**I received an ARC from the publisher for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**
Book: The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: September 7, 2021
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Rep: biracial side character, sapphic side characters
Summary: 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.
Thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me on this book tour! My stop includes my review; don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour, schedule below.
There are things I have done that I am not proud of, legacies that you should not have to bear.
I’ve been reading Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s books for some 8 years now (don’t think about it, I tell myself…), so I was really happy to be a part of this tour! After the cliffhanger in the first book, I also couldn’t wait to dive deeper into this mystery. The Hawthorne Legacy explores the unsolved pieces of the Hawthorne puzzle and discovers new ones along the way.
This review contains spoilers for book one.
After discovering that Toby Hawthorne is alive—and that she knows him—Avery finds her inheritance of the Hawthorne fortune even more confusing. She must untangle the clues left behind with the Hawthorne grandsons, Jameson, Grayson, and Xander. Along the way, they uncover more family secrets until they reach mysteries that would have been better left untouched.
Barnes always gets me invested in her characters! I was especially into Avery’s scenes with Jameson; what can I say, I’m always drawn to the bad boy characters who just want to be loved…But anyways, it was very fascinating delving more into the Hawthorne family secrets, as well as how these have affected the Hawthorne boys in the long term. Avery also begins to take more of an active role in this investigation; she no longer wants to be a pawn in the game, but rather be the player.
I really enjoyed getting to see more of the Hawthorne grandsons’ dynamics. They’ve always been pitted against each other, but they also clearly care for each other. Having more Xander scenes, with him talking about more childhood memories, was really nice!
I also found the plot to be intriguing. It was easier for me to follow the way everything unfolded in this book as opposed to the mysteries laid out in the first book. I think this was because I had prior knowledge and also the secrets were a little more straightforward and linear here.
The romances were promising; it’s hard to tell if we’re still pursuing the love triangle or not, but I’m not particularly opposed to either of them. Again, though, I’m leaning more toward Jameson because of the aforementioned penchant for his character archetype.
I had previously thought this series was only a duology. This book didn’t end on as much of a cliffhanger as the first book, but there are many secrets to uncover so I can’t wait to read the last book. You’ll definitely enjoy The Hawthorne Legacy if you’ve enjoyed this author’s previous works!
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About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writing.
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