Monday, July 27, 2015

ARC Review: The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal.... 

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.


Purchase on Amazon. Releases July 28, 2015.
4 Southern Drama-Filled Stars!

Oh the Bradford family--filled with wealth, drama, lies and so many secrets! This is my first read from J.R. Ward (I know! *gasp*) and loved every drama-filled page in this book. And looking forward to more!

The Bradford family took me back to the Dynasty TV days. This family may looked polished and perfect on the outside, but behind closed doors in Easterly, this family is one big ole' Southern hot mess! This family is filled with so many lies that it was hard to keep track of who to believe. 

The main couple, Lizzie and Lane, had their fair share of misunderstandings and heartbreak. Lizzie King, works as head gardener at Easterly. She is a hard-worker, sweet, tries to the do the right thing and ends up falling in love with Lane. Lane is one of the sons of this family. He's clearly rich, handsome and fell hard for Lizzie. Until secrets and deceit tore these two apart. 

Couple of years later, Lane is back and hasn't once stop loving Lizzie. And here's the hiccup--he's married (but hey, it's not what you think!). This wife of his is one piece of work. Throughout this book, Lane tries to win Lizzie back and begs her to listen to the truth. But of course, family drama tends to get in the way of their HEA (but don't fear they get one at the very end!). 

The one character who I thought stole this book and cannot wait to read more, is Lane's sister, Gin. Talk about a mess! Her life is so dramatic and sad, I want to know more about her and Samuel T. 

Overall, The Bourbon Kings is filled with plenty of angst, and again so much drama. The characters of this family is so well-written, you really feel each of their burden. This book leaves you hanging and wanting to know what will happen next, but honestly, it's not a huge cliffhanger. There is a HEA for the main couple, but I just know their HEA will not there just yet and can't wait for the next installment of this series. 

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