Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

Series: The Bourbon Kings book #1
Format: Ebook
Rating: 3 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library/Overdrive
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
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.


I was very conflicted while reading this and still am. This reminds me a lot of an evening Soap Opera like Dallas and I tend to avoid those. I enjoy some drama, but those kind of things often feel like there's drama to just have drama. And the majority of the characters are super unlikeable. Even the ones that seem normal and sympathetic are being pulled down by others.

All that being said, I struggled to put this down. Sometimes I was hate-reading. Other I times I sincerely cared about the characters and their stories. So, I will keep reading the series.

This isn't a straight up romance and I don't know if it's being marketed as one. I see it as more of a family saga with mystery and romance. The story of multiple characters are blended together very well. But that isn't much of a surprise if you've read J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books.

Thanks for reading!

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