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.
Title: The Brothers Hawthorne (The Inheritance Games, #4)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: August 29, 2023
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
I cannot believe this book is finally here! I’ve loved this set of brothers for so long and getting one last adventure with them was a dream.
This book was a little different from The Inheritance Games trilogy because it followed Grayson and Jameson rather than Avery. That’s not to say we don’t see her, but the focus is a little different. I loved getting inside their heads more than ever before. They’re complex humans who had a unique childhood and now live a unique adulthood.
Going with them through their challenges in this book and seeing how they dealt with family struggles was exhilarating but so sad. I know they’re creating a better life for themselves now that they know more about their grandfather and his wealth, but that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from being hurt. I wanted to wrap them both in a tight hug and protect them from the world.
As usual, the mysteries were impeccably plotted and full of twists I never saw coming. We were introduced to some new characters, some good, some not as good, which kept the plots interesting. All I gotta say is I hope you get some sleep and complete all your errands beforehand because once you pick up this book, you won’t be able to put it down.
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.