Saturday, July 11, 2015

NAL ARC Review: The Bourbon Kings (J.R. Ward)

The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1)Hardback, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2015 by NAL

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. 

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J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers 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.

"Welcome to the upstairs-downstairs world of Southern money and privilege- where power and passion rule and dark family secrets never stay buried."

Sooooo I am a HUGE fan of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and have been completely obsessed with her writing for when I saw she was starting a new series...I KNEW I had to have it......and here comes the BUT......Even though The Bourbon Kings is written by J.R. has a completely different feel and overall concept than any of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. The Bourbon Kings is more of a southern romance about a rich family and all of their deep, dark secrets. The hot and heavy romance and dark concepts that we have come to love when reading the BDB series is not instilled in the book but that does not make it any less awesome......just different.

Now don't get me wrong....I greatly enjoyed this book...but just prepare yourself for an entirely different side of J.R. Ward. The Bourbon Kings is told from several points of view and follows the lives of the children of the Bradford empire: Edward, Max, Gin, and Lane. 

Edward is the oldest son and heir of the Bradford bourbon industry but an crippling life event has left him broken and scarred and he has chosen to live his life taking care of horses and drinking his pain away.

Lane is the "playboy" of the family and is tired of his old ways and comes back home in order to make amends and try and start his life over. Years before he was in a relationship with the Bradford's gardener, Lizzie, and he ended up breaking her heart and running away. He comes back home determined to win Lizzie back and to right the wrongs that he started. 

Gin is the "black sheep" of the family...She is the spoiled, rich girl who is partying her life away and living off Daddy's money. Gin has a strange relationship with a man named Samuel T that she has basically been in love with her entire life.......

There is so much going on in this book and at times it was hard to keep up. I found myself re-reading some chapters just to make sure I didn't miss anything. The book felt more like a prequel or a "set-up" to explain all the back-stories and past lives of the Bradford family in order to get the reader prepared for the stories that are to come.....

I am not sure I have ever read a book with so many secrets and scandals.....I have no idea what kind of twists will follow in the next books....especially with all the secrets that were revealed in this book!!!! How many more can there be???

Fans of Adult Romance, Family Saga stories, and contemporary adult will love this book and will enjoy the different, deeper side of J.R. Ward's writing.... Being from the South, I also enjoyed all the Southern aspects and traditions that J.R. Ward instilled into The Bourbon Kings. 

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