Featured Review The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


About This Book:

Intrigue, riches, and romance abound in this thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Inheritance Games The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions—including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons. Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, two of the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions. And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture—by any means necessary. With nonstop action, aspirational jet-setting, Knives Out-like family intrigue, swoonworthy romance, and billions of dollars hanging in the balance, The Hawthorne Legacy will thrill Jennifer Lynn Barnes fans and new readers alike.


* Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Assistant Blog Manager & Staff Reviewer*

THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY is the twisty, suspenseful, and satisfying sequel we have been waiting for. Beginning after THE INHERITANCE GAMES, Avery Grambs is now searching for answers about herself, her past, and the people she thought she knew. As she plays the games of the man who left her an unbelievable fortune, she must decide who she will be when all this is through.

So much money has allowed the Hawthornes to cover so many secrets. As Avery works with the brothers to uncover them, many shocking truths will come to light with an unclear end in sight. These games they are playing may have deadly consequences for those who are also searching and those who will do anything to get what they want.

What I loved: These books are absolutely deliciously mysterious and twisty. Avery and the brothers are solving riddles and puzzles almost constantly, and every time it seems that they have figured anything out, a shocking twist has the reader questioning everything. I love that it can be followed and the same conclusions reached as those that the characters come to (even if they are way faster and better at solving these complex puzzles than most of us will ever be), and it still manages to shock and awe along the way. This is a book that is impossible to put down and so easy to keep turning pages to find out just one more thing. Even by the end, there are puzzles that are still unsolved, and it creates a theme of the power of knowledge/ignorance and where you draw the line in searches. Life is always a puzzle for us mortals, though the Hawthorne’s is a bit more literal.

There were some intriguing themes around love/feelings, defining family, publicity, money, and secrets that make this a book that would definitely be worth discussing in a book group. The characterizations were also really interesting, and I appreciated how the key characters grow, particularly Avery but also some of the brothers. The romance is also icing on the cake.

Final verdict: A riveting and highly devourable conclusion, THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY is a compelling read about secrets and family. Highly recommend this duology (definitely need to read in order) for fans of TRULY DEVIOUS, #MURDERTRENDING, and/or THEY WISH THEY WERE US.


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