Review: Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2)

Author: Layla Reyne

Publisher: Harlequin

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Harlequin & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb: 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.

Review: Cam Byrne and Nic Price are still hiding their relationship from friends, co-workers, and family. It’s easy for Cam to blame that all on Nic as long as they’re in San Francisco. When a family problem drags Cam back to Boston things become complicated quickly. Nic can only do so much to help from San Francisco. Nic’s family issues take a back seat as Cam’s issues become much more pressing. As much as both men try to run from both reality and the past they’re reaching a point where there’s nowhere left to run.

I loved this book. A lot. I think for me it’s the moment the more stubborn of the main characters admits they’re in love and it’s time to stop fighting. Nic has finally given in to his own feelings and Cam’s relentless quest to get Nic to move in with him. More than that I like how unsure of everything Nic still is. He’s been burned before. Nic is still very determined to keep people far enough away from him so they’re not going to get hurt. Or, you know, that’s his excuse and he’s keeping people away so he doesn’t get hurt. I know what I’d bet on given the chance.

Cam had to face all his greatest fears. He didn’t come out of this unscathed. Cam had to pass through a gauntlet of horrors. Cam’s story is centered around how violent crime affects its victims forever. The Byrne family, as a whole, isn’t over Erin’s disappearance. They’ve got anger, guilt, and avoidance. The family is a mess, and in spite of the events of this book, they’ve all got a lot of emotional labor to do.

I’m eagerly awaiting the final book. I’m kind of wondering if Nic’s greatest regret is coming back to haunt him in more tangible ways than simple guilt. But surely he would have recognized him! Hmm. All I know is I want both the baddie and Nic’s father ruined at the end. Okay, I want Nic and Cam happy, too. And some ruination.

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