Prince of Killers by Layla Reyne
Series (name + # in 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!
What do you get when you cross an assassin with a conscience and a PI who might or might be who he says he is? Why, the Prince of Killers, book one of Layla Reyne’s new romantic suspense series of course! This book, y’all. Wow! Full of twists and turns and so much suspense and intrigue that I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I literally could NOT stop reading, and as anxious as I was to get to the last page, I did NOT want the story to end! Good thing there is more to come (and be forewarned, the cliff hanger and the end will leave you breathless for more, I promise you that!)
Hawes Madigan is the heir to the Madigan empire, an empire that comprises both legal and illegal activities. He’s known as The Prince of Killers, a moniker he loathes, though he can’t deny its usefulness from time to time. He comes from a family of assassin’s, both his father and grandfather before him started the family business and it’s a job he doesn’t take lightly. He’s made some changes since he’s been in charge, trying to do more good than bad, and killing only when it serves his own brand of justice. It makes it easier for him and his twin brother, Holt, and sister, Helena, to sleep at night … that is until Dante Perry walks into a restaurant and tells him someone wants him dead.
Sure, as an assassin, that’s not necessarily surprising in and of itself, but when Dante presents information proving the threat comes from inside, well, Hawes and his family have no choice but to listen to what the gorgeous PI has to say. Dante Perry looks more like a rockstar than a private investigator, and with his swagger and a confidence that just oozes from him, Dante is a temptation Hawes does not need, but man, does he ever want Dante. The chemistry between the two was scorching hot, and when Hawes shows his vulnerable side, you can’t help but melt a little. I know I did.
As always, Layla manages to keep the action and suspense at maximum overdrive, but it never feels like too much. There’s lots of moving parts and characters, but the story is so gripping that everything just flowed perfectly. The budding romance between Hawes and Dante shows Hawes’s vulnerability, especially as he grapples with a legacy he’s not sure can or wants to uphold. As for Dante, well, the book is told entirely from Hawes’s point of view, so we don’t get much insight into what he thinks or feels and it left him as a big of an enigma … but one I’m definitely dying to know more about!
I am counting down the days until book 2 comes out because I am dying to know what happens next! Be sure to get on this one ASAP so you’ll be ready for book 2, I know it’s going to be every bit as fantastic as Prince of Killers … and probably leave us with more questions than answers, but I’m dying to find out.
Layla Reyne is back with PRINCE OF KILLERS, book one of her new male/male romantic suspense trilogy, FOG CITY. To celebrate, she is joining Diverse Reader to answer three questions about her books and how she writes!
● How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Prince of Killers makes 11 published, 14 written. It’s SO HARD to pick a favorite. Single Malt was my first published, so it holds a special place. Craft Brew is the one I thought I hit the best romance and suspense balance. Medley was the most personal. Prince of Killers is the most fun I’ve had with a book; it’s the most my style, unleashed. And Dine With Me that releases in September is the book of my heart, my love letter to food and dining out. If I had to pick a favorite, it’s probably that one.
● Let’s talk writing style - how did you develop yours? Was any literary figure of particular influence?
Honestly, film trained me more than any book or literary figure. I started with fan fiction and screenwriting first, then I moved to novels. As a result, most of my books are structured in three or four act structure like a movie or television show and the continuation series is much more like episodic television, especially the cliffhangers.
● How long does it take you to write a book?
Hahahaha, I wish I had a firm answer; my life would be be so much easier and more predictable. Prince of Killers took about 45 days to get the first draft down. The book before it, 25 days. The book after it, 90 days. Juggling two day jobs plus writing unfortunately makes this a hard target to consistently hit.
Hawes’s mind whirled as Dante captured his lips. He still had questions—Holt’s and Helena’s lingering concerns about Dante couldn’t be disregarded—but no doubt, Hawes trusted Dante to handle himself when the shit hit the fan. He could use an ally, a partner, like that. And Hawes trusted Dante to handle him, especially tonight when other needs were so much closer to the surface.
Relaxing against the ladder, he opened wider for Dante’s kiss, inviting his tongue to tangle with his as it swept inside Hawes’s mouth. Dante tasted sweet, like the caramel candy he’d taken off Kane’s desk, on top of the Dante flavor Hawes had come to enjoy so much this week—dark, mysterious, dependable. A favorite cocktail that filled Hawes’s insides with steady warmth. That both ensnared and freed him. Dante’s thigh between his legs, the rhythmic rocking of hips, his hard chest beneath Hawes’s palms. The long, silky hair Hawes could wrap around his fist and hold on to. Or use to pull Dante back when it became clear, once shirts were shed and pants undone, that they were gonna fuck right there against the ladder if Hawes didn’t move them elsewhere. Granted, the blowjob Dante had given him there ranked among Hawes’s hottest sexual encounters, but it wasn’t what he wanted tonight. “I’m not sure this is better than the foyer pole.”
Dante fought his hold. “Picky, picky.”
Tugging Dante’s head back farther, Hawes licked a stripe from his throat to his ear. “Fuck me in my bed,” he whispered hotly, then released Dante’s hair and trailed his hands over his shoulders to his biceps. “And let me fall asleep in your arms after.”
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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