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The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2017
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Praise for The Angels’ Share
“The lush descriptions make Kentucky and the rarefied bourbon aristocracy spring to life . . . an utterly mesmerizing glimpse at the lifestyles of the flawed rich and the famous.”—Fresh Fiction
“Well-drawn characters, razor-sharp dialogue and truly stunning twists and turns kept me turning pages faster than I really wanted to, wishing to savor every nuance of this engrossing novel.”—The Book Review
“There is a little something for everyone: a glimpse into the lifestyles of the Southern aristocracy, murder, mystery, sex, and intrigue.”—Lit Buzz
Praise for The Bourbon Kings
“Fantastically and compulsively engrossing, as readers will undoubtedly fall through an irresistible rabbit hole that leads to murder, adultery, kidnapping, embezzlement, sins, lies, and love.”—USAToday.com
“A sweeping saga where family roots run deep and passion sizzles hotter than a Kentucky summer.”—New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
“The drama never stops in this tale of family secrets, lost love found, rivalries, delightfully nasty villains, and deliciously appealing heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
“Breathless fun!!”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
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-six 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.
The Bourbon Kings series will suck you into their world so fast you won't know what or where the time went.
I love this series and this is only the 2nd book!
The story continues from book 1, "The Bourbon Kings" which involved the Bradford/Baldwine family and those around them.
Lizzie King is a horticulturist for Easterly estate. Home of the original Bradford family and then Baldwine after Lil' V.E. married William Baldwine. They had 4 children; Edward, Maxwell, Jonathan Tulane "Lane" and Virginia Elizabeth "Gin". Due to their childhood past, the boys have scattered to stay away from Easterly. Gin is the only child still living at the estate, living a single life while her teenage daughter is away at prep school.
This book continues as evidence is found that may change the outcome of someone’s death. And with that more secrets are revealed. With all that is being thrown at Lane, he is determined to keep BBC working and his family from falling more apart than it already has.
This story is full of deceit to the highest level. Lies, infidelity, embezzlement, gambling and then death.
Lane is determined to keep the Bradford Bourbon Company from drowning in debt and keep the drink flowing.