The action and thrills continue as the budding romance between Hawes and Dante is tested in the gray area between truths and lies.
Title: King Slayer
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Fog City #2
Release date: August 5, 2019
Cover artist: Cate Ashwood Designs
Cover photography: Wander Aguiar Photography
Genre: m/m romantic suspense
Length: approx. 51,000 words
Warnings: Explicit sex including mild kink; explicit language; violence
Never fall for a mark. Mission fail.
Christopher Perri—a.k.a. Dante Perry—infiltrated the Madigan organization with one goal: vengeance for his murdered partner. Falling for the assassin at the head of the table wasn’t part of the plan, but Hawes Madigan is not the cold, untouchable Prince of Killers Chris expected. Everything about the newly crowned king is hot, and every inch of him eminently touchable… and off-limits once Chris’s cover is blown.
Exposure couldn’t come at a worse time. Hawes’s throne is threatened, and Chris suspects the same person who killed his partner is behind the coup. Working with Hawes benefits them both, but Chris’s employer has other ideas. Dismantling criminal organizations is what Chris does best, and his boss expects the King Slayer to deliver.
But Hawes is taking the Madigans in a new direction, one Chris can get behind, and the two men form a shaky alliance strengthened by the irresistible attraction between them... until Chris learns who killed his partner. Once he knows the truth, the King Slayer is unleashed, and Chris will stop at nothing to destroy those who betrayed him, including the king who stole his heart.
Twists and turns—and cliffhangers—continue in book two of the Fog City Trilogy. Read at your own risk!
Chris had mentally replayed that morning’s altercation in the BART station too many times, like the best broken record ever. Hawes’s too brief kiss, a phantom tingle on his lips that had lingered delightfully, torturously. His speed and skill in taking down Devon, the same agility and grace he’d displayed in dispatching Jodie. That wicked smile after. Chris couldn’t get the scene—or the man—out of his head.
Trained in combat as he was, Chris found something undeniably sexy about a person whose skills rivaled his own, a person who exercised that much confidence and control over their faculties and surroundings. Even sexier had been Hawes ceding all that confidence and control to Chris in their moments alone last week. He’d done so because he’d trusted Chris, and Chris had betrayed that trust, though not to the extent Hawes believed. Chris had a way to go toward winning back that trust, but last night’s meet and this morning’s kiss were good starts. Granted, the brief lip-lock was ninety-nine percent fueled by adrenaline, but Chris could work with the one percent.
Okay, so I will freely admit that while I loved the first book in the series, Prince of Killers, there was something that prevented it from being a five-star read, but I couldn't put my finger on what. After reading King Slayer, which is a five-star read, I figured it out: while Hawes and Dante had a connection in Prince of Killers, I wanted a little bit more emotional connection between them on top of all the lust.
And boy, did I get that here!
I LOVED King Slayer! Given how book one ended, and given how much I loved Hawes, I didn't expect Dante/Chris to redeem himself here to the point where I fell in love with him. I loved getting to know Chris, and seeing his point of view of everything was hella interesting.
It was a hard read though, especially because you, as the reader, know more (from book one) than Chris does. So the entire time Chris is having feelings for Hawes, I'm cringing inside because I know the truth is going to come out sooner rather than later and everything's going to go to hell in a hand basket. It's like watching a Christmas parade expecting Santa Claus and getting a horde of zombies instead. WARNING: DANGER AWAITS. I wanted to wrap Chris in a blanket and sit him somewhere he couldn't get hurt.
There are twists and turns I didn't see coming, including some new characters and a new story angle, some super sexy times, and über romance that I simply swooned over. I loved everything about this book and I am dying for book three! I can't wait to get these in paperback and add them to my keeper shelf.
About the author:
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.