Single Malt

Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 1
Narrated by: Tristan James
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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awesome adventure

I loved this book. I have been looking for a good FBI story since the Cut and Run series finished. Maybe not as good but, it satisfied that itch.

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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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Romance with a Side of Hacking

Same old story. New partners totally smitten by each other but one refuses to acknowledge it. Yeah these ones are agents investigating terrorists & computer hacking but it's still the same old same old - I kept thinking this had Harlequin Romances written all over it even while the boys were smart talking each other. Interesting twist with the Nick Names but just not my thing!

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Interesting Story

I didn't realize how much I missed Tristan James' gorgeous voice till I finally listened to Twisted and Tied, and this one's been on my tbr shelf for ages, so I finally took the plunge... There were so many things about this book that didn't really work for me, starting with the opening scene which just seemed like a poor man's rip-off of Cut & Run (it honestly just made me want to do a reread of the Cut & Run series). But anyway... I guess I wasn't crazy about the one partner losing his husband only 8 months prior, and having to buy that he's so hot for the Whiskey guy - not going to spoil it for anyone here, but ??? Kinda not my thing. Also, the mystery was really detailed and kinda confusing. Now the final scene? That got my interest up. I'm interested in where it looks like the second in this series is going to go - so I'll probably give the next one an honest try. My other issue (and I hate to speak ill of anyone, esp my beloved Tristan James) but TJ's accents - both the North Carolina and the Irish/American didn't really work for me. I love his Irish accents in the Rhys Ford series so I don't get it... I know some is because the character is trying to cover it up and it only comes out on occasion (and I'm sure that's a challenge for a narrator). But overall it's safe to say I'm disappointed.

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loved it

Would I listen to it again: absolutely Did the story keep me engaged: completely Was I invested in the characters: totally Story comment: I was in the mood for some Tristan James when I picked up Single Malt and I'm very happy with my decision. After Book 1, I dove straight into Book 2, then 3, Tequila Sunrise and now i'm starting on Imperial Stout - so this review encompasses the three Agents Irish & Whiskey series books because I see them as a whole. I really enjoyed the dynamic of the all the characters and the action and adventure of this series really drew me in. I've run a full gamut of emotions with this series, I was entertained, annoyed, heartbroken and delighted. Each book has a good pace, and I enjoyed the overall story-arc. Narrator comment: I enjoyed Tristan James's narration and think he's done a good job narrating this series. There are a variety of accents and character personalities including: Irish, Southern and Boston, Sassy Mel and playboy Danny and he's done a great job bringing all of them to life - I was completely immersed in the adventure.

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Story is fantastic! Really good performance

I’ve read the book but the narration really brings it to life. The accents are well done though at times they were inconsistent which made it confusing to figure out which character was speaking. But overall really good and very entertaining and captivating.

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Third reread!

I love love love this series! Layla Reyne is one of my favorite authors and I am thrilled to have the audio books to listen to at my leisure!

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Loved it!

Love this series, and of course love the attraction between Whiskey and Irish. This book has suspense as well as romance. And the romance is very hot! I read all the books in series as well. Tristan James is a fantastic narrator, he is becoming one of my favorites.

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Love it!

I love this series. I love the characters, the story line, everything about it. And, I would listen to Tristan James if he was reading the phone book. Swoon!!

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Sooooooo amazing!!!

I loved every minute of this book, and at the end I legit yelled out in my car "WHOA!!! HO-LY-SH-EEEET" while listening to the audio book. Sooooooo good. The tension between Aidan (Irish) and Jamie (Whiskey) was smoking though the whole book. When they finally came together, I was simultaneously happy for them and hurting for Aidan as he tried working through his guilt of betraying his dead husband by having feelings for Jamie. Relationship wise, I thought this was brilliant. As far as the story goes, it was even better for me. I loved the action, the technical babble, and mystery story line. After a while I got suspicious about who the FBI mole was, but thought it was very well plotted out. I absolutely loved this, and I can't wait to read more of Irish and Whiskey. As for the audio narration, I thought Tristan James did an amazing job with the accents. Very sexy.

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  • 07-21-20

Great story, good listen

I love this series and enjoyed the audio. Jamie's voice hit the spot for me, although Aiden was more Irish than he is in my head, which was disconcerting to begin with :). Excellent story, narration easy to listen to despite my initial unease. Moving on to book two now!

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  • Eisenthal
  • 05-24-19

I likey

Loved the books. Gave the audible a chance. Was not disappointed. Found another narrator I love. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the series!

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  • 07-20-18

Fantastic a must listen too

Loved it, great story and OMG great narrator. Love it so much, onto book 2.