Single Malt by Layla Reyne
(Agents Irish and Whiskey Book 1)
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 194 pages/68,000 words
Praise for Single Malt:
“Sexy, smart and suspenseful – this book has it all.” –HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. & Mr. Smith
“With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I’ve been waiting for.” — Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series
“Single Malt is full of explosive chemistry, captivating characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. A must read for any romantic suspense fan!” — Megan Erickson, USA Today Bestselling author
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.
“Easy, Irish.” Walker removed his baseball cap and ran a hand through his hair, ruffling the flattened waves.
Walker’s blue eyes sparkled like he’d solved an impossible puzzle. “The cufflinks, the brogue in your voice that slips sometimes…” He leaned forward and Aidan fought not to react to the heady tropical scent of White Cristal cologne. “And I’ve only ever seen eyes that color on natural redheads.”
“What color is that?” Aidan asked, putting aside the fact Walker had seen through the disguise he’d worn for three decades.
“Autumn,” Walker answered, voice dropping an octave. “Like a pile of fall leaves back home, right after it rains. Dark brown swirled with brick red and flecks of gold.”
I’m so thankful for the warm reception SINGLE MALT and CASK STRENGTH have received from Love Bytes and from readers. I suspect I owe a lot of that warmth and love to the AIW cover-art, especially how well the covers match the tone of the stories inside and the series as a whole. Suspenseful, action-packed and with a dash of cyber. To me, it’s so important that a cover accurately convey the story inside. Here are few other examples of covers that do the job well:
Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
First things first, the model on this cover is hot as hell (that jawline!) and a great match for main character, Beau. Beyond the mere eye candy, his positioning, looking back over his shoulder, around the corner, speaks to the character and the past he’s running from. The wireless logo indicates to the reader this is part of the Cyberlove Series and will involve online themes. And finally, the red fonts scream HOT, full of mature content.
Bad Judgment by Sidney Bell
|I loved this gritty tale of love and revenge SO HARD, and the gritty cover art is so on point. Embry, an executive assistant on a revenge quest, and Brogan, bodyguard to Embry’s shady boss, are dragged through hell in this story. The two rumpled guys on the cover look it, but they’re also supporting each other, which Embry and Brogan do wonderfully. Below them and the title is the muted cityscape, indicating this is a contemporary story with a gritty urban feel. Exactly the setting and tone of the book!
Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall
|There’s probably not much more praise I can heap on this cover than it’s already received. It’s a beautiful, sweet cover—two men under an umbrella, on the sidewalk as rain floods the street, with the sun starting to peek out ahead of them—for a beautiful, sweet story about two men falling in love during a flood and finding their way to happiness together. The cover is an A+ representation of what’s inside, and it’s frame worthy art too.|
“Come on, Jamie. Open those beautiful blue eyes for me.”
Walker’s forehead wrinkled and his eyelids fluttered open, the gaze beneath them hazy and unfocused. “Irish?”
Pure relief and blinding need propelled Aidan across the console. Fingers digging into Walker’s neck, he slammed their mouths together and tasted the precious life flowing from his partner’s lips.
2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but 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.