Review: Noble Hops (Trouble Brewing #3)

Author: Layla Reyne

Publisher: Harlequin

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Everything Dominic Price has worked hard to uphold is about to come crashing down on everything he holds dear.

So much for the quiet life. Just as assistant US attorney and brewery owner Dominic Price is settling into a comfy new chapter with his partner, FBI agent Cameron Byrne, the sudden death of Nic’s father puts their happily-ever-after in jeopardy. Nic immediately suspects foul play, his prime suspect a notorious gangster his father was indebted to—only now the loan shark is out for blood.

Cam has been longing for Nic to finally let him in on this very personal case. But when Nic’s belief that he’s the sole Price heir is upended, the line between personal and professional starts to blur, leaving Cam unsure of where he stands.

Nic is depending on Cam’s kidnap and rescue expertise to save his recently discovered family member before it’s too late. But with a dangerous threat closing in, the ghosts from Nic’s past cast long shadows. Any relationship could crack under the pressure, but for Nic, finding his family might mean losing the love of his life.

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Review:  Nic and Cam are happy and a couple. They’re out to everyone that matters and moving forward with their lives. So Nic’s dad dies. Losing a parent you hate is just as difficult as losing a parent you love. Losing parents sucks. Losing a parent who was trapped in a complex web of illegal financial dealings just adds extra layers of suck on top of a bad situation. Oh, and have you ever noticed how family crawls out of the woodwork when someone dies? Nic has a lot going on and Cam is shunted into support mode. Cam can’t help but think there’s more important stuff Nic has to deal with. More important people. People who are literally part of Nic’s skin. Yeah, the boy from the back tattoo has returned.

I thought this book was both great and not that great. I like these characters and the whole Whiskeyverse, but the relationship conflict was pretty much resolved at the end of book 2. This book had some very real feeling moments of Cam doubting himself, but ultimately to me the trilogy felt unbalanced in terms of the romance aspect. It doesn’t help I felt like the tie in of the suspense aspect of the first book was forced and didn’t feel organic. The girl from the safe cracking caper just happens to help them out somehow in every case they investigate? Really? Ultimately, none of my complaints made me put the book down. I like the characters, the tropes, the genre. In some ways the flaws are part of the whole package.

This book felt final. There’s some people in the Whiskeyverse I’d happily read about, maybe someone in the Coast Guard, but at the end of this trilogy I wasn’t left with the burning need to read about anyone and their life secrets like I was with Cam and Nic. There was closure here. Closure that felt good. There’s no cosmic shoe waiting to drop. Or if there is I am too blind to see it.

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