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Silent Knight

(Fog City #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  136 reviews
I won’t let anything happen to you.

Fourteen years ago, Braxton Kane’s feelings were forbidden.
As an officer, he couldn’t fall for an enlisted… no matter how much he longed for Holt Madigan.
Now—as a police chief in love with a digital assassin—his promise to always protect Holt is becoming harder to keep.

I’ll protect you.

Holt doesn’t understand why his best friend h
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Published May 3rd 2021 by Layla Reyne
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It's really difficult for me to say this, but I won't rate this book... Simply because I have no friggin' clue how.

It started with me loving it, the story even was on its way to become my favorite and then... it lost me. Like completely. I couldn't follow the case, I'm not even sure there was one and I didn't feel the connection between Holt and Brax - something I was sooo looking forward to while reading the other books in this series. The sex scenes felt off somehow and overall there was too
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Couldn't have been a more perfect ending to the Fog City series than this book.


There are a few authors I know I shouldn't start to read after 10pm at night because I simply will not be able to put their book down until I have finished it.

Layla Reyne is one of those authors and her Fog City series has been an exemplar lesson in why I know this fact.

Which is why I didn't get to sleep until gone 3.30am because I just couldn't tear myself away from this powerful example of the steadfastness of a
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
I'm sure this is a perfectly fine book.
But I simply couldn't get into it.
This is partly due to my current book hangover, and most likely to my present mood.

There are too many things that niggled me, including too many people from previous books I couldn't remember as it's been a while, too many acronyms and a romance that didn't really fill me with joy. And the plot felt too contrived. Not even a Jamie and Aidan ('Agents Irish and Whiskey') cameo could save this for me.

Most unfortunate for this
This book came after being edged and teased for four books. The result? I feel cheated. 😭

I’ve been mooning over Brax and Holt clearly pining and yearning for each other for the whole series. Their UST was unreal. I expected fireworks and sizzle and aggressive, claiming kisses. just kind of happened and it was fine I guess. Maybe I built them up in my head too much. Who knows. But I felt lukewarm and meh and sad.

The thing about this author’s books is that the non romance parts of th
3.5 stars

3 Stars for Part 1:
Part 1 was Brax's POV. I did not feel any kind of tension between Brax and Holt in part 1.  If anything, Brax was being pervy and kind of creepy (at least at first). As time went on, I felt their friendship, but still nothing else, really. Even their night together felt like trust more than intimacy.

4 Starts for Part 2:
Part 2 was Holt's POV. I liked this better. It was back in the present tense and the tension I remembered from the previous novels was back (YAY). We s
Aimee Nicole Walker
Silent Knight exceeded my expectations on every level. The way Layla edged us during Fog City and Queen’s Ransom was a thing of beauty. And boy did she deliver! The emotional connection between Holt and Brax was just beautiful and the chemistry was off the charts. As always with her books, the action scenes were stellar and exciting and the mysteries are complicated and intriguing. Nobody tell Nick and Cam but Holt and Brax are my new faves. One of the things I love about Layla’s writing is how ...more
M.A. Grant
HOLY FUCKING ANGST BALLS, BATMAN. This book has watered my crops, cleared my skin, and reminded my heart what love means.

Actual review to come later, when I recover.


I have enjoyed every one of the books in the Fog City series. Hawes and Chris took us on a roller coaster as the new Madigan empire formed. Helena and Celia's efforts to follow their hearts left us melting (from the emotions and the hot moments between them).

And then there's Holt and Brax.

I have been champing at the bit fo
The fifth installment in this series finally sees Holt and Brax's romance. I was excited to dive into this and see their romance.

The first part was excellent, definitely a 5 star read for me. I loved the set up their romance. The friendship as their foundation for love. Seeing as Holt is demisexual, there had to be that strong foundation for the love to come.

