Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Release + Review - Devil's Cut (Bourbon Kings #3) by J.R. Ward

Publisher: Ballantine
Pub Date: 8/1/2017
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Finished Copy
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

When I first picked up The Bourbon Kings, I was charmed beyond belief. Before this story I had never read a Ward novel in my life. Gasp. I know, huge party foul. At least I had all the Blackdagger Brotherhood books, I just never read them. Obviously, that changed. I love Ward's writing style. But what I loved even more was how the book played out like a high level tv show drama in my head. 

In the third book, our beloved characters are filled with so much pain and trials that were hard to watch at times. Not one person went through the book unscathed. I'm pretty sad to say goodbye to this particularly series because they were all so well developed and well written, that they felt real. 

I have to say my favorites of the group were definitely Samuel T. and Gin. Their relationship was so complex and filled with so much love and hate, that I fell I love with them in the very first book. They play so many games and have been since they were teenagers. I wish we could get a novella or something with them in their teen years; I bet it would be hella angsty. I'm quivering with delight just thinking about it. 

J.R. Ward is phenomenal in everything she writes and I'm so sad to see these characters to go. But at least I still have them to go back to. Not to mention I have BDB books to read as well. If you haven't yet, make sure you put this up on your TBR!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


About the Author:
J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.


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