I have the biggest book hangover ever. I am literally struggling to find things to occupy my mind with just so I wouldn’t go back to re-read this fabulous, oh-so addictive, sinfully moreish book, because at the end of the day, no matter how many times I flip those last few pages, no new ones are going to appear. The first instalment in The Bourbon Kings saga, this is the devastatingly compelling story of a very prestigious Southern family from Kentucky—the Bradfords—and it follows the four Bradford siblings and all the scandals and heartbreak entailed upon them by being born into such wealth and privilege. The best way I can describe the feeling of reading a book such as this would be to say that if Dynasty and Downton Abbey had a baby, this would be it! I am telling you, this book will ruin you, break you, steal your breath away so many times, you’ll be breathing into a paper bag by the end of it, and once you recover, you’ll be begging for more more more!!
“I was almost over you, Lane. I was getting my breath back, my life back.”
While the story as a whole is comprised of a number of intertwined subplots as we get to hear several distinct voices belonging to each Bradford son or daughter, as well as their romantic interests, this book in a way belongs to the youngest Bradford child—Jonathan “Lane” Tulane Baldwine—and the woman he lost two years before but never got over—Lizzie King. Lane has been wasting his life away for two long years, hiding from the world in New York City and spending his days either drinking or playing poker, but the ill health of the only quasi-parent he’s ever loved suddenly brings the prodigal son back home, to a house he never wanted to see again, forcing him to face the woman he cannot stop thinking about.
“The one man she never wanted to see again . . . was going to come home.”
Lizzie has been working at the Bradford Family Estate for ten years, working her way up to become one of their most valuable employees. Independent, diligent, proud of her hard work and determined to make it on her own in life—nothing prepares her for the return of the youngest Bradford son, her body betraying her from the moment they lay eyes on each other again, but two years of separation have not even dimmed her heartbreak or the sting of his betrayal. Lane, however, is a changed man, unwilling to let the love of his life slip through his fingers once again, and prepared to do whatever it takes to convince her to trust him again.
“I’m prepared to be a very patient man when it comes to you. I will seduce you for however long it takes—give you space if you need it or follow you tight as sunshine on your shoulder if you’ll let me. I lost my chance with you once, Lizzie King—that is not going to happen again.”
Lane is not the only Bradford we get to fall in love with in this book, his sister Gin’s and older brother Edward’s storylines being even more captivating and intense at times. Virginia “Gin” Baldwine, is a woman who lost her self-respect a long time ago, a woman who feels deeply and hates herself for all her downfalls, and yet for all those around her she maintains an air of pride, perfection, superiority, and complete emotional detachment. Spoiled by a lifetime of depraved luxury and blessed with good genes, Gin is used to getting her way in everything, especially the men she sleeps with, but ever since she was a teenager, she has loved one man and one man alone—the only man she can never have. For almost two decades, she has played a torturous and unhealthy cat-and-mouse game with Samuel Theodore Lodge III—Samuel T. to his friends—a successful attorney and old family friend, always one-upping each other with their sexual conquests while maintaining a very casual friends-with-benefits arrangement between them. But when two very headstrong people play a cruel game with each other for too long, they eventually end up forgetting why they started playing it in the first place, possibly losing the only chance they get at finding their happily-ever-after.
“To sacrifice her body at the altar of money? Fine. She would do what she had to.”
And then there is Edward Baldwine, the eldest son and heir apparent to the Bradford ‘throne’, a man whose broken body coupled with a lifetime of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father have forced him to leave his old life behind, and become a recluse who spends his days training horses and his nights drowning himself in self-pity and alcohol. But even as a shadow of his old self, his heart continues to ache for Sutton Smythe, the daughter of the Bradfords’ biggest competitor and Edward’s best friend since childhood, a woman he never claimed when he had a chance to but secretly loved all his life.
“You must know that I fell in love with you a long time ago. You must know it. How could you not? I’ve been following you around for years— is that why you hate me?”
While he fall head over heels with each Bradford sibling and the people they are destined to love forever, we also see them facing one common problem, a monumental setback that would change all their lives collectively and would require them to either join forces…or watch reality as they know it disappear in a puff of smoke.
A sinfully addictive telenovela-esque collection of jaw-dropping twists and turns, secrets and lies, set against a very enthralling backdrop of Southern wealth and privilege, I never wanted this book to end. Ever. I loved all the main characters, felt heartbroken over all their storylines, and cannot wait to see where the series takes us. In the meantime, I’ll be the one rocking in a corner, begging the universe to make the wait for the next book as short as possible.
