Publication Date: September 7th 2021
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.
About the Author …
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher,a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen
My Rating: *insert riddle about a sky full of stars or something⭐
You know it’s a good book when you feel the need to write your review at midnight. This has been the case for my past two reads. All these good books are adding to my sleep deprivation but I’m not even mad about it.
I have been (not so) patiently waiting for The Hawthorne Legacy since I devoured the first book in this totally addictive series, The Inheritance Games, and so you can only imagine my delight when I was approved for an ARC.
This series follows Avery, a teenage girl who inherits everything from a billionaire she’s never met and to claim that inheritance she must live in the family house with the Hawthorne family, including the 4 handsome grandsons, for a year. It’s very “Knives Out but make it YA” in the best way.
I took the opportunity to re-read The Inheritance Games because I have the worlds most terrible memory. I also just really enjoy this authors books. I’m glad I did this though because I’ve discovered that this soon to be trilogy definitely benefits from a binge.
What I love so much about these books is that they really make me focus. I try so hard to take in every little detail to figure out the clues along with the characters. It really makes me feel like I’m reading one of those old-timey Agatha Christy type murder mysteries.
I am beginning to see some running themes throughout Barnes’ three series I’ve read: love triangles, grumpy but loveable security/military figures, kidnapping, mystery surrounding the paternity of the main character.
I also get the distinct feeling the author might be a big fan of soap operas because all her books are so juicy with family gossip and secretes which I’m a sucker for.
In terms of this second book, I can’t talk about much in fear of spoilers. I absolutely flew through this book, could not get enough. Even now I don’t know which characters to trust.
I will say that, while I’m not a huge fan of love-triangles, especially love-triangles featuring two brothers, I have decided which ship I’m rooting for and I feel so guilty 😭😂 I’ll also say that this sequel cemented the fact that Xander Hawthorne is one of my favourite parts of this series, he’s what would happen if a golden retriever had a child with the literal sun.
I am so excited to read the finale of this series. I can only imagine how crazier things are going to get but at least I have a year to prepare myself.
If you haven’t checked out this series already, I highly recommend you do so … and then go back and read Jennifer Lynn Barnes backlist because she’s a top-tier author in my eyes.