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Prince of Killers

(Fog City #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  684 ratings  ·  201 reviews
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
ebook, 200 pages
Published June 10th 2019 by Layla Reyne
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Annnnnnndddddd we're off!

Hopefully we don't crash and burn at the end of this deal because Cuppers is IN-ves-ted. Fair warning though, it looks to be a marathon not a sprint for both the romance and the action storylines.

To be perfectly honest, I was more locked into the action storyline than this burgeoning romance-like thing between Hawes and Dante. Surprising, but Reyne developed the details of the tech elements and the legal ones and that worked for me more than I would've thought, though
~Mindy Lynn~
4.5 Stars!

No indiscriminate killing. No collateral damage. No unvetted targets.

Those are the new rules that the new King has put in place and not all that are ruling under him are happy with these new terms. He learns this by a man who strolls (literally) into his life and lets him know someone is wanting to knock him off his throne. Dante Perry is tall dark and mysterious. He gives out this warning and from there chaos consumes the pages. Trust is given and lost. Hearts are broken and lives
***4.5 Stars***

Dante Perry...
The guy who rode a Harley, always had a book on him, looked and strutted like a rock star, and carried a pistol, knife, and cuffs. A mystery.

brock o'hurn gif bike - Google-Suche

You have no idea, Hawes Madigan!!! But you aren't any better, so don't give me that look!

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.

Yeah well, nobody's perfect. And no worries, I have a thing for
4 solid stars

"When Justice failed, Hawes and his family righted the balance."

This is the first book in the Fog City series by Layla Reyne.

As I enjoyed both her previous series: Agents Irish and Whiskey and Trouble Brewing I was really excited about this new series.

Prince of Killers introduces us to Hawes Madigan, Holt - his twin and Helena - their sister. They are very close, but Howes becomes the king of an organization of assassins that live by some strong rules: "No indiscriminate
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Hawes Madigan is known as the Prince of Killers. Two minutes older than his twin Holt. And that two minutes makes all the difference. Hawks is the Prince soon to be the King. But he has the support of Holt and his sister Helena. Together (along with Holts wife Amelia) they are a strong united front.

The book opens with a stranger (Dante) informing Hawes someone in his organisation is trying to kill him. Dante’s warning proves correct. And Hawes finds himself torn between his attraction to
4.5 stars

Oh, this book is mean! And I can't even really talk much about why because of spoilers! And that damn cliffhanger!

I will say...that was such a mean cliffhanger and if you absolutely hate cliffhangers, I'm saying right now to wait to read this until all three books in this trilogy are out.

I was not expecting that, but I should have, and I was more surprised by this then I thought I would be.

I have to say that before the end, I was gonna give this four stars, because while it was

**Warning : rant on the way !!!**

If I don’t enjoy a book, well, so be it, not a big deal, move on. But when it happens with a book from one of my favourite authors…puff goes my usual composed self.

After several chapters, I really had to check if I did load the correct book because it was so, so bad for me, not just meh, but bad !!

1- The cliched characters : the awards go to the sister, a never-sleep-deadly ninja at night and a talented lawyer at day (we are spared the custom worn behind the
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4,5 stars*

Layla Rayne definitely has a talent for creating heart-breaking dilemmas and writing action/thriller plots.

The sexual and personal tension between Hawes and Dante is crackling, the pull and push deliciously provoking and the problems of gargantuan proportions:

.) Considering what Hawes does for his ‘second job’ trusting someone is a case of ‘better safe than sorry’.
And why would Dante trust the guy who runs an organization of assassins?
Trust is an issue on all levels here. Because
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew this was going to end with a cliffhanger and, you know what, I didn't care because Layla Reyne is rapidly turning into one of my top of the tree romantic suspense authors and if I have to wait to get the next instalment, then so be it!

This is a powerfully strong opener to her new San Francisco set trilogy, packed with interesting and intriguing characters, twists and red herrings, double crosses and unexpected plot lines, a strong sense of time and place and, above all else, two utterly
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, arc, m-m, a-novel-take
3.5's Rounded Up

Do you think knowing a book is going to be a cliffhanger is a spoiler?

I’m kind of on the fence about the heads up, I personally feel a little spoiled. I know people want to know ahead of time but I think I like the shock, the OMG, I can’t believe you did that to me! The I need the next book now feeling. The need to throw your Kindle across the room feeling. I didn’t get that here. For sure this ended on a cliffhanger, and yes, I guess I was shocked, but I knew it was coming and
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** 4.75 stars **

I enjoyed reading this book. Ms Reyne sets a fast pace to a story about millionaire businessman by day and a leader of the organization of ruthless assassins by night and a mysterious PI having hidden agenda. They don't call Hawes Madigan Prince of Killers for nothing. He has been the man who delivers justice when the legal system fails and scumbags slip through the cracks. He is the strength that keeps his family safe making the tough calls and bearing responsibility. But one
Joyfully Jay
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Prince of Killers is the first book in Layla Reyne’s new Fog City series and it is off to a fabulous start. I am a big fan of Reyne’s writing and so I was excited to see her take on another suspense series set outside her Agents Irish and Whiskey universe. This one had me from the very first pages and I found I just couldn’t put it down. The thriller part of the book is exciting and incredibly well done, the developing relationship between Dante and Hawes is
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Credit to the generous Author for my ARC.

Layla Reyne new series is mystery/action/romantic suspense.

