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A New Empire

(Fog City #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Legacies were made to be rewritten.

Assassin Hawes Madigan wants to do right—by his family, his organization, his city, and the man he’s falling for, ATF agent Christopher Perri. But Hawes’s rules are being challenged by someone willing to kill for the old ways. To save his soul and his empire, Hawes must make an impossible decision: fight from the outside or bend the
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published November 11th 2019 by Layla Reyne
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This is the third book in the Fog City trilogy by Layla Reyne. The books must be read in order. I'm glad other readers will be able to read them in a row, and will better enjoy the story.

Both previous books ended with big cliffhangers. The second book's ending was the worst! It made me want to scream. It was shocking and painful. To say I was dying to read this final book... is a big understatement. Unfortuntely I had too high expectations, so it pains me to say it, but this last book didn't
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I honestly didn't think Layla would go there but she did and while this will be a no spoilers review, let's just say hold onto your hats because the action is all-encompassing.

I was sold by two minutes into reading this book when a certain kick-ass take no prisoners person arrived on page, followed shortly by another quick guest appearance from another of my fave Layla characters.

This book was going to be all ends up awesome and it delivered in spades. From the first moments when Hawes is
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

Sweet, a little bit sexy and definitely action packed end to the series.

There weren't a whole lot of surprises in the finale and that was fine by me! I loved all the action sequences and there is a certain cerebral quality that has been simmering in this series that went next level in A New Empire.

Hawes and Chris have made a good team since the beginning so it was very enjoyable and gratifying to watch them solidify their relationship and truly join forces. It was clear to me early on that a
Maybe more of a 3.5.

This was a good finale with lots of drama and angst but it was also pretty predictable (not that I minded it much). I raced through it in just a few hours and had fun.

I have somehow never felt very connected to these characters like I did with the characters from the Irish and Whiskey or Trouble Brewing trilogies by this author. So, the best part in this book was seeing my favorites from those older series showing up for little cameos or just being mentioned. Totally made me
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion to Hawes and Chris's story is finally here! From filthy docks and prison cells to posh clubs and high end board rooms the Madigans rule the city! But who will be the King in the end and who is the traitor? This time it's all hands on deck, and each and every one has to choose where their loyalties lie and what drives them - greed or integrity. I loved the non-stop pace, the constant edge and the race against time. Told from dual POV this time Chris aka Dante finally finds ...more
4.5 stars!

A lovely ending to this series that I've come to love so much. No more cliffhangers, it all gets taken care of in this.

While I do think after all that build up that the climax was a little quick - thus part of taking off .5 stars from the total - this was still an interesting, engaging finale installment. The "big bad" so to say wasn't a surprise after the end of the last novel, but it was a welcome change from what we usually see about the "big bad" and it made sense for the story
Nat ReadingAllNite
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars but I round up

Not the strongest finish

It did have a lot of action but I got lost in all the convolutions in this part of the plot. It was too complicated, too busy with names, details and one scene just felt unnecessary. The villain honestly didn’t seem like the right character fit either. But the story mostly tied things up and gave them a happy ending.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steamy, mafia, suspense, cop
Loved this series and these characters.
This author never seems to disappoint.
Always the right amount of action, suspense and steamy hot sex with steamy hot men


Can't wait for the spin off. Little H and Kane seems intense!!!

The third and last instalment in this series is a thrilling end to an fantastic series and the answering the question of the person who is fighting against the King and his siblings. But also the reasons why this person is trying to prevent Hawes from making changes in their company.

But to confirm their suspicions and gathering evident against them and put a definite stop to them, it is imperative for the Madigan siblings to pretend to be able to fight from the inside. Meanwhile, they have the
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just lay me down now, because after finishing A New Empire, Layla Reyne has totally wiped me out. I’m not even sure what to write that’s not going to just reiterate everything I said about the first two books of this series. Edge of my seat? Check. Incredible romantic suspense written so that you do not want to put it down? Double check. Still kept on my toes even once my suspicions of who was pulling all the strings to try and pull off a coup of the Madigan family’s business-behind-the-business ...more
Loved it!!! Definitely worth waiting until all three books were out to read Fog City. What started out as a way to catch his partners killer, soon became so much more. Hawes and Dante realize that they can achieve anything as long as they have their family with them. Surrounded by those they trust, they will turn the Madigan legacy into something to be proud of.

I loved that there was no wavering once Hawes and Dante got together. They just trusted each other to be there; to always be there. In
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I hate to see this series come to a close. Chris and Hawes are great together and can't wait to see what they will get up to in the spin off just like our other San Francisco natives. Also I really, really hope the first book is about Holt and Kane. The tension between those two. Wow! I need that back story. Then maybe Scotty and last but not least Jax. Looking forward.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, m-m
3.75 Stars

The final book of Hawes and Dante's story—though not the series since spin-offs have been confirmed (yay!)—and I'm feeling lukewarm about how things ended. Despite the "yay" about the spin-offs.

