December 28, 2015 Swan Creates 0 Comments

This book is not a book I would usually try, but I was asked to read it and I wanted to try something new.  It's amazing when you try something new and you love it.

"For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. 

Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet."

Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, has made a terrible mistake of falling in love with one of her bosses. The famous, in the lady department, Tulane Bradford, but everybody calls him Lane.  He broke her heart years ago and ran off, leaving her heart on the ground, shattered into a million pieces.

Now, someone he holds dear to him has fallen ill and he returns to the house.  Not wanting to run into him, but not seeing how it can be avoided, Lizzie tries her best to act as if everything is normal.  Normal is hard to achieve when as soon as Lane reaches home, he seeks her out, trying to get her to listen to him.

But how is Lizzie suppose to listen to the man who cheated on her and left her to find out about it in the newspapers.  No! There would be not listening to Lane and the lies he wants to tell.

Lane is frustrated that the only woman to make his heart sing refuses to listen to him.  He hates being back home, the place where his hated childhood was formed.  All he wanted to do was take care of some business he should have taken care of years ago and to leave the house.

Before he can leave, however, his sister was arrested for theft and when trying to get the money to bail her out, Lane discovers something that would affect not only his future but the future of his family as well.

Can Lane get to the bottom of this mystery?  Would Lizzie ever forgive Lane? Find out in the first installment of the Bourbon Kings Series, The Bourbon Kings.

J.R Ward wrote a book that was a filled with deception and lies.  I admit, I was not into the book at the beginning.   Lane was not easy to like at the beginning.  He was mean to women and to his friends.  I guess that it was expected, seeing as he grew up rich and privileged, but still, his cook brought him up better than that.

Lane did not have an easy childhood.  His father was not a warm and loving man.  In fact, it would have been much better if their father was an indifferent father to his children, but from what I've read, it seems as if their father got a thrill out of tormenting his children.  Especially the eldest, Edward.

This book was split up into multiple points of view.  One minute we're seeing things from Lane's point of view, then Lizzie's, then Edward's, then Gin's, Lane's sister, and so on and so on.  I got confused sometimes, but it was all relatively easy to follow along since the author was kind enough to put the name of the person's point of view we are currently reading.

Honestly, this family was messed up.  A screw must have come loose in the father's head, because seriously, for him to have done all of those horrible things. Plus I did not get satisfaction dealing with him, I wanted him to suffer so bad, but alas, it was not meant to be.

I could go on and on talking about this book, but I'm going to focus on the two main characters now.  Lizzie was full of herself.  Yes, it is true.  She had a handsome, rich man of the highest class, trying his best to get her attention and she thinks that she is better than him.

I applauded Lane for walking away that time when Lizzie refused to believe him.  I understood the first time, but the second time, nope.  She deserved it this time, and she has no one but herself to blame.

I know that I am confusing you with my words, but I'm trying to paint a picture of the book without giving anything way.  The main theme of this book is drama, and all you have to do to enjoy the drama of a rich family is buy the book and stick out the boring beginning of the book.

I guarantee that you would not be disappointed.  (but if you are, please don't blame me)