Also by this author: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)
Devil's Cut by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings
Published by Ballantine Books on August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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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. 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.
“Bad fortune, as with good, was not always driven by virtue or free will, and it was best to remember these things were not personal. Otherwise, you were liable to lose your damn mind.”
I’m a huge fan of JR Ward’s paranormal books. I have also read and loved her Jessica Bird’s Moorehouse Legacy books she wrote so I already know she could do contemporary romance. This Bourbon Kings series feels like more then that though. I know some people have a problem with the way she has multiple POVs in her books but I really enjoy that about her writing. That kind of story telling is more engrossing and for me it really rounds it out. The Bourbon Kings has this overwhelming under current of hope but it is still chocked full of drama that seems to follow the family. I couldn’t put this book down. There was so much revealed and resolved in this last installment of the series, some of this I was expecting and some of it shocked me on a number of levels. I laughed, I cried, I cheered along side them. I loved this family so much. I hope she writes more series like this along with her paranormal books. I think she does contemporary romance as well as she does paranormal romance. I’m hooked and I need more from her!
“So what do you say, Gin? You ready to be a grown up with me? Because I’m ready to be one with you.”