Imperial Stout by Layla Reyne
Trouble Brewing #1
M/M Romantic Suspense
Carina Press | July 23, 2018
Even though I wasn’t jumping and shouting in excitement when I read the conclusion of Irish & Whiskey, I knew as soon as I saw Imperial Stout I wanted to read it. I was intrigued by both Nic and Cam from the original trilogy, and it never even crossed my mind to pair them together. I’m not sure why; they were HOT.
So, before I get into this book I have to say, I’m pretty sure I missed something important. I probably should have read Tequila Sunrise and Blended Whiskey, because I think the start of Nic and Cameron happened there. Skipping those and jumping right in with Imperial Stout felt like being late to the movie and missing the opening scene. If you decide to read this, read those first. Don’t be like Birdie.
Still, even joining the show late, I really really liked this book! My previous issues felt non-existent. The case was interesting. The overarching storyline of Nic’s family history was interesting, and without the big ‘betrayal secret’ from the first trilogy. (I hate those.) I thought their job and their chemistry were balanced, without rushing either. It wasn’t a slow burn, but since they were focused on work it took a backseat which felt realistic. Still, the romance itself was scrumptious! I loved their heat. I loved that even though they knew it wasn’t the greatest situation, neither really ran from it or kept the other at arms length.
It was also awesome because we got more of Jamie and Aiden, and despite my issues with the story, I did like them as a couple. I loved reading them as husbands, working on the case and having Nic and Cam’s back. It was wonderful being back with these characters, and since I loved this one so much I can’t wait to be back with them again!
Thank you to Carina Press for providing an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.