Craft Brew by Layla Reyne

Posted October 8, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 17 Comments

Craft Brew by Layla Reyne

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add to Goodreads): 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: I tend to read ARCs a lot closer to when they are released, but Craft Brew is one that I made time to read as soon as I could because I just loved the first book in the Trouble Brewing series, Imperial Stout. And boy, am I glad I dived into this one! I gave it five stars and it’s so richly deserved.

Now, if you’re looking at this series and hoping for a romance, you might want to re-think things. Yes, there is a romance and it’s a big part of the overall book, but it’s not what I’d call a romance novel. Nic and Cameron are fantastic together and Craft Brew does delve a lot into their relationship and where they want it to go, but it’s also a suspenseful read full of mystery and intrigue.

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In Imperial Stout, Nic is threatened throughout and in Craft Brew, having fallen in love with Cam, he’s weary about getting to close. He doesn’t want to lose Cam, especially not for someone that’s related to Nic’s family. It made a lot of sense, and I did appreciate that while Nic felt this, he was still there for Cam when he needed him…and he did end up needing him very much.

Cam goes home to Boston because his mom is sick and he’s determined to figure out a mystery from his past. I loved this part of the book so much. It was horrible and sad, but it also made Craft Brew a very intriguing mystery novel. It also showed that Nic and Cam really do work best together, and I cannot wait for a third novel.

17 responses to “Craft Brew by Layla Reyne

  1. I think the fact that it has a mystery attached makes me more interested than if it was just a romance book. It sounds like it was all around a great read and good addition to the series!

  2. Glad to read this is not what you thought of as a romance novel, that it has so much more to offer. I’m intrigued by your describing bits of it as being horrible and sad. Hmm! Definitely a read I’d consider if I were to happen upon it, not sure its one I’d actively seek out though.

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