Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: Cask Strength by Layla Reyne

Cask Strength 
(Agents Irish and Whiskey #2)
by Layla Reyne
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense
Release Date: May 1, 2017

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.

The second installment bring me back to Aidan and Jamie. We delved more into both their working and personal relationship. On personal front, Aidan is a total idiot. I can understand if he still feels guilty about moving on. But here we have Aidan distancing himself emotionally because he don't want to get attached to Jamie because Jamie might just get shot at and die. Seriously? And Aidan insisting they are casual and having dates with other men is just show what a huge asshole he is. It was mentioned it had been five months since the ending of Book 1, I don't know how did Jamie coped with it, but thank God I didn't know the details of those five months. I'm only too happy to see Jamie finally had enough and make his stance and stop being a total doormat letting Aidan dictate what they have and can't have.

Despite what a huge asshole and idiot Aidan is, I can't be mad at him for long and in my eyes he is easily forgivable because he didn't cross a line to be a total cheater. If he did, I'm not sure I will finish this. Anyway, moving on.... Jamie and Aidan got themselves an undercover assignment. Oh, I just love undercover work, getting to see their alter ego or just a different persona. Jamie had to go back to his past life and undercover as an assistant coach. How the public actually believes his story is a tad far fetch, but whatever, I just go a long with it. 

There are some drama involving illegal betting, identity thieve and the resurfacing of a certain ex. Of course, during all the suspense unfolding, Aidan's late husband investigation is still ongoing. Jamie is torn between wanting to fessed up and protect Aidan. Love is definitely in the air, but it can't be easy being on his shoe and I'm scared to actually witness Aidan's reaction.