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~Review~Single Malt by Layla Reyne~

 

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Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne

*****4.5 Stars*****4,5ghj

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He rotated and folded his arms on the tub’s edge. “What would you do,” he said, voice rough and rumbling, “if you’d already lost the love of your life, only to find a second chance at something – maybe love, you’re not sure yet – and before you can even wrap your head around the idea, that second chance is almost snatched away? Not once but twice.”

Beautiful photos of gay couples:

My initial thoughts? Here we go again! Insta-lust.

Definitely one of my pet peeves, but…

For the first time, an author bothers to explain in a believable and realistic fashion to me why both men feel this way and I was able to relate, not to say be completely fine with it.


FBI-Agent Aidan Talley (“Irish”) is still grieving.

Eight months ago he lost his husband and his work partner in a car crash which slowly but surely proves to be not so accidental as it seemed. First day back at his job and he have to deal with a new case and a new partner. A new partner who stirs feelings in him he could not – should not – have. Despite his grief he is lonely, and his new partner, computer specialist Jameson Walker (“Whiskey”), meets exactly his type, but an irrational sense of guilt towards his dead husband makes him shy away from acting on his attraction.

As a former basketball star turned FBI-Agent, the burnt child, in this case, Jamie Walker…

…dreads the fire after the media frenzy surrounding his person, when it comes to the attention of any kind and hides in the cyber division of the FBI until he is partnered with Aidan. A man he already lusted after for three years, but who was definitely off-limits because of his marriage. He knows that life is too short to waste time when it comes to grabbing the chance and take what and who he wants, but he also knows what being in the spotlight can cost him.


Both men are more than reluctant to pursue their growing attraction…

…not just because of Aidan’s survivor’s guilt and Jamie’s fear of exposure, but due to the fraternization policy of the FBI. This proves to be the least of their worries, though, when they find themselves tangled in a web of terrorism, corruption, and betrayal that is their new case and there could be more at stake than just displeasing their employer, namely losing the life of your partner, the man who could be your second chance for love in your life.

 

He had no idea where they went from here. But for tonight, he wasn’t empty; he was holding life in his arms. Walker dropped a kiss in his hair and Aidan took a deep, contented breath of ocean and sex, of them, memorized it, and tucked it away so no matter what happened, he’d always have tonight.

I just love these two men.

Jamie is such a sweetheart and I just wanted to wrap Aidan in a bubble so he cannot be hurt again. I’m not really a big fan of age-gap, but these guys are just perfect for each other. There are swoon-worthy scenes that just melted my heart, but there is also lots of banter between them that made me howl with laughter.


At times it was a bit difficult to read, though, especially at the beginning, and that is exactly the reason why I don’t give this story solid 5 stars. It might be the fact that English is not my mother tongue, but there were a lot of technical terms I never heard of.  It was a bit arduous to look them up and all the shortcuts like CDC, GNL, BLS, MIT, UT and whatever, left my head spinning sometimes. To add insult to injury, I’m not a computer person. I consider myself lucky to install a new program on my laptop without breaking something and random pop-up windows will bring me occasionally on the verge of a panic attack…

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No, no, it is not that bad, but all the technobabble.

Um, sorry, Jamie, the hacker lingo – left me feeling like I should have read a manual first or taken the crash course ‘How to hack into a computer in five easy steps’ beforehand. After a while, I did not even try to pretend I understood every word they said and just went with the flow, just like at work when our technician tries to explain the engineering marvels to me. But it worked – just like at the office 😉 – and I got the gist of what was going on.


This is a great start to an amazing new series …

…and the ending left me more than anxious for the next book.

It is not a cliffhanger in the classical sense, but a hint that this is just the calm before the storm and secrets threaten to put a strain on Aidan and Jamie’s tentative relationship…

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