Also by this author: The Shadows, The Bourbon Kings, Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1), The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1), The Beast (A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood), The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings, #2), The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15), Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2), Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16.5), The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17), The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #19), The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp, #1; Black Dagger Legacy, #5), A Warm Heart in Winter (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18.5), Lover Unveiled (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #19), Lover Arisen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #20), Lassiter (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #21)
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
Also in this series: The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings, #2)
Published by Random House Audio, Ballantine Books on August 1st 2017
Genres: Family Saga
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.
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For all of my readers who are as invested in The Bourbon Kings series as I am, you need to just go ahead and download Devil’s Cut right now! There is so much going on in the fictional town of Charlemont, Kentucky, it will make your head spin, so pour yourself a tall glass of Kentucky Bourbon and sit back for the ride! I do recommend you first read or listen to both The Bourbon Kings (Book #1) and The Angels’ Share (Book #2) simply because they are filled with details and family drama like those old nighttime soaps Dallas and Falconcrest. In case you had the misfortune to skip reading the first two books, bless your heart, you won’t be totally lost because J. R. Ward does an excellent job of catching readers up as they go along. I’m not going to get into a lot of “this is where we were at the end of the last episode.” That would most likely lead to spoilers. Just know that Devil’s Cut takes up where The Angels’ Share leaves off. Things are in a big old mess at the Bradford Bourbon Company and at Easterly, the family home. It will be up to Ms. Ward and a delightful character named Jeff Stern to try and straighten it all out . . . but can they? One of the solutions to the seemingly insurmountable list of problems will come from a source that is so appropriate for our times, it may make you laugh out loud!
Alexander Cendese is the voice of The Bourbon Kings series and his performance of J. R. Ward’s work drips with Southern charm. As a Southerner and one who is particular about how non-Southerners do our accents, I’m happy to say Mr. Cendese not only reads the narrative with a pleasing touch of the South but as he performs the dialogue, he gifts the characters with the subtle differences in inflection that reflect a knowledge that all Southern accents aren’t created equal. Mr. Cendese, I would surely love to hear you read Gone With the Wind!
Devil’s Cut has been promoted as the finale to the series, but I really do wish we could hear more from these characters. Even though the loose ends are mostly tied up and the ending is very satisfying, I just know the Baldwines and their friends have many more stories to tell and, while I would rather have Ms. Ward tell me their stories, I guess I’ll just have to use my imagination to take the characters where I want them to go!
Thanks for sharing this great review. I have followed this series from the beginning, and I absolutely love it. This final installment was wonderful, and did not disappoint in the least! Totally impressed with Ms. Ward’s writing in these books, and the narration for the audio version is excellent!
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