Layla moves her romantic suspense pieces with consummate skill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My gawd I don’t know how she does it but Layla Reyne constantly delivers on both the necessary thrills and tension-driven action needed for the suspense part and yet always brings the feels when it comes to the romance element.
“Quit threatening to divorce me. A husband might get a complex.” pretty much sums up everything that is central to Marsh and Levi’s romance. It began as a marriage of convenience, it became one of friendship and professional admiration and support, and now it’s morphed into a deep and abiding something else.
Is that something else love? It very well might be as both men start to believe they may be starting out on the rest of a happy family life together – if they can just get the bad guys behind bars.
Book three King Hunt can’t come soon enough (it’s out Spring ’23) for me because what we get throughout Bad Bishop is a journey of one step forward, two steps sideways, then a giant leap in front with the overall plot.
The bad guys aren’t just guys for starters, we’ve thought there was something more going on with the whole conspiracy and here we’re given some of the answers. Nowhere near all of them though.
And the book ends on, I hesitate to call it a cliffhanger as such, because it’s obvious that it’s coming and this is a trilogy after all, but let’s say, we’re given a twist which adds the necessary heart-stopping moment you always want in a suspense story.
With guest appearances from Layla’s wider Whiskeyverse (hello Cameron my love!), and the Madigans in full back-up mode for Marsh, we see Brax, Holt and Lily travelling with the FBI agents and David, Levi’s son, to stay with Marsh’s mums on their ranch in Texas.
There’s also the return of the fabulous Sean, Charlie and Trevor and I was laughing my head off at David’s crush on the professor and his determined plotting to try and steal him away from his husband and wife!
As for Marsh and Levi, ooooh boy are they finding their feet together as a pairing. Exploring the heart of Europe with trips to Belgium, the Netherlands and beyond, our agents have to deal with potential traitors amongst their friends, new secrets coming to life, and long game plans that have the threat of ending all happiness if things go wrong.
I couldn’t have been happier with this book and let’s say, when you get to one particular part of the narrative, the handcuffs on the cover take on a whole new meaning 😉🔥😍
Right, can it be next year already please?!
#ARC kindly received from the author via Valentine PR and I am voluntarily reviewing this book