Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Published by Penguin, Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on July 28th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Fiction, Lifestyles, Literary, Literary Fiction, Siblings
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he #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.
Ok, so I am a huge fan of J.R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series and I completely admire her as an author so much, that I was extremely excited when I read about this new series she’s going to write, which sounds so completely different!
A rich wealthy family – The Kings of the South, and all their little and big Dramas!
The Bradford family belongs to the rich, super rich and famous and they have been since generations. But that does not make them happy, on the contrary this family is completely messed up and we just slowly slowly begin how much! The pacing is rather slow, but then you have to be intruded to so many characters: Parents, 3 Brothers and 1 Sister. However, one of the brothers gets more “screen time” and might function as the main lead character in this book. Tulane comes back to the family estate and brings all his anger, issues and secrets with him – but… with all the other secrets and betrayals he seems to be the only one who might be able to rescue this family from complete ruin!
I really do not want to spoil anything that is going on the depth of this family – but I really loved the way each secret is being revealed. The more we learn the more we see how truly screwed up this family is! I loved getting to know more and I loved the surprises and shocking secrets! J.R Ward is truly a master storyteller!
An Epic Family Saga! This will be a huge series!
This is going to be such an epic family saga which has just begun. I am excited to learn more about this family and I hope that all the kids will find peace at the end, but right now we are far far away from peace and happiness! It’s not a very fast paced story, but this also wouldn’t have worked, we needed time to adjust to each new storyline before shifting to another one. And J.R. Ward managed to introduce all these characters, all these subplots and secrets and mysteries without me feeling lost, which can happen quite fast with so many different aspects. But then again, J.R. is an incredible author who carefully tagged us along the story. I can see how huge this series is going to be, and I personally can’t wait for the next !
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward is an amazing and outstanding kick-off into an epic family saga that is filled with secrets, mysteries and betrayals! J.R. Ward introduces us carefully to this family with all their different members and storylines and thanks to a fantastic author you will not get lost along the way. On the contrary the more you read, the more you want to know!
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I love series that focus on different members of a family in each book 🙂 I haven’t read any of J.R. Ward’s books but the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is on my TBR list, and now this too! Thanks for the great review 🙂
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