- Series: The Bourbon Kings (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (July 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451475283
- ISBN-13: 978-0451475282
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 450 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Bourbon Kings
“Get ready for summer’s most sinful indulgence. The drama never stops in this tale of family secrets, lost love found, rivalries, delightfully nasty villains, and deliciously appealing heroes. The clothes, the whiskey, and the gorgeous Kentucky backdrop will sweep you away. The privileged and the downtrodden never had it so good. Put on your derby hat and join in the fun.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
“Breathless fun! J. R. Ward moves her trademark dark and sexy from the world of warrior vampires to the halls of the Kentucky elite, where the family members’ claws are just as sharp and the consequences just as deadly. I couldn’t stop turning the pages!”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
“The setting is 80's TV soap opera Dallas meets Downton Abbey...This is high drama, and it’s mesmerizing.”—Fresh Fiction
“I want my Bourbon in bed! J. R. Ward delivers a sweeping saga where family roots run deep and passion sizzles hotter than a Kentucky summer. Potent and heady, one taste just isn’t enough.”—New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
“The drama and dark secrets behind the Bradford family’s empire propel this irresistible story of high-society scandal . . . a read that’s rich, smooth, and satisfying as a glass of Kentucky bourbon.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“Soapy elements abound in this Dynastyesque tale, from lavish wealth to feuds, dirty secrets, and forbidden love…Ward is a master of pacing and world building, and readers will love that the cliff-hanger ending guarantees at least a second helping of the Bradfords.”—Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
J. R. Ward is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. She is also the author of the Black Dagger Legacy series, and The Bourbon Kings. There are more than fifteen million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-five different countries around the world.
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As with most of Ms Ward's books her characters are what draw you in. The storyline is well developed as are the people. One of my favorite characters is momma. You'll have to read the book to understand.
In the BDB series each book highlights a certain specific character. In this series you're continually exposed to each of the major players lives with each book. This type of writing makes the storyline the center and allows you to see how each, in this case, family member, is effected by what's happening. I like seeing each character's life progress throughout the series, assuming that will continue, and discovering what their part is in the whole picture as well as their backstory continuing to unfold. Love Lane and Lizzie.
However, I've read a lot of reviews concerning people's disappointment that each story doesn't end with an HEA for the character that's highlighted in the book. If you're expecting this series to be the Kentucky version of the BDB you WILL be disappointed. That's absolutely NOT what this series is. This series is a family saga that's going to continue with each new book. I wouldn't say it's a soap opera as others have described it but it definitely is a sweeping saga right now centered around a specific event and the trainwreck that event leaves for others to clean up. This series doesn't have a lot of hot steamy sex. Instead it allows you to imagine what's going on. It's not really a romance but has a definite romantic tone. I don't know about you but I'm glad JR is writing something so different than the other books she's written.
The plot centers around the death of the patriarch of the family who was an evil bastard. At first it's thought of as a suicide but then turns into something else entirely. The saga looks at each family member, their character pros and cons and to some degree how the father effected their lives and shaped who they have become as adults. In one part Lane talks about how, if he had been the brother kidnapped, that Edward would have come and gotten Lane himself and how Lane didn't have it in him to do the same for Edward. That confession was really movin, honest and a real insight to the character of Lane. This is where JR excels. Lane is a good guy but like all of us he's flawed and JR shows that. I find seeing a whole person much more interesting than seeing only the hero. I'm also really happy to see that not everyone is 20 years old ( as an aging women lol.) I like experiencing characters of all ages. A book seems much more mature, adult and real when there is a wide range of people in different spaces of life, but that's me.
JR is a very good writer. In the romance genre which the BDB is in, she stands out as her books don't come across as so formula being banged out every other month like a James Patterson. Her writing in this series excels as well. I'm looking forward to future books in the series.
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I don't think Edward did it.
Youngest son, Lane, works to keep Easterly from going bankrupt, while oldest son, Edward, finds solace in the bottom of a bottle.
While there are some memorable scenes in this book, such as Lane’s accidental fall from the very same bridge where his dad met his death, I thought this story lacked the substance and suspense of book 1.
J.R. Ward does a commendable job of portraying the depth of betrayal Edward feels for his father’s horrifying transgressions, but it’s not enough to save this storyline from dragging.
I give The Angel’s Share 4 lovely kisses
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