I was sad to read the last of Layla Reyne’s Trouble Brewing series back in February, but still excited to see what would come next. Well, now we know it’s the first in the new Fog City series… and I’ve got a cover and excerpt for you! Drumroll, please!
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!
With cover photography by Wander Aguiar Photography and cover design by Cate Ashwood Designs, I’m digging the darker tone. It’s much different than the bright splashes of color for her last series’ covers, and I’m guessing that means that this series will be darker as well! If you want to find out, the book will be releasing digitally and in print on June 10, 2019! There’s no preorder links for now, but if you want to keep an eye on it, you can always add it on Goodreads or follow the author (links at the bottom of the post). Not sure yet? Here’s an excerpt!
“How do I trust you won’t kill me in my sleep?” Hawes sniped, more out of sexual frustration than any real fear. He felt more like himself than he had all night. Steady again.
“Same way I’m going to have to trust you not to kill me. You are the Prince of Killers, aren’t you?”
Hawes bit his tongue, fighting the words that wanted to form. Twice in one night. Hawes’s hate for the title crested once more. Hate that he was the prince when it was actually the three of them—him, Holt, and Helena—running the organization. Hate that he’d been forced into the role because he was the oldest, technically, and hate that when someone had to make the tough decisions, it was always him. He’d been the prince since he was sixteen and had given the doctors permission to turn off his parents’ ventilators when neither his grandparents, who were absent at the time, nor his siblings could make the call.
Cold as ice, the stories went.
He hated the killer part just as much. It implied malice, evilness, and cruelty when Hawes had strived to take those variables out of the equation. He knew what he was, what his family did, but there was a place for them, a need for assassins in a world where people didn’t play by the rules and legal justice missed its mark. He’d felt like a killer only twice in his life—that morning in the hospital when he’d become the prince, and that night three years ago when he’d spilled an innocent woman’s blood. A day that had somehow brought into his life the man now stretched out on his couch. And Hawes needed him to think he was the Prince of Killers, for both their sakes.
Oh ho, yep, misleading private investigators always works, Hawes. Well, I’m definitely curious about this, and I hope you are, too! Assassins aren’t always my thing – unless we’re talking about PNR or SFR – but I can already feel the angstiness coming off Hawes. I can’t wait to see what happens between Hawes and Dante!
And, to end, here’s another cute little teaser (this time with his suit still on, sigh):
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. She is a 2019 RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.
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