4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Basketball Book Boss/employee Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Geek/Jock Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m May/December Mid level steam/heat Morgan Mystery NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series second chance at love Unrequited Love Widower

Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne

release day review

Carina Press Presents


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.


WOW! This is a new author to me and (obviously) a new series – it looks like both are amazing!

A warning: This is a 3 book series and book one ends on very shaky legs (relationship-wise) and the “case” is definitely not solved – so if you’re the type (like me!) who hates to wait for the “answers” – you might want to wait til all 3 books are out because this is a very gripping story and you might be frustrated.  (The preliminary reviews I’ve seen of book 2 look just as daunting/unsatisfying – need book 3 fast!)

Things that make this book delicious: FBI agents, super smart men, jocks, May/December, Irish brogue, mysterious pasts, mysterious deaths, computer crimes, slow burn romance. (Three books in the series, mean the relationship doesn’t really start til near the end of this book.)

Things that make this book hard: Pining. Aidan loved his husband and he’s dead and it’s so sad and hard to see him miss him so badly. Lots of people: there is a LOT going on in this story and a lot of names – everyone’s got a secret – so you have to stay on your toes – you can’t know who’s really telling the truth. Tense action. There’s still danger and though we know the (eventual) outcome – it doesn’t make it less hard to read about.

I think, if you were/are a fan of Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series – I think you’ll like this. (So far – book 3 isn’t out yet). It has a lot of that same emotional impact – the slow burn – the “I want you but I don’t want to want you” vibe and all that FBI action with plot twists and turns. (And a Southern accent!)

While I definitely wish I’d waited til all 3 were out – I’m glad I have book two available and I can definitely recommend what I’ve read so far!

(Kudos to the names and character development – very clever and well thought out.)

4.5 of 5 stars (can’t be perfect because I don’t know how it ends!)


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