Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey Series #1)

Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey Series #1)

by Layla Reyne

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"Single Malt is full of explosive chemistry, captivating characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. A must read for any romantic suspense fan!" —Megan Erickson, USA TODAY bestselling author 


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. 


Book one of the Agents Irish and Whiskey series 


This book is approximately 68,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488024382
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 02/27/2017
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 41,861
File size: 3 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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Single Malt 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Mari-BayouBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
5 Stars!!! Aidan Talley (Irish) is back to work eight months after the car crash that cost him his husband, Gabe, and his partner, Tom. He's assigned to a new department with a new case and new partner, Jamie Walker (Whiskey). Jamie is younger than Aidan, intelligent and gorgeous and has been crushing on Aidan for the last three years. Not that he expects anything to come out of it, after all, Irish is not ready to move on, or is he? Wow, just wow! This book was amazing! Procedural shows like Criminal Minds and NCIS and the like have always been my favorite, Single Malt has the same qualities I love about those. Interesting cases with twists and turns that keep me guessing until the very last moment, lovable characters I want to know more about, an ongoing investigation that will span throughout the other books in the series and secrets that will surely impact the MC's relationship in the future. This book is a slow burn, which considering that Aidan is still grieving after his husband's death makes a lot of sense. Never mind that he's dealing with the aftermath of the accident, wanting to keep his new partner safe while following a lead that seems to point to the accident not being really an accident. The chemistry between Aidan and Jamie was insane! I just adored seeing them together, be it while working on a case or in their private lives, they just complement each other perfectly. I adored Mel and Danny, same as the rest of the Talley brood, I'd be looking forward to seeing them all again in the following books. Single Malt is fast-paced and detail-oriented, fabulously written and engaging, I can't recommend it enough, just pick it up, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A strong plot, emotionally - rich characters, plenty of action, and nasty villains make for a thrilling read. Definitely recommended to fans of Josh Lanyon, Rhys Ford, and KJ Charles. -- lyradora
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Love, chemistry, secrets, drama, intrigue - this book had it all! I was hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down once I started. I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say that it is one of the best romantic suspense books I have ever read. It was well written and the way Irish and Whiskey's, (love the nicknames!), love story was perfectly written into a great suspense plot. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end as it sets up the next book in the series which I cannot wait for. Very highly recommended! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Great dialogue, chemistry, and an interesting investigation Single Malt is a fast paced story that never stops moving. It follows a new FBI partnership tasked with investigating the hacking of a contagious disease laboratory. As expected with a plot involving new partners, there’s tension as Jamie and Aiden learn more about one another and adjust to working together. There’s also the romance element. Despite Aiden being widowed eight months prior, a healthy dose of attraction flows between the main characters. The recent loss of Aiden’s spouse and his and Jamie’s working relationship leads to a lot of back and forth as the men try to tamp down their attraction. The writing style is a bit different. Before I began reading romance, I almost exclusively read mysteries and forensic crime novels. Single Malt reminds me more of those genres with the amount of detailed information lobbed at the reader rather quickly. The romance is certainly central to the story, but it isn’t the star of the plot for me and really doesn’t develop much until the latter part of the book. When it does catch fire, the chemistry and tension that simmers throughout the story combusts, so there’s certainly no disappointment there. However, readers anticipating the law enforcement angle to take a back seat to the love story may be surprised. The dialogue is fantastic. It is fast, witty, and done in a fun back and forth style between Aiden and Jamie that brings out their personalities while quickly advancing the plot and investigation. The first part of the book is a bit of a disjointed whirlwind, setting the stage for the partnership and rushing through the characters’ backgrounds and first case. However, that breakneck pace evens out to a focused energy and I really enjoyed the twists and turns the investigation took. The relationship between Aiden and Jamie feels very natural owing to their palpable chemistry, and left me looking forward to how it progresses in the next book. More than that, I am eager to see what happens with their partnership, their next case, and the advancement of a side plotline that just began heating up in Single Malt. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Single Malt,  Layla Reyne Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA  I couldn’t find any other books by Layla, so was hesitant about requesting this – I hate writing reviews where the book/author style and I just don’t gel, so try to choose carefully. The synopsis of this really drew me in though, and I usually enjoy Carina books so I took the plunge...and I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next two. Aidan, still grieving after the senseless death of both his husband and his work partner in the same car accident, is moved into a new position at work, with a  new partner to train as a field agent. Jamie is a tech whizz, former basketball star and 12 years younger than Aiden, yet from the first look there’s that magic sizzle of attraction between them despite Aiden’s grief, that draws the reader in. Thing is, I want more than just a romance, I want a story that keeps me reading and this book delivered all that and more. There’s quite a few tech references here and yet they’re written in such a way that non tech people like me can still grasp the importance, what part the knowledge plays to the plots, and that was perfect. I needed to be able to follow some of the tech trail as it plays such a huge part in how the plots work out, how people are tracked, how the FBI have info on what’s likely to happen. That works for me, I hate this anonymous CI info that often gets used in novels. I reckon with serious crimes the FBI and other agencies need more to go on than some vague tip from someone who may or may not be telling the truth. Computers can lie – its all in the programming but clever hackers ( hush my mouth, clever IT specialists who wouldn’t dream of illegal hacking.....) can get past that and lay trails of their own. Clever things Computers, and the people using them need to be several steps ahead. Its a skill you either have or haven't and Jamie definitely has. I love the personal bits too, the way Jamie has been watching Aiden from the shadows for three years, and now is partnered up to his crush? Attraction? Well, the guy he’s been lusting after anyway. Then when they’re together there’s more than just that visceral attraction, they like each other, feel like friends, respect each others skills. All things that make a longer term relationship work. Are either of them ready for that though, do they want it? Aiden at least is still struggling with his grief and now feeling attracted to Jamie hits his guilt switch too. There's some sex in here, but its very muted, and the adage Less is More really fits. Its perfect for the plot, perfect for the two guys and because so much is build up, when it does come it feels right, rather than in so many where its shirts off, trousers (men wear trousers, not pants....) hit the floor on page six and downhill from there. I want story first sex second and this book hits that really well, with the sensuality feeling inevitable rather than plugged in for titillation... The novel has lots of good secondary characters too, Aiden’s brother Danny, who works in the family shipping firm, and his dead partner’s sister who’s also his boss. Then a host of characters at the other part of the investigation where they're called in to help in a case that makes up the mainstay of this book. I enjoyed the way the story wrapped together relationships and of course the usual employment unwritten rules against them at work, family dramas and the issues they bring,