Review: ‘Noble Hops’ by Layla Reyne

41081538Published February 11th 2019
320 pages

Everything Dominic Price has worked hard to uphold is about to come crashing down on everything he holds dear.

So much for the quiet life. Just as assistant US attorney and brewery owner Dominic Price is settling into a comfy new chapter with his partner, FBI agent Cameron Byrne, the sudden death of Nic’s father puts their happily-ever-after in jeopardy. Nic immediately suspects foul play, his prime suspect a notorious gangster his father was indebted to—only now the loan shark is out for blood.

Cam has been longing for Nic to finally let him in on this very personal case. But when Nic’s belief that he’s the sole Price heir is upended, the line between personal and professional starts to blur, leaving Cam unsure of where he stands.

Nic is depending on Cam’s kidnap and rescue expertise to save his recently discovered family member before it’s too late. But with a dangerous threat closing in, the ghosts from Nic’s past cast long shadows. Any relationship could crack under the pressure, but for Nic, finding his family might mean losing the love of his life.

Another gorgeous series from Layla Reyne comes to an end. And I can summarise the whole thing by calling it the epitome of the word family. It’s my favourite thing about all the books, but especially this one. Yes there is romance, real soul-warming romance because Nic and Cam are so damn perfect for each other, but their relationships with their family and the friends that are their chosen family are just as integral as their relationship with each other.

It wouldn’t be a Layla Reyne novel without action and drama and suspense, and this series finale provides plenty of that. Duncan Vaughan is at his villainous worst, but that means Cam and Nic are at their heroic best in trying to bring him down. Nic’s secrets are laid out for all to see, but despite the small waver of doubt, there really is no question of Cam’s loyalty to him. Their love for each other emanates from the pages, and it’s true that together they can do anything.

And to top it all off, the whole gang from the Irish and Whiskey series are right in the thick of things. There’s no breaking the bond these guys all have with each other, it’s hard not to want to be a part of it. This strong foundation, a wall of defence, a united front. A real family.

It’s a rollercoaster of emotion; with ghosts from the past, old loves and new family; it was a story that I couldn’t put down and I didn’t want to end. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last we see of these characters… (Eddie’s story, anyone?)

4.5/5 stars

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