Book Review – Bad Bishop by Layla Reyne

Perfect Play #2
Publisher: Layla Reyne
Pages: 229
Characters: Levi/Marsh
POV: 3rd
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Series

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.

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I love this series with its mix of wonderful characters, suspense, and a marriage of convenience that quickly turns into so much more. The supporting cast from other series are great. I need to read their books now too.

I like how both Marsh and Levi have lost someone they care about and how that influences their insecurities that this relationship will end with the assignment. They’re both very capable at their jobs, but aren’t as confident in their private lives, although it’s obvious to everyone they’ve fallen for each other. I love the flirting and and how their relationship grows.

I like how Levi still has good memories of his wife, and how those play a part in the book. I like his relationship with his son, David, and how David is growing closer to Marsh too. They’re all becoming a family. I love Marsh’s mothers. They’re a force to be reckoned with and still very much in love. I like the way they take one look at Marsh and Levi and know how they truly feel about each other. I like Sean’s friendship with Marsh, and how he uses his money for good.

I like the dynamics of the team in Hague and how all that plays out, with not everything always being as it seems. I love how the tension rises as Levi and Marsh play an increasingly dangerous game.

The chess analogies are very clever and fit the plot perfectly with their games being played on different levels. Catherine is a nasty piece of work. And that ending! I need book 3 now to make sure these guys get their HEA, and bring the bad guys to justice.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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