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 iron-fisted 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.
This is one of those books that is so scandalous you just cannot put it down. Every other page turned up a new twist or moment i found myself gasping. There are so many intricately woven plot threads with each and every character when i reached the end all these wonderful threads were all just blowing in the breeze making me feel lost for a time, there was so much was going my head was just spinning when i finished, leaving me wishing that i hadnt read this book until i had the next book in the series so i could continue on with the story, i needed some sort of conclusion at least for one of the characters.
J R Ward is a writing genius, she has just blown me away with all the goings on for this family, they have so many hidden secrets.
Even though this book is so jam packed with drama i found it very easy to keep a track on whos who and what part they played in the plot. The Bourbon Kings is going to be a series that will consume you until the very last page in the very last book.
I found this book unusual as most stories focus on one couple in this case i thought Lane and Lizzie would get there HEA. Not so with this book we get parts of the whole families story and are left hanging to a point.
The Bradford family made its fortune in bourbon, they are the kings and queens of Kentucky, they are old-money rich. The bourbon kings is like a soap opera on steroids and i need to know whats going on with the Bradford Bourbon Company and what will happen to it.
This book is crammed with the beauty that is southern charm all the men are swoon worthy, and Miss Aurora is the glue that keeps them together.
A brilliant 10 star read.