Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Review: The Angel's Share by JR Ward

The Angel's Share (The Bourbon Kings #2)
By JR Ward
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Source: Publisher
In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…

No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior...or the worst of all the sinners?

I was so in love with The Bourbon Kings when I read it last year. It read like a soap opera and I was addicted to the drama and secrets that plagued the Bradford family. I couldn't wait to jump right back into their lives and hopefully get some answers to the mysteries that popped up more and more at the end of book one. 

The Bradford family is THE family. They have everything they could ever ask for thanks to their bourbon company. But every family has their secrets and the Bradford's secrets run deep, especially when their father is found dead in the Ohio river. What appeared to be suicide soon turns to murder and everyone is a suspect, especially considering the man had a strained relationship with his own flesh and blood. As Lane tries to save the family business from going under, the four Bradford children are trying to deal with their own demons and accept that what they most desire out of life just isn't what they deserve. 

Okay, so as far as the drama goes, this book definitely had it. Unfortunately, the drama was more geared towards the business and less towards the characters and their illicit affairs. There was so much business talk and it was hard to keep my interest because I don't know a lot about business and I don't really care that much about it. I understand that Lane had to make sure that the family wasn't going to go bankrupt, especially since they were all used to being multi-millionaires, but all of the money talk just got to be too much by the end. 

All of the Bradford kids still had their serious problems, both with people they loved but couldn't have and with other members of their family. There are a lot of characters in this novel, so it may be hard to keep track of in the beginning, but once the story got going, you saw how all of the characters were hurting and growing and trying to figure out how to just survive their crazy, brutal world. But I was disappointed how we still didn't get anything about Max! He's the only Bradford child who we barely saw anything of and we still only got a glimpse of him in this book. Why is he a character if he's not even going to be in the story or the family's business at all? 

Overall, I still enjoyed this second installment in The Bourbon Kings series. There was still a ton of drama, secrecy, and dangerous affairs that I loved in the first book. While the story was a bit too business focused for my taste at times, I still loved seeing these crazy, damaged characters who have no clue how to just be normal people.

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