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~Release Blitz~A New Empire (Fog City #3) by Layla Reyne~Q&A, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~


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48496567. sy475 Title: A New Empire
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Fog City #3
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 192 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: November 11, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮3 Stars✮


Legacies were made to be rewritten.
Assassin Hawes Madigan wants to do right—by his family, his organization, his city, and the man he’s falling for, ATF agent Christopher Perri. But Hawes’s rules are being challenged by someone willing to kill for the old ways. To save his soul and his empire, Hawes must make an impossible decision: fight from the outside or bend the knee to win back his throne from within.
Chris is used to being the inside man, the one undercover. Now, he’s on the outside marshaling forces in support of the man and the ring of assassins he was supposed to take down. His mission shifted when he found something that’s been missing for ten long years—a home, with Hawes.
As Hawes and Chris make a dangerous play for control, the lines between allies and traitors blur. Trusting the wrong person could destroy the legacy Hawes envisions for the Madigans. But not trusting anyone, or each other, could mean lights out on their love and lives forever.
The King and King Slayer fight together in this thrilling conclusion to the Fog City Trilogy!

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This is the third book in the Fog City trilogy by Layla Reyne. The books must be read in order. I’m glad other readers will be able to read them in a row, and will better enjoy the story.

Both previous books ended with big cliffhangers. The second book’s ending was the worst! It made me want to scream. It was shocking and painful. To say I was dying to read this final book… is a big understatement. Unfortunately, I had too high expectations, so it pains me to say it, but this last book didn’t really work for me. I think I’ll be in the minority here, but I can’t say I loved it. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

As much as I loved the first two books, here I just couldn’t enjoy it to the fullest. I expected to be glued to the pages, but I wasn’t. And I will try to explain why. I will refrain from giving too much away, but I will mention what didn’t work for me.

There are many descriptions, but I couldn’t wait for the action to speed up. We get a lot of strategies, memories, a lot of talking with/between many side characters, but in the end, I wanted more action.

There is too much plotting than actual actions. The characters discuss, plan, plot A LOT, but in the end, it felt like they needed a whole book to organize the final operation that didn’t take too long. Or so it felt to me.

I would have wanted more suspense. Yes, they didn’t know who to trust, but I can’t say it kept me on the edge of my seat as I expected. I wasn’t scared for them, I wasn’t gutted or emotional while reading it.

Now, to get to the parts I did like. One of them would be the chemistry between the main characters! We get some super hot scenes and the romance was higher here than in the previous books. And we get a sweet ending.

There are some side characters I enjoyed, and I am super curious about the tension between Holt and Kane. I would definitely read a story about them! Overall I enjoyed this one, just not as much as I expected and there were some things that bugged me…

But I’m sure many readers will love it…So enjoy!  

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Read an Excerpt from A New Empire
Copyright © 2019 by Layla Reyne. All rights reserved.


“Is that enough for you?” His Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed hard.

Chris soothed it with his thumb. “You’re enough for me.”

“Even after the hell my family has put you through, is still putting—”

Chris silenced the rest of his words and the self-recriminations bubbling up from the floor of Hawes’s emotions. Showing him instead what this had become about for him. The lips under his, the tongue sliding against his own, the sharp, stubbled jaw beneath his palms, and the tight, hard body between his and the window.

The heart beating in time with his.

Breaking the kiss, Chris rested his forehead against Hawes’s, the other man’s face in his hands. “You made me feel at home for the first time since Ro died.”


Chris smiled so wide, it hurt his face. “And then there’s that.”

“I don’t understand how, after what I did.”

“You say it like you’re lucky, like you think you still don’t deserve it.” Chris traced his thumbs through the wetness under Hawes’s eyes. Through the evidence of the assassin’s soul.

“You do, baby. You make your family better, this city better, me better. And I want to make a home here, with you.”

“You hardly know me. I’ve lied—”

“So have I.” He hadn’t denied it to Hawes’s operatives, and he wouldn’t deny it to the man himself. But it wasn’t the entire story. “We’ve both lied, but the things that mattered were true.”



~Q&A with Layla Reyne~


Q: Secondary Characters: Why they are important to the story?

LR: For Hawes in Fog City, his siblings, Holt and Helena, are the bricks of his foundation, along with love interest, Chris, and friend and ally, Braxton Kane. Hawes, Holt, and Helena run both family businesses with him, he trusts them implicitly, he looks to them for input, and they each contribute differently to the family unit. He wouldn’t want to do this without them.

Q: If you listen to music while writing, share your playlist.

LR: Here’s my Fog City playlist, which alternated frequently with The Revivalists albums. I swear, every one of their songs seems to fit this series!

Q: What would a love letter between the characters look like?

LR: From Hawes to Chris:

Dante, I know. –H

From Chris to Hawes.

Madigan, I know. –Mr. Perry



~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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Layla Reyne is giving away one Grand Prize of a Set of signed Fog City paperbacks (within the contiguous USA)…
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