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Imperial Stout

(Trouble Brewing #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Layla Reyne spins off from her pulse-pounding Agents Irish and Whiskey books with Imperial Stout , the first installment in the Trouble Brewing series

It’s a good thing assistant US attorney Dominic Price co-owns a brewery. He could use a cold one. Nic’s star witness has just been kidnapped, his joint operation with the FBI is in jeopardy, his father’s shady past is catc
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 272 pages
Published July 23rd 2018 by Carina Press
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Jul 20, 2018 added it
NR, DNF @around 20%.

This is a spin off from the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.I hadn't read that series but how hard could a spin off be to get into?

Turns out....very hard

This is full on action from the first page(my head was spinning),there's no introduction here and I had absolutely no idea what was going on and even after reading the beginning a few times I still didn't get it any better.Too much of a convoluted plot thrown at you,characters I didn't connect to or care about.

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4.25 stars

I believe this should not be read as a stand alone. It is a spinoff of Agents Irish and Whiskey Series.

I enjoyed this book more that i did Irish and Whiskey book 1, Of course, that being said, Jamie will forever be a darling.

The writing is good, I enjoyed the mystery a just a bit. It was not the edge of your seat kind, but still good.

The characters are very likable. I did not like Nic in Agent and Irish series, i mean anyone who messes with my Jamie, deserves a grudge, but, i can't
***4.5 Stars***

Sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not, and some skeletons simply refuse to stay in the closet.

US Attorney Nic Price can tell you a thing or two about it...
Bildergebnis für baby silver fox man gorgeous

As if dealing with a complicated case to bring down a cunning and ruthless heist crew and save his key witness in the process while fighting a dangerous attraction to a certain Assistant FBI Special Agent in Charge and being up against a devious boss who puts obstacles in his w
~Mindy Lynn~
3.5 Stars!

It really does pain me to not give this story a higher rating. I was extremely excited to get approved for this book because Dominic and Cameron's story is one I had been really looking forward to. Unfortunately the story wasn't as smoothly done as the authors previous series, AIW.

I've read all the books that were in the other series including the shorty. Still I found myself confused through the beginning of this book. Right off we are thrown into an OP that is going down and both MC
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5 Stars***


They might both get burned, but he was done watching the fire from a distance, holding himself back from the heat.

Before I get into my review, I want to address one important thing. This series is a spin-off from the Agents Irish and Whisky series which first introduced Nic and Cam as secondary characters. And while I really want to say that this can be read as a standalone, I'd be lying. I don't really think it can be.

Layla Reyne does a really good job
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, netgalley-arc
Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing #1) is a spinoff of the Irish & Whiskey series by Layla Reyne, where we first meet Nic and Cam. You could tell there was an attraction between the two and I couldn’t wait to get their story.

Assistant US Attorney Dominic “Nic” Price and FBI Special Agent Cameron Bryne are working a case together and trying to keep their CI alive. When things don’t go as planned, Cam has to put his life on the line. Nic is struggling, not only with his new budding relationship with
This 2019 reading year is promising : plenty of series finally fully released, so I can dive into them. The trouble brewing is one of them.
Rereading this first part before continuing drooling over Nic and Cam : even better than my first time as this time, I paid more attention to all the details and nuances 😍

Ready to discover more !!!

Initial review :
Not a standalone at all. The series “Agents Irish and Whiskey”, including the novella, has to be read first (not a hardsh
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2018, net-galley
"Imperial Stout" is the first book in Layla Reyne's new series, which is a spin off of her well-known Agents Irish and Whiskey series. The MCs, Cam and Nic, were first introduced to us there, but this time we get their story and it can be read as a starting point.

This book is clearly the beginning of more to come and you can't miss that after reading it. The ending is leaving a lot of things hanging and throughtout the story we are getting teases about the characters' pasts, but never the whole
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Great start to a new series, which is a spin-off from the Irish and Whiskey series. And I really loved that series.

