Fair Game by Charlotte Mills

An excellent sequel to “Payback”. Do not read as a standalone, the first book will be all spoiled from the start and you really want to read it too.

What was the book about?

After the events in Warner, Helen Taylor quit her job and has unofficially moved in with Lexi Ryan in Bristol. One night, she notices a strange person on the roof opposite their flat. In the following days, someone seems to be targeting Lexi. Are those incidents linked to what Helen unwittingly observed or could they be connected to her past?

Featured Tropes: 

Police/ PI; Age Gap (small but real)

Book Strengths:

Charlotte Mills knows how to take the reader for a ride. Just when you think you have figured out what’s going on, she turns that lead on its head. Even when you do get it right, she manages to make it exciting and thrilling. I don’t think my heart slowed down for a second after that scene very early on when Helen watches the roof. The pace never lets up. And while there’s nothing overly gory, there’s plenty of tension and gripping twists. 

Helen and Lexi are far from the only interesting characters, however. Lexi’s mother, Lexi’s colleagues, Helen’s new boss, Helen’s former but loyal colleague, new neighbour Lilly, they all turn what should be an ordinary world into a mesmerising show.

Book Weaknesses:

It’s not a weakness but I need to say this again: do not read as a standalone. Read Payback first. It’s just as good as this one.

Character Chemistry:

Lexi and Helen are still in the early days of their relationship and have already come close to losing each other way too many times. So of course they can’t keep their hands off each other. They’re not complaining, I am not either. The chemistry is real, and I really enjoyed the dynamics of their relationship. There’s a lot of lust and just as much tenderness, respect and teasing. 

Heat Rating: 4

Wrap up:

If you like your crime novels to be complex and smart and include some hot romance between clever but fallible characters, this one is for you.

Star Rating: 4.5


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