Prince of Killers (Bob-O-Link’s Review)

Title: Prince of Killers (Fog City #1)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 10, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Mystery, Noir
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
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!

This was a really entertaining read, feeling, in so many ways, as if it could become a fairly entertaining movie – a sort of gay, 1940’s film noir. The plot is replete with unexpected twists and turns. We’re dealing with a classic crime family: two brothers (one who is gay) and a sister. Of course, they are moving on to become good guys who only punish the guilty and strive to protect the innocent.

The reader is immediately captured by the novel’s atmospheric language. It could easily flow from (forgive me, Gen Xers!) the pen of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane. Example: “In the fog-shrouded hills of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Michelin-starred restaurant with its elegant laid-back vibe . . .” Or: “Hawes closed his eyes and held tight. Letting go of everything and giving himself to Dante. Getting lost in the fog never felt so good.” Boy!

Next, Ms. Reyne introduces a mysterious hottie with “wiry muscles of his army-homed body.” (Getting the flavor, yet?) – who pushes all the right buttons of the “gay” brother. If you’re going to bet against them having sex, save you money!

As Prince of Killers is plot driven, any review must to be reticent about details. The surprises keep you on your toes, while the descriptions of sexual intimacy may keep you on
your back.

As the blurb indicates, ending in a cliff hanger, the story will continue in two future episodes. They should be rightfully anticipated.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Prince of Killers provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a retired professional. My husband and I, each with an ex-wife, between us have six married children and 10 grandchildren. We both read voraciously, with a strong leaning to gay romance and HEA. Stories with a little (okay, even loads of) sex, and a lot of tears, always pleases.


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