ARC Review – The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward

JR Ward a name we normally associate with kick ass vampires, but with this new series she has taken on a new world. The world of horse racing and bourbon may never be the same. ~ KcLu, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

Review copy provided for an honest review


JR Ward a name we normally associate with kick ass vampires, but with this new series she has atruegemawardtaken on a new world. The world of horse racing and bourbon may never be the same. If you are familiar with her work, you know she tells amazing stories that are weaved together to make one big story. The Bradford family is the top name in bourbon, and has been for years. But there are secrets that a good name and lots of money have kept hidden. As the Derby is getting into full swing, things just aren’t adding up like they used to.

Lizzie King has worked for at Easterly the Bradford family estate as the head horticulturist for years, and even had her heart ripped out buy one of the family. It just isn’t tolerable for one of the heir apparent to fall for an employee. Her problem now is that all that the son she hasn’t seen in two years is now home, and she is as much in love with him today as the day he stomped on her heart.

Tulane Baldwine left Easterly, and swore never to return. He has spent the last two years in a poker and booze induced fog, but when he gets the call that his mother is dying he flies home immediately. When he gets home, he notices that all is not what it should be. So when there is a murder in the house, he is determined to find out what is going on. But while figuring out his family, he is determined to win Lizzie’s heart back. Without her he is broken. Their chemistry just jumps off the pages. They are meant to be together, and boy oh boy are they explosive together.

If there is one thing being a soap opera fan has taught me it is this: to have lots of money is to have lots of trouble. The Bradford family proves that in spades. I am so hooked on this world of sex, lies, and betrayal. Each of the four siblings in this family are just broken, and I can’t wait to get the rest of their stories. You get a glimpse into the other stories to come, and know that it is going to be one hell of a ride. Mrs. Ward has once again taken me hostage. I can’t wait to see where she leads us.

*Side note: The stories are continuous, but don’t end on a cliffhanger for the main couple. Very similar to the way she writes the BDB series.


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3 thoughts on “ARC Review – The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward

  1. I’m on the fence about this new series. Thanks for the review. I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Can’t wait to read this new series. Love the BDB books. Thanks for the great review.

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