on July 26th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sagas
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#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation…
In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…
No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.
Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior...or the worst of all the sinners?
Aghh! I am in agony! The only bad part about finishing a book written by J.R. Ward is that you have to wait at least six months before getting another one! Her books are my addiction and I absolutely love her new Bourbon Kings series.
There are certainly similarities between her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and this series. Both have compelling “families” that engage both your interest as well as your heart. Ward also has a writing style that reads like watching a soap opera. Each chapter switches to another storyline and new characters. She writes this way with The Brotherhood, and she does so with The Bourbon Kings. Although this style can lead itself to the skimming of certain chapters that you find yourself less interested in, I do enjoy the suspense and how this technique can help unfold a big and complicated cast and varying plotlines.
The difference is that The Bourbon Kings is set in contemporary romance land. There isn’t even a hint of the paranormal, and it’s lovely to get Ward’s writing talent in two different romance genres.
In this series, Edward is my guilty pleasure. I had hopes that this would be his book, but Edward shares page time with a host of other characters and story arcs. Although there are certainly more layers of Edward that are slowly being revealed, he still remains an intriguing enigma of a man who I think about far too much!
Lane and Lizzie actually get quite a bit of attention in this book. It was nice to see them as a true couple! After all they went through to get to their happily ever after, it was refreshing to see them enjoying it!
This series has something to offer just about everyone. It has a sweeping family drama feel to it that reminds me of when I was a little girl and watched Dallas with my romance novel reading, soap opera watching, beloved grandma. The Bradford family is fast becoming as epic in my life as the Ewings’ were in my childhood!
If you love family drama, a bit of mystery, fabulous and flawed characters, lifestyles of the rich and famous, as well as slow simmering and emerging love stories, please look no further. You have just found exactly what you’ve been looking for!
Now I have to wait again for more Edward.