Book Review | The Hawthorne Legacy

This is the second book towards my reading challenge and one I have been looking forward to eagerly.

The Hawthorne Legacy
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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.

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. 

With nonstop action, aspirational jet-setting, 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.

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There are times when I get a little worried about getting to the second book in a series because it’s maybe not as good as the original or it is to obviously set a few things up whilst bridging the gap to the next book. Thankfully The Hawthorne Legacy is every bit as exciting and unpredictable as its predecessor and I really struggled to put it down.

Avery and the Hawthorne brothers made a shocking discovery at the end of the first book and in this book they are once again teaming up to discover if there is a deeper reason to her inheriting whilst trying to make it through the remaining time at Hawthorne house unscathed. I feel like I can’t really say too much more about the plot because it is very intricate and connected and one piece of info could spoil the book, however, it is full of secrets and puzzles and interesting discoveries.

I definitely feel like this book answered some questions but then opened up a whole load more, I’m fairly sure that these will be tied up in the next book. It also felt like there were much higher stakes in this one, the danger to Avery was more present and her investigations were making people nervous, which gave the book a lot of great tension.

I’m not going to lie I was a little disappointed that Libby and Nash weren’t around as much in this book and that there wasn’t a bit more of an exploration into what is happening between them, but I did get Max to make up for it. Max was a nice addition to the group as she added a dose of humour, I do hope we get to see a bit more of her in the next book and get to know her a little better.

The romantic triangle also made a bit of a more obvious appearance in this book, it made things a bit confusing for Avery and at times gave me a slightly on-edge feeling. I am looking forward to seeing how this develops and how this is going to further affect the relationship between these two competitive brothers.

I am honestly loving this series so far, The Hawthorne Legacy is fun and fascinating and I am now even more excited to get stuck into the next book in the series.

Reviews of other books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Inheritance Games


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