Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

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4 Stars

I’ve been a fan of JR Ward’s BDB series for some years now and was so excited to find out she was writing a new, completely different series. I would definitely say The Bourbon Kings is a “setup” book. So much information and people are thrown at you. Let’s see if I can break it down a little…

The Bradford Family – Bradford Bourbon Company

Virginia Bradford + William Baldwine: Parents. Current patriarchs of bourbon dynasty. Her status in this book is: unavailable. He is running the whole business. He’s also an asshole.

Edward Baldwine: Oldest son. He was the golden child, being groomed to run the business into the next generation. His dad does some really awful things to him that we only know at the surface level right now. He’s currently a very broken man, physically and spiritually. Oh, and he’s in love with the rival bourbon dynasty’s eldest daughter.

Lane Baldwine: This is really Lane’s book. He’s in love with Lizzie, the head gardener, or horticulturist if you’re fancy, at his family’s estate. He married Chantal Baldwine out of obligation and left Kentucky right after. He’s now back and ready to set everything right between him and Lizzie, starting with getting a divorce from Chantal. Easier said than done…

Maxwell Baldwine: Dunno. He appears in flashbacks, but his current location is unknown, so he’s not in this book.

Gin Baldwine: Oh, poor Gin (short for Virginia). Gin’s life is all about parties, men, and drinking. I think she really believes that’s all she’s good for, which is really sad. Got pregnant at 17, dropped out of college her freshman year because of it, the love of her life and her live to hurt one another, and her dad has essentially sold her to the highest bidder. Seriously, her dad made a financial deal to marry her off to this awful man. Also, she has some really heartbreaking scenes in this book. :(

Well, that’s the Bradford family for you!

The Bourbon Kings is a soap opera at its finest. JR Ward has given us some really juicy, unputdownable drama in this book. There’s romance, suspense, mystery, and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. Can’t wait to read more!

Book Info

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Published by NAL
Pub Date: July 28th 2015
Pages: 420
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultContemporaryMysteryRomanceSuspense
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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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward”

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    YES! I finished this yesterday and the only way I could describe it to my sister was that it was a soap opera! I loved the secrets and sandals though! It was great!!

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    Alexa S.

    I loved The Bourbon Kings precisely because it was like a soap opera at its finest! I seriously enjoyed getting to know the Bradford clan, particularly the four siblings, and I can’t wait for more.

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