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Fair Game

(Payback #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  46 reviews
What’s a retired cop to do when her lover is being targeted? Helen Taylor pulls on her boots again in this captivating lesbian mystery.

Lexi Ryan is being targeted and can’t work out why. She’s escaped the troubled town of Warner with her beautiful partner, former Det. Chief Inspector Helen Taylor, and is looking for a quieter life. Instead she’s faced with an attempted hi
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Published August 19th 2020 by Ylva Publishing
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Diane Wallace
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Arc provided by Ylva-Publishing in exchange for a honest review'

**'Some people become writers because they are compulsive wordsmiths..Plus writing or storytelling can't be taught but better reading can..'

'FAIR GAME' should not get past any of Ms.Mills' fan base or readers of the first book in this series. I know that there are lots of books and so little time. But it is so deserving of anyone's interest and attention. Just exquisitely plotted from the first page to the last, intriguing
Lex Kent
4.25 Stars. This was the really good read I was hoping for. This is the sequel to Mills’ hit book Payback. While I didn’t like this quite as much as Payback, I’m only talking about a quarter of a star difference here. This was a well done sequel and I don’t really have any complaints.

This is Mills second book she has written this year. I’m sorry to say that her first book, Body of Work, didn’t work for me. Instead, it was really nice to see Mills get her crime/mystery magic back with this new b
4.5 stars. What an excellent sequel! I absolutely loved the first book in this series ‘Payback’. The twist in that book is mind blowing, so I was happy to see that also in this book there are some really good twists and it kept me guessing the entire time. If you have not read Payback yet, then stop reading this review here if you want to avoid spoilers, as it is impossible to say much about the second book without giving a major spoiler for the first one.

This book picks up were Payback ended an
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you haven’t read Payback, I highly recommend reading it before you read Fair Game. This book could be read as a standalone romantic intrigue but you will lose the connections built in the first novel and the reasons why Helen Taylor would leave her DCI position in Warren to be with the woman she loves.

I think I enjoyed Fair Game even more than Payback. This is a mystery/thriller and a good one with lots of clues, suspects and two women reluctant to involve the police. We are in the mind of t
Jude in the Stars
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5* – Book covers don’t affect me as much now that I mostly read ebooks as when I used to buy loads of paper books but even if I hadn’t loved the first book in the Payback series, the cover for this sequel would have convinced me to give it a try. It’s reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, one of my favourite movies of all times, and while the plot of this novel is pretty far from Rear Window, it has the same intensity.

I cannot stress enough that Fair Game should not be read as a stand
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fair Game is the perfect sequel to Payback. But I highly recommend first to read Payback, otherwise, you already know too much about one of the most important people from book one.

I loved to spend more time with Helen and Lexi, they are a great couple and you bet that they will get in trouble, even without working for the police anymore. The story is suspenseful and exciting and it is not easy to find out who the offender is. I like the suspense, the dynamic, the twists, the dialogues, the sex
Cammy Chareon
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this. I can’t believe I had my qualms about this series. I usually like mystery and thrillers, but not as much as I love lesfic romance. I initially thought that it would heavily focus on the case, with little time for romance, but I am very pleased to find that I was wrong. Fair Game satisfied my need for both a good thriller and a heart-warming romance.

Like Payback, the story was meticulously planned and wonderfully executed. It was very intriguing and thrilling, I couldn’t
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Content warnings: stalking, poisoning, murder, attempted murder, death, self-harm in antagonist, blood, alcoholism, suspected cheating of minor character

This book takes place about two months after the epilogue of Payback .

Lexi Ryan (~34) now works at internet firm Shield Securities while her girlfriend ex-DCI Helen Taylor (~40) is settling down as a civilian. When Lexi feels like she is being stalked, Helen makes it her job to protect her and find out what is going on.

Like Payback, a lot of
AnnMaree Of Oz
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the previous installment, Payback, and you definitely should read it before reading this one.

The leading ladies, Former DCI Helen Taylor and tech-whiz Lexi Ryan are settling in together well. I love seeing an already established relationship advancing their lives together. The love scenes were hot and heartfelt. As was their connection, support and care for eachother. I loved the domesticity and the banter. Both are driven and stubborn, and get that about eachother.

Lexi has a job at a
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fair Game is the sequel to Payback. This was a little difficult to review without giving anything away since there was a secret revelation in the Payback storyline. So I would highly recommend reading Payback first in order to fully understand the history of the two main characters.

Fair Game continued with the lives of the two women as they dealt with past regrets, but looked forward to new beginnings and getting to know each other on a more personal level. One of the characters was now a retir
Charlotte Mills is a brilliant writer of police procedural/mystery novels. Her first novel, Payback, blew me away with the plot twists and the overall storyline. And that ending! I’m still in awe of the ending. When I heard that the sequel, Fair Game was coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I’m very glad I did.

In this second book, Ms. Mills has continued the story of Helen Taylor and Lexi Ryan. Helen is now retired from the police, and she and Lexi are working on making a new life toge
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to finally get around to reading the sequel to Payback, all I can say is I should have done it sooner. This is an excellent sequel.
It doesn’t have the jaw dropping twist Payback has, but it is a good and enjoyable read.

Helen has resigned from her job to be with Lexi in Bristol. In the middle of the night she spots someone sneaking around on the roof of the neighbouring building. Lexi turns on the light and is spotted by the figure. The following days/ weeks are full of threats
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I reread Payback, the first book in this series, before picking this one up. I am so happy I did. I had forgotten how awesome it was. If you haven't read that one, start there. I love both of these characters, and I think they work very well together. I thought Fair Game was just as good as Payback. Sequels are hard, and we find ourselves comparing a lot. I love the writing style and how she did the point of view, including the unknown individual perfectly. That is sometimes hit or miss with me. ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Ms Mills book ‘Payback’ where we were introduced to Helen Taylor and Lexi Ryan and now she has brought them both back in this book ‘Fair game’. Is there a third installment coming our way? I certainly hope so.
Helen Taylor has decided to hang up her badge so she can move on with her life and hopefully Lexi Ryan will want her to be a part of her life. But when someone starts stalking Lexi, Helen has no choice but to find out just who it is. Is it someone from their past or has Lexi stirr
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fair Game is a complicated whodunnit in the very grand British style of mystery writing. It is packed to the brim with plot twists, possible red herrings, major sleuthing and lots of tea drinking. Charlotte Mills’ sequel to Payback carries forward the two main characters Lexi Ryan and Helen Taylor.
As it had been awhile since I read Payback, I reread it before I started Fair Game. Both novels could stand alone,however, I would highly recommend reading them in order. There is so much action going
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Colleen Corgel
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f-romance, arc, thriller
This is the first book by Mills that I enjoyed - It still has a lot of the twisty nature from the first book in the series, Payback, but it feels more grounded. Maybe its because she didn't have to work so hard to craft the mystery as she did in Payback. She really only focused on one mystery to solve, and she also didn't have to pull a bait n' switch. It makes for a smoother ride, a better dive into the characters and more impact for its buck.

If you haven't read Payback I recommend you do so i
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was another good mystery from Charlotte Mills. The recently retired DCI Helen moved in to Lexi’s apartment, which was a pivotal decision. Everything takes place because she lived there. This had some red herrings, Helen’s investigative skills, Lexi’s hacking, some subplots and misdirection. What else can a mystery fan ask for? The intra- and interpersonal feelings build this novel into a satisfying read, too, because they added emotional depth to both Lexi and Helen. The side characters fro ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Not as gripping as the previous installment. The end that left me bemused, restart here with an unbalanced relationship.
Despite the two main being an official couple their relationship seem less real than in the previous book and they seem to prefer passionate embrace to talking.
I can understand that but as a reader I wish they spend more time going through their issues.
The mystery part was more crime stalker behaviour and pretty standard stuff.
Carol Hutchinson
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good!!!

Helen has moved from Warner with Lexi and they are looking forward to a quieter life, when Lexi suddenly ends up the target for someone who is either out to scare her, or worse hurt her. After pondering whether it could be something to do with Lexi’s past, Helen becomes convinced it is something to do with her own past career and sets out trying to piece together all the clues and keep Lexi safe. Calling in a few favours, Helen starts to uncover the truth and realises she really isn’t
Jane Clements
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars rounded up.

I really didn’t like the first book in the series, Payback, very much. I couldn’t engage with the characters and found it hard to suspend my disbelief in the story. I’m pleased to be able to say that I found Fair Game much more engaging. Mills fleshes out the main characters – Helen and Lexi – much better here and the story, while fairly simple, is great. A few red herrings to make it interesting and a wonderful set of secondary characters.

Helen and Lexi are muc
Aj Smith
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Mills is getting better and better! "Fair Game" is an excellent follow up to the fast-paced Payback, (which had an awesome plot but a few technical issues). This book, however, is as close to a top-notch thriller as I've read in a long time. I do not give five star ratings lightly but "Fair Game" thoroughly deserves each and every one. Both Lexi and Helen have matured as characters and are definitely more rounded, although Lexi has maintained some of her signature impulsiveness.

Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ylva, crime
An ARC copy was given to me by YLVA for a honest review.

This is a sequel to Ch. Mills book "Payback" and I was really looking forward to read it. I was so curious about Lexi and Helen. How would they life go on, what would Lexi and Helen do. I had so many questions and I hope for good book. You should read Payback first, since there are backround stories to know. I really liked the mystery about the reason, why both characters think, that each of them is a target for attacks. The crime story is
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although I enjoyed the first book more this was still an exceptional murder mystery, Mills has a way of drawing you in and just when you think you know the answers she twists the whole thing around.
The main characters are likeable and entertaining and I hope she'll follow up with a 3rd instalment
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

New lovers and ex-police partners Helen and Lexi are starting over in a new town, but, wouldn't you know it, find themselves once more in the middle of nefarious shenanigans.

I found this book slow going. It is competently written and nicely paced, with lots of plot points that I should have found exciting but that did not, for whatever reason, particularly grab me. I kept waiting for a sense of ur
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn't read the first book in the series, but enough of it was summarized in this sequel that I could pretty much piece it together. I didn't feel like this story line was terribly interesting. Rarely do I enjoy it when authors have chapters from the "mysterious" perspective of the perpetrator; it comes off as super hokey to me--as is a harrowing climax where the "bad guy" waxes poetic to the protagonist about "how I did it" instead of just killing them. So the story didn't do it for me, but n ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fair Game, by Charlotte Mills 

With no apparent reason, Lexi Ryan’s life takes an unexpected turn right after her girlfriend, DCI Helen Taylor moves in and they spot something unusual happening on the roof of the building next door. Coincidence or not, who knows? From there, both women set on finding the what and whys and discover who is behind all the uncommon situations happening around them.

 Fair Game was my second read by Charlotte Mills, the first being the previous publication of the Serie,
M the avid reader
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well crafted and unsettling story of criminal intrigue (4.5 stars)
This is a sequel to Payback; if you loved those characters or want their full story to date then read Payback and Fair Game in that order. There are enough breadcrumb details in this book to remind/inform the reader about relevant past events and characters from Payback, but not a full rehash so if you're able I'd suggest reading them back to back. Each of the books in the series so far could be read as standalones but if you like
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this follow up to “Payback”. I love seeing our ladies back in action. The mystery in this keeps you on the edge the entire time as you try to figure it out. The thing I loved most about this honestly, is the development of their relationship. In a lot of lesfic we get the beginning of the relationship but rarely do we get to see the two characters past the initial first steps. Rarely do we get to see them navigating those tough fresh relationship issues like moving in together and all th ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book involving Helen and Lexi. It can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading Payback first. This novel is suspenseful, sensuous and involves a full range of emotions. It is intriguing to share the continuing issues that arise in the relationship developing between Lexi and Helen. Once again the humor wound throughout this book make for frequent laugh out loud moments. There are equal places in the story where you want to hold your breath or have an adrenaline su ...more
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