Single Malt by Layla Reyne ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: Single Malt
Series: Agents Irish & Whiskey, Bk 1

Author: Layla Reyne

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/27/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

The heart’s a resilient beast

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.

My View:

When I started reading this book I was totally enthralled and sat for several hours reading it. The first quarter or so is rather engaging and introduced the main characters very well. Unfortunately the rest of the book didn’t hold my interest as well.

FBI Agent Aiden Talley is back at work eight months after the death of his husband and is paired with the younger Jameson Walker. Both are fascinating characters with rich back stories. One of my issues with the story is the amount of time Aiden has grieved for the love of his life. I know people grieve in their own time and it’s not up to me to determine when a person can move on. However, Aiden went from grieving widower to new lover in a short amount of time. It probably didn’t help that I’ve read several other stories with an MC dealing with the loss of a husband so it felt rather repetitive here.

While I did like seeing Aiden and Jamie together I can’t say I enjoyed the investigation part of the plot. That’s usually the part I like best but here I found it rather confusing and had trouble following the mystery and all the moving parts. There were also times the FBI agents employed questionable investigative techniques.

I don’t usually have a problems with nicknames but here the use of Irish for Aiden and Whiskey for Jamie got old. It didn’t feel natural and more like the author came up with the nicknames first then built the characters and story around them.

This book was technically well-written and superbly edited. I couldn’t find fault with any grammar, punctuation, etc. However, there was a lack of heart and I never really connected with the characters or their emotions.

Links

Single Malt on Goodreads
Carina Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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