Title ➷ Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1)
Author ➷ by Layla Reyne
Expected publication ➷ February 27th 2017
Published by ➷ Carina Press
Genre ➷ Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, M/M Romance
Type ➷ First installment in a series
Read ➷ Kindle Edition, English
Word count ➷ Approximately 68,000 words
Price ➷ $3.99 (US)
The heart’s a resilient beast
Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.
Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.
Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.
Series ➷ (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1)
Characters ➷ Aidan ‘Irish’ Talley, Jameson ‘Whiskey’ Walker
When I started reading Single Malt I thought it would be one of those stories I personally find difficult to enjoy and review. Why? Mostly because it started out slow with a bit of an all over the place feeling. I took a liking to Aidan right from the start, so that was a point for my *YES keep reading* list.
I also totally dug Jamie— former basketball pro turned cyber nerd and hobby hacker, I mean, come on!— and I really liked the vibe we got from the guys when they were together. It wasn’t a smooth start, not at all 🙂
Aidan is extremely attracted to Jamie (who wouldn’t be!) but he’s just lost his husband a few month prior in a car accident that somehow spared his own life. Now, partnered up with the sexy, and quite frankly irresistible, computer pro he’s more than just a little prickly. Jamie takes his new partner’s harsh tone and testing of his skills in stride and gives as good as he gets.
For a while the plot was very unclear, perhaps for the first twenty to twenty-five percent, but I enjoyed the writing style and dialogue a lot; the characters were entertaining— superb! The thirty-something percent mark as a definite turning point for me and I started to truly LOVE the story.
Looking back at it, the plot (once it picked up and became clear) was pretty intense and highly entertaining. I liked what the author did, how everything’s somehow connected. There’s suspense and emotion, wonderful dialogue and extremely sexy sexy-times *wink wink*
The romance felt real and intense, the chemistry palpable— one of the best.
If you know me, you’ll be pointing at Jamie right now, saying: “That guy! He’s soooo your favorite!” — Yes, he definitely is!
I love, love, love Jamie.
There’s something extremely sexy about someone who knows his computers in all the legal and illegal ways. He’s smart but not a show-off and has this sweet, playful and caring side! Swoon-worthy.
I don’t have anything negative to say about Aidan. He’s interesting, but also broody and a bit self-hating, feeling like he’s betraying his late husband with this newfound affection for someone else. As a character, he’s great though, I like his voice (just prefer Jamie, personally, heh).
Sadly the book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts.
Just when the story starts to get super interesting we reach THE END.
There’s a second installment in the making, THANK HEAVENS.
I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ IT.
I hope we will get to know more about Jamie and his past.
Many, many thanks to the publisher who kindly provided a free copy for an honest and impartial review.
The e-book, as well as a sample, can be found here: