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The Long Game (American Gypsy #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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 tha ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 7th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published October 1st 2013)
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Sep 28, 2013 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
The Long Game is a terrific effort from J.L. Fynn. I'm not normally a big romance guy. In fact, I'm kind of not. So I speak with the perspective that a lot of guys have, I think. But this is a legitimately fantastic book! It has a very strong story that I think will hold the interest of readers, and unlike a lot of romantic books today, it isn't just an excuse to get to the characters making out. There actually is an interesting story in there about a culture that I wasn't familiar with before. ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Delancey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Who knew gypsies could be so hot?

I was immediately drawn into this book by the novelty of the "Traveler clan" of which Shay and his brother Jimmy Boy are a part. I had no experience with Irish-American Gypsies, and the author created the village and clan hierarchy seamlessly for readers, letting us easily understand the stakes at play in Shay's world.

The "long game" that Shay undertakes will draw in any readers of the new adult category immediately as he works to gain the trust of a savvy -- t
Emma Hart
OMG, Shay. I think I'm in love with this guy. He's so... Shay. Just yeah. Moving on.

I'll be the first to admit I'm a crap book reviewer, especially when I love what I've read. I mean, there's only so many ways you can swoon over a book, but The Long Game made me in every sense of the word.

I don't know what it was - perhaps it was the completely original setting and history of the characters. How many gypsy books do you know of?! Perhaps it was Fynn's authentic voice. I don't know. I just know I
Melanie Harlow
Looking for something different but love contemporary New Adult? Read this! The Long Game immediately hooked me with its crazy original setting and characters (a smart, sexy Gypsy? yes, please), and Fynn's fantastic writing had me tearing through the pages. It's a fascinating look inside a world you don't hear much about--American Gypsy or Traveler culture--and it's evident Fynn did her research. The scenes that took place in Louisiana dripped with mood and atmosphere, and I can't wait to get ba ...more
Emma L
This book had me hooked since the first chapter. I've never read a book which included the culture of Travelers, and I was pleasantly surprised! I literally couldn't put this book down, and I desperately hope they're working on the sequel!
The character development and the relationship between Spence and Shay made the hopeless romantic in me go completely crazy. Definitely recommend this book to everyone that likes New Adult and fast paced romance!
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. I'd like to know more about this mysterious group. I ended the story eager to read the next book in the series.
Max Ernst
This was a fun, exciting book. I really liked the main character, Shay, and the intriguing Irish Traveler culture he comes from. Even though I have no experience with the Irish Travelers (or Irish Gypsies), I felt like I was part of their world by looking through Shay's eyes. At the same time, Shay's conflicting emotions between loyalty to family and to love felt real and powerful regardless of culture. Dropping such a well developed character into a plot that moves at break-neck speed with a lo ...more
Nicole Hewitt
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This book is such a quick and enjoyable read! I was honestly shocked when I went on Amazon and saw that the paperback version of this book is 303 pages because it felt much shorter than that! I wanted more!

I won't go into the plot too much because the synopsis does a good job of summarizing it. Instead, I'll just right in with my review!

The negatives:

Wanted even more development of the romance.
This is not to say th
Dec 11, 2013 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fun, fast read
Recommended to Annie by: Katie Ernst
Fast paced and engaging, J.L. Fynn's debut novel kept me eagerly turning the pages from beginning to end. This is the story of Shay, the likeable though (thankfully) flawed hero, coming of age. At the age of 20 he's convinced himself that he has life figured out. He knows exactly what he wants and will do anything needed to get it. When an opportunity arises to have it all handed to him on a silver platter he takes it without hesitation. One job and he'll be golden, set for life with the bonus o ...more
This was a great book and a wonderful glimpse into the culture of the Irish Travelers. Shay, a Traveler boy, is ambitious and wants to marry the daughter of the wealthiest man in town, Pop. He is honored when Pop asks him to help him with a plan that has been in the making for years, a long game. Shay is asked to steal a book from a man who betrayed Pop more than twenty years ago, but in order to do so, Shay has to use the man's daughter, Spencer. When Shay meets Spencer, he ends up falling for ...more
The Long Game is a fun, fast-paced read. Despite all the lying and swindling that he engages in, Shay is a sympathetic narrator and it's easy to root for him and his relationship with Spencer.

Before I started reading, I was completely unfamiliar with Irish Travellers and their culture, so I can't say anything about the accuracy/'ethnic sensitivity' of the representation. It certainly made for an interesting setting.

There was a good balance between the lighter parts of the novel and the darker
Christine Alibutud
5 stars for The Long Game!

Although the ending did kind of left me hanging. Anyway, I can't wait for the next book! I want to hear Tommy and Maggie's story!

Over-all, I give Shay and Spencer a big gypsy hug!

For the next book, The Waiting Game
Everything about The Long Game is superb. Shay's character is multidimensional, which makes him very real and tangible. The setting and the love story draw you in and don't let go, even at the very end. The Traveler culture is amazing and something readers are going to demand more of. I became completely invested in the plot, held my breath through the twist and turns, and cheered the love story. An amazing novel from an author to watch.
Cletus Dugumphry
Okay, I absolutely LOVED reading this! The story was great, the writing was fantastic! I completely fell in love with Shay. This book is definitely a new favorite of mine. Congradulations on a job well done ladies! The Long Game is sure to be a best seller. You've truly inspired me with your writing so thank you! And again, well done. :)
Karen V
I really tired not to spoil the book here and I really hope I didn't. But wow! What can I say? This book took me by surprise. I honestly didn't expect it to be any different from other books that involve a cons or missions and I expected to be fast and straight to the point. Like I thought that it was going to just be, someone assigns a mission to the main character, falls in love with traitor or daughter of the traitor, gets the goods and leaves with no problem. But I'm soooooo glad it didn't c ...more
Writers Refuge
I recieved this in exchange for a honest review! Let me start by telling u about the book! This about a boy named Shay who lives in a traveler clan. His brother Jimmy Boy and him do a lot of small time scams to get by. Most of the travelers do. So when he gets confronted by the head of the clan and asked to do a special scam, that only he can do. He is all for it he thinks this can finally be his break. His mom Isn't to thrilled but he can't turn it down he has to do it for her. All he has to do ...more
Samantha Waddington
This book was well written and very descriptive. The words flowed smoothly and you were literally pulled into Shay's world. You could feel his internal struggle as if it were your own. J.L. Fynn is one of the most talented writers of today's era. The plot was intricately woven without being overbearing. The cast fit together in all of their insanity in a way that is not easy to write. Not a single sentence of this book was forced and it definitely left you wanting more from the series, even as i ...more
I was a little unsure about this book at first when I saw it was about gypsies. And though I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the cover photo looks as if Shay has a mullet (yes, business in the front and party in the back).

Well...I stand corrected! How wrong I was!! I immediately feel in love with Shay (mullet or not) and Jimmy Boy. I enjoyed how fast paced it was - I was hooked in the first chapter!

I would have love to seen a little more focus and development on Spenc
Aryn Youngless
"The Long Game" is"The Outsiders" meets "Romeo & Juliet".

Shay Rielly, an over educated Irish-American Traveler, wants one thing, and one thing only - the big score. So when he finally gets the chance to prove his worth, Shay jumps at it. His assignment is to track down an old adversary of his Clan, retrieve stolen property and bring it back. Shay's "in" is easy, the marks daughter, Spencer Costello, is a sophomore in college. It's the perfect scenario - go to college, meet the girl, get the
This was a fast paced ride through the life of a con artist Irish traveler. Being unaware or unfamiliar with the Irish Travelers and their customs and traditions this book was interesting to see how a whole group of people lives.

The story was fast paced and entertaining. There are no dull parts. I enjoyed the relationship between Shay and Spencer. So often in books characters go immediately from meeting to being in love in a day or two. While it only took these two a month you get a nice realis
Dirty Dayna
r2r provided by author for honest review. . I have to admit I never read blurbs I'm a title kind of girl so I slowly learned about the blurb and was lost within a story that unraveled very delicately. granted the first three chapters I had to force my way through because they were a slow burn. but after shay met Spencer I loved the book with a new vigor. I have to say I never even imagined how the long game would end but im wicked glad I have the short game as a r2r as well. .. how'd I get so lu ...more
Kat Nicholson
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author and selected the book based on the blurb. And I was so glad that I did. It's a great book. It's pretty short, only 300 pages or so, but I read it all today. I couldn't put it down!

Shay is an american gypsy, or a traveller, as they prefer to be called who lives with his mom and big brother as part of a clan of travellers in the south. He's a novice con man, used to working with his brother o
Stacey Ryan
I was a little unsure about this book at first. I tend to shy away from books with witches and magic. When I saw that there were gypsies in this story I was putting this story in that category. Let me saw how wrong I was! This story was amazingly good! I loved that the story had many unexpected twists and turns. The love story between Shay and Spencer. I hope to hear more of their story!
Nuala Shortt
Absolutely LOVED this book!! Totally fell in love with the characters & storyline!! I feel J.L Fynn portrayed the Irish travellers perfectly!! The characters are totally believable !! Would recommend this book to everyone!! Cannot wait for the 2nd book to find out what happens next!! Congrats J.L Fynn !! Has to be on beat sellers list!! :)(less)
Steven Bruhn
What's not to love? Great story, great writing, notoriously rowdy Irish, a cute lass, romance with fast paced action scenes... The book has it all... *WARNING* may be difficult to put down and may lead to you ignoring children, house fires, cranky spouses, or anything else occurring in your life at the moment.
This is not normally the kind of book I would buy or read. However, knowing one of the authors, I bought it to support her, as I believe it is important to support authors you know – even if it’s only slightly.

I’m glad I bought it. The more of it I read, the faster I read and finished it in under a day.

This is an interesting romantic suspense novel and having the principal characters be Travelers – Irish gypsies who live by the con – was a new twist in a genre that tends to favor characters who
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

This is an original type of story. With the gypsy’s history and characters it developed in an interesting and unique book. J.L. Fynn has a perfect way of writing, it wraps you around the story, and captivates more than you can possible imagine. The characters are well developed, strong, with passion in their story. I don’t know how to explain it. I thought I was right there, next to them, feeling what they were feeling at the
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Adam Bricker
What an absolutely amazing read! The story was fun and engaging. Well-written and entertaing. Thoroughly enjoyed the conflict between one's loyalty to their family and their past versus a loyalty to themself and what could be the beginning of their future. While I've read some really great books lately, this was the first that I felt frustrated that there were no more chapters...yet.
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