Cask Strength by Layla Reyne

Cask Strength

Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terr...

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Cask Strength Reviews

  • Ami

    I wasn't happy -- strike that, I was

    with the relationship drama in this one. I thought both men were being idiot (Aidan's case) and whiny (Jamie's case). I am going to rant now -- so excuse my language -- because

    was totally NOT what I was expecting the sequel of the promising

    to be, at least in terms of the relationship.

    So five months later, Aidan is back to his old ways of being a

    I wasn't happy -- strike that, I was

    with the relationship drama in this one. I thought both men were being idiot (Aidan's case) and whiny (Jamie's case). I am going to rant now -- so excuse my language -- because

    was totally NOT what I was expecting the sequel of the promising

    to be, at least in terms of the relationship.

    So five months later, Aidan is back to his old ways of being a

    , refusing to commit to Jamie. He is dating other men, even if he still has sex with Jamie. His reasons? Because he doesn't want to get close to his "Whiskey", because people getting close to him tend to be in harm's way, and he doesn't want to risk it.

    Well, BULLSH*T. They are FBI agents, for God's sake. Their job can be dangerous in the first place. What kind of a reason is that?! So f*cking lame. Plus I truly disliked Aidan being written a player when just few months ago Aidan was worrying and feeling guilty of jumping into new relationship with Jamie too fast. You know, considering his husband has only recently DIED! What the f*cking wrong with you, Aidan?

    Sorry, it was NOT how I pictured Aidan would behave, and it left bitter taste in my mouth. Does Aidan have a complete character surgery somewhere between the release of Single Malt and this one?

    Then there was Jamie -- smart and

    Jamie -- who is sadly being reduced into someone who becomes jealous of Aidan's other men, then getting extremely upset because he realizes he doesn't want to share Aidan, and he is falling for the older man ... that it sort of interrupting how Jamie do his job. But then Jamie is going undercover, and BAM, there is his ex-lover there, muddling this already complicated relationship with Aidan. It made me want to scream, "

    "

    Oh, how I am NOT a fan when the relationship drama disturbs the working professionalism *grumbles*. Maybe this kind of supposed to offer angst for readers ... but instead of being emotionally engaged, I found myself fuming and wanting to knock some senses to both men instead.

    NOT a good reading experience, I tell you. Which is why I have to settle with my low rating.

    On a better note -- I was kind of intrigued with the gambling/identity theft case involving the basketball players. It was also fun seeing Jamie acting as the assistant coach, even if it was only for undercover and only for a little while.

    Things were also moving forward with the other case surrounding the death of Aidan's husband, Greg, as well as his work partner, Tom. Jamie was able to find more clues and answers -- even if it still ended it a big twist! That twist is a great hook to ensure that I will NOT miss book #3 for sure. Let's just hope that Aidan and Jamie clean up their mess and being a solid couple/partner next time I read them.

  • Aerin

    Cask Strength is pretty much exactly what I expected considering how the first book ended. I honestly don't understand why some people expected Aiden and Jamie's journey to be lean waters when we've been told from the blurb and from the final chapter of Single Malt that stormy waters and a rocky road is ahead of them both. And just in case you're wandering, the big secret that Jamie is keeping from Aiden is still threatening to ruin their relationship. The third and final book in this trilogy wi

    Cask Strength is pretty much exactly what I expected considering how the first book ended. I honestly don't understand why some people expected Aiden and Jamie's journey to be lean waters when we've been told from the blurb and from the final chapter of Single Malt that stormy waters and a rocky road is ahead of them both. And just in case you're wandering, the big secret that Jamie is keeping from Aiden is still threatening to ruin their relationship. The third and final book in this trilogy will be the most angsty and emotional of them all, but I have complete faith in these two.

