Arc Review: Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3) by Layla Reyne

Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3) by Layla Reyne
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Page Count: 189
Published by: Carina Press
Source: eArc provided by publisher
Genre: M/M, Law Enforcement, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

FBI agents Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker can't get a moment's peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie's life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take.

Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie's been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan's late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him.

But the explosions are far from over. Aidan's cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist's conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners, always is a promise he intends to keep.


You can read my reviews for Books 1 and 2 HERE.

I enjoyed Barrel Proof quite a lot! It had SO many ups and downs that it made my heart hurt at times while reading. Angst overload! I just wanted Aidan and Jamie to be together and be happy. Is that too much to ask?

The story itself was quite fast paced. Aidan and Jamie's relationship took a bit of a backseat to the action, and believe me, there was a LOT of high stakes drama taking place. The guys were put into perilous situations on numerous occasions, and I couldn't help but worry about their ability to come out unscathed.

Overall, this was SUCH an enjoyable conclusion to a really great series. The plot line was wrapped up, and that ending is everything! Definitely put a smile on my face. I enjoyed the great writing and character development throughout the series. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

This is the 3rd book in the trilogy, so it shouldn't be read as a standalone.

My only drawback in this series was that there were too many characters. Everyone had a full name, a shortened name, a nickname, and an abbreviated professional name. Very confusing at times, even though I previously read books 1 and 2, then did a marathon of all 3 books in 6 days. I really struggled with who's who!

4.5 stars
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Review and Excerpt: Trust by Kylie Scott

Published July 18th 2017 by Kylie Scott
Young Adult Contemporary
eArc provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

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Excerpt:

“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Bastard.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“Not funny.”
I shrugged.
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”



I was really anticipating reading Trust, but I was hesitant when I began because I really didn't know what to expect. I've read this author's previous books, but this was her first YA. I should NOT have feared reading this because it turned out to be quite enjoyable! It did take me a little while to really get into the story, but I think that was just me and not the book. I went on to read the last 70% in one sitting because it was SO good!

Edie and John share common ground over a traumatic, almost fatal, event. They form a bond that keeps drawing them back to each other. Edie and John were unsure about showing their feelings for each other, especially in public. But as they continued to spend time together and grow closer, they began to care less about what others thought of them. They both had to sort out their emotional and mental well being as they worked at getting over what happened to them. As friendship turned to love, the author didn't gloss over the sexy times. (Nothing graphic since it IS YA, but not unexpected for me since I've read this author's adult books.) Respect and responsibility are definite musts, so I was glad to see it taken seriously.

I liked that Edie's mother was involved in her life. Nothing puts me off YA more than invisible parents. Edie found a great friend in Hang, and Anders was really starting to grow on me! Can Hang and Anders get their own book, please?

I haven't been reading much YA recently, so I'm really glad I had the chance to read Trust. This was definitely an emotional read with likable characters and really great writing. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

4 Stars

kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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Waiting On Wednesday (296) Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3) by Layla Reyne



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I've been participating in Waiting on Wednesday for over 5 years because Wednesday is my favorite day of the week! I love sharing and discovering new books.


Expected publication: August 7th 2017 by Carina Press

Synopsis from Goodreads:

FBI agents Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker can't get a moment's peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie's life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take.

Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie's been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan's late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him.

But the explosions are far from over. Aidan's cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist's conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners, always is a promise he intends to keep.

This is such a great series! I have an arc of this, so I'll be posting my review soon.

What are you waiting on this week?

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Release Day - TRUST By Kylie Scott


TRUST
By Kylie Scott
Genre – Mature YA
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Synopsis:

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Amazon US | Amazon Aus | Amazon UK | iBooks US | iBooks Aus | Kobo | Nook







kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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Reviews: Single Malt and Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey) by Layla Reyne

Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Page Count: 194
Published by: Carina Press
Source: Purchased
Genre: M/M, Law Enforcement, FBI, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


What a great start to this series! I love a bit of romance with my action, and this book had the perfect amount of both. The FBI case was fast paced, and I found it very entertaining.

