Title: A New Empire
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Fog City #3
Release date: November 11, 2019
Genre: m/m romantic suspense
Length: approx. 52,000 words
Warnings: Explicit sex; explicit language; violence
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!
“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.”
One of the things that makes this series special is the chemistry--romantic and sexual...God, that scene in the night club--between Hawes and Chris. I loved them to bits and I'm bummed this series is over, but I'm excited for the spin-offs!
I really enjoyed this ending to the Fog City trilogy, the twists and turns, the edge of your seat who-do-I-trust moments (and there were several). But I have to say that my favourite scenes were the ones with Hawes and Chris together. They're so good together that I wanted more of them in the same scenes!
This is a trilogy featuring the same main characters from beginning to end and a continuous plot, so you can't start here. The books must be read in order. Great writing, three-dimensional characters from the protagonists to all of the side characters, and lots of edge of your seat suspense. A highly recommended series!
About the author:
RITA Finalist Layla Reyne is the author of Dine With Me and the Fog City, Whiskey Verse, 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 RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.