“This is . . . your time, Lane. God has provided you with a sacred duty to keep this family together. You are the only one who can do it. This is all falling into place because it is your destiny to bind the blood once again. It happens every couple of generations. It’s happening now. This is your time.”
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You continue to blow me away with your reviews. I’ve added many books to my growing tbr pile because after reading your review I HAD to buy it immediately.
This is an excellent review and sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, this is definitely on my TBR list now!
I have seen nothing but good reviews on this book and can’t wait to read it.
I can tell this one is a good book.
I can’t wait to read this book just based on your review alone! I haven’t even read the blurb.. I think I have said it before, you have a magical way with words Natasha <3
Believe it or not, I’ve never real any of J R Ward’s books. This one sounds amazing! It would be lovely to win a free copy!! Thanks for a chance!
Never read a JR Ward book so maybe I should start with this one since I’m hearing good things
Great review!! I can’t wait to read this book.
Would love to win a copy, never read JR Ward but heard so many good things and your review has me intrigued now :)
I can not wait to read this! I’ve thought about this back for the past couple of weeks and your review sealed the deal for me!
I’m so damn curious about this book!
Why would you not want to read a book that leaves a rocking in a corner impression. Sure winner to me :)
I have not yet read a J.R. Ward book. I know, I know. I’m crazy. This book sounds great. Your review drew me in, and I can see how taken you were with this story. Thanks for the giveaway chance! I would love to check it out. Is this part of a series or can I read it before any other J.R. Ward books?
Heard amazing things about this book! Can’t wait to read it!
I would love to have the hardcover copy of The Bourbon Kings. ( the price is definitely a problem for me ) I love the synopsis & your review.
I love reading your reviews and I follow you where ever I can! This sounds like book of the year! :D
Really looking forward to reading this!!!!
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OHH, even more excited to read it!! Awesome review!!
You always have the best reviews!
This review is amazing. I certainly can’t wait to read this book.
If the description didn’t have me excited to read this book, this review desperately has!
Excellent review, as always, Natasha! When I first read the synopsis of The Bourbon Kings, I automatically wanted to read it and had put it on my TBR list. With your review and raves about the book, it made me run out and went searching for the actual physical copy of the book in my little city. The way you described the book made it feel like a soap opera I never want to turn off. It made me want to know every single character in detail and wishing and hoping there will an HEA for this family. Thank you and REALLY looking forward to reading this!!!!
I am adding this to my TBR list ASAP!!
Awesome review…I’m intrigued!
Wow, just love your reviews. I’ll definitely will buy the book! Thanks for your review!
Love this review <3
I’m dying to read this. Love JR Ward
Fantastic review! Can’t wait to get my hands on this!
I’ve been looking at this book and debating spending the money on it! Sounds like it’s worth it though!
If the description didn’t have me excited to read this book, this review desperately has!
I love JR Ward, but I wasn’t so sure about this book.
After reading your review, I’ll definitely put it on the top of my TBR list…
Great review! Thanks!
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I have been dying to read this books. You have been posting alot about it and I really want to read it. I was want it! Thanks for the chance!
Okay I wanted this before but you made me want it MORE!!!!!!
Absolutely adore this writer. Looking forward to being sleep deprived and reading this over and over.
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I LOVE this review sooo much! I’ve read and re-read it (here and at the Amazon link) too many times. This books sounds EPIC! It’s on my Amazon wish list right now.
I love love your reviews you are a total rock stat can’t wait to flip the pages of this awesome book love love JR Ward
I’ve added it to my TBR list for AFTER the price drop to paperback, because I sure can’t afford this price!
Can’t wait to read it!
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Your review makes me want to read it even more!! Love it!!
This has got to be your best review to date. I have already read it 5 times and it keeps pulling my in. I think this needs to be the book that pops my JR Ward cherry!!!
Oh Natasha….you always find a way to sneak books to the top of my TBR pile!! LOVE your review and may just have to pay the $17 for the book now! <3
Thank you for such a wonderful review! I haven’t ready any JR Ward, but I think I know where I’m gonna start.
Always love your readers Jews! Dying to read this :)
I can’t wait to read this. It is my first J.R. Ward
Great review Natasha. I can’t wait to read this one, I know I will fall just as hard for all the Characters as much as you did…I’ve already fallen for Lizzie and Lane, just from reading your review, I ship them already *lol*
Wow what a review… So in depth and captivated me… Added to my tbr list xxxx Thank you
Ok I GOT TO HAVE THIS!!! I love your reviews they hook me automatically!! I live by your reviews seriously!!
