A MelanieM Review: Prince of Killers (Fog City #1) by Layla Reyne

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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!


Layla Reyne is still an author that I haven’t explored a lot, so when her new release popped up about the king of assassins  and a new series, I grabbed it.  I’m very glad I did because Prince of Killers (Fog City #1) by Layla Reyne is a fast-paced, highly suspenseful, terrific piece of  contemporary romance.  She gives us high action, crime, revenge, mystery, explosions, hot sex, and even a certain amount of angst, all mixed together.

There is an intriguing family at the heart of Fog City.  The Madigan crime family now in the midst of significant changes.  Their patriarch is dying, their organization is changing direction under the hands of Hawes Madigan, the Prince of Killers and the one taking over the operation from his grandfather.  The members, all distinct and imminently curious personalities, are entwined with Hawes, either because he’s their sibling or in law,  Its ibe tight knit group and you get to know them all well, and want to know them more.  As I said , an intriguing bunch.

There are so many layers of deceit and a main mystery at hand involving a death of an innocent woman years prior that all the events start forming around.

The entrance of Dante Perry sets off more internal reverberations within the family and within Hawes himself.  Can he trust Dante?  Who exactly is Dante?

More mysteries keep unfolding all the way to the way last sentence of the book which is of course a cliffhanger.  One I will say I totally expected which is why I dropped the rating a bit.  The reveal you expect.  How it will end  will have to wait until the next story.  I’m hoping for more twists, turns, and complications there.

What I did love what that the reveal prior to this one was absolutely unexpected.  So the author hits us with several reveals in a row.  Great job.

I even get the feeling there might be even more twists and turns to come in the books ahead.  This series seems to be about hidden secrets, layers and layers of identities, and things are never as them seem.  Oh the joy of uncovering them and the investigations!  Really, this was a popcorn munching, quick page turning blast of a book!

Yes, I can’t wait for the next one to roll out to see how that last scene ends.

If you like crime mysteries and contemporary romance mixed together, pick up Prince of Killers (Fog City #1) by Layla Reyne.  It’s looking to be just the first in a great series.

Cover Design works to capture your eye.

Sales Links:  Amazon |  buy links : http://getbook.at/PrinceOfKillers

Book Details:

Published June 10th 2019 by Layla Reyne
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesFog City #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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