#ExclusiveExcerpt “Craft Brew” by Layla Reyne

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Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2)

Release Date: E-Book and Audio – October 8  Paperback – October 30

Publisher: Carina Press

Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense

Image result for craft brew layla reyneBook Synopsis:

Assistant US attorney Dominic Price is staring down the barrel of his father’s debts. The bull’s-eye on his back makes him a threat to everyone he cares about, so when his lover wants to go public with their relationship, he bolts. Not because he isn’t in love—he can’t stomach the thought of putting Cam in danger.

Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne is determined to figure out what trouble Nic is running from, but devastating news from home brings him back to Boston and to the cold case that has haunted his family for two decades. Shoving aside his pride, he calls Nic for help.

Together they search for answers, navigating the minefield of Cam’s past. But when they get too close to the truth, Cam must use every skill in his arsenal to save the man he loves…before it’s too late. 

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EXCERPT

Cam needed his best people on it, needed a certain one here who’d handled a similarly delicate matter before. Maybe Nic could maneuver the local federal prosecutors from San Francisco, but if Cam knew him, and he did by now, Nic wouldn’t abide sitting on the sidelines. Cam had already asked that of him enough, and this was not a case where there was a threat to his life. He’d want to be in the middle of this, helping. He’d jumped at the chance to interview Becca and now here was a chance for him to be directly involved, if Cam just asked.

Except every part of that ask was dangerous, especially the part that would bring Nic to Boston. That would throw his family into further turmoil. Because as untethered as he was beginning to feel, Cam would grab hold of Nic the second he walked through the door and not let go. A big part of him wanted Nic here. There’d be no hiding, assuming Nic didn’t turn his back when he found out Cam had been the one hiding all along.

But could Cam afford not to make the ask? He was a kidnap-and-rescue agent. He had to use every lever he had at his disposal to rescue Shannon Murphy, even if throwing that lever turned his own world upside down. And hell, he’d done that already, reopening his sister’s case. If helping Shannon could lead to finding out what happened to Erin, didn’t he owe his mother and family that too?

“I need to make a call,” he said, pushing back from the table. “There may be someone who can help us.”

He slipped out of the conference room and into Di’s office, shutting the door behind him as he dialed Nic’s number.

“I’m sorry I didn’t have better news for you,” Nic answered after the first ring, jumping straight into conversation as was their way. As much as Cam loved hearing his voice, he hated hearing the disappointment in it.

“It was a long shot. Which was why we didn’t identify a lead there the first time. She was a runaway, plain and simple.”

“Still, I wished I could have helped you somehow.”

Cam slumped back against the door, loosening his tie and the words trapped in his throat. “There may be another way.”

“Anything, Boston.”

“A cop’s daughter has disappeared.”

“It’s connected to your sister’s case?”

“Maybe, but there are complications. The daughter’s into some shit. The dad too. That’s probably why she was taken—”

“Sounds like last spring,” Nic said, putting it together.

Now Cam just had to make the ask. “Which is why I’m calling you. I need you to work your legal magic.”

“That the only magic you need from me?”

Not by a long shot. He needed that magic voice live and in person, the magic taste that went along with them, and the very magic that somehow had made Nic the person who grounded him best. But with his family on edge already, Nic’s professional magic was all he could ask for.

“You’re the best federal prosecutor I know.” Cam took Nic’s silence for understanding, of all the things he’d said and not said. “I need the best on this case, Dominic.” Cam said what he could, urging Nic for this favor.

It was enough, thank God. “I’ll be there tomorrow.”


About Layla Reyne:

Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.

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