Title: Imperial Stout

Author: Layla Reyne

Series: Trouble Brewing #1

Publisher: Carina Press

Release date: Ebook/Audio → July 23, 2018. Paperback → July 31, 2018

Genre: m/m romantic suspense

Length: 272 pages

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Layla Reyne spins off from her pulse-pounding Agents Irish and Whiskey books with Imperial Stout, the first installment in the Trouble Brewing series

It’s a good thing assistant US attorney Dominic Price co-owns a brewery. He could use a cold one. Nic’s star witness has just been kidnapped, his joint operation with the FBI is in jeopardy, his father’s shady past is catching up with him and the hot new special agent in San Francisco is the kind of distraction best handled with a stiff drink.

Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne has his own ideas about how to handle Nic, but his skills are currently needed elsewhere. The by-the-book FBI agent goes deep undercover as a member of an infamous heist crew in order to save Nic’s witness, break up the crew and close the case before anyone else gets hurt. Nic in particular.

Things heat up when Cam falls for Nic, and the witness falls for Cam. As the crew’s suspicions grow, Cam must decide how far he’s willing to go—and how far into his own dark past he’s willing to dive—to get everyone out alive.


That confidence, that smile, and that fucking suit and tie finally got the better of Cam. Fuck but this man made him want to break all his rules. And truth be told, he’d never been that good with them when it came to sex, the wild side he’d buried long ago needing some outlet. And right now, Nic was the matador in an irresistible cape of gray and blue.

He intercepted Nic’s arm mid-reach for the holding room door, using it to swing him around, back against the wall. Cam closed the distance between them, pressing Nic against the wall. “You’re good at other things too. The way you handle case assets. Legal strategy. Making beer.” Cam’s gaze roved over Nic’s face. Blue eyes wide and darkening. A blush staining his high cheekbones. Parted lips that Cam couldn’t shake the taste of.

Wanted to taste again.

“Kissing,” Cam whispered.

My review:


Yeah, so I loved this to pieces. Read it in one sitting on the flight home from vacation and I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't even notice we had turbulence until the captain told us.

I really enjoyed the Agents Irish & Whiskey series, but this was a step above in my opinion. You may have to suspend disbelief in some parts. I remember thinking, in a few parts, "Would this really happen?" But I don't even care because Cam and Nic are the glue that holds this story together. I loved them individually, but together they were utterly adorable and I can't wait for the next one in this series. Add in the supporting cast of familiar faces from the AIW series, and I just loved this so much. I want to re-read it all over again even though I just finished it. It was that good.

I love how Layla is able to weave in hints of backstory without giving us everything, keeping some information for the next books. She's sprinkled in just enough into this book to keep the reader interested and asking questions, but with enough detail that you sort of get the picture.

5-star read and highly recommended! I'm so glad I picked this up off the Book Swap table at the 2018 RT Booklovers Convention in May 🙂

About the author:

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.

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