Prince of Killers by Layla Reyne
Series: Fog City #1
Publisher: Layla Reyne (Self-Published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 10, 2019
Length (Print & Ebook): 216 pages (52K words)
Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense
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.
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!
Praise for Prince of Killers:
“Layla Reyne is an auto-buy author for me. She writes it; I devour it. Prince of Killers is an amazing start to a new series. It’s fast-paced and intriguing with the perfect balance of action, passion, and plot twists I’ve come to expect from her books. Layla never disappoints, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in her Fog City series.” – Aimee Nicole Walker, Bestselling author of the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries
“Prince of Killers gives us everything we adore about Layla’s writing: bullets, boys, and betrayal. From the very first page, Hawes and Dante have sexual tension that sparks off the page. They don’t trust each other, but they have to work together to uncover a traitor in their midst. The result is a steamy dance of push and pull that left me itching for more. I’m excited to recommend Layla Reyne’s Prince of Killers and see what’s next in her new Fog City series!” – Lucy Lennox, Bestselling author of the Made Marian and Forever Wilde series.
"This book made me reach for the 'Oh Sh*t' handle every time I picked it up." –Erin McLellan, author of the Farm College series.
Hair and double denim. My favourite things! –Allison Temple, author of The Pick-Up and Top Shelf
“I bloody loved it!” –Lily Morton, Bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series
"Layla Reyne redefined what a family of assassins looks like with "Prince of Killers." The "Fog City" series kicks off with some mind-blowing twists and I can't wait to see what happens next." - Jeff Adams, Big Gay Fiction Podcast
"PRINCE OF KILLERS is a suspenseful ride through the streets of San Francisco, and the ins and out of a tight-knit crime family. I couldn't stop reading, and when I hit the end, I wanted the next book immediately!" - Hailey Turner, author of the bestselling Soulbound series and the Metahuman Files series.
“Almost everything that could go wrong today did.”
The statement begged the question, and Hawes expected the investigator to ask it. Instead, Dante curled his hand around Hawes’s neck and drew him closer. “Well…then let’s make something go right.”
Right was Dante’s mouth on his, deep and searching like their kiss that morning. Right was Dante gently pushing him back into the cushions so he could straddle Hawes’s lap. Right was Hawes’s hands touching every part of Dante he could reach. Over his hard chest and broad shoulders. Along his strong bearded jaw. Through the long strands of hair Hawes released from Dante’s topknot, a curtain of brown waves falling around them.
Hawes could have stayed like that for hours, kissing and touching, except that their rolling hips reminded him of another something that would be oh-so-right. “I owe you a favor,” he mumbled against Dante’s lips. He slipped a hand between them and grasped Dante’s erection through his jeans.
Dante grasped his wrist and pulled Hawes away from his prize, pinning his hand to the couch cushions instead. “This is about what you need tonight.”
“I need this.” Hawes thrust his hips up, his erection through his track pants nudging Dante’s. He didn’t care how needy he seemed, how desperate. If Dante was offering, Hawes wasn’t holding back. He’d walked in here tonight feeling dead inside, but with Dante on his lap, kissing up and down his neck, he was burning up. Alive. He did not want that fire to go out. He clenched Dante’s hand, drawing his smoldering gaze. “I need to taste you,” Hawes said with another roll of his hips. “I want to return the favor.”
One side of Dante’s mouth ticked up. “All right, not gonna argue that offer.” He climbed off Hawes’s lap, pushed the coffee table back with his bare foot, and stripped without preamble or modesty.
Dante standing naked before him gave sexy a whole new meaning.
About Layla Reyne:
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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Get to know more about Layla Reyne in this fun Release Blitz Q&A!
● 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 *
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