Wednesday, 19 August 2015


“You’re the love of my life, whether you’re with me or not.” 

Publication date: 28th July
Publisher: Penguin Publishing
 Format/Source: paperback/bought


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.

My thoughts

I’m a J. R Ward fan and I’ve always said I would read any of her books without reading the blurb.  I don’t need to read the blurb to know that I will love it.  Her books are simply amazing. 

However, having said that, I know that some readers have uncertain feelings about this book and new series and I can understand why.  Ward’s books are usually fantastical, erotic, romantic, suspenseful and brilliant.  With The Bourbon Kings, Ward has travelled in a new direction, the book is about family, drama, money, betrayal, and again it is simply brilliant!

The story focuses on Lane and Lizzie, two people who have history that has broken them and even as Lane appears back at  his family home, the family drama just seems to get in the way of anything that could bloom between them.   As with Ward’s previous books, we hear from multiple POV, especially from Gin and Edward.  I really like Gin and I don’t think I should! LOL, she’s made some wrong decisions and she’s easy in the sack, but I’m rooting for her.  However, Edward’s story just gives you serious feels!  He’s been through a massive tragic event and still you root for him, still you want him to get his life back on track despite his history.  I do look forward to reading where he will go.

In the Bourbon Kings, Ward has really used scandal, family drama, lies and the wealthy, arrogance an’ all! and she’s escalated it to a point where you are hooked! I cannot wait to see where Lane, Lizzie and the family go next! Brilliant new series!


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