Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Source: Publisher
Pages: 434
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 4 Stars
Add to Goodreads
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.

Elizabeth's Thoughts
J.R. Ward is one of my very favorite authors. So when I got the opportunity to review an early copy of the first book in her new series, I jumped at the chance.

THE BOURBON KINGS is a world away from the author’s other books. The story has a completely distinctive tone. If I didn’t know J.R. Ward’s name was on the front cover of the book, I would think someone else wrote it.

The story is one big soap opera with a lot of drama. Betrayal, infidelity and greed, are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Move over Kennedys, there’s a new family taking up residence in Crazy Town.

I had a hard time getting into the story and an even harder time connecting with the characters. If you’re hoping for the writing style of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, you will be very disappointed.

THE BOURBON KINGS is a totally sophisticated read full of drama. The book is likened to the television shows of Dallas and Dynasty. I would say, that is a very accurate comparison. This ain’t your average vampire warrior book.

The book is well-written, the characters are devious and two-faced and there is a lot of money and power being wielded. There is no question of the brilliance of the writing, plot-building or the tangled web of deceit holding this cast of motley crewed characters together.

I was disappointed though because there’s not much romance going on. Lizzie and Lane’s relationship—if you want to call it that—was deeply overshadowed by the rest of the ruthless Bradford family.

This was a hard book for me to review. I liked the story, but when I put it into words, I found I constantly kept repeating myself because the theme is the same throughout the story.

Bottom line: The book is good, but it’s a different beast altogether from her previous books.

I was gifted a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

No comments:

Post a Comment