New Release: The Devil’s Cut by J. R. Ward – The Final Book in The Bourbon Kings Series

The Devil’s Cut

Bourbon Kings Series – Book 3

By J. R. Ward

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Synopsis

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale to her 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 is for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

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Michel’s Review

The grand finale in the Bourbon Kings series has released. The Devil’s Cut by J. R. Ward delivers a powerful conclusion for the Bradford family dynasty.  Appearances are deceptive, behind the illusion of grandeur and wealth lies deadly secrets.  These secrets are motives for deception, theft, and murder.  Fortunes are squandered for power and greed.  People are destroyed in the name of love. The strong branches of the family tree are nothing but broken, twisted limbs. The Bradford legacy is nothing but an illusion about to be exposed.

Lane Baldwine is desperately trying to save the family name and fortune his father embezzled.  His brother Edward has been charged with their father’s murder.  His sister Gin has sold herself to an abusive marriage for all the wrong reasons. His brother Max has suddenly returned home after being off the grid for years. The mother of his heart is dying and his birth mother is lost to the world of drugs and insanity.  His soon to be ex wife is pregnant with his father’s baby and trying to secure her share of the family fortune.  His father not only left the family finances destitute , he also left behind illegitimate children and a multitude of enemies.  Lane Baldwine is dealing with more than a lost fortune, he’s dealing with a broken family.

The big question is who killed “daddy dearest” ?  The answer to that question could either unravel the family more or save what is left of the broken threads.

The next big question is where did all the money go?  Is it lost forever or can Lane salvage enough to save the distillery?

Has the Bradford Legacy come to an end?  That question all depends on the first question.

If you want the all the answers… read the book!  All the answers are hidden in plain sight in   pure sarcastic and twisted J. R. Ward brilliance.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Bourbon King series.  The Devil’s Cut delivered all the answers with quite a few surprises along the way.  There were a few things that held me back from giving this book five stars.  At times it felt a bit rushed and other times too drawn out and slower paced.  Another factor that held me back was one of the characters that was introduced in book one and added to the dynamics in developing the plot was omitted in book three. I felt like they were part of the key in the new dynamics of the Bradford family legacy. Overall it was a very good book and satisfying conclusion to the series.

 

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The Bourbon Kings Series

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The Bourbon Kings

The Bourbon Kings – Book One

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Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal….

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.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

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The Angel’s Share

The Bourbon Kings Series – Book 2

By J. R. Ward

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Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation……


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?

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The Devil’s Cut

Bourbon Kings Series – Book 3

By J. R. Ward

Buy: Amazon / B & N / IBooks / Kobo

Synopsis

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale to her 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 is for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

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JR Ward (dog) - Photo by Andrew HyslopJ.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at www.jrward.com, Facebook.com/JRWardBooks, and Twitter.com/JRWard1.

 

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