Barrel Proof by Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #3
Publisher: Carina Press (HQN)
Release Date August 7, 2017
(Audiobooks of Single Malt (AIW1) and Cask Strength (AIW2) also releasing 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.
“A heart-pounding, romantic conclusion to the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.”
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AIW Dream/Fan Cast
I have fan cast every book I’ve ever read. I’m a visual person, and I watch a lot of television and movies. Film, be it big or small screen, is the medium my brain automatically goes to and frames everything, including books. I want the long-winded descriptions of characters, places and things, especially in romance, because I want to clearly see the entire picture in my head. This is one of the reasons why I love Kristen Ashley’s romances so much. Every scene I read or write, I imagine how it would come to life. So as I wrote Agents Irish and Whiskey, characters and scenes ran through my head like a film reel, and in that film, here’s who I have staring:
Aidan “Irish” Talley – Gabriel Macht
I’ve been a fan of Suits and Macht’s for a long time, and that Harvey Specter swagger and arrogance, and the dyed blond hair too, is just what Aidan calls for.
Jameson “Whiskey” Walker –
I originally envisioned Jamie as Chris Pratt, but once I decided on the basketball backstory, and once I saw Man from U.N.C.L.E., Armie was it for me for Jamie. Right frame, right swagger, right charm.
Melissa Cruz – Gina Torres
I wrote Mel with Gina Torres in mind. She was my first AIW fan cast. She was my Mel, and Mel was a hybrid of her Zoe character from Firefly and Jessica Pearson from Suits. The boss lady who can take down any of the guys, in heels, with a really big gun.
Daniel Talley – Tom Ellis
Lucifer premiered at just the right time. The instant I saw Tom Ellis in his devilish new role, he was my Danny. Dashing in a suit, with a devilish smirk, and always out for a good time (and always getting in trouble).
Cameron Byrne – Daniel Gillies
Gilles has the right features – dark hair, dark eyes, built but not overly so – but it’s his ability to pull an attitude 180 so fast, from jokester to serious, that makes him Cam in my mind. Perfect for the by-the-book K&R agent who will bend those rules for his friends.
Dominic Price – ???
HELP!! After writing Barrel Proof, I had a new favorite character in the Whiskey ’verse – Nic – but for once, I’m stumped on the fan casting. I waffle daily between Michael Trucco, Matt Bomer, Toby Leonard, and any of the other number of late-thirties-to-mid-forties dark hair, blue-eyed actors out there.
Aidan put one knee to the bed, swung the other over Jamie’s lap, and cupped his cheeks in his hands, drawing him in. It wasn’t the lip smashing, teeth clashing kiss Jamie was used to from Aidan. It was slow, devouring, and tinged with the unmistakable taste of goodbye.Afraid ratcheted up to terrified.“Baby,” he murmured against Aidan’s lips, the one word trembling.“Shh, Whiskey.” Aidan pulled back enough to yank off his shirt, then started back in for another kiss. Jamie stopped him, holding his face slightly away and forcing his gaze.Goodbye was in his eyes too.Jamie shot past terrified to devastated. “No,” he breathed, barely a whisper.Aidan shook off the hold and drove a hand into his hair, pulling Jamie in for another melancholy-laced kiss. So little light, so much darkness, and as Jamie ran his tongue along Aidan’s, the tang of tequila and whiskey.Slow, like the kiss, Aidan’s hands began to rove, as if he were memorizing the texture of his hair, the scruff covering his jaw, the breadth and width of his shoulders. A cool palm flattened over his tattoo, over his heart. The touch was gentle, not the usual digging pressure of Aidan’s fingers.Bidding farewell.A whimper escaped Jamie’s lips. His heart was at war with itself. He needed to retreat, to beg and plead with Aidan to stay and give him another chance, but if his partner’s mind was made up, there’d be no changing it now. And if he tried, if he argued, he might not get this last kiss, this last chance to make love to the man who would forever carry his heart, wherever his life went.Without him.Conceding the inevitable and accepting the disaster of his own creation, Jamie admitted defeat and surrendered
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.
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