Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: CRAFT BREW by Layla Reyne (Trouble Brewing #2)

Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2)

by Layla Reyne

Release Date: E-Book and Audio – October 8; 
                         Paperback – October 30

Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Tropes and Themes: Workplace romance, forced proximity, friends-to-lovers, coming out


Assistant US attorney Dominic Price is staring down the barrel of his father’s debts. The bull’s-eye on his back makes him a threat to everyone he cares about, so when his lover wants to go public with their relationship, he bolts. Not because he isn’t in love—he can’t stomach the thought of putting Cam in danger.

Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne is determined to figure out what trouble Nic is running from, but devastating news from home brings him back to Boston and to the cold case that has haunted his family for two decades. Shoving aside his pride, he calls Nic for help.

Together they search for answers, navigating the minefield of Cam’s past. But when they get too close to the truth, Cam must use every skill in his arsenal to save the man he loves…before it’s too late. 

Purchase links:

Carina - Amazon - Universal Book Link

“CRAFT BREW is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that will take you on an emotional thrill-ride from beginning to end. I couldn't stop turning the page to find out what happened next!” — Hailey Turner, bestselling author of the Soulbound series and Metahuman Files series

“I loved this book. In the second installation of the Trouble Brewing series the relationship between Nic and Cam is stretched to breaking point, as Nic’s troubles circle ever closer and they have to delve into Cam’s past. Layla Reyne infuses the story with all her trademark action scenes and taut plotting, but she never loses sight of the romance at the centre. This is both hot and touching, and remains the spark that totally lights up this series.”  — Lily Morton, author of the bestselling Mixed Messages series


“Move in with me.”

Four words that should have resulted in amazing sex round two.

Not that Cam had ever uttered those words before, but from what he understood, they usually brought a couple closer, including a celebratory tumble in the sheets. Perfect as he and Nic were already there, naked and sweaty from amazing sex round one.

Nic’s understanding, however, was apparently not the same as Cam’s. He stiffened in his arms one second and scrambled out of bed the next. Levering up, Cam braced a hand on the mattress and watched the giant cypress inked on Nic’s back sway with his mad dash to the bathroom.

“Never known you to run from an argument, Counselor!” Technically, they’d not been arguing, but Cam knew the start of one with Nic as well as he knew the other man’s taste. Arguing was what they did best, even better than sex.

“That’s not what I’m doing,” Nic hollered over the running water.

Cam flopped back onto the bed, staring at the ceiling. “Sure as f*ck could have fooled me.” 

Carra's Review

Layla Reyne continues to show why she is one of the best in this genre here with Craft Brew.  With solid writing, a strong plot, and characters who you want to keep following I was dragged quite willingly back into this series for another round of Cam and Nic’s story, and more development of their relationship.

This time around there’s family drama on Cam’s side that takes him back home to Boston, which leads him to take another look at a very personal case…one that he needs help to try and solve, and which is the center of this story.  This leads to Nic coming to help, but since Cam is not out as bisexual to his family you already know there’s going to be some tension regarding that fact.  There is also the continuation of the issue with Nic’s father going on in the background, so we get to learn more about that though it is not the focus of this book.

You’ll find the action and suspense that we’ve all come to expect with this author’s books, along with a strong dose of family and of course the furthering of Cam and Nic’s relationship.  Tension levels remain high for much of the story, and while we do get closure on the main case in this particular story, there’s still more to come on Nic’s side with his father and the mess with Vaughn.  We do get some pieces of that here, but just enough to keep everyone on edge for where the series is going.

Craft Brew was just as good as—if not better than—Imperial Stout, and just made me become even more invested in Cam and Nic’s relationship.  This was a clear 5-star read for me, and I really can’t wait for the third book to come out to feed my need for more of these guys!  This book is not meant to be read as a standalone; you really need to read the series in order, and for the most enjoyment I’d recommend reading the Agents Irish and Whiskey series first so you can get the full background of the supporting characters you’ll see here.  Craft Brew is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

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.

Giveaway: Win 1 of 2 e-copies of any back catalog book by Layla Reyne!

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