Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Barrel Proof
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #3
Heroes: Aidan “Irish” Talley/Jameson “Whiskey” Walker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 189 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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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.
Review: Irish and Whiskey are back in this exciting conclusion that picks up right where the previous book left off. The guys are still on the trail of Renaud which lead them on an intense journey as they pick up clues along the way. Jamie is somewhat sidelined by an injury (and almost death), and even when Aidan learns of all the secrets everyone has been keeping from him is enough to keep him from caring about his partner. He doesn’t make it easy on Jamie though, nor is he too quick to forgive.
In the meantime, Renaud is still on the loose and causing havoc. Aidan goes undercover solo in order to ferret him out and get to the bottom of things. While the previous books each had their own case going on, this one is the grand finale with which they have been working on from the start. It all comes together here, and it is worth the ride to see what Aidan and Jamie have to go through to get to their happy ending, with them coming out stronger than ever on the other side.
This was very fast-paced and exciting, just as the first two installments were. There is a lot going on with finding out what is currently going on and how it all ties back to Gabe. Relationships are tested (Jamie/Aidan; Mel/Danny, etc.), but everyone realizes what’s important in the end. This has some great side characters in it as well. From the fabulousness that is Irish and Whiskey in action, both on the job and off (they have some amazing chemistry), to the family dynamic and the friends and colleagues involved in one way or another, there is definitely a lot to love here.
I would not recommend reading this on its own, as the story really builds up in each segment as clues are unveiled. If you are just picking up this series now, be ready to have them lined up. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until you get to the end. Definitely recommend.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*