Series: Fog City #3
Publisher: Layla Reyne (Self-published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook/Audio): November 11 (Ebook & Print); Audio TBD
Length (Print & Ebook/Audio): Approx. 52,000 words
Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Warnings: Explicit sex; explicit language; violence.
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 knee to win back his throne from within.
Chris is used to being the inside man, the one undercover. Now, he’s on the outside marshaling forces in support of the man and the ring of assassins he was supposed to take down. His mission shifted when he found something that’s been missing for ten long years–a home, with Hawes.
As Hawes and Chris make a dangerous play for control, the lines between allies and traitors blur. Trusting the wrong person could destroy the legacy Hawes envisions for the Madigans. But not trusting anyone, or each other, could mean lights out on their love and lives forever.
The King and King Slayer fight together in this thrilling conclusion to the Fog City Trilogy!
Release Blitz Teaser
“Listen to me, Madigan.” He gritted through the pain of pulling his arm out of the towel sling, because dammit, he needed two hands for this. He framed Hawes’s face, holding his gaze, his attention, their world, steady. “The organization needs you. Your family needs you. I fucking need you.”
“Why?” Hawes choked out.
“Because I don’t just think I’m falling for you. I fell, baby, the minute I walked into Danko and saw you across the room. Your head held high, like you fucking owned the place. The second you called me Mr. Perry.” He gave him a little shake for emphasis. “I know.”
Hawes closed his eyes, and Chris’s heart skipped a beat, until they opened again, full of resolve. Of that same confidence he’d fallen for. “I fell for you that night I walked into my condo and saw the box of mooncakes. You got it; you got me. I know too.”
“Then we’ll get her,” Chris said, heart racing now. With love, and hope for the future. “And we’ll get justice for Isabella, for our families, and for us.”
“And then we’ll rebuild the empire, by your rules, better and stronger than ever before. Together.”
The king smiled, wicked, deadly, and fucking glorious.
4 of 5 Stars
As this book picks up right where book two left off and continues the story and the action, you must read books one and two before diving into this one. The nemesis isn’t surprising, so the author threw in twists and turns along the way. I wanted more of the relationship between Chris and Hawes than I got in this one. The entire trilogy takes place over three weeks until the end when we fast forward a few months.
Chris and Hawes work together (with a whole bunch of other folks) to take back control of the Madigan empire and eliminate the threat to Hawes’ life. There is a need to suspend reality as the antagonist knew their plan at every turn, but it is an enjoyable enough story especially with the guest appearances (albeit brief) from a couple of our Irish and Whiskey friends and a nod to Gravity stout.
The ending is a happy for now and as we’re told we’ll have spin-offs for some of the characters I’m guessing we’ll see these two again. I will definitely stay with the characters because they have my attention.
Release Blitz Q&A with Layla Reyne
Q: Secondary Characters: Why they are important to the story?
LR: For Hawes in Fog City, his siblings, Holt and Helena, are the bricks of his foundation, along with love interest, Chris, and friend and ally, Braxton Kane. Hawes, Holt, and Helena run both family businesses with him, he trusts them implicitly, he looks to them for input, and they each contribute differently to the family unit. He wouldn’t want to do this without them.
Q: If you listen to music while writing, share your playlist.
LR: Here’s my Fog City playlist, which alternated frequently with The Revivalists albums. I swear, every one of their songs seems to fit this series!
Q: What would a love letter between the characters look like?
LR: From Hawes to Chris:
Dante, I know. –H
From Chris to Hawes.
Madigan, I know. –Mr. Perry
About the Author
RITA Finalist Layla Reyne is the author of Dine With Me and the Fog City, Whiskey Verse, 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. She is a RWA® RITA® Finalist in Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length) and Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.
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