Saturday, September 25, 2021

Review: The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: September 2021

 Intrigue, riches, and romance abound in this thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Inheritance Games perfect for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson.
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, 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.

The Hawthorne Legacy is the second book in the Inheritance Games series.  This one pick up farily shortly after the first book.  Coming off of solving certain secrets in the first book, Avery should be out of danger.  However, someone is actively trying to kill her. Who can she trust?
I thought this was a solid follow up to the first book.  The pacing was  little slower for me, but it wasn't too distracting.  There were some fun puzzles that needed to be solved.  I was happy to see that was carried over from the first book.  I also felt like we got to know Avery and the Hawthorne brothers a little more.  One thing I was not a fan of was the kind of love triangle.  I was happy that she seemed to make a decision in the end and I hope that carries over into the final book.  There are a number of twists and revelations and I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the series.

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