Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Barrel Proof by Layla Reyne (Series Review+Giveaway)

Barrel Proof by Layla Reyne

Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #3

Publisher: Carina Press (HQN)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): August 7, 2017 (Ebook and Audiobook)
(Audiobooks of Single Malt (AIW1) and Cask Strength (AIW2) also releasing August 7, 2017)

Length (Print & Ebook): 189 Pages (Ebook)6hr, 30mins (Audio)

Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense

This book features: Book 3/Trilogy Conclusion. Angst, Action, Romance, HEA

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Book Blurb:

FBI agents Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker can't get a moment's peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie's life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take.

Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie's been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan's late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him.

But the explosions are far from over. Aidan's cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist's conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners, always is a promise he intends to keep.

A heart-pounding, romantic conclusion to the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.”

Quotes about the book (or others in the series):

From Single Malt:

"Sexy, smart and suspenseful - this book has it all." --HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. & Mr. Smith

"With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I've been waiting for." - Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series

"Single Malt is full of explosive chemistry, captivating characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. A must read for any romantic suspense fan!" -- Megan Erickson, USA Today Bestselling author

Early reviews about Barrel Proof:

RT Magazine - 4.5 Stars, Top Pick:

Barrel Proof is the third and final book in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series. After two books that follow the formation of a heated M/M romantic relationship, Barrel Proof starts off with a climax as secrets are revealed and the romance is tested. … Fans of the series will be equally challenged and delighted by the twists and turns Reyne takes. The book flows into a more action-oriented focus as the plot progresses, but Reyne ends the romance with just the right amount of heft to keep any reader of romantic suspense and M/M romance delighted.

Night Owl Reviews - 4.5 Stars, Top Pick:

Layla Reyne finishes her trilogy with an absolute bang! As sorry as I am to say goodbye to this fabulous pair I couldn't have enjoyed their ending more.

The Romance Reviews - 5 Stars, Top Pick:

BARREL PROOF is the emotional, high impact, AMAZING finale to the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.

Heart-breaking and heart-fulfilling, this book is the perfect finale to the series, and Layla Reyne now has a brand new reader completely addicted to her work. Without a doubt, absolutely recommended by me.


Aidan put one knee to the bed, swung the other over Jamie’s lap, and cupped his cheeks in his hands, drawing him in. It wasn’t the lip smashing, teeth clashing kiss Jamie was used to from Aidan. It was slow, devouring, and tinged with the unmistakable taste of goodbye.
Afraid ratcheted up to terrified.
“Baby,” he murmured against Aidan’s lips, the one word trembling.
“Shh, Whiskey.” Aidan pulled back enough to yank off his shirt, then started back in for another kiss. Jamie stopped him, holding his face slightly away and forcing his gaze.
Goodbye was in his eyes too.
Jamie shot past terrified to devastated. “No,” he breathed, barely a whisper.
Aidan shook off the hold and drove a hand into his hair, pulling Jamie in for another melancholy-laced kiss. So little light, so much darkness, and as Jamie ran his tongue along Aidan’s, the tang of tequila and whiskey.
Slow, like the kiss, Aidan’s hands began to rove, as if he were memorizing the texture of his hair, the scruff covering his jaw, the breadth and width of his shoulders. A cool palm flattened over his tattoo, over his heart. The touch was gentle, not the usual digging pressure of Aidan’s fingers.
Bidding farewell.
A whimper escaped Jamie’s lips. His heart was at war with itself. He needed to retreat, to beg and plead with Aidan to stay and give him another chance, but if his partner’s mind was made up, there’d be no changing it now. And if he tried, if he argued, he might not get this last kiss, this last chance to make love to the man who would forever carry his heart, wherever his life went.
Without him.
Conceding the inevitable and accepting the disaster of his own creation, Jamie admitted defeat and surrendered.

Single Malt 

4 Stars

I absolutely adored Jamie. He is amazing, sweet, caring, funny and smart as hell. Aidan, well, Aidan I wanted to knock upside the head a few times. I like him, but he's a little rougher around the edges and standoffish. I understand the loss he's suffered is keeping him from fully committing or thinking of committing, but for me, the reader, it's still frustrating. When you can see two guys that have amazing chemistry and belong together and one pulls back, well, you just want to throttle them sometimes, but the series is just beginning and it's only been a short time, so I'll wait and see where it leads them, relationship-wise before I commit any violent acts on Aidan.

As for the mystery portion, the book is phenomenal. It's fast-paced and kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. It had some twists and turns I didn't see coming and the author kept me guessing to the very end. I really enjoyed Single Malt and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Aidan and Jamie, as well as seeing how the Renaud case plays out. Highly recommendable!

**copy provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Cask Strength

4.5 Stars

This is a true serial and must be read in order, as the storyline is ongoing. This book can not be read as a standalone.

This book picks up about 5 months after Single Malt ends. Sent to work undercover on a new case, Aidan and Jamie head back to Jamie's home state, but Jamie still hasn't confessed to Aidan that one of the cases he's been assigned to surrounds Aidan's late husband and partner's death. Will Jamie finally confess or will all the secrets finally catch up with him.

I am absolutely loving this series. As in the first book, it's packed with excitement, mystery, suspense and romance. Even if I want to strangle Aidan at times, I absolutely love both he and Jamie and together they fit perfectly.

The story is well-written, fast paced and exciting. I'm really looking forward to Barrel Proof to see what the future holds for Jamie and Aidan. Highly recommended!

**copy provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Barrel Proof 

5 Stars

This is a true serial and must be read in order, as the storyline is ongoing. This book can not be read as a standalone.

I absolutely adored this series. I love Jamie and Aidan and have loved following their love story throughout these three books. The road has been bumpy, but the ending was worth it and oh so swoon worthy.

This book picks up right where Cask Strength leaves off with Jamie, Aidan and Danny chasing Mel to Cuba. The secrets that Jamie has been keeping from Aidan finally blow up in his face as my heart broke for Jamie. He has definitely been my favorite throughout the story and I think Aidan is too hard on him at times. I kinda wanted to punch Aidan and cuddle poor Jamie.

This story like the first two is filled with mystery, excitement and suspense. Well-written, fast-paced and filled with twists and turns that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my nails throughout.

Not only was the mystery portion well done, but the romance between Jamie and Aidan is outstanding. They fit together perfectly and their chemistry is undeniable. They are passionate and loving both in and out of the bed.

The series also had some great secondary characters, that I'm really looking forward to getting to know better and I'm, of course, hoping to get glimpses of Jamie and Aidan's future! This was a phenomenal series and I can't wait to see what this author has in store for us next! Highly recommended!!

**copy provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Author Bio:

Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she's not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs.

Author Tagline:

Adrenaline-Fueled Romance

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Giveaway Details:

Prizes: (2) HUGE Agents Irish & Whiskey Gift Packs including: 1 Kindle Fire Tablet, 1 Agents Irish & Whiskey mug, and surprise swag! (Ships to US/Canada only; international winners will receive Amazon Gift Card: $35)

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