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

by - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Title: The Angels' Share
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: New American Library
Series: A Bourbon Kings Novel
Pages: 414
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase


#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?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Bourbon Kings trilogy in this one we follow the Bradford family as they prepare for the funeral of William Baldwine who has died under questionable circumstances and it's up to Lane to make sense of it all and to try to fix his family and the company.  This entails a lot of questionable things he ends up doing.

Edward seems to be saying good-bye in his own way whether or not he really killed his father, Edward has decided to take the blame himself.  He's determined for Lane, Gin and his mother to have a good life now that William is gone.  Was Edward just abused one too many times and this was his recourse?  Or was it someone else?

I loved going back to Easterly and watching how the Bradford's deal with everything they are handed and to see if Lizzie King and Lane can figure out who really killed William Bradford and why?  This book left you with more questions than answers.  I can't wait to see where it winds up in Devil's Cut!

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