Ever since meeting Nic and Cam I've been wanting their book. And it looks like this one will be a series much like Irish and Whiskey, as this one had more of a HFN ending.

This was a great mix of the suspense and romance. I thought Cam and Nic had great chemistry. They kind of danced around each other for awhile, let things build up.

I of course loved getting more Aiden (
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I might even love these more than Irish and Whiskey ;)

Well that was just as good, if not even better, as an opener for this follow up to the Irish and Whiskey series.

Assistant Attorney Dom and Aiden's number two - Jamie's best friend Cam - are even more alpha male than their fellow law enforcement colleagues and there's a slow burn with intense chemistry going on here.

Another really good plot, involving historical artefacts and a seriously twisted double crossing FBI plot sits alongside threats
We met Nic and Cam briefly in Layla Reyne's excellent Agents Irish and Whiskey series and the two men shared a brief passionate kiss in "Blended Whiskey" (#4.5 in the series) at Aidan and Jaime's wedding. So I thought I was up-to-speed and ready to hit the ground running with the new Trouble Brewing series.

Except .... yeah, not so much. "Imperial Stout" drops us cold right in the middle of a convoluted operation involving Cam, Nic, Lauren, Bowers and Aidan, and their confidential informant Abby
Cam and Nic's books, the couple I have been waiting for, are here! And the start of their story does NOT disappoint!


I saw that these two had chemistry in the third book, and wondered if we'd get a book for them - luckily we're getting a whole damn series :D

This series starts two weeks after where Blended Whiskey left off. Cam and Nic kiss, but stop there, and haven't kissed since.

But now they're working on a case together, and becomes more complicated than either was bargaining for.

And part
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
We first met Nic and Cam in Agents Irish and Whiskey and then got to see them in Novella about Mel and Danny. Nic has come across as aloof and keeps himself distance from everyone but it seems he has found a family with the gang. Cam is strict by the agent on the job and has a big family in Boston.

They are now working together and tried not to cross the line but it seems they can't resist each other. The case was all action and glad Abbey got out ok in the end.

It seems Nic and Cam both have a p
Apr 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt, to-listen-tbr, arc
OMG I want this so much I could cry...

ARC provided via Netgalley and Carina Press in exchange for honest review.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Binge read the original three, added a fourth because why not.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, a-novel-take, arc
Well, I really liked this! I had a pretty good idea that I would but you never know right? There really was only one thing unfortunately that kept this from being a 5★ perfect read for me and made it a 4 ★ almost perfect read instead, but 4★'s is pretty good, yeah? Yeah.

But before we get to that, I have to say this and get it off my chest; disclaimer of sorts. First and foremost, if you have not read the Agents Irish and Whiskey Series stop and go do that. Do not read further. Turn around and st
This was a good start to the spin-off from the Agents Irish & Whiskey series. While this is a spin-off, I would suggest you don't go into it without having read the previous series - it's fantastic so I don't think it would be much of a chore - since Cam & Nic's story started there and the reader is just dropped into the middle of things at the start. Everyone from Irish & Whiskey is back and playing a part here. I imagine there would be plenty of confusion as to the players and the relationshi ...more
First off, a BIG shout out to my lovely PMC thread on the Turning Pages At Midnight Group who finally got me read this book. Thanks Stephanie!

I loved this book from beginning to end.

This is a spin-off from the Irish & Whiskey series so you might have to read at least the last book in that series before you can fully enjoy this book.

It was a fast paced, no holds barred trip that left me begging for more. Cam and Nic were perfect for each other and there was just the right amount of angst and myst
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a bit slow for me and took awhile to heat up. I found myself getting a bit distracted at times - it sure if it was a case of me and not the book ! I can see this will be a solid spin off from Whisky & Irish so I’m in for book 2 with Nic & Cam - happy to see where it goes. ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Karen by: Simone
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this one was too good to round down on...full review to follow...soonish...I hope!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Irish and Whiskey series by Layla Reyne, and with mixed reviews I was a little reluctant to start this spin-off. Well, I actually liked these two MCs better. Yes, I enjoyed Cam and Nic's story more. There was such intensity between them and considering how complex and secretive these two men are I expect it will only get better in the next book.