I really love both protagonists. Jamie is such a sweetheart, loyal and brave and a real stand up guy. Aidan comes off as straightforward and no nonsense. Together, though, they have great chemistry and lots of  awesome banter. I loved the slow build up and seeing these guys work together and grow closer. Their age gap worked for me, and I just knew they would make a great pairing, both professionally and personally!

My only negative was the overload of technobabble - or tech speak - that had me lost right along with Aidan. I was around when computers were invented, so I consider myself pretty savvy, but I will admit that I was lost with the jargon at times.

4.5 stars




Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey #2) by Layla Reyne
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Page Count: 205
Published by: Carina Press
Source: Purchased
Genre: M/M, Law Enforcement, FBI, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


I spent the first part of this book SO angry at Aidan. Then I was angry at Jamie for taking such crap from Aidan, even though deep down he wasn't okay with things. The story line was much simpler to understand, even though new characters were added (just to muddle my mind with who's that again?) The plot was a little slower and not as intense as the first book, and I felt the FBI case took a backseat to the relationship drama. I love me some angst, and this book definitely brought it!

Cask strength had a great pace and enough tension to keep it interesting. I am completely invested in Aidan and Jamie's relationship, and I can't wait to see what happens between them in the next book.

4.5 stars


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Waiting On Wednesday (295) Love in a Sandstorm (Pine Harbor Book 6) by Zoe York



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I've been participating in Waiting on Wednesday for over 5 years because Wednesday is my favorite day of the week! I love sharing and discovering new books.


Expected publication: July 25th 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Captain Sean Foster came back from war broken from the inside out. And he doesn't care about being fixed. Not even by a woman who followed him halfway around the world due to some misguided loyalty.

Jenna Kowalczyk had two weeks with a man who stole her heart. They promised each other forever, but one brutal explosion proved that promise to be paper-thin.

She should leave him in the past. That's what he wants her to do. But from the second the determined midwife shows up in Pine Harbour, she knows she's staying--no matter how much heartache is in store for her.

What do we have here? A series that I'm NOT behind on. That's something different for me! I've been diligent about reading each book as it's released so I don't let another series to go by the wayside. I've really enjoyed reading this series so far, and I'm looking forward to reading this book.

What are you waiting on this week?
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Review: Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4) by Jay Crownover

Salvaged (Saints of Denver, #4)Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4) by Jay Crownover

Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Page Count: 368
Published by: William Morrow
Source: eArc from Publisher for review
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancĂ©e who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.


I always enjoy a good love story! This pairing is definitely my favorite in this series. What a perfect combination of opposites. Crownover did a great job at balancing the emotional highs and lows in this story.

I may have a bit of a crush on Wheeler, so I don't think he could he could do anything wrong in my eyes. Even though he wasn't exactly in the best place in his life, he decided to go after what he wanted. I appreciated how special he thought Poppy was. He pursued her with a determination that I admired, especially since I knew that he had Poppy's best interests at heart. Wheeler had a lot going on in his life, but he was able to sort through it with Poppy's fresh perspective.

I love how Poppy changed and grew stronger after being treated with kindness and love from the other characters in this series. She just needed to accept that she deserved to be happy and go for it. I liked seeing her open up with Wheeler and become comfortable with how wonderful he was. I really enjoyed Wheeler and Poppy together, and they certainly earned their HEA.

I'm so glad the author gave us Wheeler's story. He was first mentioned in Built. He drew my interest in Charged. But it was his small role in Riveted that won me over big time. Salvaged was perfect in every way! It was funny, sweet, heartbreaking, and ultimately one of the most endearing books Jay Crownover has written. (If this is truly the end of the series, I'll be sad to see it go.)

4.5 stars

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Waiting On Wednesday (294) Lucky in Love by Kasie West



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I've been participating in Waiting on Wednesday for over 5 years because Wednesday is my favorite day of the week! I love sharing and discovering new books.

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

It's a Kasie West book. What more can I say?

What are you waiting on this week?
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