    Aiden finds it hard to come to terms with his new feelings for Jamie and he's scared to death of losing the only other person he's ever loved. Aiden is trying hard to keep things casual with Jamie by going out with other guys; we all know he's only lying to himself, but I'm ok with temporary self-delusion as long as Aiden finally gets on the love train. With the risk of spoiling this part of the story, I have to assure you that

    He leads Jamie to believe that he does, and that's because he's trying really hard to keep their relationship casual. Aiden lost the love of his life, give this scared, confused guy a break; he'll come trough and make it worth every exasperated moment.

    Trying to draw attention away from themselves after terrorist Renaud starts killing all persons of interest in Gabe and Tom's murder, Aiden and Jamie go undercover on a new case. This brings Jamie up close and personal with the career he loved more than anything and his ex lover, the one responsible for Jamie giving up on the game he loved so much. You know how sometimes a blast from the past makes you question your decisions and wonder if you made the wrong one? Jamie's ex might be a beautiful man who wants Jamie back, but even though Aiden leads Jamie to believe things between them will never be serious, Jamie's heart knows exactly who it wants. For Jamie, Aiden is

    This book is action packed, much like the first one has been, and the action served as a distraction from the emotional angst. While I loved the first book more than this one, Cask Strength didn't disappoint. The sexual tension and chemistry between Aiden and Jamie is still there, just as strong as always, especially after Aiden stops being a commitment phobe.

    I wish there wasn't such a long wait until Barrel Proof comes out, because based on how Cask Strength ended, it will either be emotional as fuck or emotional as fuck. Have your pick.

  • Simone

    For God's sake, it was about time, guys!!! After a path of trial and tribulation to get to this promise (and not only for Aidan and Jamie, but also for me, dammit!) the '

    ' is rather wishful thinking, though, with all the obstacles in their way and secrets still waiting to be revealed and I am pretty sure that the author will send both men and us re

    For God's sake, it was about time, guys!!! After a path of trial and tribulation to get to this promise (and not only for Aidan and Jamie, but also for me, dammit!) the '

    ' is rather wishful thinking, though, with all the obstacles in their way and secrets still waiting to be revealed and I am pretty sure that the author will send both men and us readers to hell and back in the next book until they get their well-deserved HEA.

    At the beginning of

    Aidan and Jamie find themselves in a 'casual' relationship with Aidan still mourning his dead husband and Jamie seemingly content to having Aidan

    in his live. And in his bed.

    Aidan persuaded himself that seeing other men at the same time would keep him from getting too attached to another man, because on the one hand it still feels like betrayal having deeper feelings for any other man than Gabe and on the other hand there is this fear of losing another person he fell in love with. This is his way of keeping up his built-up walls because everything else would crush his heart, without realizing that he is only fooling himself. Technically it is not cheating since Aidan and Jamie are not officially together, but Aidan sending out mixed signals does not only hurt Jamie who is sure of his feelings for Aidan, but also aggravated me and during the first part of the book I got so angry that I alternated between an urgent need to knock Aidan upside the head and kick his ass. Fiercely.

    Jamie himself is caught between a rock and a hard place in his wish and

    to take things further with Aidan because of the secret he is still harboring by order of their boss and Aidan's sister-in-law, Mel. The things he unveils with his investigation of the death of Aidan's husband, Gabe, and his former partner, Tom, could not only destroy Aidan, but also defeat all hope for love, trust and even friendship.

    When things are getting barely tolerable, Jamie pulls the breaks on their relationship, but when both men are sent on a new assignment to get them out of the crosshairs of the man apparently responsible for the death of Gave and Tom, suddenly it is Jamie who is confronted with his past and it is up to Aidan to prove that his feelings for Jamie are way deeper and to not only keep Jamie vom giving in to the temptation of returning to his old life, but also to keep him

    in the first place.

    I was so proud of myself getting into this book as prepared as I could be with Google Search at the ready at all times in order to keep track of Jamie's

    . Believe me, no one was more surprised than I to find that I actually understood this time -even without the help of lifesaver Google- what was going on when Jamie did his magic in front of the computer. Well, maybe... let's just agree on the fact that I

    I knew what was going on, because still no hacker-material here, so please just leave me my illusion...

