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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!—
“When Justice failed, Hawes and his family righted the balance.”
Prince of Killers introduces us to Hawes Madigan, Holt – his twin and Helena – their sister. They are very close, but Howes becomes the king of an organization of assassins that live by some strong rules: “No indiscriminate killing. No collateral damage. No unvetted targets.”
From the beginning of the book, Hawes is warned that someone wants him killed. I had some theories, but I am pretty glad I didn’t guess who it was. I don’t like predictable stories. At first, this story was a little slow paced, but then we get action, a little suspense and some surprises on the way.
Dante Perry was a mystery. I enjoyed his silent presence, even if I wondered many times about his true motives. The attraction between both main characters is undeniable and we get some hot scenes. Wish I could share more, but I will let you discover the surprises on your own.
In the end, I must mention the really painful cliffhanger!!! Now I am dying to read more. Right after I finished this one I went searching for the next book’s release. And I was SO disappointed that we don’t have a release date yet. The author does give us a warning in the blurb: “Prince of Killers is book one of three. Fair warning: buckle up, cliffhangers ahead!”
Again, I will mention I am looking forward to reading the next book and see how the author will be able to reconnect the main characters. Something tells me it’s going to be nearly impossible for Hawes to trust again with all his heart…But we’ll see.
I highly recommend!
Read an Excerpt from Prince of Killers
Copyright © 2019 by Layla Reyne. All rights reserved.
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.”
Get to know more about Layla Reyne in this fun Review Tour Q&A!\
- Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, are there any you’d recommend?
Yes! One of my day jobs is as a legal resource editor, and I always have an audiobook playing when I’m doing that work. The Tales of Verania series by TJ Klune, narrated by Michael Lesley, is an absolute treasure.
- What are your five favorite words?
I just need one: Fuck, especially the way Tristan James says it narrating audiobooks 😉
- Do you have a favorite cover from one of your books?
This one! Cate Ashwood who did all the Fog City covers sent me the cover concept for Prince of Killers first, and I screamed “Holy Shit!” so loudly that my dogs startled. And I kept repeating “Holy Shit” for like the next week. She deserves so much credit, as does Wander Aguiar for the gorgeous photos, and Patrick Sean (the model) for just being that damn gorgeous.
~About the Author~
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. She is a 2019 RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.
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