Unfortunately, the villain was the really obvious one. But the book didn't drag the reveal out. It was done in the first chapter, and the rest of the book was about figuring out how to take her down. The author even managed to sell the, seemingly ridiculous, plan of trying to convince the woman
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lbr, ebook, mm

4.5 stars - This is the final installment of his exciting series, and it does not disappoint! The twists and betrayals continue as Hawes and Chris try to get to the bottom of things while trying to salvage their relationship along the way.

Trust is still the biggest factor for them, and that spreads out into the other characters as well. They must now trust people who have already proven not trustworthy, but hopefully their motives have changed enough to make a difference. Family members are the
Joyfully Jay
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

A New Empire is the final book in Layla Reyne’s Fog City series and an excellent end to a wonderful trilogy. This book is the culmination of the story built over the last two books, bringing a climax to the question of who is fighting against Hawes and his siblings to prevent them from making changes in the company. And even more critical, how they will be able to stop this person without losing their lives. This involves Hawes pretending to have had a change of
Ana  Nimity
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series to come out in a while. A New Empire picks up immediately at the end of King Slayer and the tension ratchets up gradually until the last page. Almost all the loose ends are tied up from the first two books, and Hawes and Chris get their HEA while readers are left wondering which of the other characters will be next to get involved in some sort of life-threatening situation that will make pulses pound and hearts race. This book is not a standalone and the trilogy should ...more
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

It's a nice wrap up to the series, I won't say I'm 100% percent satisfied but I think I'm in a weird mood and there's nothing I can point at and say doesn't work so it's okay. The big bad is who I suspected. It was heartbreaking for Hawes. I do say I had to roll my eyes at the "victimization" of you know who. While, she's not the worst, she's not some naive girl that was taken advantage of. But she helps
3.5 stars rounded up. Fell a little flat really cos I'd already worked out who was behind everything in book 2 [fist bumps ] but kudos to the author for making this final instalment interesting at least. The ruminants digestive system was alive and well, full of twists and turns. Luckily, Hawes and his siblings did have people who trusted them enough to see the job through.

Still a little puzzled by the interest shown in Kane's tattooed arm...but maybe that's something to sort out in the
Ruthie Taylor
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the concluding book of the trilogy. And my advice ... read them all in one go! I say this because these are so full of twists and turns, and dramatic cliffhangers, that unless it is all fresh in your mind, it is quite a challenge to remember all the loyalties, or betrayals. That said ... this book manages to throw a lot of other spanners into the works - to say the least. Nothing is as it seems, and yet
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
A NEW EMPIRE(Fog City #3) by Layla Reynes


: Perfect conclusion to the story of Hawes and Chris, of course with explosive action scenes and family drama that inside an assassin's family is deadly. I loved how much character development we had regarding Chris's attitude and how much strong he is with all the secrets being unveiled. Hawes is obviously there to take care of things and help him go through it while also battling his own demons. The demi was everything I
Anna Torres
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The King and His Slayer!

In this concluding tale of two opposing men who feel in love against all odds, we see them continuing to fight within the Assassin’s organization. Lessons learned and trusts given to the wrong people had them scrambling to take back the control from those opposed to the changes that Hawes is determined to implement for the future of his organization and his family!

Hawes has been betrayed again and again. Out of time, can’t trust anyone except his siblings, the Police
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

A New Empire is action packed and full of tension. I kept having to remind myself to breathe because I was holding my breath all the time. I raced through the story, desperate to find out what was going to happen and how Hawes and Chris were going to get their happily ever after.

This is one of those book series that would make a great movie or TV show. I know rather than re-reading the books in this series I’ll buy the
Jess A Jaye
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've thoroughly enjoyed the Fog City series and this was a thrilling and fitting conclusion.
If you like a romantic thriller that's full of twists, turns, back stabling and double crossing then this series is for you. And that's before I even talk about Hawes and Christopher. These two sexy men have been fighting for justice, to protect their families and uncover the treachery that surrounds them while learning to trust each other as they fall in love.
I adored the cast of side characters. I
Kendra T
Finally!!! After the last cliffhanger, I was ready to see Hawes and Chris get reunited and find their happily ever after. I wasn’t surprised with how the baddie ultimately was-I suspected it in the last book-but was pleasantly surprised with some of the twists and turns the book took. It was hard to know exactly who to trust, but there was complete trust between Hawes and Chris, and it was awesome. Loved this!

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by LesCourt Author Services
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG this is amazing! Definitely a perfect conclusion to Hawes and Chris's story! This had me at the edge of my seat and I just couldn't stop reading. The action, suspense, mystery and the romance is just something I love reading and Layla Reyne fors such an amazing job in pulling me in the story. Definitely read this whole trilogy it is so amazing.
Katie Durante
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I loved this finale for Chris and Hawes.
I really am looking forward to more Fog City folks stories.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part 3 and the conclusion to this story.
All secrets are revealed but no spoilers here.
I really do not want to give anything away in this review tbh.
I loved this roller coaster ride of a series!
Hawes and Chris are 2 sides of the same coin and all of their chemistry building to a finale that was just perfect. Loved it!
Rachel Reid
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect end to a perfect series. I can’t wait for the spin-offs!
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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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