Title: Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey: Book Three)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 189 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Be sure to take a couple deep breaths before you start Barrel Proof. The action is nonstop and there’s a double-punch ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat with your head spinning.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: 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.
Review: Special Agent Mel Cruz is on her way to find terrorist Pierre Renaud. She’s headed to Santiago de Cuba, and the home of her uncle Robert Gabriel Marcelo. Aiden, Jaime, and Danny (Aiden’s brother) are hot on her trail, with questions and doubts—is this vengeance fueled by her brother Gabe’s murder, or…is she a terrorist herself?
During the standoff with Mel and her uncle, the truth comes out. Aiden is taken aback, but he still stays with the mission. Jaime’s fears come true when he decides to be honest with Aiden. But Aiden can’t accept that Jaime was under orders from Mel. With Aiden feeling betrayed on all sides, he faces Jaime and tells him he needs a break from their relationship. Regardless of all the mixed feelings, though, Jamie, Aiden, Mel, and plenty of reinforcements, still go up against Renaud and his followers.
And that’s where I’m going to leave this short synopsis. There are just so many reveals in this final novel in the Agents Irish and Whiskey trilogy that I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who’s following the series. But, I will say this—be sure to take a couple deep breaths before you start Barrel Proof. The action is nonstop and there’s a double-punch ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat with your head spinning. Layla Reyne not only provides an intriguing, exciting and complex plot, but the cast of characters is amazing. You can’t help but be invested in all these characters, and apart from Jamie and Aiden, a few of them will really stand out in this finale. There are secrets, surprises, heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, and when all is said and done, it’s about who’s willing to give up what for their friends and lovers.
The books in this action-packed series cannot be read as standalones since each installment picks up where the others leave off. This is definitely another series that I know I will read again!
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