Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3)

Author: Layla Reyne

Publisher: Carina Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: CP & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  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.


Review: Everything comes crashing down around Agents Walker and Talley in an explosive and fiery mess. Then the building they’re in falls down in flames! Aiden knows everything Jamie has been hiding and can’t handle it. Aiden takes an undercover assignment while Jamie is stuck on desk duty with an injured leg. Neither one of them is particularly happy with the situation. Jamie is still hunting down Renaud and finally nails down a location. The greater San Francisco area. The man who wants to kill both Aiden and Jamie is close to both of them and they’re unable to protect each other. How do you protect anyone from someone who appears to have no agenda and no motive?

This book has major technical problems. Many things simply do not work as they’re described. I don’t really care. This book was fun and engaging. It was sort of like an Indiana Jones movie in that it was completely implausible but entertaining and you want all your friends to be entertained, too. So I heartily recommend this whole series with the caveat you may roll your eyes a couple of times.

Over the course of these books I’ve had mixed feelings toward Aiden. In some ways I still do. Intellectually I know I can’t conceive of where he’s coming from in terms of what he’s been through in a relatively short time. Losing his husband and learning of the who, what, and why of that loss. But at the same time I can’t get over my gut response at him hurting Jamie. I try to avoid having a favorite character, but I have apparently failed big time and I’m totally Team Jamie. I also don’t necessarily agree with some of Aiden’s arguments as to why Jamie hiding particular pieces of information were dangerous. How is knowing the details of various betrayals going to enhance safety? Jamie was between a rock and hard place on this and was thrown under the bus. Like I said, though, I’m Team Jamie.

I sort of suspect Renaud may be the most realistic bad guy I’ve read in a long time. Which is a funny bit of irony that I’ve said I feel this book isn’t plausible. Renaud seems so all powerful and he’s everywhere all the time. Then when the full picture of him starts to emerge and his motivations are learned he’s kind of… crazy. The dude’s just plain crazy in a, “I’m hurt and the world will pay for it,” kind of way. To want to kill so many people without regard to anything a baddie has to be unhinged at a basic level.

This series is literary crack. I am telling the absolute truth when I say I checked Netgalley every day to see if these books were available for review. I loved the story of Agents Irish and Whiskey. Technical shmecnical. Give me a fun story to read with some problems instead of boring technical mastery any day of the week. These books made me choose one character over the other. I cared that much! That is so rare.

One thought on “Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3)”

  1. I just finished Single Malt – and really liked it. I have the rest of the series on my tbr – hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I really enjoyed the characters – Irish and Whiskey were perfectly matched.

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