Prince of Killers (Fog City Series, Book#1) (Audio Review)

Title: Prince of Killers (Fog City Series, Book#1)
Author: Layla Reyne (Author) & Tristan James (Narrator)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
Lenght: 5 hrs and 37 min
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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!

Explicit sex including mild kink; explicit language; violence; instances and/or discussion of homophobia; off-page instances and/or discussion of PTSD, drug use, and abuse of minor characters.

I don’t know whether to kick myself for not picking up the series from the first book, or be thankful I didn’t have to bite my nails waiting for the last one. I picked fog city 3 on a whim. Nothing on my TBR interested me at the time, this was offered and I liked one book from this author I did read. Then I noticed that hoopla had both audiobooks. I figured I could pick them before getting number three and..

now I’m biting my nails waiting for number three.

I’m not sure what I want to squee over first:
characters: there is definite strength in both Dante and Hawes. Neither of them is a man to cross, but there is vulnerable side to them even if they rarely show it. They are exception for each other.
The first book is from Hawes point of view. He is the head of criminal organization. Think Batmen: He is dangerous and could be ruthless, but has a conscience. IT was what made him change the rules of organization and put him in danger. Heedless of that, he is staying on the course he chose.
Dante is mystery in this one: Hawes can’t deny his attraction but instinctual trust he has in the man is unwillingly given, with a good reason. Hawes has his secrets and knows Dante has his own, just not how badly they are going to impact him.

The plot: The ending is, well, a shocker. Several shockers. Beside the cliffhanger. Twist and turns abound and it’s lucky I was listening to this, otherwise I would have clawed at my kindle to find out what happens next. The danger is ever present, but the reveal made me prick my ears. I was hanging on every word!
And then since I reached my limit on hoopla and had to wait to borrow next book, I listened to whole thing again, to make sure I didn’t miss anything. (Also savored moments between Hawes and Dante — push and pull and undeniable heat combined with tender moments. )

The audio was smooth, with careful nuances for each character which made it easy to follow the story. It helped round characters in my head, as I could practically visualize them as I listened. The story was great, but the narration upped my impression a notch.

The second story is in Dante (excuse me Chris’ POV) We find more about him, his past and motivations, and his feelings for Hawes. I couldn’t help but note parallels between two men even as I feared what is going to happen once all secrets were out in the open. Because the first book only uncovered part of them. Once again, the story is filled with action, tempered with Hawes’ and Chris’ love story, which despite the odds, somehow survived Chris actions in first book and Hawes’ feelings of betrayal.

Chris’s struggle in this one is exquisite as his goals clash with love he feels for Hawes. And the other’s man reaction was beautiful. It underscored what they feel for each other, but stayed crisp and sharp. (Once again, kudos to narrator, because that one sentence, I’m yours, had a ring to it I think author intended to have).

If I could give it six stars I would!

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