Bookish Beginnings on Friday | The Brothers Hawthorne – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

On of my favorite series is the Inheritance Games series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I love her writing and really enjoy all the puzzles and mysteries in this series. So when she announced there would be a fourth book in the series you can bet I immediately added it to my shelves. This week I started reading it and today I wanted to share my first thoughts on it. Let’s take a look!

Four brothers. Two missions. One explosive read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes returns to the world of her #1 bestselling Inheritance Games trilogy, and the stakes have never been higher.  

Grayson Hawthorne was raised as the heir apparent to his billionaire grandfather, taught from the cradle to put family first. Now the great Tobias Hawthorne is dead and his family disinherited, but some lessons linger. When Grayson’s half-sisters find themselves in trouble, he swoops in to do what he does best: take care of the problem—efficiently, effectively, mercilessly. And without getting bogged down in emotional entanglements.

Jameson Hawthorne is a risk-taker, a sensation-seeker, a player of games. When his mysterious father appears and asks for a favor, Jameson can’t resist the challenge. Now he must infiltrate London’s most exclusive underground gambling club, which caters to the rich, the powerful, and the aristocratic, and win an impossible game of greatest stakes. Luckily, Jameson Hawthorne lives for impossible.

Drawn into twisted games on opposite sides of the globe, Grayson and Jameson—with the help of their brothers and the girl who inherited their grandfather’s fortune—must dig deep to decide who they want to be and what each of them will sacrifice to win.

Twelve and a half years ago
Grayson and Jameson Hawthorne knew the rules. You couldn’t get around rules if didn’t know them. On Christmas morning, you may not step fout outside your rooms before the clock strikes seven. Beneath his blanket, Jameson lifted a military-grade walkie-talkie to his mouth. “You set the clocks forward?” He was seven to his brother’s eight – both plenty old enough to spot a loophole. That was the trick. The challenge. The game.

This prologue immediately drew me in. It reminded me of the things I loved about this book. There is always a play on words going on and I love trying to figure out the meaning or the loophole or something, before I’m being told. So I flew through the prologue and dived right into the book.

Lately I haven’t been reading that much, but this book already got me reading more! I love these characters and so far it hints at a couple mysteries. The book is pretty big but it also seems like basically everything will be resolved in this one. So I expect there will be some interesting turns, but probably not as many as in the original trilogy.

Are you going to read this one? Or have you already started it? And have you read the original trilogy? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

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