Sunday, August 2, 2015


By: J.R. Ward
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher ( Hachette Thank you! ) for honest review, 421 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

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.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I will read anything by J.R. Ward. BDB is my addiction. I need to read the next book as soon as I can.

The Bourbon Kings is a harder review for me to write.

I enjoyed it.

It is very much a tv soap style of book. Dallas meets Dynasty, J.R. Ward style.

I will be honest and say the characters took their time connecting with me. I am not a huge soapie fan to start with and I wouldn’t watch Dallas or Dynasty on tv, but it is very easy to understand that style of show.

Betrayal, lust, sex, murder, central family with money and power etc etc...

The Bourbon Kings has all that... and a fair bit of bourbon drinking going on.

I think Edward was the character I most enjoyed reading because he has more depth to him, he was more interesting to read. He has quite a story.

I like Mack as well.

At thirty-eight, he was a loner, thanks to both choice and necessity: This job, this twenty-five-hour-a-day, eight-day-a-week job was his wife and mistress, his family and his legacy.

Samuel T is another character I would like to read more of but he does fit into that pompous type character who grew up with too much.

Shelby is probably the female character I am drawn to the most in this instalment. She isn’t in it much, but she appears a good sort.

Lane and Lizzie are more the focal point in The Bourbon Kings with everything else revolving around them.

I love Miss Aurora. She is my cup of tea.

“Are you okay?” he had to ask.

The glare she sent him suggested if he wanted to continue that line of questioning, she’d be more than happy to spank him until he shut his piehole.

Roger that ma’am, he thought.

There were never any troublemakers in Miss Aurora’s kitchen.

“G’on now,” she said softly. “Don’t wait to where it gets cold.”

Talk about digging in, and he moaned as the first taste flooded his mouth. “Oh, Miss Aurora.”

“You need to come on home, boy.” She shook her head as she sat down with her own plate. “That northern stuff is not for you. Don’t know how you stand the weather—much less those people.”

“So you going to tell me what happened?” he asked, nodding at the cotton ball and surgical tape in the crook of her elbow.

“I don’t need that car you bought me. That’s what happened.”

He wiped his mouth. “What car?”

Those black eyes narrowed. “Don’t you try to play, boy.”

“Miss Aurora, you were driving a piece of—ah, junk. I can’t have y’all like that.”

He could hear the Southern creeping back into his voice. Didn’t take long, did it.

I will definitely continue reading this series simply because J.R.Ward is writing it. I want to know more.

I do want to get that escapism I crave from one of her books, I want more than a soapie feel. Of course we are only just scratching the surface with this first instalment.

I hear there is a possible tv show being talked about for this series. Not sure if I would watch it on tv as soapies aren’t my thing, but if this series turned into more than a soapie style read, then I would consider it.

Now if BDB was optioned for a tv series...whahhhh I would be all over that with my popcorn and Grey Goose. 

Erm, not sure of that food/beverage combination, but you get what I mean.


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