“Devil’s Cut” Review

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale of the Bourbon Kings series, the Bradford family dynasty teeters on the edge of collapse after the murder of their patriarch—and a shocking arrest.

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At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

AAAANNNDD we’re back!

 

This time with a well-known personal favourite I’ve been pestering you guys with for quite some time, a.k.a. the all-time epic J.R. Ward. Today’s book review is “Devil’s Cut” the 3rd book (and the last one, unfortunately) in the Bourbon Kings series.

I’m a bit of a sucker for romantic suspense and southern tales, and since i get both of them in this book, imagine my joy and enthusiasm. “Devil’s Cut” was just as well-written and epic as the first 2 books in the series (here is me admitting that i absolutely adore anything that this awesome woman writes)

I got all my long-awaited questions answered and i got to see front row how  everything worked out for everyone.

If i were a weaker soul, i would admit that i cried like a babe at this last

instalment  of the trilogy and at how everything worked out in the end for my beloved characters. The saga has been for me something like a glorious journey, full of soul and even poetic sometimes (which i simply loved, despite not being the type to go all teary-eyed at soul-wrenching drama)

If some of you, beloved readers, remember “The Angel’s Share” review from a while back, then you’ll no doubt recall my comparison to that delicious old-school soap opera “Dynasty”. You will be happy to hear that “Devil’s Share” maintained the same air and writing style we all came to love and worship.

This series has followed the Bradford family through lots of good and bad experiences (well, mostly bad to be honest). We finally find out who killed Lane’s father, we get to see wayyy more of Gin’s and Samuel, who had quite the chemistry going on as lovers and we witness how everything comes together in the end.

Now, if only that pesky pride would stop getting in both their ornery ways, we’ll be all set, as far as Samuel T. and Gin are concerned.

I’m very sure it’s not just me who has been valiantly rooting for Gin and not so secretly hoping that she finally gets to have her much deserved happy ending. She did grow up and became more mature as far as decision making goes, and we have to admit that we all love some serious character development in a good book.

To sum it all up, my eyes looked like this at the end:

Add to all this goodness a compelling Kentucky setting and the usual scandalous moments we have come to expect from the Bradford family and I foresee some very generous rereads in the future for this one.

2lmtmah, signing off.

A big THANK YOU to Piatkus Books for providing me with a copy of Devil’s Cut for review.

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Review The Angel’s share by J.R. Ward

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation…

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…

No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?

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Hello again, fellow book readers! We, from your beloved book blog, are back with yet another review for you guys. Some of you might have heard of this book and even read it (we’re talking here about a New York Times bestselling author, after) and here you have the pretty, pretty cover:

“The Angel’s Share” is the second instalment in “The Bourbon Kings” trilogy by J.R. Ward. And if the name J.R. Ward (Helloooo, Black Dagger Brotherhood, anyone?) is not enough to make your heart somersault with barely contained joy, then I can think of very few others to accomplish this deed among romance authors.

 

It’s no secret that she’s one of the blog’s collective darling and of course, among one of my personal, all-time favourites. It does help that every book written by her it’s a masterpiece in itself (and no, i sure as hell am not overpraising her books; she really is THAT good).

And so, “The Angel’s Share” it is, folks. I sure missed the Bradford family! I couldn’t help but notice that “The Angel’s Share” was rather more suspenseful than just plain old romantic, which I have to admit is something I like. Compared to the rest of the Bourbon Kings, it felt like I was reading a completely different book but with the same characters.

But fret not, beloved minions! I can see Ward’s little magic in there, clear as daylight.

If you happen to also be one of her fans, then you definitely know that she has this ability to write amazing books that manage to stick with you forever and somehow make you want to reread them again and again.  And as I was diligently reading, like the little bookworm that I am, I kept getting those oh-so-good “Dynasty” and “North and South” vibes. And if you don’t know what i’m talking about, Netflix is your friend for those 2 masterpieces and go watch them ASAP!

Or else you’ll get this virtual punch from the “Books with Fangs” staff:

It probably also has something to do with that absolutely gorgeous cover and the plot and characters themselves. And the descriptions. And the drama. And the very good kind of soap opera feels that “The Bourbon Kings” series gives. And did I mention the drama?

And everything else, really. While the book happens to be on the longish side (I know, I know, I love my books long and scorching hot) it surely keeps you engrossed in its fast-paced action and compelling. Lane’s, Edward’s and Gin’s stories made me want to scream for more and possibly wreck half of my kitchen until the next book is out and it can sooth my demons.  And Lane won my heart after all he did and how hard he tried to keep his family and the ones he loved together and at the same time his family business up and floating.

Damn you, Baldwine siblings! Why are you so interesting? And the plot twists, people! The plot twists!

But in a very, superbly good way! Trust my inner bookworm on this since she’s rarely wrong and never disappointed you.

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Just in case, grab that martini as well while you do it. Cause we’re dealing here with up to 8 POVs and that, ladies and gentlemen, takes hellava skill to write and make it sound awesome.

This series has 5 fat stars from us and an avid wish to see it made into a tv show and fast. Because, darlings, it has everything a good tv show needs: love, sex, melts-your-panties-right-off romance, hatred, rich people and lots and lots of secrets.

And we all love secrets, don’t we? Meanwhile, stay tuned for the 3rd book in this awesome series titled “Devil’s Cut”, out August 2017. And by “stay tuned”, I mean guard your bank accounts for it and make sure to preorder it properly. And don’t forget, all hail the Gods of Fast Shipping and online book sites!

A big thank you to our friends at Piatkus Books  for sending us this amazing book.