Today I am so pleased to welcome Layla Reyne to Joyfully Jay. Layla has come to talk to us about her upcoming release, Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2). Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Layla Reyne’s new male/male romantic suspense series, Trouble Brewing, launches later this month with IMPERIAL STOUT. Get a sneak peek below at book two of the series, CRAFT BREW (out in October), with the cover, blurb (SPOILERS!) and an exclusive excerpt.
Picking up their T-shirts, Cam wiped himself down and followed Nic, stopping at the end of the bar separating the kitchen from the dining area. Nic stood in front of the corner sink, wiping himself down with a hand towel. Cam admired the long lean lines of the former soldier and the exquisite tattoo that spanned his back. A giant cypress tree like the ones that grew around here, its every-which-way branches twisting over Nic’s shoulders and the initials GS carved into its trunk, right at the center of Nic’s back. Cam still didn’t have an answer as to who GS might be.
“You’re staring,” Nic mumbled, as if he had eyes in the back of his head. Or just a halfway decent pair of ears. He tossed the rag out the garage door, to where the washer and dryer were, and gave his ass a shake.
Cam’s dick roused. “Don’t tempt.”
He shook his ass again, and Cam was halfway across the kitchen, dick leading the charge, when Sweet Caroline blared from his phone in the adjacent office.
That was the ringtone he’d assigned his family members back in Boston. He should hurry to answer it, before the call rolled to voicemail, but he was rooted to the spot, cinder blocks for feet. Why were they calling him in the middle of the night? Had something happened to one of his brothers? Keith was home on leave, so less likely him. Bobby or Quinn? Or their wives or kids? His parents? His stomach sank. Nothing good came from calls at this hour. He knew that well enough after ten years as an agent.
The ringer cut off abruptly; maybe just a butt dial then. He blew out the breath he’d been holding.
Then sucked in another when Neil Diamond started wailing again.
Nic appeared in front of him, all trace of sleep gone. “That’s your family’s ringtone, right?”
“They’re three hours ahead,” Nic said. “It’s morning there. Early, but not for fishermen or school kids.” Nic rubbed his hands over the goosebumps that had risen on Cam’s arms. “Don’t jump to the worst case scenario.”
“Says the attorney.”
Nic lifted a hand, cupping his cheek. “Do you want me to answer it?”
“No,” he answered too quickly, causing Nic’s brows to snap together. That was a situation he’d explain to Nic and his family later, if and when Cam won his argument. Right now, he needed to deal with the present. He covered Nic’s hand with his, lowering it. “I’ve got it, but thank you.”
And I’ve got you, said Nic’s unrelenting grip.
In the office, Bobby’s name lit up the phone screen. Cam picked it up just before it rolled over again. “Hey, brother.”
“Did I wake you?” His older brother’s voice sounded rough, scraped over.
Cam’s stomach plummeted. “No, I was up,” he said. “Phone was just in another room. It’s early there.”
“And late there.” Bobby cleared his throat. “Listen, brother, need you to book a flight home. As soon as you can.”
Cam clutched Nic’s hand tighter. “Home? What’s going on?”
Nic drew closer, laying a hand on his back. Good thing too, as it was all that held Cam steady after Bobby’s next words.
“It’s Ma. She’s had a heart attack.”
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.
Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.