***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads
Do you like Scandal? Do you like political thrillers? Do you like mind games? WELL. YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. But also, go read book one which is called The Fixerand is amazing.
So, if The Fixer made you swoon and made your heart beat faster and nearly killed you, I have some real bad news for you. It all gets worse in The Long Game. I had my feels shredded, my OTPs stomped on and my heart set on fire. I hope Jennifer Lynn Barnes at least feels a little bad about what she did to me.
Tess is still as amazing as always if a little more nosy than she should be. She thinks she is nothing like her sister but we all know that she enjoys fixing other people’s problems and helping the underdog. The thing about her is that even with her hero-like qualities, she doesn’t quite become a trope. She is more complex and multi-layered than that. There is more to her with her insecurities and her imperfections and her tendency to NOT always be right or do the ‘right’ thing.
But then again, most of the characters in this book are. Barnes takes complex characters who walk the grey line to a whole new level in this book. THE PUNCHES. I am still not over this book. So basically, if you thought you knew what the characters were capable of, think again because they will surprise you and hurt your fee-fees (feels).
I think many of us have wondered whether or not The Long Game would have more romance and the answer to that is complicated. The book has one of the swooniest kisses ever but also so much heartbreak and not enough cuddles. Some ships sail and others don’t and it’s all very complex. Much like the characters. Much like literally everything about this book.
The plot is also really amazing but there is one twist which I have not entirely made up my mind about and is also the reason why this book doesn’t get the entire 5 stars. I love twists but it turns out, I am super picky about them. Oops. And even though it’s been a while since I finished this book, I still haven’t made up my mind yet about that twist. I don’t know if it works for the book and there are certain things it might suggest which I don’t think the author wanted it to.
Overall though, this book is still amazing and this series is amazing and please read/buy it so that I can get a third book. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, DO IT FOR ME. TAKE PITY ON ME. LET ME HAVE THE THIRD BOOK.
Note that I read an advanced copy of this book, courtesy of a friend who took pity on my soul
We all listen to the news and often, in our opinions, justice is terribly lacking. What if you knew someone that could ‘fix’ it? What if you had the kind of money necessary to pay someone to take care of it … to enact justice? This is the job of ‘The Fixer’. She’s not someone you can hire to knock off a spouse ‘just because’. The Fixer set rules for herself. Some of the rules were set so that she wouldn’t call attention to herself, like “No more than one job per country per year.” Some were set to make a judgement call about a case: “Only when it was clear that justice couldn’t or wouldn’t be served …” Quite simply, she’s a vigilante who will do the dirty work for pay.
The major players were Lydia Corriger, a psychologist; Savannah Samuels, Lydia’s patient who keeps referring to bad things she’s done; Mort Grant, a Seattle detective; and Robbie, Mort’s son and a Denver journalist. Robbie was working on a hunch that Gordon Halloway was murdered. Gordon had gotten rich on money schemes that ruined the lives of many. Originally, Gordon’s death appeared to be a heart attack while enjoying the company of a prostitute. Robbie’s hunch started the ball rolling for Detective Grant as other cases began to come to light.
Early on, the reader gets to see The Fixer make a decision about a job and turn it down. We’re given her standards and we are privy to the fact that The Fixer is a woman. The characters were phenomenal. The author held back on who The Fixer was until late in the book and there were some great twists on that matter. Because of the initial secrecy and unveiling of The Fixer, this first book in The Justice series should be read first. I already knew since I’d previously read book 2, but it was still enjoyable. While I recommend this book for its engaging story line, I do need to state that it is quite graphic in nature. Rating: 4 out of 5.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes knows exactly what I want! She became one of my favorite authors with her The Naturals series. Her books became a 5-star works for me and now this book happened and unfortunately I can not give it more than 5! :)
Auto-buy author for me for sure!
Btw... around pages 115-120 I found a rhyme... XD
"It's probably nothing. Vivvie's probably fine. I didn't believe that, and I didn't know why."
Even tho I got the whole thing and all the twists earlier than it was reveled, it really do not spoil a bit for me, I was fully engaged and I finished it in one go! I opened it, I read it and closed it!
I seems to do it with all of her books! :)
Those series are a mix between the ABC's Scandal and her characters from The Naturals series.
Seriously, you can see it right away.
Tess is like Cassie, Asher (my star so far) is a lot like Michael, Henry is a lot like (mylove) Dean, Vivvie is Sloane and Emilia as Lia.... and I more than happy with those similarities, I love both sets of characters and they all have their own personalities, but it was very easy to adjust to them seeing those familiar behaviors with The Naturals.
This book was smart, those characters were smart, the plot was smart and the whole book was simply gorgeous!
I am gone to order myself the second one. :)