Erryn reviews ‘Queen’s Ransom (Fog City Book 4)’ by Layla Reyne. The book was published March 8, 2021 and is 224 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Samantha Garcia. It was released October 29, 2021 and is 5hrs and 56mins. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read: I was in the mood for a Sapphoric romance.
Love is risky business when you’re an assassin. Helena Madigan has lost loved ones to the family business before. Now that she’s in charge, she’s determined never to risk her heart again. Except every time Celia enters the room, she takes Helena’s breath away.
But the one time someone stays.
Celia Perri likes to be helpful.
She just wants to run the family auto shop, raise her kids, and help her brother plan his wedding. But when a drive-by shooting targets the garage, Celia’s simple life is upended. Now ensconced within the Madigan family, there’s no escaping Helena, the blonde bombshell she’s been crushing on for months.
It could cost her everything.
As the Madigans investigate, Celia witnesses their love and loyalty up close. And their business. Instead of being afraid, she sees a place for herself among them. She could be a confidant and caregiver – if only Helena would stop pushing her away. If only she’d admit their mutual attraction might lead to more. And if only someone would stop shooting at them long enough to find out.
Queen’s Ransom is the fourth book in the Fog City romantic suspense series. It can be listened to as a stand-alone, but is best enjoyed after listening to Books One through Three of the series.
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I’m always game to jump into a book, no matter its origin story. Might I have enjoyed it more listening to the entire series? Yes. Was I lost? No.
I love lesfic books and don’t read enough of them. The heat between Helena and Celia was eclipsed by the genuine relationship the women formed. Was it a bumpy ride? For sure. Did they have a satisfactory happy ending? You bet. The mix of action and emotion was well-balanced, and I loved how both women were in non-traditional jobs. I also loved that Celia was a mom who managed everything. Kids are a challenge on the best of days.
I also enjoyed Samantha Garcia’s narration. She’s new to me, but I’ll definitely listen to her again. Overall a fun listen and I plan to go back and do the rest of the series.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
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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.