Most of my TBR list is because of your reviews:)
Cant wait to read this!
Very excited to read this! Excellent review
Wow, you sure know how to write an excellent review! This one just wants to make you drop everything and read this book. :)
Great review! I can’t wait to read it. :)
Book seems amazing, on the wish list!
I have read this review twice. Love it. I love JR Ward!!!
I love your reviews! They defiently make me want to read the books you’ve read.
Thank you for your review! I’m really looking forward to this one!
Your reviews always make me feel the book can’t wait to start this !
Love this review!
I always love reading your reviews! This one is no different. I cannot wait to read this book! Thank you for being you :)
I am dying to read this book, especially after your amazing review and posts about it!
AS ALWAYS, AMAZING REVIEW! I found your blog before I found anyone elses, and I don’t know how I stumbled on it but I am so glad I did, because you have introduced me to so many 6-star books! Can’t wait to read this! :)
Great review! This book is the first on my Must Read list. :)
I love this review. You make me want to go out and buy everything with your words❤️❤️
Amazing review as always. ..thanks for sharing your thoughts. I cannot wait to dive into this book!
This sounds so good. Thanks for the chance. :)
Love reading all your reviews on books! Can’t wait to read this book!!
Awesome review. Will Definetly read.
Wow just WOW !!
Amazing review!! Can’t wait to read this!!
Great review! I can’t wait to start this book ^_^
Oh good Lord you’ve given it 6 stars and reading your review has me drooling now, I have to read this!! Even if I have to give up my Starbucks treat for a few weeks to afford it :) Thank you, Natasha!! It will actually be my first J.R. Ward book, although I have all the others but just haven’t read them yet.
Can’t wait to read this!
Would love to win this one! Thank you!
Great review! I can’t wait to read it
I want to read this even more now!!
Amazing Review! I really need to read this book! 6 star review, there is no way I’m passing this book up. Thank you!
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I am so excited for this book! I plan to spend the weekend with it!
Great review! You’ve got me wanting to read this book.
I love the passionate review, excites to check it out!
I love your review! I’ve been waiting on this book for what seems like forever, but you just made me more excited!
This book looks incredible and your review makes me want to read it yesterday so I would love to win a copy. Funds are low right now so I’m limiting my Amazon purchases.
Fabulous review! I can’t wait to read it!
You write the most eloquent reviews! So excited to read this book!
Great review! I can’t wait to read this one! =D
Great Review!!!!! I wish I could get those book now!
I love JR Ward and have been a BDB fan. I can hardly wait for this new book. Thanks for sharing
Can’t wait to read this book
I must admit I’m not really a soap opera fan but I’m intrigued by this book and want to see if it invokes the same emotions in me…thanks Natasha for sharing your thoughts!
This is a great review. I can’t wait to try this book out
Can’t wait to read this! I always trust your reviews!
Awesome review. I’m thinking this will be my first JR Ward book. I’d love to win and hope I do. Thanks for the opportunity
I have been anticipating the release of this book for awhile…but your review has tipped me over the edge. So excited!
Your review is awesome!
Great review as always, looking forward to read the book!
I was a little leery of trying this one because I love her paranormal ones so much. Being a 6 star review makes me a more apt to try it.
I keep hearing amazing things about this book! I can’t wait to read it!
Here for the contest but after reading this review I’m going to read this ASAP even if I don’t win!
Sounds awesome!!!! I haven’t read any of her books yet. Yes, I know. I am the only one.
Wow its a nice riview, i think this is a good book, your riview make me cant wait to reading…thanks
So looking forward to reading this!!
You have me hooked! Definitely want to read it!
Awesome Review. This book sounds amazing.
Gah!! I REALLY want to read this now!!
You’ve never steered us wrong! This one sounds amazing. I love learning about new-to-me authors! :)
Love this review can’t wait to read!! In my to read.
Sounds great! This is definitely going on my TBR list!
Love this author!
AMAZING review, Natasha. It really makes me read The Bourbon Kings so bad :)
*makes me want to read
I love your reviews! It’s almost like reading a novella about a novel. Love the way you write! J.R. Ward is amazing!
These are the types of reviews that make me ignore the cost of a book and click it anyway!!!! Eeek! So excited.
Loved this review and what you’ve been saying about this book on Facebook! Can’t wait to read it
I love your reviews! It’s like reading a novella about a novel. I love the way you write!
Loved the review. Can’t wait to read this.
