Imperial Stout by Layla Reyne
Series: Trouble Brewing #1
Release Date (Print & Ebook):
Ebook/Audio – July 23, 2018
Print – July 31, 2019
Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense
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.
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“I’m worried,” he admitted. “I buried that part of myself, deep, and now I’m digging it all back up.”
Nic knew a thing or two about that. He’d spent most of his life hiding one secret or another. Maybe if he shared some of those, the things that made him the man he was, Cam would feel more comfortable using his own past on this assignment without fear of losing the present. Because after hearing what he had, Nic was more convinced than ever that Cam was exactly the right person for this assignment.
He reached past Cam to place his bottle on the cabinet behind him, and with his trailing hand, lifted Cam’s face, catching his dark, swirling gaze.
Plenty of other men had seen what Nic was about to show Cam. He’d intended for Cam to see it tonight as it were, and had taken all the wraps and bandages from the hospital off at the brewery. But while other men had seen, Nic still hid their meaning from most, explained to only a few, and never the full truth to anyone. Cam, though, needed it. Or as much as Nic could give.
Decision made, he removed his hand from under Cam’s chin, stepped back, and began to work free the buttons of his dress shirt. Cam inhaled sharply, bobbled his bottle, and Nic chuckled. The blush across Cam’s cheeks was so beautiful Nic almost reached for him, to claim that second kiss, but that wasn’t what Cam needed. Yet.
In the end, Cam made the decision for him, rotating to set his bottle aside. When he turned back around, he full on gasped as his wide eyes roved over Nic’s tattooed skin, leaving a path of fire in their wake.
Nic unhooked the last button, letting his hands fall to the side, shirt hanging open. “We’ve all got a past, Boston.”
Cam’s darkening gaze flickered up, seeking permission, and Nic granted it with a nod. Cam didn’t think to warm his hands, cold from the beer bottle, and Nic hissed at the first touch. His fingertips warmed in seconds, though, as they trailed across a torso lightly sprinkled with brown and gray hair and painted in memories.
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.