And it says something of how strong their love is for how long Brax waited for Holt. Their love story truly does span over 14 years befor
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** 4.25 stars **

I always wondered what kept Brax loyal to the Madigans even though they were always on the opposite sides of the law. It was such strong love that defied time, distance and war. I suspected that character of Brax was more than just a police chief who was friendly and easy going. He is deep, loyal, steadfast and so brave. I really liked the first part of the book told from Brax's POV(FYI, the second part was Holt's POV). It was like a punch in the gut. The bond that Brax formed wi
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a series to get your teeth into, this is the one. This final book is a fast paced addition, with top notch writing and more larger than life characters. I'd waited a while for Holt and Brax's story, and I was not disappointed. Their story was everything I'd hoped for and more.

It rounded up the whole Fog City series which, at its heart, has been about relationships and connections all beautifully wrapped up in a tense thriller. The story continuity worked really well too, and one of
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
This is the 5th book in Fog City and I don't think you can read it without having read at least the first 3. You could probably easily skip the 4th since not a lot happens in that books that effects the overall story line. From the very beginning their was just something about Brax that I loved and felt a bit sorry for. I always wondered how he ended up being a police captain in love with a criminal. I couldn't wait to get to their book.

The first part of this book is done in Brax's POV and takes
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is fifth book in the Fog City series.

Holt and Brax have both featured in the previous books but now it’s time for their story. Holt and Brax have known each other forever as they first met in the military. Holt now works with the family and Brax is police chief. Brax has always loved Holt but couldn’t do anything about it when they were in the military, then Holt was happily married and now because he is police chief. Holt doesn’t understand why Brax his best friend has become distant but w
I've given this a C at AAR.

NOTE: This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Layla Reyne’s Fog City series was originally a trilogy – or perhaps more accurately, one story in three parts – that featured the three Madigan siblings, the heirs to one of the most powerful organised crime families in the Bay Area of San Francisco. When the family patriarch and head of the business – their grandfather – dies after a long illness, Hawes Madigan – the eldest – steps into the r
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
*Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*

This 5th book in the Fog City series is about Braxton Kane, a former Army Officer who is now an police chief and Holt Madigan, a former enlisted man who worked under Barx, and is part of a family of assassins'. Brax is 16 years older than Holt and he has always been hesitant to push for more.

Brax has carried a torch for Holt for 14 years, and except for one night before their lives went separate ways, they have be
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, adult, lgbtqia
*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

Silent Knight was everything I wanted and more! I love the Fog City series and, from early on, I've been intrigued by Holt and Brax's friendship and was hoping to learn more about them. This book delivered their long awaited story and it is so good!! The story starts when Brax first meets Holt in Afghanistan and follows them through 14 years of friendship, through the many trials and celebrations in their lives. No matter what ha
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, awesome-series
Yes, Holt and Brax are finally here!!! We have seen them dance around each other for the last four book and I'm so happy to get their story at last.

This is the last book in the Fog City series and cannot be read as a standalone. Holt and Brax have an incredible connection, which is so important especially to Holt, as he's demi.

✔Best friends to lovers
✔14 years of pining
✔Demisexual MC
✔Age gap
✔Dual POV

To see them find their happy ending was an eventful journey. Loved seeing more of the bond betwe
I'm happy we finally got Holt and Brax's back story. I really do adore them together and the bond they kept throughout the years. I wasn't thrilled with other parts of the storyline and found some of it to be a bit ridiculous, so my four stars are really just for Brax and Holt. ...more
Okay, that was excellent. Fitting HEA for these two. Fitting wrap-up to Fog City, and a nice springboard for something new?
I'm glad we FINALLY got the Holt and Kane story we've been asking for since book 1.

However, I wish the book focused on just that: Holt and Kane, and not a million other things happening, leaving little on-page time for these men loving on each other. Yes, we already knew they had a connection and got some great background to that but truly, they were still overshadowed by things that I could care less about which couldve been wrapped up sooner than they were so that the story could refocus on th
Ana  Nimity
I've been waiting for this book for what seems like forever, and it was definitely worth the wait. I fell in love with the Madigans and the world of Fog City from the first page of Prince of Killers, and I know the series will go on my re-read list.
If you've not read the other books, you should go do that now. You can skip Queen's Ransom if you absolutely must, as it's FF, but I enjoyed it despite not being a FF reader. Definitely read Prince of Killers and King Slayer, though, so you understan
2.5 rounded up

I was really looking forward to this one and I *did* enjoy it overall, but as is the case with so many of Rayne's book, this one just went off the rails for me.

