Monday, July 23, 2018

Release Blitz ~ Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing #1) by Layla Reyne (Reviews, Teasers + Giveaway)

Release Blitz ~ Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing #1) by Layla Reyne (Reviews, Teaser + Giveaway)

Imperial Stout by Layla Reyne

Series: Trouble Brewing #1

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): Ebook/Audio – July 23, 2018; Print – July 31, 2019

Length (Print & Ebook): 272 pages

Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense

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Book 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.

5 ++++ Stars

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Nic and Cam’s book since I first met them, and let me tell you, Layla Reyne definitely made Nic and Cam’s story well worth the wait!

The story is fast-paced, exciting, jam-packed with mystery and suspense that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and guessing at who the bad guys were.

The romance portion was great as well, filled with loads of UST, that eventually explodes into holy hotness Batman! Cam and Nick were explosive when they gave into their attraction to one another. I liked them when I first met them in the previous series, and the more I got to know them, the more I fell in love with them and I can’t wait to see where their story will lead next. I also loved getting to revisit and catch up with Mel and Danny, but I especially loved seeing Jamie and Aidan, who is prominently featured throughout this story.

This was an enjoyable and exciting read and I can’t recommend it enough!!

* Copy provided to me by the author/publisher via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. *

**Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

Imperial Stout is the first book in Layla Reyne’s Trouble Brewing series. Though this is the first book in this series, this series is a spin-off of her Agents Irish and Whiskey series. You probably know what I’m going to say here, but if you’re new to my reviews: You really should read the first series and then move on to this book. Characters from that series are definitely in this book and you will get more enjoyment when you have the backstory. Seriously, I’m a professional, I know what I’m talking about. ;)

One of my favorite characters from that Irish and Whiskey series was Dominic and I was so excited to read this book! Nic has so many secrets and I can’t wait to get to know all of them! Nic is a man of many facets. It was interesting getting to see so many different sides to Nic in this story. Cam did appear in the previous series, but honestly, I don’t really remember him but, I really liked his character. I loved that Nic and Cam already knew each other, worked on cases together and already were attracted to each other, especially in this type of story. The building a romance story works great, but in a book like there where romance isn’t front and center, it’s easier to build the relationship without the getting to know you phase. And that’s not to say they know each other, they have as much to learn about each other as the reader does, but they had a head start.

The focus of this book is the case Nic and Cam are working. It’s action-packed from the very first page through the last page. A lot more than one case is happening and Nic and Cam are pulled in various directions. I thought the author does a great job with this multi-pronged storytelling and so much happening. It never felt like too much was happening and the storyline was easy to sink into. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop.

As with the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, there isn’t a magically we’re in love and living HEA forever ending. This book definitely has a HFN type of ending with Nic and Cam. The main case in the book was taken care of, but the other issues that happened were left open. But, as a person who hates cliffhangers, I wouldn’t qualify this as a cliffhanger. It ended at a good place for me and left me excited for the next book in the series! So, if you haven’t read Agents Irish and Whiskey series, grab it now and get busy because all of these are fantastic stories with great characters!

Rating: 5 stars!

Teaser Excerpt:
That confidence, that smile, and that fucking suit and tie finally got the better of Cam. Fuck but this man made him want to break all his rules. And truth be told, he’d never been that good with them when it came to sex, the wild side he’d buried long ago needing some outlet. And right now, Nic was the matador in an irresistible cape of gray and blue.
He intercepted Nic’s arm mid-reach for the holding room door, using it to swing him around, back against the wall. Cam closed the distance between them, pressing Nic against the wall. “You’re good at other things too. The way you handle case assets. Legal strategy. Making beer.” Cam’s gaze roved over Nic’s face. Blue eyes wide and darkening. A blush staining his high cheekbones. Parted lips that Cam couldn’t shake the taste of.
Wanted to taste again.
“Kissing,” Cam whispered.

About Layla Reyne:

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. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.

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