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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 12 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.

Book one of the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.

©2017 Layla Reyne (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Critic Reviews

"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 best-selling author)

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Mystery, Suspense and Romance

** Cliffhanger Alert!! **

Returning to active duty after a horrific car wreck that took the life of Agent Aidan Talley’s husband, Gabe, and his FBI partner, Tom, Aidan is getting a new partner: Jameson “Whiskey” Walker, a former basketball superstar who now works for the FBI as a Cyber Crimes genius.

The two are being paired up for several reasons, and proceed to look into a couple of cases – new and old. The biggest mystery of the story may be who gave Aidan’s sister-in-law, and boss, a flash drive with information that makes it seem like his accident wasn’t accidental at all.

Additionally, Aidan is attracted to Walker, but the guilt of wanting someone so soon after his husband’s death weighs on him. There’s a whole will-they-won’t-they thread with some delicious UST that works throughout the story, but Aidan needs to see what’s in front of him and not keep clinging to the past in order to move towards personal happiness.

The story itself had a few hiccups for me…I’m obviously not an FBI agent, but the way the two approached both the case and the looking into Aidan’s crash, required an enormous suspension of disbelief. I find it hard to buy that a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) and a veteran agent would go so far off reservation, but that’s why this is fiction.

The real jewel for me was Tristan James’ narration. He absolutely brings out the honeyed tones of Aidan’s slightly Irish (and more heavily Irish when he’s emotional) accent and Whiskey Walker’s warm southern accent. There are a lot of characters here and James provides everyone with easily distinguishable character voices that are easy to follow along and listen to. Tristan James brings out all the nuances of accents and his inflection in tone and pacing is wonderful. It makes this an absolute pleasure to listen to.

Suspension of disbelief aside, it was entertaining (primarily due to the narration), but ends with a pretty large cliffhanger, necessitating moving on to book two (especially the audio) to get some closure.

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better than expected

It took me a minute to get into the story but the characters really came to life. Aidan and Jamie were great, fell in love with Mel, wish I'd gotten more of her actually.

Honestly overall, it was a really solid and enjoyable book. Well read and the voices were distinct. The sex scene was good and not over the top.

The only weird thing to me was the amount of food descriptions... seriously these boys eat more than anyone in a book I've ever read or listened too. That and how many times they describe each other's looks, after the first time it's like, I got it, you think each other are beautiful.

But, the relationship isn't forced and it's honestly a very good story. The family love, romantic love, all of it was emotional and well written. I definitely plan on getting the next book in the series.

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Don't miss this gem!

Tristan James does an amazing job of bringing to life Whiskey and Irish. I loved reading this book. Listening to it adds such an amazing depth to the story. I can't wait to listen to next book in this series, Cask Strength!

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What a book!

I write very few reviews ... but this book required one. It is an amazing read!

The narrator was absolutely perfect.

I am purchasing the other books in this series immediately!

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When I see similarities between books its hard not to see them, in this case Cut & Run comes to mind. Having started reading book 2; I keep seeing the similarities. I won't list them because they are basically spoilers.
I hope book 2 has a more exciting mystery. Cyber and terrorist are boring to me; overdone.
I didn't feel the attraction between the MCs. It felt forced to me. There was long longing, and almost insta-love that I hate. Anyways I know already this won't be a favorite series. pity.

Narrator Tristan James sounded different, slower, is he a smoker? Flu?
He sounded ehm…older? I almost didn’t recognize him and he had a hard time distinguishing voices.

sexy officials, cougars, fast cars, charming giants, horny FBI agents and bad judgements.

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I LOVE THIS BOOK

What did you love best about Single Malt?

I love the action and the book as a whole

What did you like best about this story?

this book reminds me of another series that I Iove cut and run by Abigail roux it has a slow love story and death and action

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes I did listen to it in one sitting and while I was listening to the 1st on I got the 2ed one