Review: The Angels' Share by J.R. Ward

The Angels' Share The Angels' Share by J.R. Ward
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hardcover415 pages
Published July 26th 2016
(The Bourbon Kings Series, #2)

   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?

My thoughts… *spoilers*

If you are new to this series, start from The Bourbon Kings, this is very much an episodic series with characters that all play role in the Bradford Bourbon business and family drama. 

I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Bourbon Kings, it was filled with plenty of drama, intrigue, mystery, and romance.  I had even higher hopes for The Angels’ Share, for me though this installment wasn’t as exciting as the first and not much of anything happens. 

This book started right where The Bourbon Kings ended.  It focuses on the death of the Bradford family patriarch and the mess he left behind.  The book follows Lane as he steps up in his role as head of the family, as he tries to track the money, and tries to figure out how to save the family legacy and everyone he loves from ruin.

Gin doesn't seem to grasp their family's financial dilemma and continues with the marriage to the abusive wealthy Richard. Her relationship with her daughter and daughters father was another source of tension.

Edward is still struggling physically and emotionally from his kidnapping which was setup by his father. When he's sober, he still yearns for Shelby, the daughter of their family rival.  I was very disappointed at the end, I don’t believe Edward was involved in his father’s death.

This family is a big dramatic mess and the family business must go on.  I will continue to read the next book in the series, The Devils Cut, I'm hoping that more will be resolved. 

Happy Reading ~ Jovi 


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