The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

From the publisher, “Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why — or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch — and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a conwoman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.”

Avery is a determined, honest, big-hearted heroine and is the perfect person to have all this wealth bestowed.  Each of the Hawthorne brothers are also kind, considerate but very competitive.  They didn’t seem terribly bothered that Avery is getting the bulk of their grandfather’s vast fortune.  That seemed a bit odd.  The puzzles, the games – all very clever.  One thing though that my little brain is struggling with is that they are in Texas and decide to go cliff jumping into the Gulf.  Gulf of Mexico?  Cliffs on the Texas Gulf Coast are not a landform that I have encountered.  However, this is a fun, engaging read and wrapped up nicely.

eGalley review                                                                Publication date 9.01.2020

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