of convenience to stop a common enemy.

Marsh is either the answer to Levi’s prayers—or a handsome nightmare in a Stetson.
Levi doesn’t know.
But both men do know their cases and lives are at a dead draw.
There’s only one play left…
I do.

Layla Reyne returns with an all-new m/m romantic suspense series featuring a cocky hacker with a heart of gold, a widowed father who needs so much help, and a plan only a cowboy could cook up. Grab your hat, hold tight to the reins, and enjoy the ride!


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Dead Draw by Layla Reyne

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first in a new series, yet readers of the excellent Fog City series will already know, and possibly love, Marsh, and want all that is good for him.

He takes a slightly odd first turn to make that happen, with all good intentions, but also seriously flawed ones – and spends the rest of the book sorting out how he went wrong, and how perfect the real version of their reality could be. I did, however, find his actions fully in line with his character. A man who really did not think himself worthy, given the childhood he had, and so could only imagine Levi would marry him for his money, his skills, and his ability to solve the case. Had he valued himself more, and had Levi been in a better emotional state, it still could have taken years for them to wake up and enjoy their connection. So this was unusual, but for me worked.

Levi was a fascinating mix of extremely competent, but seriously damaged – which meant that travelling along with him as he sought to put his life back together and solve a pressing, complex, and time-consuming case was intense.

Even if we know that things are going to work out somehow, the road had plenty of landmines... and we are left needing book two with a significant degree of urgency!

Stories about fake marriages or marriages of convenience are on trend right now and I’m not the biggest fan of them. But with Dead Draw, it works well. FBI agent Levi is grieving the death of his wife, raising a teenage son, and is drowning in debt. When Marsh offers a marriage of convenience so they can work on their associated cases for the FBI, with the sweetener of paying off Levi’s debt, it is a no brainer.

Even though it is clear from the beginning that Marsh and Levi feel a mutual attraction, the romance is a lovely slow burn. Their attraction grows as they work together to uncover a human trafficking ring. I enjoyed following the investigation, chasing down leads, and the danger that results. It really kept the story moving at a swift pace, adding to the excitement.

But before I knew it, the book was coming to a close. I felt like I was just getting to know Levi and Marsh and there had not been near enough romance for me. Plus, there were unanswered questions about their investigation. I wanted more. Thankfully, Dead Draw is just the beginning of Marsh and Levi’s story and there is more to come. Dead Draw was an exciting start to this new series, and I eagerly await the next installment.



Author Bio

LAYLA REYNE is the author of What We May Be and the Fog City, Agents Irish and Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls California home, Layla enjoys weaving her bicoastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart-pounding romance.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dead Draw (Perfect Play #1) by Layla Reyne to read and review.

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