    The author gets the maximum score from me for her successful attempt at wrecking me with this book and also for introducing inventive sex locations... Umm, just one word: pool table! Granted, I could not help myself thinking that it might hurt, but since I never tried it myself, I'm far from being an expert. ;-)

    And just when I thought Irish and Whiskey -and obviously me!-would be given a reprieve after this emotional whirlwind, came the ending...

    Time to find out if he's right... On to the next book!

  • Jaime

    is book two in the series, Agents Irish and Whiskey by author Layla Reyne. This book picks up right after book one and should

    be read as a standalone. I fell in love with these characters in book one and my love for them has grown as their story continues. In fact, my immediate reaction went a little something like this...

    is book two in the series, Agents Irish and Whiskey by author Layla Reyne. This book picks up right after book one and should

    be read as a standalone. I fell in love with these characters in book one and my love for them has grown as their story continues. In fact, my immediate reaction went a little something like this...

    - Made me love these two,

    - Made me question all loyalties...and of course, Love these two harder..

    - Just Might Kill me...the author, she

    ...she

    ...I just might not survive it, if she does!!

     

    You all must read this book...just don't complain cause it's very much a rocky ride, ends with a sort of cliffhanger...our guys, they are getting there...the luscious angst and the suspense is riveting, you won't be able to put this book down!!!

     

    So hang on..get the book, a bottle of Johnny Blue, and start flipping these pages!!!

    ... Pretty much that is still my thoughts on the series after finishing this book. I really cannot say a lot about the storyline because I refuse to spoil it for anyone. What I will say is - we get to know the characters a little bit more in this book. Aidan is afraid of having his heart broken again - he knows he is falling in love with Jamie, but as he fights it he even allows others to think he is going out and having sex with tons of people. So he isn't perfect - who is? Jamie on the other hand, he knows who he wants. Even when his dream job is dangled in front of him, complete with an ex-boyfriend - he only wants to be with Aidan. Personally, I

    the build between these two because I know when Aidan finally falls, he is going to fall hard and it's going to be so sweet!

    In the suspense and action part of the story, it's packed. These two are still working on fighting Renaud and the secret that Jamie is keeping - yes, it is still there and it is driving him insane. In addition to that, Jamie and Aidan go undercover and there is a lot of action surrounding that case.

    If you are put off by cliffhangers and unresolved situations then this story might not be for you. You will be missing out but to each their own. For me, I think this book is worth 5 fan-freaking-tastic stars!!!

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  • Vanessa theJeepDiva

    Jamie and Aidan also known as Whiskey and Irish are quickly finding their way to the top of my favorite couple list. Now if you have not read and enjoyed the first book in this series, Single Malt you’ll want to do that before you purchase this book. This is a series that must be read in order. Also if you have not read Single Malt you may find some spoilerish things within this review.

    Cask Strength begins five months after Galveston and Jamie is sure that Aidan is trying to kill him. Jamie is

    Jamie and Aidan also known as Whiskey and Irish are quickly finding their way to the top of my favorite couple list. Now if you have not read and enjoyed the first book in this series, Single Malt you’ll want to do that before you purchase this book. This is a series that must be read in order. Also if you have not read Single Malt you may find some spoilerish things within this review.

    Cask Strength begins five months after Galveston and Jamie is sure that Aidan is trying to kill him. Jamie is head over heels for Aidan and he’s at the point even if he could stop what they have between them he doesn’t want to. Aidan wants to keep things casual so much so that he is doing things that are completely wrecking Jamie emotionally. Aidan’s already lost his husband to a man that is still out there and clearly still after him and his new partner. Aidan has to protect what’s left of his heart and Jamie. Jamie is quickly working his way into the void that that has been in Aidan’s heart since Gabe was killed.

