Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Angel's Share (Bk 2 in Bourbon Kings series) / J.R. Ward / 415 pp

Book two in this series continues Lane and Lizzie's story from the first book and adds more of Edward, the oldest son, and Gin, the only daughter. Again, neither of these characters are particularly likable. Edward was kidnapped and tortured by South American mercenaries, the details of which caused him to break away from the family business to train horses.  He's terribly disfigured and in constant pain. Gin's life is no better. She ignores her 16 year old daughter, had out of wedlock, and takes selfishness to level rarely found in a character that the author wants you to eventually root for. But, I was caught up in the murder mystery and embezzlement parts of the story, so I continued on.  Eventually, there is character evolution in both Edward and Gin so maybe they are redeemable.  They both are pretty self-destructive so the twists at the end of the book are not straight forward (I can't say anymore without giving it away). They both have love interests as well but they didn't make sense to me. There's no announced date for the next book in the series but I will look for it to see how Ward will resolve the cliffhanger at the end of the book.



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