Thursday, December 8, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Bad Bishop by Layla Reyne


Bad Bishop
A Perfect Play Novel
By: Layla Reyne
Narrated by: Christian Leatherman

When a marriage of convenience becomes more than either husband bargained for...

Special Agent Levi Bishop needs to:
Keep his son and family safe.
Prove his boss was framed for a crime she didn’t commit.
Convince his selfless cowboy husband that his needs matter too.
Make a bold play before love slips through his fingers.

Special Agent Emmitt Marshall needs to:
Protect his husband and stepson.
End the nightmare that’s haunted him since his mentor’s murder.
Hack through layers of deception to identify the real threat.
Stop hoping someone will choose him.

Marsh is determined to go it alone, to guard his family and his heart.
But Levi’s life and heart are on the line too.
Cornered, Levi will chance any play to save the marriage and man he needs.
Rings were exchanged and promises made.
Marsh kept up his end of the bargain.
Now it’s Levi’s turn.

Bad Bishop is the second book of the Perfect Play trilogy, a swoony, edge-of-your-seat M/M romantic suspense series featuring a marriage of convenience between two FBI agents determined to stop a common enemy—and to do right by each other.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

First things first, if you're just discovering this series, you'll want to read book 1, Dead Draw before diving into this one. This is not a series of standalones. Bad Bishop picks up where book 1 left off, and I didn't think it was possible, but the tension is even higher. Of course, there's some tension in the marriage of convenience as well, but that's called falling in love, even if they have to do it kicking and screaming. Marsh has been burned by love, so he's trying to guard his heart while Levi deals with guilt over his late wife. Levi and his son, David, broke my heart as they sorted through their grief. I am about 2 yrs into my own grief, so I completely relate to Levi. Anyway, these guys are going to have to learn to trust each other if they're going to make it as a couple, and that's only if they survive the case they're working on. Of course, we get another cliffy with this book, so I'm impatiently waiting to see what's next for these guys, personally and professionally. Christian Leatherman has voiced both books, and he showed his talent for accents in this one. He also has a knack for adding the right amount of tension into a scene - and into a cliffhanger. So, all in all, Bad Bishop is a fast paced romantic suspense with steadily increasing tension and a steamy romance between two lovable FBI agents. 


Dead Draw
A Perfect Play Novel
By: Layla Reyne
Narrated by: Christian Leatherman

When a marriage of convenience is the only play left…

Special Agent Emmitt Marshall knows how to:

Wear a cowboy hat.

Hack anything.

Win at chess.

Fall in love with emotionally unavailable men.

He even knows the perfect play to catch the terrorists who killed his mentor.

Special Agent Levi Bishop doesn’t know how to:

Move on after his wife’s death.

Help his grieving son.

Pay off his mountain of debt.

Fix the mess some cowboy cyber agent made of his case.

The same cowboy who proposes a marriage of convenience to stop a common enemy.

Marsh is either the answer to Levi’s prayers—or a handsome nightmare in a Stetson.

Levi doesn’t know.

But both men do know their cases and lives are at a dead draw.

There’s only one play left…

I do.

Layla Reyne returns with an all-new M/M romantic suspense series featuring a cocky hacker with a heart of gold, a widowed father who needs so much help, and a plan only a cowboy could cook up. Grab your hat, hold tight to the reins, beware of the cliffs, and enjoy the ride!

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

A cowboy and a single dad in a romantic suspense storyline. Yep, I'm in. Except it took me a little while to get there. Not with Marsh and Levi. I loved the proposal for the marriage of convenience, and if that one scene doesn't make you love Marsh, I'm not sure what will. Of course, I'm kind of partial to sarcasm and wit, so that scene really works for me. The snarky teenager was easy to love as well, and my heart broke for him and Levi. What took me some time to get into was the suspense part of this romantic suspense. There is a lot happening, and our heroes do a lot of reacting rather than pushing forward on the offensive. I did finally get it all sorted, and once there, I was able to enjoy the rest of the book even more. I really liked the family time and the way Marsh interacted with all of Levi's family, especially David. The romance is a slow burn, which makes sense, knowing it will continue in the next book. And that brings us to the cliffy. It kind of suited the tension of the story, and I'll be interested to see where these guys land. Christian Leatherman narrates this one, and to be honest, I'm still undecided about him - although he is starting to grow on me. In the beginning, it almost felt like he was trying to get comfortable with the characters and their story, and once he did, things started improving. All things considered, the whole thing came together pretty well. Okay, except for Marsh and Levi's case... That's an ongoing issue. 

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