Dominic Price is a high-powered prosecutor, he is successful and well-connected. And on top of everything else he is a decent man with li
‘Imperial Stout’ is me stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to M/M fiction, though Layla Reyne isn’t a new author to me. Written in a fairly different style from what I’m used to, and not having read Reyne’s ‘Agents Irish and Whiskey’ series, this is me coming in as a newbie. So with a very busy first chapter that included not only an action scene but a load of history between the protagonists which sort of involved also a best friend’s partner and ex-flame, I was a little lost, though ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I've given this a C at AAR.

I enjoyed Layla Reyne’s  Agents Irish and Whiskey  romantic suspense novels, and was delighted when the author announced she would be writing a spin-off series featuring two of the prominent secondary characters from those books, Assistant US Attorney (and former Navy SEAL) Dominic Price, and Special Agent Cameron Byrne, one of the FBI’s top kidnap and rescue specialists.  I’ve been looking forward to Imperial Stout (book one in the  Trouble Brewing  series) for so
May 06, 2018 added it
ETA: Listened to the audio book for my second read. I have the advantage of having already read the last two books as well, since my initial read of Imperial Stout, so I was able to pay attention to how Layla laid out the overarching plot and the little hints she dropped into this book.

Tristan James does a fantastic job at narrating and it was delightful to hear Jamie and Aidan again, on top of Cam and Nic.

Original review: Yes, yes, yes, MORE.

I loved this, and I'm signing up for Team Nic. I kn
Diane Dannenfeldt
I am so glad that Ms Reyne did a spin-off of the Irish and Whiskey series and it features Nic and Cam. These two do dance around each other for a large part of the book, but once they finally some the dancing, the fireworks exploded. This book picks up not long after Blended Whisky and their first kiss. Now they are working on a case together involving attempted theft from a dignitary who is going to show them at a museum opening. Things go FUBAR and Cam ends up going undercover. We find out abo ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
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Rating: 3.5 Stars - that place between like and love
5 Hearts

First thing first: I am going to implore any of you that see this book and go into reading it as a standalone to not do it. Yes, I know it’s listed as first in a series and well, I guess you could read the whole universe it’s involved in backwards but I don’t recommend it. This is a spinoff of one of my favorite series: Agents Irish and Whiskey Series and in that series is where we first meet Assistant US District Attorney Dominic Price and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Cameron
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals, which I suppose is technically 3.5 stars. The narration bumps it up.

I’ve been looking forward to this latest book from Layla Reyne for months. I loved her Agents Irish and Whiskey series of fast-paced, steamy romantic suspense novels, and was over the moon when she announced that she’d be writing a spin-off series featuring two of the major secondary characters from those books – Special Agent Cameron Byrne, one of the FBI’s
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 Stars
I loved the Irish Wisky series, and really liked both of these MC in that series, but I had a hard time connecting to them in this story. I’m not sure what it was but, the magic just wasn’t there for me until close to the end. I’m going to go ahead and give book two a chance, but I’m not giving it days like I did this one. If not for my love of the first series, I wouldn’t have stuck it out...fingers crossed we get some real chemistry in the next book.
Joyfully Jay
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

mperial Stout is the first book in Layla Reyne’s new Trouble Brewing series, focused on two side characters from her fabulous Agents Irish and Whiskey series. I absolutely love that first series and so I was thrilled to see that Reyne was spinning off Cam and Nic into a series of their own. While these guys are new MCs and you could technically read this as a standalone, I think you will appreciate this book much more if you are familiar with Irish and Whiskey as
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Layla Reyne is the author of the Fog City, Agents Irish and Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Layla enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance.

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