My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a brilliant addition to the Fog City series.
Its star pair also take a place on the Shelf of Hotness just the same as their respective brothers did in the first three entries.
Queen’s Ransom firmly puts the focus on the women at the heart of the Perri and Madigan families as they dance around the attraction between them.
I was fascinated by the sparks flying between Celia and Helena every time they met and here they finally explode 😁
The romance is a mix of frustrations and feelings, Helena takes a while to get her head in the game, although it’s pretty clear her heart’s already invested.
There’s only a couple of smexy times but they are definitely heated and full of passion.
Their second garage encounter in particular demonstrates perfectly the push and pull between the two women.
They work their way up to a steamy set of orgasms that starts with a heated kiss on a dolly, skirts the top of Whiskey Walker’s vintage car, and ends up with them wrung out in a panting heap in the office.
Helena’s fears about the dangers anyone who gets involved with her family might face were a driving force throughout.
And they came into a full on collision with Cee’s waste of space ex husband Dex.
Anyone who’s read the other books knows how dangerous Helena is, but Cee’s no weakling either.
So when someone shoots up her garage after she and Helena’s first kiss, she’s not willing to just sit back.
I really liked the suspense element of the plot. It worked for me within the narrative, it flowed well, mingling adrenaline rush moments with nerve tingling tension points.
I won’t go into depth, I don’t want to spoil the clever way Layla intertwines the two families together with a shared threat.
And while Chris and Hawes are getting closer to their wedding and are as strong as ever, Brax and Holt are struggling and my heart was breaking at their interactions.
Their book is going to round off the Fog City series and I absolutely cannot wait for that.
We also get a few Easter Egg name drops for Layla’s other San Francisco set romantic suspense series’ and it made me smile every time.
I don’t think it’s easy to throw a different pairing romance into an established MM series but it absolutely works here imho.
#ARC kindly received from Valentine PR via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.