Prince of Killers by Layla Reyne
Series: Fog City #1
Publisher: Layla Reyne (Self-Published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 10, 2019
Length (Print & Ebook): 216 pages (52K words)
Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Warnings: Explicit sex including mild kink; explicit language; violence; instances and/or discussion of homophobia; off-page instances and/or discussion of PTSD, drug use, and abuse of minor characters.
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No indiscriminate killing. No collateral damage. No unvetted targets.
These are the rules Hawes Madigan lives by. Rules that make being Fog City’s Prince of Killers bearable. Soon, he’ll be king—of an organization of assassins—and the crown has never felt heavier. Until the mysterious Dante Perry swaggers into his life.
Dante looks like a rock god and carries himself like one too, all loose-limbed and casually confident. He also carries a concealed weapon, a private investigator’s license, and a message for the prince. Someone inside Hawes’s organization is out to kill the future king.
In the chaos that follows the timely warning, Hawes comes to depend on Dante. On his skills as an investigator, on the steadiness he offers, and on their moments alone when Hawes lets Dante take control. As alliances are tested and traitors exposed, Hawes needs Dante at his back and in his bed. But if the PI ever learns Hawes’s darkest secret, Hawes is sure to get a knife to the heart—and a bullet to the brain—instead.
There’s no shortage of twists and turns in this new romantic suspense trilogy from Layla Reyne. Prince of Killers is book one of three. Fair warning: buckle up, cliffhangers ahead!
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5
Layla, what have you done!?!
Thrilling and suspenseful chase to find the person undermining their organization and trying to find who wants him dead. Hawes doesn’t know who he can trust and Layla will keep you guessing till the end and leave you on the edge of your seat with a cliffhanger of an ending!!!! You have been warned!
This story follows Hawes, his life and his organization in this somewhat “mob-boss-esque” story about trust, truth, and family! The story was a little slow to start and getting into the world Layla has created was a little bit of a struggle for me but once I understood the family dynamics and Hawes as a person I was hooked! I enjoyed the give and take between Hawes and PI (Rock God look-a-like) Dante and they lust and attraction nearly flew off the page. All the characters in Hawes family were fantastic and each had their own personality that Layla let shine through. Once I hit about 30% I couldn’t put the book down and I was in a race to find out who was behind it all and Layla shocked me twice which I absolutely LOVED! I loved that she kept me guessing and endeared me to the whole family and situation. While I’m not a fan of cliffhangers this one was fantastic and I can not wait for book 2!!! I need to know more!!! Definitely still a one-click winner from the Queen of Romantic Suspense!!!!
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Praise for Prince of Killers:
“Layla Reyne is an auto-buy author for me. She writes it; I devour it. Prince of Killers is an amazing start to a new series. It’s fast-paced and intriguing with the perfect balance of action, passion, and plot twists I’ve come to expect from her books. Layla never disappoints, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in her Fog City series.” – Aimee Nicole Walker, Bestselling author of the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries
“Prince of Killers gives us everything we adore about Layla’s writing: bullets, boys, and betrayal. From the very first page, Hawes and Dante have sexual tension that sparks off the page. They don’t trust each other, but they have to work together to uncover a traitor in their midst. The result is a steamy dance of push and pull that left me itching for more. I’m excited to recommend Layla Reyne’s Prince of Killers and see what’s next in her new Fog City series!” – Lucy Lennox, Bestselling author of the Made Marian and Forever Wilde series.
“This book made me reach for the ‘Oh Sh*t’ handle every time I picked it up.” –Erin McLellan, author of the Farm College series.
Hair and double denim. My favorite things! –Allison Temple, author of The Pick-Up and Top Shelf
“I bloody loved it!” –Lily Morton, Bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series
“Layla Reyne redefined what a family of assassins looks like with “Prince of Killers.” The “Fog City” series kicks off with some mind-blowing twists and I can’t wait to see what happens next.” – Jeff Adams, Big Gay Fiction Podcast
“PRINCE OF KILLERS is a suspenseful ride through the streets of San Francisco, and the ins and out of a tight-knit crime family. I couldn’t stop reading, and when I hit the end, I wanted the next book immediately!” – Hailey Turner, author of the bestselling Soulbound series and the Metahuman Files series.
Hawes had grown up in San Francisco, had been born and bred in its hills and valleys. He’d learned at an early age how to turn a car’s wheels when parked on a slope and how to perfectly time the release of the clutch and the press of the gas so as not to roll the wrong way down Jones Street. He would never, however, get used to cruising his hometown’s hills on a motorcycle, not his sister’s and certainly not Dante Perry’s. And he most definitely would not get used to riding tandem, when one wrong bump could jostle him loose and send him flailing to his death.
By the time they rumbled onto the stone drive of the sage-green Victorian with its high-pitched roofs and bright-white trim, Hawes had mentally uttered more Hail Marys than he had the Sunday after he’d blown the homecoming king. He wished he could say he’d been holding tight to Dante as an excuse to map out every nook and cranny of his ripped torso, but regrettably, he hadn’t thought beyond a death grip for survival until after he’d climbed off the bike. At which point, managing to stand on his embarrassingly unsteady legs took precedence.
Assassinate people for a living, no problem. Run a multimillion-dollar company before age thirty can do. Ride a motorcycle in San Francisco, fuck no.
Get to know more about Layla Reyne in this fun Release Blitz Q&A!
If you listen to music while writing, share your playlist with us!
For this series (Fog City), it’s been a lot of Hozier, Kaleo, Bishop Briggs, Alex Clare, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Up-tempo, moody stuff with heavy bass beats.
What are you reading now?
I’ve been working on Fog City #2, so while writing romantic suspense, I stick to reading contemporary romance. These are a few of my recent favorites!
What was the highlight of writing Prince of Killers?
The last line. * Evil cackle *
About Layla Reyne: RITA Finalist Layla Reyne is the author of the Agents Irish and Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Layla enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart-pounding romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. Layla is a 2019 RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.
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