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Favorite Action Movies | Layla Reyne

Barrel Proof, the third and final installment of the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, opens with Aidan, Jamie and Danny speed-boating into Cuba under cover of night, raiding the Cruz family compound, and nearly dying in a fiery blaze. All in the first chapter. Needless to say, I like action—of both sorts—in my romance. How’d that happen? Grandma sat me down in front of soap operas in the afternoons, while I watched Airwolf, McGyver and Hill Street Blues with my parents at night. The mix stayed with me into adulthood, and I definitely leaned on some of these action-packed favorites when it came to crafting scenes like that first one in Barrel Proof.


Top Gun

No fighter jets in Agents Irish and Whiskey, but for every fighter pilot movie I watched growing up (and I watched them all), Top Gun is still my favorite. From that first scene on deck, with “Danger Zone” building in the background and planes taking off, to the very last dog fight, this movie is a non-stop adrenaline rush. And, despite my general loathing of Tom Cruise, the romance is pretty swoon worthy too.


Gone in 60 Seconds

I know the Italian Job and the Ocean’s movies are technically better heist flicks, but I have a serious soft spot for Gone in 60 Seconds. Maybe it’s the cars, maybe it’s “Low Rider” and the awesome soundtrack, maybe it’s the hodgepodge cast that somehow works, but if this movie is on, I can’t turn it off. Okay, let’s be honest, it’s 95% the cars, especially “Eleanor.”

John Wick

I shouldn’t like this movie, especially as the mother of three dogs. But maybe that’s why I do. I get, at least in some part, why John Wick is so damn angry. His quest for vengeance is bloody and brilliant. Add to that the ageless Keanu Reeves, an A+ soundtrack and pretty cars a plenty, and I’m grinning like an action-junky fool. John Wick 2 isn’t as strong, but that opening sequence is the best example I have ever seen of dropping a viewer into the action.


Kingsmen: The Secret Service

The “Freebird” scene. That alone warrants this movie’s place on the list. Never have I seen that song used like it is here, and rarely have I seen songs used so surprisingly well with frenetic action sequences. That’s the other reason Kingsmen is on here. It’s a perfect example of, and a placeholder for, all the Guy Ritchie/Matt Vaughn-esque frenetic-style British action films. I get that they’re not for everyone. The humor is very British, they are SO OTT, and they are exhausting, but I am here for it, every one of them.


San Andreas

There are so many things wrong about this movie. The scientific inaccuracies (my husband’s head nearly exploded), The Rock just flying off with an LA County EMS chopper, Alexandra Daddario and Co. walking the wrong way in San Francisco. But man, does the cast sell it. The chaos, the fear and the chemistry between pairs and family is spot on, and so is the edge of your seat ride. Just when you think our heroes catch a break, the next disaster hits.


Die Hard

Christmas and bombs, a holiday tradition in our house! Yes, the villain is OTT, but it’s Alan Rickman so all is forgiven. Yes, Bruce Willis is kind of OTT too, but it’s Bruce at his action-hero finest. And it’s a great cat and mouse game where the good guys win. I’ll be interested in your take on my gender-flipped, Whiskey ’verse version – Tequila Sunrise – coming this November. Mel’s got more than a little McClane in her too 😉

barrel proof (2)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.

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FBI agents Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker can’t get a moment’s peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie’s life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take.

Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie’s been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan’s late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him.

But the explosions are far from over. Aidan’s cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist’s conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners, always is a promise he intends to keep.

A heart-pounding, romantic conclusion to the Agents Irish and Whiskey series.”

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