A family of vigilante assassins, a private investigator on a quest for vengeance, and a palace coup in the making. Chaos erupts in Fog City as warring factions of justice collide.

Title: Prince of Killers

Author: Layla Reyne

Series: Fog City #1

Publisher: self-published

Release date: June 10, 2019

Cover artist: Cate Ashwood Designs

Cover photography: Wander Aguiar Photography

Genre: m/m romantic suspense

Length: 52,000 words / 216 pages

Warnings: Explicit sex including mild kink; explicit language; violence; instances and/or discussion of homophobia; off-page instances and/or discussion of PTSD, drug use, and abuse of minor characters.

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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!


Hawes had grown up in San Francisco, had been born and bred in its hills and valleys. He’d learned at an early age how to turn a car’s wheels when parked on a slope and how to perfectly time the release of the clutch and the press of the gas so as not to roll the wrong way down Jones Street. He would never, however, get used to cruising his hometown’s hills on a motorcycle, not his sister’s and certainly not Dante Perry’s. And he most definitely would not get used to riding tandem, when one wrong bump could jostle him loose and send him flailing to his death.

By the time they rumbled onto the stone drive of the sage-green Victorian with its high-pitched roofs and bright-white trim, Hawes had mentally uttered more Hail Marys than he had the Sunday after he’d blown the homecoming king. He wished he could say he’d been holding tight to Dante as an excuse to map out every nook and cranny of his ripped torso, but regrettably, he hadn’t thought beyond a death grip for survival until after he’d climbed off the bike. At which point, managing to stand on his embarrassingly unsteady legs took precedence.

Assassinate people for a living, no problem. Run a multimillion-dollar company before age thirty, can do. Ride a motorcycle in San Francisco, fuck no.

My review:

4 stars

This was a bit of a departure from what I've come to expect from Layla Reyne and that's definitely not a bad thing! It's got Layla's signature character and plot development, a well-woven mystery, and awesome side characters, but it's a bit grittier, a bit darker, a bit more intense. There are twists and turns I didn't see coming, I never knew what to expect, and I was confused about where my loyalties should lie until the very end. And even then I felt like I still didn't know!

Speaking of the end, this is the best, jaw-dropping ending I've read recently. One half of me wants to curse Layla to the ends of the Earth and the other half of me is all:


It takes a lot of guts for an author to end things like that but it worked for this book and left me wanting so. Much. More.

I really loved Hawes and Dante's relationship. It's not insta-love, but it's definitely insta-connection and insta-lust and there's no denying that they were hot together. Dante is a huge mystery and I'm looking forward to finding out more about him, and watching how their relationship evolves through the challenges that I'm sure are yet to come.

Fantastic read and highly recommended!

Q&A with Layla Reyne:

  • If you listen to music while writing, share your playlist with us!

For this series (Fog City), it’s been a lot of Hozier, Kaleo, Bishop Briggs, Alex Clare, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Up-tempo, moody stuff with heavy bass beats.

  • What are you reading now?

I’ve been working on Fog City #2, so while writing romantic suspense, I stick to reading contemporary romance. These are a few of my recent favorites!

  • What was the highlight of writing Prince of Killers?

The last line. * Evil cackle *

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.

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