A very discriptive and informative review.
If J.R. wrote it, I’m anxious to read it. AND then to see a 6 star rating from you. Well, this one is tops on my Amazon wishlist.
Wow.. Just reading this gave me goosebumps. I seriously can’t wait to be able afford to get this. Hurry up August 7!
Amazing review !!!
This book sounds quite intriguing and I have enjoyed other books by this author. Sounds like I’ll be adding it to my TBR list.
Wow. I’m blown away and I haven’t even read the book yet! Great job Natasha :)
I loved your review! Can’t wait to read this book!
Amazing. Just AMAZING!
I have rarely disagreed with you about a book – you’re doing better than my husband by far
I cannot wait to read this! Lovely review!
Can’t wait to read, especially since you gave it 6☆!
I sooooooo want to read this!!
Wasn’t sure about reading this but after your review I think this book will be a must read!!
Book sounds great ,great review.
The quotes you posted from the book had my heart skipping a beat and you followed the quotes with a little bit of mystery leaving me wanting this book even m. It’s at the top of my tbr list!!! Such a great review. Why oh why did I read it? :)
Love your reviews! Always get my best reads from you lol! This book sounds amazing!
This was an amazing review! I wasn’t sure about this one, but after reading your review I know I’m definitely going to read it now! :)
Great review and sooo want to read this now. Thanks!!
I love the excitement I feel when YOU truly love a book. CANNOT wait to read this book. If I don’t win it in this giveaway I am buying it, losing my cell phone, and hiding to read it. <3
I always look to your reviews when I’m interested in reading a new book. Thanks!!!
Would love to read this! Thanks for the chance :)
Thanks for the chance Natasha! Can’t wait to get my hands on this. Just have to wait in line through the library! :)
I Love your reviews. I have bought a number the books I have because of your reviews:)
Thanks for this great review. I’m still a little torn weather I want to do this to myself, and start a new addictive series again. But I think I will give it a go.
I love the sound of this one and absolutely cannot wait to read it.
Soooo looking forward to reading this :)
Every review you write makes me want to dive into the book right away. This one is no exception. Cannot wait to read it.
I love your reviews. They definitely influence which books I purchase. I haven’t read any of J R Ward’s books yet, and would love to win this ebook.
Can’t wait to read it!
Awesome review! :)
Love how you include quotes in your reviews! I’ve one-clicked one too many books after reading one of your reviews lol!
Must read this book, your review sold me
I love all of JR Ward’s books. I can’t wait to read this one
I have been keeping my eye on this one for thee longest time! Great review :)
Now I really want to put Bourbon Kings at the top of the reading list. So excited to be reading it soon. Such a wonderful review.
This cover is gorgeous and I keep seeing this book pop up in all kinds of places ! I would love to read and discover what it’s all about !!!
This review makes me wanna read this even more than before!
I can’t wait to read this now, great review
Love your review , never let me down with a recommendation yet :)
Awesome! Your reviews were the bomb!
Another great review. I can’t wait to read this book!
anything u review I need to get right away. this book sounds amazing.
Once again another compelling review!!! My one-click habit is fully supported by your reviews!!!
Damn it! Now that sounds like an amazing storyline with twists and turns. Your review had me right on the edge of my seat.
Thank you so much for always hitting the nail on the head.
I pretty much trust you judgment on every single book cause you haven’t let me done once.
Or lets say we just share the same taste in books. Its sometimes a little scary ;)
Great review! Definitely want to read it now!
Really fantastic review!! Reading all the great things about this book is making me sooo excited to read it! I love J.R. Ward! The Bourbon Kings sounds really amazing, can’t wait to read it!
Your review, as always, has me blown away and addedbyet another book to THE TBR pile!
Such a awesome review!! Can’t wait to read it!
Stellar review. Onto the TBR it goes- can’t wait to dive in.
cannot wait to read this one!! B
Wow sounds like a great emotional read
Amazing review!!!!!! Can’t wait to read this!!!
Your reviews are always on point! They never let me down, when I’m in a book slump I love to look at the blog and see what the next recommendation is!
OMG I’m going to have to buy this now. Damn it. I was hoping I could wait and win one. I’m hot thinking about it. I’ll never survive reading it. Lol. Wish me luck
Wonderful review as always & as always you make me want to read & try a new author.
I cannot wait to read it. I was already watching it, but was even more excited when I read your review!
Thanks for the heads up. Awesome review.
I really want to read this!!
Awesome review! I can’t wait to read this..I love JR!