Hawkes is one of the main characters in the first book. His nickname is Prince of Killers which he doesn't particularly like. He is head of an organisation of assassins which include his family. Underneath he is kind and loves his family. He regrets something that happened in the past and blames himself but i don't think what happened in the pasties all what it seems. I guess we will find out in
I’m still oscillating between a 3.5 or 4, but rounding up for now.

After the super fun trilogy that was Trouble Brewing, I was hoping the author would write a spinoff about some of my favorite characters, but instead we got this brand new series starter featuring assassins. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting and I still dont know what I’m feeling at the end.

Hawes is the titular character, the Prince of Killers and head of an organization of vigilante assassins. Despite his activities, he really
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
OK this was going along kind of slowly and I wasn't sure because I didn't really like either MC. I mean choosing 3 "H" names for sibling MC's was driving me a bit bonkers keeping them straight (no pun) -- then some of the other people. On the plus it is set in my new home so yeah that was good. I could use more SF really (hint hint). But I wasn't feeling the romance. More like F*&^ first and ask questions later which seemed out of character for Hawes (who, to me, will always be Hawke because ...more
While this book had its ups and downs for me, I was completely invested by the last 25%. This is a story that will be continuing over three books, so yes, there is a hell of a cliffhanger at the end of this one. The romance is absolutely not resolved, nor is the main underlying plot point.

This first book introduces us to Hawes (said Prince of Killers) and his siblings Helena and Holt, all of whom have positions with the family businesses. The family loves and supports each other and is going
Nat ReadingAllNite
Unlike the typical lone assassin character often used, Layla Reyne adds a fresh twist to give us an assassin royal family, with Hawes Madigan as heir to the dynasty. “Uneasy sits the crown” and all that when the mysterious Dante shows up. It’s insta-lust but Hawes allows him access to secrets of his life as Dante seems to understand and accept his family’s secret occupations. The world building is excellent in creating a backdrop and history for the Madigan family with a strong action plot that ...more
On a scale of 1 to 10, that cliffhanger was a 12. Can't wait for more!
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lbr, ebook, mm

4.5 stars - This story doesn’t take long to pick up with the action as we quickly get to know Hawes Madigan and the details of his life. He is the leader of his family of vengeance seekers who has been trying to turn their organization into a slightly new direction after his grandfather took ill and he took over things. Unfortunately, Dante has come into the picture with a warning that someone has it out for Hawes, so clearly not everyone is happy about the changes Hawes and his family have been
.5/5 Stars
/5 Call the Fire Department level.

Damn! Ok I guess I’ll be moving right into book two then. Because there’s no way to finish this one and not do that. Cliffhanger much? I don’t know how you guys who read these as they came out did it. I’m so glad I am reading them with all three books available. It wasn’t on purpose but it worked out well.

Romantic suspense/action/mystery is one of my favorite things and this book delivered. I’ve written this in other reviews but it’s really hard to
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it
Jun 08, 2019 added it
Really enjoyed this! It probably says something that upon landing and getting off my flight, I messaged Layla to say “I hate you.”

But it’s a good kind of hate. But waiting between books and after cliffhangers is gonna be rough.

ETA: I like the Agents Irish and Whiskey easter eggs!
Audio Re-Read

So, the audio didn't really change my feelings on this one very much. I'm just going to stick with myoriginal review but maybe not round up??

I liked the end better this time though, something about the audio upped the shock factor even though I knew it was coming.

I guess I'll keep the rounded up rating...
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, military-crime
Well what an ending - argghhh I hated it I understand that this leads drama and angst into book 2 ... I get it, twists and turns !!! This was a terrific read and had me hooked but heavens I wanted something different at the end ( no spoilers here )... let’s see what others think ! ...more
L.J. Hayward
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun, sexy, touching, gob smacking.

ARC gleefully accepted from the author.

Layla Reyne is back with a brand new romantic suspense series with Fog City. Told entirely from Hawes Madigan's POV, he is the Prince of Killers who is taking over his family empire and because he is a good guy at heart, there are people who want to unseat him.

In comes Dante Perry, who is a PI with information for Hawes and wanted to help him. I honestly don't know much about Dante and his mission and why did he keep popping up in Hawes life. Everything is a puzzle for me and I'm full of
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review

Prince of Killers marks the explosive start of a new trilogy by Layla Reyne. And you may want to heed the warning in the blurb – it does end on a cliff-hanger…

Some legacies weigh more heavily on your shoulders than others and no one knows this better than Hawes Madigan, the Prince of Killers. He’s been the prince of his family’s empire since he was fourteen, and it’s a title he never wanted. The Madigan name holds power and a lot of it. And the family empire has its hands in
Loved this!

It’s a cliffhanger so read overall trilogy review in my review for the last book!
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Holy crap. I loved this. Twists and turns, red herrings and sexy men. Alongside a family’s deep need to protect each other, as well as securing their lasting legacy.

Hawes is a great character. The next in line to a mafia-style empire, the world has been placed upon his shoulders for the last few years because of his grandfathers failing health. Guilt over a mistake has him steering his family business towards more legitimate endeavours while navigating enemies at every turn. And they
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a great story from start to finish. From the first chapter right to end this story was filled with mystery, plots, intrigue, uncertainty, death, deception, betrayal and love. The Prince is determined to change their family's legacy but someone else has other ideas. He is unsure of who he can trust them enters Dante the P.I who seems to know what's going but is he trustworthy? This story ends on a cliff hanger. Will be patiently waiting for the next book!!
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Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of ...more

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