Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1
Heroes: Aidan Talley (Irish)/Jameson Walker (Whiskey)
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 194 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: Here is another promising series starter!
Jameson (Jamie) Walker, aka “Whiskey,” is an ex-pro basketball player who left the sport to get out of the spotlight for various reasons we learn about later on. He is also a master hacker who is working his way up through the FBI and now hoping to be cleared for field work.
Jamie is partnered with Aidan Talley (“Irish”) an FBI veteran who is trying to get back into the game after losing his partner and lover to the job almost a year ago. He is a bit reluctant to take on a new partner, but it quickly becomes clear that these guys are the perfect match, on the job initially, and then off the job later on, though there are quite a few obstacles in their way in that regard.
Jame has been interested in Aidan for years, and while the spark is definitely there, Aidan is clearly not ready for anything more, still feeling the grief and guilt which prevent him from moving on. This story focuses more on their building trust as work partners in solving the mystery and catching the criminals, an addition to digging a bit deeper into Aidan’s past and the crash that changed his life.
There is quite a bit of set up in this installment, who can be trusted, who is withholding information, etc. By the end, we have some of those answers, but definitely not all, and it looks like things are going to get worse for these two and their partnership before they get better.
This ends in somewhat of a cliffhanger in that the guys are in an okay place with their partnership and “relationship” but it is by no means solidified, and things could get a lot more interesting in the next installment, which I’m really excited about diving into. I hope the wait isn’t too long and that Ms. Reyne has a lot more planned for these two, because I’m definitely hooked on Irish and Whiskey!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*