Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Bourbon Kings (Bk 1 in Bourbon Kings series) / J. R. Ward / 424 pp

I haven't read any J.R. Ward books before but the summary of this book caught my attention. The super rich son of a Kentucky Bourbon dynasty, Tulane "Lane" Bradford, fell in love with Lizzie King, the head gardener of their estate. But their relationship was broken off when he had to marry his previous girlfriend who was pregnant. He married her out of honor then left to live in New York with a friend from college. Now, two years later, he's back when the woman he thinks of as his mother, the family cook, falls ill. His wife, who "lost" the pregnancy, is firmly entrenched with his family, but Lane is determined to ditch her and make things right with Lizzie.  Unfortunately, embezzlement, suicide and murder distracts their, reluctant on Lizzie's part, reunion.

I found the Bradford family to be dysfunctional beyond belief but couldn't help but stick it out to find out what was going on.  Their weren't many likable characters in the Bradford family but Lane was starting to grow up a little by the end of the book. There's lots of secrets and behind the scenes manipulations  - it reminded me of the show "Dallas" that was on in the '80s. There is language and steamy parts, so definitely not for those looking for a sweet romance.

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