Forbidden, Secrets, Deceit, Lies & Death – Review: The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Forbidden, Secrets, Deceit, Lies & Death – Review: The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany ReiszThe Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
Published by MIRA Genres: Erotic Romance
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.

REVIEW: Tiffany Reisz has yet again written a story that takes your breath away. The Bourbon Thief is a fantastic story of love, betrayal, secrets, deceit, tradition, old money & vengeance. The story starts with Paris, a beautiful woman whose presence provokes sensuality, lust & admiration. She walks in McQueen’s bar asking for the priciest and rarest of all bourbon, one that doesn’t even exist anymore. The moment Cooper McQueen sees her, he is taken by her elegance, sensuality and beauty.

Cooper’s attraction for Paris is instant, he set himself to approach her because he wants her in his bed, he wants to know her story. He plans to seduce her, but in their exchange it is obvious that Paris has the upper hand, she handles his inquiries beautifully, she manipulates the pace at which the conversation moves, she keeps her motives guarded but not hidden. Shortly after they are on their way to McQueen’s home and that’s when the story begins. A narrative that transforms the way the story flows, the way in which the reader perceives these characters and the way in which the characters evolve.

The Bourbon Thief is written in that style Tiffany Reisz is known for, intriguing, sensual, erotic & forbidding, intense with powerful characters and intelligent story-lines. Its narrative transport us smoothly from the past to the present, giving the reader a first row look into the lives of these characters and the things that made them who they are. The way in which the story flows with its intricate and layered plot is as riveting as it is complex .

Paris starts her story with whom changed a legacy forever, Tamara Maddox. Tamara is a seventeen year old girl who happens to be born under a very powerful family, a family with many secrets, a very rich family and a family that would do all is necessary to see its fortune and legacy grow. But while the lies and deceit lurk around the shadows of these characters, trust, love and compassion also develops between a young woman and a man who is the key to the destruction of the Maddox family. Tamara’s story is complex, but it is the key and foundation to Paris’ reasons for pursuing Cooper McQueen.

Tamara’s story is filled with very believable circumstances that might’ve actually happen during the time, it also explores the passion and at times forbidden attraction between two very different people, who were different in nature, in values, in age and also in social status. The Bourbon Thief is story within a story, one side of the story explores the inner dealings and dark past of a powerful family, a family with unsettling secrets, deep roots and dark history. A father with 3 sons, one who dies, one who kills himself and the other who goes away. But while these circumstances have set a domino effect, the players aren’t all ready to see the pieces fall, that’s when lies, deceit, violence and hate starts to set in. The other part of the story deals with how a young and poor woman finds herself brought within the welcoming arms of a couple who would change her life forever, but whose past are entwined in a way that can’t be broken, because their destiny demands revenge, and like bourbon, revenge may leave a bitter taste.

If you need a reason and only one reason to read The Bourbon Thief, let this be the one, Paris’s narrative is excellent and gripping, her sensuality and erotism can only be match by the story she tells. The Bourbon Thief is a fantastic story, Tiffany Reisz is on top of her game. She writes smart and intriguing stories with very complex and layered plots and characters, her stories evoke strong emotions and her readers are likely to experience them all.

Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES!
Can’t wait to read it? Buy it now!
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