Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Layla Reyne
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.
“Move in with me.”
Four words that should have resulted in amazing sex round two.
Not that Cam had ever uttered those words before, but from what he understood, they usually brought a couple closer, including a celebratory tumble in the sheets. Perfect as he and Nic were already there, naked and sweaty from amazing sex round one.
Nic’s understanding, however, was apparently not the same as Cam’s. He stiffened in his arms one second and scrambled out of bed the next. Levering up, Cam braced a hand on the mattress and watched the giant cypress inked on Nic’s back sway with his mad dash to the bathroom.
“Never known you to run from an argument, Counselor!” Technically, they’d not been arguing, but Cam knew the start of one with Nic as well as he knew the other man’s taste. Arguing was what they did best, even better than sex.
“That’s not what I’m doing,” Nic hollered over the running water.
Cam flopped back onto the bed, staring at the ceiling. “Sure as fuck could have fooled me.”
A lot in Craft Brew, if I’m being honest! Do not go into this book hungry; you’ve been warned. From San Francisco to Boston, the Nic and Cam are cooking and eating up a storm. So how about a peek at one of the recipes? In the early chapters of Craft Brew, Nic comes home after an extended assignment in San Diego to an apartment filled with the rich aroma of stew, courtesy of a certain FBI agent with a talent for breaking and entering. Of course Southie-bred Cam is making Guinness beef stew for his man 😉
Crockpot Guinness Beef Stew
2 pounds cubed, trimmed stew beef
1/2 cup flour
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups onion (large chop or pearl)
1 package baby carrots
2 lb quartered baby potatoes (and/or parsnips)
1 bottle of Guinness
3.25 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon thyme
3 bay leaves
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons corn starch
*Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com
Directions: Add the onions, carrots and potatoes to the crockpot. Put flour, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag or bowl. Toss stew beef in the seasoned flour to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear beef until browned on all sides. Add browned beef to the crockpot. In a separate pitcher, mix 1 cup of beef broth, the red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Reduce heat on the skillet to medium and add the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute (or less, do not let it burn), then pour in beef broth mixture to deglaze the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the meat. Pour into crockpot, together with the remainder of the beef broth, water, and Guinness. Add the brown sugar, chocolate, thyme, bay leaves and cloves to the crockpot. Mix all ingredients to coat. Cover the crockpot and cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. (If using an Instapot, refer to cooking time guides.) The stew is done when the veggies are tender. If stew liquid needs to be thickened, then in a small bowl mix the cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup of cold beef stock. Pour into crockpot, mix and cook on high an additional 15-30 minutes. Enjoy!
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.