Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey Series #2)

Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey Series #2)

by Layla Reyne

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Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it's a different story. Aidan's feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won't risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake. 

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer's radar. They're assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie's home state, where Jamie's past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories. 

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie's been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan's husband that could blow his partner's world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them. 

This book is approximately 61,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488024399
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 62,771
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

2016 RWA Golden Heart® Finalist Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina but 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.

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Cask Strength 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit that the basketball element did nothing for me, but it was great seeing Aidan and Jaimie in the field again. Plus, the angsty bits as they claw their way towards a happily ever after. High recommended, but should be read in order. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
from one NC native to another, thank you for writing this series!!! I love the UNC references, (the jibe at Duke was hilarious) and the love story is matched only by the action and suspense. Keep em coming!!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Review: I enjoyed the suspense of Cask Strength--definitely had me on the edge of my seat, especially for the last 20% or so--couldn't put it down! Though Irish and Whiskey are mainly dealing with their new undercover case here, a major plot thread from book one ( Single Malt ) is also still a pretty big deal (and continues to be into the next book) so if you haven't read the first book, you're definitely going to be behind. I liked both Jamie (Whiskey) and Aidan (Irish) a lot and loved them together, though Aidan's behavior for much of the book was pretty frustrating. It was more understandable when we saw things from his POV, but still...hopefully they'll manage to stay in the place they are at the end of this book and not make a backward slide relationship-wise like they did between 1 and 2. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Cask Strength is the second book in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, and I would say that you would need to read book one to understand all the nuances that go on below the surface. If you hadn't read that, you wouldn't understand why Jamie is still with Aidan when Aidan is being such a jerk! I like him, I do, but man I wanted to kick him in the beginning of this book! Luckily for me, he redeems himself, but I won't say any more on that. This is an amazing second book, where Irish and Whiskey have to cool their jets on the 'big' case as the bodies start to pile up around them. Instead, Mel sends them on what should be a simpler case, but things aren't quite what they seem. Once again, this book is excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. I read this book in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. First it was because of Aidan, then it was because of Jamie, then it was because of Riley and Press, and then the ending... yeesh!!! Trust me, book hangover, right here! I can't wait for the next book, and I really hope that Cam gets his own book and HEA because I think he's wonderful :) Highly recommended by me. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Cask Strength,  Layla Reyne Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  romance, LGBTQIA Well wow – I loved book one, and this second part was another fast moving, sensual read. There’s a couple of things that bothered me, I’ll get them out first, they didn’t affect how I feel about the book overall but need a mention. Acronyms...Gah, I hate these and yet all books seem to be full of them. I'm not sure there's a way round them, can't write everything about each into a book or it'd get too unwiedly and dull, but mabye a glossary? As a UK reader I’m not familiar with US legal systems and what the various alphabet agencies actually are, who does what, which takes precedence etc. and then dammit more acronyms crop up in the sports part of this book too.  Baseball/basketball/ice hockey all make up a huge part of US romance reads, and seemed to be filled with abbreviations that I’m unfamiliar with and don’t know what they mean. Its bad enough trying to work out the plots, who’s who in the police dept, how the US college/uni system works, drafts, boosters and then for this read, betting systems. There are so many characters here its not easy to keep track. When everyone and every organisation ( or so it seems) are described with a mix of letters denoting who and what they are and do I tend to get just a wee bit confused ;-) Thankfully the paperwhite look up dictionary function can explain a lot! Still, none of that stopped me loving this story, I could kind of guess many of them and got enough context to work most of it out. The storyline is strong enough to carry a few confusions without spoiling ;-) Aiden, he made me so angry last time, I understood very well his grief, but dating others, determined to keep Jamie as casual when the tension between them just sizzles off the page, when he’s furious when anyone else looks Jamie’s way. C’mon man, just give in! Then there’s Jamie and boy, he is one hot man. I love his intellect, his passion, both for his job, for IT and for sport, and we get a good dose of all here. He’s so good at what he does, yet manages to be sort of self effacing so he doesn’t come over as a braggart, except in times of humour. Its clear he’s head over heels for Aiden, and very hurt by being kept at arms length. He’s been through a bad breakup before, and yet he’s willing to try again. Now he and Aiden are back in his old stomping ground, back in the sport he loves, and there’s a surprise for both of them when an old ex turns up. There’s a lot of technical stuff here which went over my head for the most part... but which I understood enough to get the essence of what was going on and why. The plot from book one that was running through as a secondary carries on here, and dammit – that ending! Just when I thought it was safe to stop reading Layla drops in a couple of lines which have me all upside down in my thinking once more. Terrific storylines, great characters, serious heat (oops, typo spelt out head there at first, real Freudian slip that one!!)  – its a story to love! Stars: Five, a great suspense, and sensual romance. roll on book three.   ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
amatate More than 1 year ago
Cask Strength delivers another exciting part of FBI agents Aidan Talley and Jameson Walker’s story. I was sucked in right from the start and have yet to get enough of these men, their banter, their heat, and the crimes they solve together. This is the second book of the series and they must be read in order. Each novel deals with a specific crime the FBI team works to solve, but there’s also a continued arc over the course of the series that deals with the investigation into the not-so-accidental death of Aidan’s husband and his partner. Cask Strength has the team off to North Carolina where Jamie reenters the basketball world as an undercover agent. Jamie’s love for the game of basketball and the conflicted interests of returning to that career or continuing as a FBI agent are central to this book. Seeing Jamie warring over that decision gives a little more insight into his personality and the plot an extra oomph. The investigation takes a few surprising turns, and the action scenes plays out with a good sense of urgency and intensity. While the men are in North Carolina, the ongoing investigation into the terrorist linked to Aidan’s ex-partner and husband turns up new connections. There were a few surprises and teases of more to come, setting book three up to be full of big reveals and some explosive moments. Not only does the return to Jamie’s home and their current assignment have Jaime questioning his future as an agent, but it also leads to some tense exchanges over the men’s “casual” relationship, forcing the men to address their feelings for one another head on. I really liked how the romance unfolded a bit more in this one, though I’m now left wondering what the next book will hold for the couple. Whatever they face, I’m certain they will once again be burning up the pages with their intense physical chemistry. Between the crime investigation, the individual storylines, and the romance developing between Aidan and Jamie, there’s definitely a lot going on in Cask Strength. However, it never feels overburdened with details or competing subplots. The pace throughout the book is fairly brisk. There’s a nice mix of a building relationship and letting the characters really develop in their own time, but the action and crime forces the plot to keep moving and kept me glued to my e-reader. Add to that charismatic characters and upbeat dialogue, and you have a guaranteed win for me. If you’re a fan of law enforcement romances or romantic suspense, this is a series worth checking out. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*