    Yes, there is a lot going on here and the entire time you’re reading and loving the second installment in this series you’re waiting for the numerous other shoes to drop. Jamie has to tell Aidan about Project Angel. We also know from the first book that there is something there as to why Jamie left basketball that he has to come clean about. The case they are working in this book puts Jamie back in North Carolina and back on the court as a coach. All sorts of old feelings and desires bubble up. So many shoes waiting to drop, I couldn’t put this book down.

    Layla Reyne has a way of hooking the reader. Just like the ending of Single Malt the case here is tidily wrapped up. Our men are at a good happy for now place. One of those shoes drops at the end though and it was loaded for bear. I don’t see this as a cliffhanger but I am dying to get my fingers on the next book, Barrel Proof.

  • Diana

    , book 2 in the Irish and Whiskey series by Layla Reyne. The story picks up a few months after they wrapped their big case in Glaveston. Both Aidan and Jamie are quietly continuing their work on trying to find the terrorist Renault, who may be the one who orchestrated the accident that killed Aidan’s husband Gabe, and his FBI partner, Tom. When things heat up with Renault, their boss, Mel, decides they need to get out of town for a few days. They take a case

    , book 2 in the Irish and Whiskey series by Layla Reyne. The story picks up a few months after they wrapped their big case in Glaveston. Both Aidan and Jamie are quietly continuing their work on trying to find the terrorist Renault, who may be the one who orchestrated the accident that killed Aidan’s husband Gabe, and his FBI partner, Tom. When things heat up with Renault, their boss, Mel, decides they need to get out of town for a few days. They take a case at a college in Jamie’s hometown where the great Whiskey Walker goes undercover as their new basketball coach and Aidan is his sports agent. They are trying to figure who is involved in an identity theft ring hiding behind on line betting on the basketball games. Easy case, right????

    They mystery with the identify theft sucked me right into the story. With the list of suspects growing, I had no idea who was behind it.

    So why didn’t I give it 5 stars? Honestly, I had a major problem with Aidan and Jamie’s relationship. With Aidan playing the “I can’t get close to anyone, because they die” card, it drove me crazy. Along with some other things, but I don’t want to give too much away. Even on top of all that, I still adored these two. They both tried to hide the love that was growing, as well as trying to protect their hearts at the same time. While Jamie didn’t like it “casual” he is keeping secrets of his own. Secrets he knows it will destroy their relationship as friends, partners and lovers.

    This is definitely not a standalone and it also ends with a cliffy!!! UGH.

  • Jewel

    Other reviewers weren't kidding -- the first part of this book is heartbreaking and I kind of wanted to smack Aiden for his stubbornness. But the ending?! Hell, I need the next book now.

  • Christelle

    2nd part of the “Agents Irish and Whiskey” series. This is not a standalone.

    Aidan and Jamie, two FBI agents, met during

    . They are still investigating the death of Gabe and Tom, respectively Aidan’s husband and FBI partner, with Renaud, a French terrorist, as prime suspect.

    While they’re getting more and more clues, they are assigned to another case that brings Jamie back to this past in the basketball world. Like very close to his past, to the utmost distress of Aidan. End of spoiler

    2nd part of the “Agents Irish and Whiskey” series. This is not a standalone.

    Aidan and Jamie, two FBI agents, met during

    . They are still investigating the death of Gabe and Tom, respectively Aidan’s husband and FBI partner, with Renaud, a French terrorist, as prime suspect.

    While they’re getting more and more clues, they are assigned to another case that brings Jamie back to this past in the basketball world. Like very close to his past, to the utmost distress of Aidan. End of spoilers.

    Suffice to say that right from page one, I was so pissed off with Aidan keeping Jamie at arm length, not have enough courage to face his fears and hurting Jamie so much in the process. And that alone proves how I am invested in the story, with characters that are really endearing and a plot that is gripping, revealing secrets and betrayal, even if a light dose of “suspend belief” is needed.

    I so need book 3 to get to the end of this story. My hopes ? That Aidan really gets his shit together, because Jamie deserves nothing less, and that there won’t be ugly clichés of the bad French guy, LOL !!


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