Blog Tour + Review: Barrel Proof (w/ huge giveaway)

My dearest, lovely reader. Are you excited? Because I am. Here’s my review of the last book in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series by Leyla Reyne, Barrel Proof.

Read a few excerpts & opinions about the book. See my review and don’t miss the huge giveaway at the end of the post. 🙂

Two detailed reviews of the first and second book, Single Malt and Cask Strengh will follow the next days. 🙂 Stay tuned for this.

Happy reading. 🙂

Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey, #3)Barrel Proof by Layla Reyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*


Warning: the blurb contain spoiler and reveal former events from the story, and even the review, as vague as it tries to be can contain a few. The book is not to be read as a stand-alone.

You say a good whiskey is getting better with the age, same goes for guys and it seems also for a good story, one which is getting riper and riper.
Barrel Proof is the third book in the series of the two hot FBI agents who are partner, not only in business.

The relationship is growing  – from partner in business to friendship to a relationship – and you can’t read this book as a stand-alone.
With every book you want more, you get more and this book – the last in the series – ends with a blow. Events which are unexpected are happening, revealings, saddening and exciting alltogether.

You really feel with Agent Irish and Whiskey. :3

But not only those are tempting and charming, it’s the cast of the other character, the balance. Sometimes you feel so hard with them, you have to take a break. The grief in the first book, all over the second book until the third.

When you think, Aidan and Jamie get’s their happy end they’ve to overcome another obstacle – and this time it means a lot.

What I really loved about the series is the constant grow. Not only the background plot from the first book is continued, no, it’s the character depth, the way how we get to know them. More and more things are shown, identities are built up, the characters feel real.

The fact that the author keeps the reader’s attention by including crime cases the two agents solve in a fast and pleasurable manner makes the books sheer brilliant. You really see the author did a great research, something which pleases me extraordenary.

Banter and witt, humorous scenes and sexy encounter are also the other parts of the book. Makes it full-bodied and smooth, gives it its spark and basis.

This series really should be in every selection of M/M romance lovers who adore FBI agents, opposite character, a solid story, from the first to the last novel in the series and with twist of turns, unexected and thrilling until the end.

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Title: Barrel Proof
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey # 3
Author: Layla Reyne
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 7, 2017 (audiobook as well)
Publisher: Carina Press (HQN)
Lenght: 189 Pages (Ebook); 6hr, 30mins (Audio)
Note: Audiobooks of Single Malt (AIW1) & Cask Strength (AIW2) also releasing August 7, 2017
Book 3 / Trilogy Conclusion

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FBI agents Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker can’t get a moment’s peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie’s life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take.

Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie’s been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan’s late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him.

But the explosions are far from over. Aidan’s cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist’s conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners, always is a promise he intends to keep.

“A heart-pounding, romantic conclusion to the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.”


Excerpt & opinions from others about the book and the series

From Single Malt:

“Sexy, smart and suspenseful – this book has it all.”
–HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. & Mr. Smith

“With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I’ve been waiting for.”
– Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series

“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 Bestselling author

Early reviews (a few selected):

RT Magazine – 4.5 Stars, Top Pick:

Barrel Proof is the third and final book in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series. After two books that follow the formation of a heated M/M romantic relationship, Barrel Proof starts off with a climax as secrets are revealed and the romance is tested. … Fans of the series will be equally challenged and delighted by the twists and turns Reyne takes. The book flows into a more action-oriented focus as the plot progresses, but Reyne ends the romance with just the right amount of heft to keep any reader of romantic suspense and M/M romance delighted.

Night Owl Reviews – 4.5 Stars, Top Pick:

Layla Reyne finishes her trilogy with an absolute bang! As sorry as I am to say goodbye to this fabulous pair I couldn’t have enjoyed their ending more.


Ready for a sweet but hot excerpt? Here you go:

Aidan ran a hand through his hair and tilted his face up for another slow, haunting kiss. “I love you, Whiskey,” he whispered against his lips.

“I love you too, Irish.”

Aidan turned to leave, was halfway across the room when something on the dresser caught Jamie’s eye. “Aidan, wait!”

Jamie limped over to the dresser, and Aidan rushed back to his side, helping to balance him. He snatched up the Chevelle keys and pressed them into Aidan’s hand, their fingers entwining around them.

“Jamie, what—”

“She doesn’t belong in my garage, if you’re not here too. I can’t bear to look at her there, until you’re back in my bed.”

“I can’t.”

Those words had haunted Jamie for days. With a renewed spark of hope, he could do something about them now. “Yes, you can,” he said, and leaned in for another kiss. This one was quick, firm, and with a dash of promise and hope infusing the goodbye. “When you’re ready, the both of you come home to me.”

Author bio  – Leyla Reyne

Layla Reyne PhotoAuthor 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.

Author Tagline: Adrenaline-Fueled Romance


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There is a giveaway to win a awesome swag pack – win one of two packs:

The HUGE Agents Irish & Whiskey Gift Packs include: 1 Kindle Fire Tablet, 1 Agents Irish & Whiskey mug, and surprise swag! (Ships to US/Canada only; international winners will receive Amazon Gift Card: $35)

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Please note: the giveaway is not sponsored, administered or endorsed by Mikku-chan / A World full of Words.

Blogtour and release blitz hosted by/through A Novel Take PR.


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