Title: Prince of Killers
Series: Fog City: Book One
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 200 Pages
Category: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
At a Glance: There are some fantastic plot twists and tons of action and suspense in the second half of Prince of Killers. I am officially hooked! This was tons of fun; I can’t wait for the next two books to see where the rest of the ride takes us!
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: 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.
Review: Ok—I just finished this book, and I am amped UP, you guys. That was a crazy ride! Which I was totally not expecting for the majority of the first half of the story, to be honest. My early opinion was actually that things were moving quite slowly. That the storyline was even dragging a bit at around the forty percent mark. And then, BAM!! I suddenly found myself not just quietly along for the ride, but fully engaged and invested because shit was hitting the fan left and right! Well played, Layla Reyne. *slow claps* Well played. You lured me in with a sexy assassin with an awesome family, adding in a side of hot PI just to be safe, ramped things up until I was on the edge of my seat, and then sucker punched me with a cliffhanger. Which I’m only mildly annoyed about because (1) we were warned, and (2) that last twenty percent was so good I’m finding it hard to be mad at you.
Prince of Killers is the first book in Reyne’s new Fog City series, and it absolutely kicks things off with a bang. The tagline the author has given the book on her website is fantastic. Justice has a new name…Madigan. So perfect! Hawes Madigan is the acting head of the family business, both the legal and illegal components, though it’s not a role he relishes. Weighed down with guilt over a job gone wrong a few years ago, Hawes has vowed to make some big changes in the organization, minimizing collateral damage and other unfavorable outcomes. The new direction has brought on some unwanted attention, however, which private investigator Dante Perry comes along to warn him about.
Reyne does a nice job with character development on the Madigan side of things. Hawes and the rest of his family are nicely fleshed-out and I was immediately a fan. We definitely know much less about the mysterious Dante, but Reyne is obviously keeping his background more under wraps for a reason. I also really love the author’s ability to totally engross the reader in a scene. She’s so good at description of movement, for example…like perfectly describing Hawes pacing with his hands on his head or folding himself onto the couch. I love how she paints such a vivid, descriptive picture, but it feels so effortless and natural. And, her relationships always feel so natural as well. The Madigan family closeness was awesome, and so integral to the story. I really did adore them all. And, of course, the chemistry between Hawes and Dante also leapt off the page in bursts of fire. They were so great together.
But, this is just the first book, folks. And Reyne keeps us guessing for most of it. There are some fantastic plot twists and tons of action and suspense in the second half. I am officially hooked! Prince of Killers was tons of fun; I can’t wait for the next two books to see where the rest of the ride takes us!
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