Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review 'The Bourbon Kings' 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.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
July 5th, 2016
The Bourbon Kings #1
Contemporary Romance
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
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My Review:

A view weeks ago I received a copy of ‘The Bourbon Kings’ and I was definitely immediately fascinated by this beautiful looking book. I just love the look of the orange book with the guys in tux. It definitely gives a kind of vibe. After I read the book description I was even more fascinated by this book. A wealthy Southern family.. It sounded like a great read and I started reading as soon as possible.

The beginning of ‘The Bourbon Kings’ was a little too slow to me, to be honest. It took a very long time for this story to get past the introductions of all the different characters. Although it wasn’t exactly boring to read, it also wasn’t very interesting yet. We get to know the names of the Bradford family, and it becomes clear that they are indeed wealthy, and have a lot of secrets. I was especially worried about one of the main characters Lizzie King. She was supposedly in a relationship with Tulane Bradford a view years back, until he got married with someone else. And I worried how this book could end up to be a romantic read. Especially since I really hate reading about people having affairs.

Fortunately, half way through the book I began to like this book more and more. The characters were definitely growing on me, not all of them but most. And I began to like reading about the rich people on the Easterly Estate.
There was a lot of stuff happening in this book. Sometimes I had a little trouble keeping up, but I really enjoyed reading it. I especially liked the parts about Lizzie and Tulane, and the parts about Tulane’s brother Edward. Those parts about Edward definitely made you want to read more about his character.

And then all the drama.. If you like drama.. This book is definitely for you. Man.. It was hard to keep up sometimes. That Bradford family is definitely a family filled with drama and intrigues. They definitely made this a very interesting read.

The romance I was looking for when I started reading this book was definitely there, but it missed something. I don’t know what exactly. But maybe I just missed something because it took me a while to really get the relationship between Lizzie and Tulane.

In the end this was a good read and I definitely would like to check out the next book in the series. Rating wise.. I’m feeling like this read was between a three and a four star rating. Let’s do a four just because I think this series definitely has potential. 

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About the Author:

J.R. Ward is a Sunday Times, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and worked as a Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centres in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

For more information about J.R.Ward please visit her website, Goodreads or Amazon. Or look for J.R.Ward on Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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