I was PRIMED to love this book based on the glimpses we got of Colt and Brax's relationship in the earlier books, but I just don't feel like the author delivered. To start off, the first 1/3 of the book is essentially told in flashbacks starting from when Colt & Brax first meet each other and showing important moments betwee
May 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku
2.5 stars - I absolutely loved the first 3 Fog City books and had thought that was the end. It was a trilogy. But then Ms Reyne released Helena’s story and now Holt’s. I was excited to read about Holt and Brax’s relationship and how it developed and changed.

Part One was in Brax’s voice and it covered the early part of his and Holt’s friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed this part because it was nice to see the bond being forged between the two men.

Part Two was in Holt’s voice and it started in the
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fifth book in the series, and is absolutely brilliant in that it completely brings the storyline into a whole new light - finally explaining why Brax has been so close to the family all along. If you have not read any of the previous books, then this is not the place to start - but I certainly would encourage you to start at the beginning.

Holt has been the mystery in the family dynamic - protected by Hawes a
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

We’ve seen Holt and Brax dancing around each other so to speak, throughout the entire Fog City series. In the previous book, Queen’s Ransom, both Holt and Brax were a mess and I couldn’t wait to get my hand on Silent find why.

The story doesn’t start in the present day. Instead, we are taken back to the day Brax and Holt met on an army base in Afghanistan 14 years before. Brax is instantly taken with Holt and vows
Joyfully Jay
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Silent Knight is the fifth and final book in Layla Reyne’s exciting Fog City series. The first three books feature Holt’s brother, Hawes Madigan, finding love, as well as suspense arc that impacts the whole family. The final two books then focus on the other two siblings, Helena and Holt, getting their stories. While this is the first book featuring Holt as the lead, his story really starts back in the earlier books, so you will want to be familiar with the whole
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021, lgbtqia
rating: 4,7

The chemistry between Holt and Brax was out of the world and the angst got me hooked, loved reading about their past and how they met. For me seeing Holt back when he was in the military and met Brax was the highlight of the book, how their friendship started and solified. I shed some tears for them at some points and to how obviously in love Brax has been with his best friend for fourteen years and always being present. The "drama" of the plot was alright, something to move the plot
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lbr, mm, ebook

We are finally getting Holt and Brax' story in this installment, and this one plays out a bit differently than the previous books.  Rather than picking up where the previous story left off, we go back 14 or so years to when Holt and Brax met.  These early days were my favorite part of the story.

Fast forward to present day where we know Holt was married and had a child with Amelia.  I've seen some people saying this book could be read as a stand alone, and I suppose that is technically the case. 
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. This book was not the one I expected when I started reading. I expected it to remain a military story, but about a third of the way in, it changed dramatically.
What started out simple and straightforward quickly became far more complex, with lots of new characters and a completely different plot. It took me a bit to catch up. Once I did I realized that it was a much more satisfying experience.
Assassins, shadowy government agencies, kidnapping; you name it. They’re all in there. Enjoy!
Mar 08, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

“You are a gift, Holt Madigan. This night has been a gift. Gifts are a good thing. And I’d like to spend the rest of the night unwrapping you.”

Part of the Fog City Series and must be read in order:
Prince of Killers (Fog City, #1) by Layla Reyne King Slayer (Fog City, #2) by Layla Reyne A New Empire (Fog City, #3) by Layla Reyne Queen's Ransom (Fog City, #4) by Layla Reyne Silent Knight (Fog City, #5) by Layla Reyne
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc
**I received a digital arc for an honest review**

Silent Knight by Layla Reyne is the final book in the Fog City series. Holt Madigan has been through the ringer in the last year, betrayals by some of the people closest to him and his siblings being in danger time and time again. His siblings are looking towards bright futures with their new partners while Holt remains ever cautious of his and Lily’s safety. His closest friend and confidant is pulling away though and he can’t seem to get Braxton
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Layla Reyne is the author of the Fog City, 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.

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