Your reviews are brilliant! I only read books recommend by you! Thank you!
Anything JR. Rights excites me!!!!!!
This sounds so good!
I love you review and look forward to reading the book.
Great review! I wanted to read this one. Now I REALLY want to read it!!
I love her BDB series, and your review has me wanting to read this badly!
I can’t wait to own this……
i want to read it
Thanks for the giveaway!
Can’t wait to read . I love JR Ward’s books
i can not wait to read this!!
Loved your review. I can’t wait to read it.
Love your review. I haven’t watched Downton Abbey or Dynasty. I have an inkling to now though.
Great review! I love reading your revised because they are so honest and many times I have gotten a book just by your review alone.
Great Review I need to read this
I really have to read this book now! You make it sound so good!
Thanks for this review, very helpfull
Can’t wait for my self..
You have me interested in this book! Thank you for the chance! ❤️
Your review just makes me want to read it more and it’s been on my wish list since it was announced. The price is killer though for me right now.
Loved the review!!
Im a virgen wnen it comes to this author but after reading this review i definitely need to give it a try
Thanks for the post and your thoughts on this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I have been anxious for this release and even more excited after reading your review! =D
Love the review! So looking forward to the book!!!
Very excited for this one! Love JR Ward.. And am loving this review!
Great review! I can’t wait to read this!
I want to start reading this right away! Great review :)
I was really torn considering the “not-so-great” reviews, but then I read yours and now I’m so excited to jump in! Thanks for keeping it real!
I couldn’t wait to read this. Thanks for the review :)
Goodness, I love your reviews! I can always count on you to tell me how great or not so great a book is. I want this book now! I have all of BDB books in paperback, and I cannot wait to add this gem from JR Ward!
I’m a huge fan of The Wardens and have been so excited for this book to come out…it’s literally been on my amazon wish list since she first announced it!! Now, reading your review, I’m even more anxious to read it!! The Bourbon Kings sounds like the Wardens next big hit!!
Can`t wait to read it !!!
Can’t wait to read this beauty… I always trust you on books. Thanks for the chance!!!
I was interested before. Now I must have it!
Can’t wait to read this one!
afrer this review I definitely had to read this book
Loved your review, if I didn’t want to read this book before, I definitely do now!!
So far i love J.R. Ward books and now I can’t wait to read this book. Your review is awesome as always Natasha. thank you
Can’t wait to read this.
Wow! This sounds crazy good! I MUST read this! Great Review!
It sounds amazing! I have to read it! <3
Great review. I can’t wait to read this.
Sounds good! Great review!
Your reviews are the best!!! I want to read this book!
Awesome review!! I can always one click away because of your reviews on books! You have never steered me wrong!!
Excellent review!!!! Makes me want to purchase this book.
Beautiful review! I so want to read this! Thank you so much! <3
I wanted to read this book before but now I REALLY want to read it!
This book sounds realllly good. I hate to admit I haven’t read any of her other books before but I think that will change soon. Thanks
I can’t wait to read this one!!! Thanks for the great review!
Great review. Sounds amazing. I love her books.
Been wanting to read this book badly but as you say, price is a factor! Your review was amazing and now I am jonesing even more to read it. I hope I can win a copy. Thanks for the chance!!
Omg! I need this book like RIGHT NOW!!! That’s sounds like a really awesome-wont-be-able-to-put-down-and-got-hot-swoon-worthy-guys book! I seriously need it in my life now that I know of it!!!! Thank you for the awesome review! Will definitely pick this up!
I’m so excited to read a J.R. ward novel that isn’t paranormal! The review made me even more excited!! Thank you for the chance to read this! :-)
Your reviews give me one click twitchy fingers!
I’ve been wanting to read this since it was released. JR Ward is one of my favorite authors!
Love love love you reviews. You have an incredible way with words. Wouldn’t have looked at this book if it wasn’t for your review
Great review! I’ve never read a JR Ward book, but I’m very intrigued by this one!
I can’t wait to read this book! But I have to wait for the price to come down. Six stars…wow!
To date I have loved everything JR Ward has written except The Shadows that I had very mixed feelings for and I am a huge Contemporary fan so I am super excited to read this! Based on your review I should really enjoy it!
Thanks so much!
sounds amazing!!!! need to read this book!!!!!
Awesome and heartfelt review as always Natasha!! Your reviews are like gold to me. I value your opinion and recommendations very highly. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into your reviews. I will definitely be saving my money to buy this ASAP.
after reading your review i have to read this book!!!
Love the review. Can’t wait to read the book