#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation…
In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…
No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.
Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?
So, if you’ve read my review of The Bourbon Kings, than you know that this book has a ton of characters and no ONE in this book is singled out. Well, not really. There’s still major chaos going on. There’s still the crazy Baldwine family and all their fucked-up-ness. And there’s still a crisis going on so pull up your big girl panties, get yourself a stiff drink (maybe some bourbon), and sit back and enjoy the ride.
So, Lane is still trying to figure out what’s going on with his family and the business, only now there’s more shit added to his plate. William Baldwine (Lane’s father) has been found dead, but before he departs this lovely world he leaves a complete and utter conundrum for his family to deal with. Lane certainly has his work cut out for him, but with the help of his lovely Lizzie I think he’ll manage. Fingers crossed!
I’m not going to mention all the supporting characters like before. I’m just going to tell you about some of my favorites! Samuel T. is my absolute fave. This guys outer shell tells you he’s a ladies man, a player, and a hard-hitting lawyer. His insides tell me he’s in love with Gin, but he’s too proud to tell her. I loved seeing his softer side in this one even though is was very brief, it was a nice change. Now, Edward Baldwine is still one of my faves and shall remain that way till I draw my last breath. He’s loyal to his siblings and friends. He’s smart and sexy and just plain old perfect. He does have some “daddy issues” that really should be dealt with, but, eh… I’ll take him! One more supporting character that bares mentioning is Gin. She starts this series being the regal spoiled brat that can’t even barely drive herself anywhere. She ends this book as someone I’d actually spend time with. I was glad to see the turn around. Must have had something to do with that “secret” talk she had with a certain hottie!
This book is just as good as the first, if not better. I seriously cannot wait to get to the bottom of all these shenanigans. I ate up every damn word and craved more. The pacing is pretty spot on and the writing style…well.. it’s JR Ward for godsakes… it rocked! More plot twists and tension will keep you enthralled for hours. I loved this and cannot wait for the next book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.