REVIEW: Single Malt by Layla Reyne

I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for SINGLE MALT by the amazing Layla Rayne. I was fortunate enough to get to read an advance copy of the book, and I’ve known Layla for years. I was so excited when I’d heard that agents Irish and Whiskey were going to have a three book series. 

SINGLE MALT (Agents Irish & Whiskey) by Layla Reyne


Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish & Whiskey
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press

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 bio-containment 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.

Find out more at: Carina Press | Amazon Google Play | Kobo | iTunes| B&N| Goodreads

What I Liked:
  1. The book is well-written and fast paced. The romance builds slowly, but in a believable manner considering the characters’ pasts and the fact that they work together.
  2. The characters weren’t solving a murder. I feel like so many thrillers and romantic suspenses are about murder. Don’t get me wrong, that’s great–but at the same time, it was a bit refreshing to read something a bit different once in a while. 
  3. The characters are well-rounded. They have interests and hobbies and lives and families outside of their jobs. 
  4. Nearly all of the romantic suspense I’ve read has been the male main character protecting the female main character from danger (whether she wanted him to or not). I like that both main characters here are capable of taking care of themselves. It was a refreshing change. 
What I Didn’t Like:
  1. Personally, I could’ve used a little more kissing, but that’s just because I hated having to wait to see these two get together. 🙂 
  2. I also would have liked the book to have been a bit longer, because then there would’ve been room for more kissing scenes. Did I mention that I like the kissing? 


An exciting, entertaining romantic suspense. The sex is good, the characters are likable, and it’s impossible not to root for them to get together. The twists throughout the story are believable but not so obvious I felt insulted as a reader. 
Also, the writing is excellent, and the plot seemed new and fresh. I can’t wait to read Cask Strength. Five stars. 

Advanced praise for Single Malt:

A sexy, action-packed read that had me wanting the next book! –HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. &; Mr. Smith

With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I’ve been waiting for. – Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series

“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

Follow the Release Celebration on February 27th – March 10th! Ten (10) grand prize winners will receive an Agents Irish & Whiskey Gift Set!

Follow the celebration for a different excerpt each week!
February 27th
 Sinfully Gay Romance – Review + Guest Post
 The Novel Approach – Review

February 28th
Joyfully Reviewed –Promotional Post
OMG Reads –Promotional Post
RoloPolo Book Blog – Promotional Post
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium –Promotional Post

March 1st
The Avid Reader  – Promotional Post
March 2nd  
Joyfully Jay – Review + Guest Post
Love Bytes (Reviews) – Guest Post
Prism Book Alliance  – Review + Interview 
March 3rd
The Book Quarry – Review
Tangled Hearts Book Reviews – Promotional Post
Rhi Reading – Promotional Post
Sour Puss Reviews – Promotional Post

March 6th
March 7th
Jen’s Reading Obsession – Review    
Got Fiction? – Promotional Post

March 8th
Becky on Books & Quilt – Interview
Those Crazy Book Chicks – Promotional Post
Hike2Forty and Beyond – Promotional Post

March 9th
Book Loving Pixies – Review
Reese’s Review – Review

March 10th
Alpha Book Club – Review

Coming May 1, 2017 – CASK STRENGTH (Agents Irish & Whiskey): 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.

Preorder now: Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play

About Layla Reyne:
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. You can find her online at                                                                         

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