MENAGE-A-REVIEW: Craft Brew by Layla Reyne

Author: Layla Reyne
Book: Craft Brew
Series: Trouble Brewing #2
Page/Word Count: 304
Categories: Gay Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: October 8, 2018 (pre-order available)
Publisher: Carina Presss
Cover Artist: Add if you know
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Buy Craft Brew by Layla Reyne on AmazonAssistant 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.

5✨s – If I could give this book more than five stars I would. Cam and Nic are so good together, especially when they argue. Their banter is one of my favorite things about them as a couple. While this book is mostly set in Boston and there’s no official case for the two to investigate they manage to get into plenty of trouble. Cam rushes home for a family emergency and Nic is close on his heels. Even though Nic is afraid of dragging Cam down with his own family issues, he wants–needs to be there for the man he loves.

Layla Reyne knows how to tell a romantic suspense story. She has mastered the suspense part and the romance part is top notch. There’s mystery in this book as Cam looks into a cold case that has haunted his family for years. It hurt my heart and I ached for all the Byrnes.
Cam is in deep trying to do what his mother asks of him and he’s struggling. Which is why Nic shows up to help. Because the two of them together are stronger than anything that could get in their way. I think one reason I love this book more than the first is because I was totally focused on Cam and Nic in this book. Whereas in the first one I was still riding the Agents Irish and Whiskey trilogy high and excited to be back in Whiskey-verse. While Aidan and Jamie do show up in this book I wanted more Cam and Nic and what they’ve been building. From the first line to the last I was totally wrapped up in these two.

It’s a waiting game now until book three and I am so impatient for that.

4.5✨s – This second entry in the series continues the exciting trajectory that book one promised. As the story opens, Nic and Cam are practically living together but when Cam wants to make it for real, Nic takes off. It’s only a temporary assignment but Nic is trying to protect Cam and keep him off Vaughn and his father’s radar. On the day of his return, trouble starts almost immediately with a fire at Nic’s building and Cam gets a call about his mom and has to head for Boston. When he faces his family, the details of his sister’s loss and Cam’s guilt over it finally gets fleshed out. He starts investigating her case once again, finding out his sister wasn’t the only disappearance over the years and that another has just occurred. Needing Nic’s assistance, he then faces the problem of not being out to his family and not having told Nic about it. I really liked Nic’s responses when Cam was presenting him as only a friend and colleague. He didn’t get all butt-hurt, remaining calm and understanding; he just hated not being able to touch and comfort Nic around his family.

Nic’s family was great, especially his mom and brother Bobby. Keith is the angry brother, as he was closest to their sister. Made me wonder if he’ll show up in another book. Detail around case work is just enough to satisfy my police procedural kink plus we’re given plenty of action and suspense to round things out and build up the tension. The heat level is pretty low because of all the activity, which is too bad but understandable. This episode is a little more character driven, with Cam’s family crisis being a big focal point. This leaves the resolution for Nic’s troubles for the next book, although a little more info gets added in between other events. The narrative is exciting and gripping but also provides a lot of warmth and feeling from the addition of Cam’s family and the assistance and support from their group of friends. After the more heartbreaking scenes, the ending does become a happy one putting Nic and Cam at a better point in their relationship. There’s no cliffhanger, just not the completion of the story arc. This isn’t a stand-alone either, you must read book one at least but even then it’s helpful to read the Irish and Whiskey series, as those characters are intertwined with Nic and Cam. I’m anxiously awaiting the third book and hoping Nic and Cam get more quality time together!

4✨s – I was excited to read this book and get more of Nic and Cam. I really enjoy stories that happen after a couple gets together. The way Nic and Cam interact is really lovely and entertaining. I really enjoyed getting more background about Nic and Cam. Helping me better understand them and get to know them. Finding out what made them the men they are today and how they deal with events from their past. I like how when issues come up they are mature about them and discuss them and don’t blow them out of proportion and make them into a huge drama. I really thought that the mystery/case element of the book was done well. Great characters and flow. And while the main case of the book was solved I am still eager to get to the end of the other case that seems to be a series arc rather than just a single book arc. She has done an excellent job of writing a story that I couldn’t put down and makes me anticipate the next book. Very well done.


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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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