Sunday, February 3, 2019

Book Review : Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing #1) by Layla Reyne

Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing, #1)blurb :
Layla Reyne spins off from her pulse-pounding Agents Irish and Whiskey books with Imperial Stout , the first installment in the Trouble Brewing series

It’s a good thing assistant US attorney Dominic Price co-owns a brewery. He could use a cold one. Nic’s star witness has just been kidnapped, his joint operation with the FBI is in jeopardy, his father’s shady past is catching up with him and the hot new special agent in San Francisco is the kind of distraction best handled with a stiff drink.

Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne has his own ideas about how to handle Nic, but his skills are currently needed elsewhere. The by-the-book FBI agent goes deep undercover as a member of an infamous heist crew in order to save Nic’s witness, break up the crew and close the case before anyone else gets hurt. Nic in particular.

Things heat up when Cam falls for Nic, and the witness falls for Cam. As the crew’s suspicions grow, Cam must decide how far he’s willing to go—and how far into his own dark past he’s willing to dive—to get everyone out alive.

Christelle's rating :

Not a standalone at all. The series “Agents Irish and Whiskey”, including the novella, has to be read first (not a hardship imo) : it introduces most of the characters and gives the first interactions between the MCs. Then this book is the first part of the story of Cam and Nic (it’s a trilogy with "Craft Brew" and "Noble Ops" next).

Cam, (35) an FBI agent, works closely with Nic, (45) US attorney, to bring down a theft team. However, they face a lot of troubles : the investigation is a real minefield, a loan shark is after Nic’s father and somebody is trying to kill Nic. As if Cam and Nic didn’t have enough in their plates, the attraction brewing between them is only boiling up and getting harder to ignore.

Hold the press for a second : Jamie was THE star of the previous series for a lot of readers, myself included. Here, Nic is a solid competitor : the more I learned about Nic and the more I enjoyed this character.

Just as the previous series, it’s entertaining : suspense, twists and action add a nice edge to the development of the relationship between the MCs. And it’s hot : plenty of sexual tension and the beginning of sweaty sex promise for more goodness in the next instalments. Going right away reading the next part : "Craft Brew"...More to come


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