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The Long Game

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Smooth talking. Ambitious. Loyal.

Twenty-year-old Shay Reilly has proven himself to his Irish-American Gypsy clan on small-scale cons, but now the clan leader has a bigger mission for him: playing the long game.

To rake in the big score he's after, he needs to con co-ed Spencer into falling in love with him. He knows he should see Spencer as a mere means to an end, but that's easier said than done when there's...

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Overview

Smooth talking. Ambitious. Loyal.

Twenty-year-old Shay Reilly has proven himself to his Irish-American Gypsy clan on small-scale cons, but now the clan leader has a bigger mission for him: playing the long game.

To rake in the big score he's after, he needs to con co-ed Spencer into falling in love with him. He knows he should see Spencer as a mere means to an end, but that's easier said than done when there's a witty, attractive girl in your arms.

Now the only thing that can keep them apart is the thing that brought them together: Shay's plans of revenge against someone who wronged his clan and family years before-Spencer's father.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491006894
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

J.L. Fynn is the public face of the writing collaboration between Katherine Ernst and Chelle Bruhn. Katherine and Chelle have been writing together since they were 14-years-old and are happy to be able to team up professionally after all these years. They both live outside of Philadelphia, PA and look forward to years of fruitful work together.
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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    ***I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange fo

    ***I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

    Shay lives in a small village with his clan. He shares a trailer with his mother and brother. He, is a Traveler. And a conman. 

    Spencer is a college freshman at Balanova. A member if the Order of Irish Agustinians house. An irish heritage only house.

    Shay's job is to get a book that Spencer's dad has been hiding for the last 20 years. He has to get it back for ole Pop Sheedy. To show him he's worthy of a job this big and maybe he'll get more in the future. Sheedy has promised him his daughter Rosie's hand in return. But after evrything is over, does he want her hand? Is this still the life for him? He's always wondered if he was cut for this.

    I couldn't put this book down! It was such a page turner! Just one more chapter, then another. This book has everything, drama, romance, sex, laughter, fighting, etc. There's nothing it doesn't have! And it was very well written with just the right pace.

    There wasn't a character I didn't like in this book! Shay and Spencer were my favorites. Ok, maybe Rosie wasn't a favorite. She seemes like a trouble maker. The kind of trouble maker that nobody would believe could do such a thing. We'll see what she has in store in the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

    I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have no personal connection to the writer and/or publisher. 




    <i>Smooth talking. Ambitious. Loyal. Twenty-year-old Shay Reilly has proven himself to his Irish-American Gypsy clan on small-scale cons, but now the clan leader has a bigger mission for him: playing the long game. To rake in the big score he's after, he needs to con co-ed Spencer into falling in love with him. He knows he should see Spencer as a mere means to an end, but that's easier said than done when there's a witty, attractive girl in your arms. Now the only thing that can keep them apart is the thing that brought them together: Shay's plans of revenge against someone who wronged his clan and family years before-Spencer's father.</i>





    <b>Characters</b>





    I don't really know what I expected the characters in this novel to be like so imagine my surprise when they ended up actually being quite while rounded. While not all of the characters are necessarily good people they are pretty solid characters, whether you like them or hate them.




    In the character of Shay I was reminded of two other characters, for some reason. The well loved Shawn Hunter from Boy Meets World, as well as one of the characters from the short lived show The Riches. Let me make one thing clear though, the plot does not in any way, end up like either of those shows. It was just a little niggling feeling in the back of my head as I read through the novel. 




    The main lead is well rounded, without being too flaw free, a pet peeve of mine, and he does show admirable growth throughout the novel which is always something to be considered an accomplishment. 




    The female lead, again, is a good girl without seeming too Mary-Sueish or TOO good, with her own flaws and ideals. 




    The background characters too, should be something the authors are proud of as they are also fleshed out and enjoyable, though some more than others. 
     




    <b>Plot</b>





    There was a familiarity to the plot when I was reading, I will admit, but not something that I found overly daunting or dislikable. I actually really enjoyed it, and found myself whipping through the last couple of chapters in an effort to find out what was going to happen.




    Sometimes the pacing raced on, with small vignettes it seemed being used as a nod to things which had happened which we might not have seen. I can see where this might not be the best for some people but I actually quite enjoyed it, as I am not a fan of those who insist on revealing every little detail of their characters lives. Sometimes you really do just want them to get on with it already, and this book does not disappoint. 




    While the plot is not perfect, it is an easy read, and detailed enough to capture a reader's attention.




    <b>Overall Thoughts</b>





    I really, really, really, enjoyed this book. Though the first person narrative threw me for a loop at first I soon found myself sinking into the novel, and the world of the characters in it. It was clearly researched, which I appreciate and I find myself so excited to continue onward. 




    <b>Good for?</b>

    Those who loved Shawn Hunter and The Riches? No? 
    People who grew up with novels as delightful and knowing as The Outsiders. 
    People who like contemporary young adult romances with a little bit of action thrown in. 

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

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    I was given this book by the author for an honest review. When I

    I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
    When I heard of this story, I had to read it. The author describes so much about this Traveler Clan.I enjoyed the authors descriptions. The wedding that took place, all flashy and big. I was able to picture myself there. I believe that was my favorite part of the book. It might be because it brought back memories for me.... but isn't that one of the things we look for in a book?
    Shay and Spencer are cute together and they have a sweet romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Truly a pleasant surprise, I flew through this ebook and that is

    Truly a pleasant surprise, I flew through this ebook and that is seriously saying something because I hate reading on my Kindle! Shay and Jimmy Boy are charming and charismatic and I quickly got pulled into the quirks of their Traveler life. So when Shay gets sent on a big job for his clan it was no surprise when he quickly wooed Spencer into falling for him. The only thing he wasn't prepared for was falling for her right back. Nothing goes as planned and that leaves us with an absolutely captivating story that left me with my jaw hanging open at the ending. I especially loved the detail put into the Irish heritage and folklore. J.L.Fynn is one set of authors to keep up with because if they keep putting out books this good they will definitely be going places! This book is absolutely worth a read and in my opinion highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    This is an excellent book about a young gypsy boy named Shay who

    This is an excellent book about a young gypsy boy named Shay who discovers love might be the most dangerous gamble of all.  Shay is ambitious, and has high hopes of marrying the daughter of the wealthiest man in town, Pop.  When Pop offers to let Shay in on a long game, a job that been in the making for twenty years, Shay leaps a the chance.  Pop wants him to steal a book as an act of revenge, but in order to do so, Shay has to con a young woman named Spencer.  Shay soon falls in love with Spencer and learns that when you have to choose between love and your family, no one wins.  This was a great glimpse into the culture of the Irish Travelers, and a fast paced, exciting story.  I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, and anything else written by J.L. Fynn  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    I liked the fast pace and interesting dilemma faced by the hero

    I liked the fast pace and interesting dilemma faced by the hero of the story.
    It was further interesting to read about a group of people in the United States that I had never heard of before, and would like to know more about this mysterious group. I ended the story eager to read the next book in the series.

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