ARC Review – THE BOURBON KINGS by J.R. Ward @JRWard1

ARC Review – THE BOURBON KINGS by J.R. Ward @JRWard1The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Published by: Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance
on July 28, 2015
Genres: Romance
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The #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.


I REALLY REALLY enjoyed this! I didn’t know what to expect with the mixed reviews and all, but I gotta say, this was a sexy, drama filled page turner for sure! There is A LOT going on and A LOT of key players in the game, but I didn’t get lost at all. It was very easy to follow, and played out like a movie. Just be ready for SO MUCH MORE than your regular run of the mill romance novel, that’s for sure!

So scandalous! So mysterious! So lovely! This is FAMILY DRAMA to the MAX! I loved the intricate storyline and J.R. Ward’s writing is just spectacular. Everyone is familiar with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Some might be familiar with the early contemporary romances that Ward has released. But THE BOURBON KINGS is unlike anything Ward has ever done. I loved the multiple POV’s and the intensity of the drama. It was so incredibly hard to put down.

Now some might say that this is a drama filled romance, HIGH on the drama and LOW on the romance and I would have to agree, but I didn’t mind that at all. The drama kept me on my toes, kept me ridiculously intrigued and begging for even more believe it or not. The romance was a little weak, but when it happened it was passionate and beautiful.

There was so many characters to love, so many to hate. Almost all of them had their say in this book with the exception of one family member. This was a great SET-UP novel. The OVER the TOP drama is just beginning and I can’t wait to see what Ward has up her sleeve with this series. I’m very anxious to see who the main characters will be in the next book. I have my guesses but you never know. I can only hope that it will be Edward, the older brother. I think he touched my heart the most. He has been through so much devastation. I’m excited to take the journey with him as he heals his heart and his mind.

If you are looking for something like the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this is NOT it at all. It still has the fantastic writing that we all come to expect from a J.R. Ward novel, but it is not heavy on the sex or the romance. It is still a very titilating read, more so for the mind and not the body. I highly recommend this book for someone seeking an over the top drama-filled, highly entertaining, and scandalous read. Bravo on a great start to the series!

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern.

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