REVIEWED BY: Christie
TITLE: Barrel Proof
SERIES: Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 3
AUTHOR: Layla Reyne
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 189 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2017
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.
Okay, so here we are with the third installment in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series. Barrel Proof was fantastic and absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat thru the entire roller coaster of a story, and holy smokes did it get the blood pumping thru all the action-packed pages! This book was extremely hard to put down, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Hopefully you feel the same way.
**Fair warning: Barrel Proof is book 3 in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, and I highly recommend that you read the series in sequence, for the best experience. If read as a standalone, you run the risk of feeling lost and only getting half the story.
So, after the craziness from book two, Jamie and Aiden find themselves right back on the trail of Pierre Renaud. But this time, the stakes are even higher, because now Jamie and Aiden have confessed their love for one another. And when Aiden overhears SAC Cruz confronting a suspect who has been harboring Renaud, his world goes up in flames. Literally. He feels betrayed by everyone he has loved, including Jamie, who has been keeping secrets from him for the entirety of their relationship, regarding Aiden’s murdered husband and his FBI partner.
In order to wrap his mind around everything, and try to figure out what was real or fake, Aiden asks for a solo assignment, undercover at a place he was previously inserted. Should be pretty easy and harmless, right? Yeah, not so much. Turns out that Renaud has connections to the place that Aiden has been placed undercover, and all hell is about to be let loose. It is a race against time to solve their most complex case. Aiden has been captured by Renaud, Jamie is arrested for assaulting a witness, and the Department of Justice wants to arrest Aiden for treason. Can Jamie and Aiden work thru their differences and once again come together, not only to solve the case and finally capture Renauld, but be the couple their hearts know they were meant to be? Trust definitely does not come easily to either agent, and even when there’s trust, Aiden runs from what he knows deep down in his heart.
Much like the first two books in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, Barrel Proof was a wonderful mixture of action, suspense, mystery, and romance. If you have not yet read this series, I highly recommend that you do. They will not only have you on the edge of your seat the majority of the time, but get you in the feels as well. Layla Reyne, you have my utmost respect and admiration. Barrel Proof was fantastic!