Book Review





Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing) 

by Layla Reyne 

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Layla Reyne spins off from her pulse-pounding Agents Irish and Whiskey books with Imperial Stout, the first installment in the Trouble Brewing series

It’s a good thing assistant US attorney Dominic Price co-owns a brewery. He could use a cold one. Nic’s star witness has just been kidnapped, his joint operation with the FBI is in jeopardy, his father’s shady past is catching up with him and the hot new special agent in San Francisco is the kind of distraction best handled with a stiff drink.

Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne has his own ideas about how to handle Nic, but his skills are currently needed elsewhere. The by-the-book FBI agent goes deep undercover as a member of an infamous heist crew in order to save Nic’s witness, break up the crew and close the case before anyone else gets hurt. Nic in particular. 

Things heat up when Cam falls for Nic, and the witness falls for Cam. As the crew’s suspicions grow, Cam must decide how far he’s willing to go—and how far into his own dark past he’s willing to dive—to get everyone out alive.

This book is approximately 62,000 words


Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing #1) is a spinoff of the Irish & Whiskey series by Layla Reyne, where we first meet Nic and Cam.  You could tell there was an attraction between the two and I couldn’t wait to get their story.

Assistant US Attorney Dominic “Nic” Price and FBI Special Agent Cameron Bryne are working a case together and trying to keep their CI alive.  When things don’t go as planned, Cam has to put his life on the line.   Nic is struggling, not only with his new budding relationship with Cam, but someone is threatening Nic.  He know his father is involved, but he needs to find out the details to finally put an end to it.

I loved both Nic and Cam and their very slow burn romance.  Their chemistry is off the charts and there are a few pretty hot sex scenes.  Plus, you get to see the whole gang again, even Danny.  Although I did have one little niggle.  Right from the beginning, there is a lot going on, maybe too much.  I struggled to figure out who was who and I even thought I skipped a book.  It does all work out, and by 15% I settled in and I started to understand more.

Since this does end with a HFN, I am anxious to get my hands on book 2.  I think there is so much to learn about both Nic and Cam.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

Reviewed by Diana Murphy at Turning Pages at Midnight Book Blog ~ Goodreads


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Lisa Cullinan

I’m a book blogger, editor, PA, graphic art maker, and a crazy, avid reader!

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