Series: The Bourbon Kings
on August 1, 2017
Published by Ballantine Books Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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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.
As the story continues and we return to the drama that is the Bradford family. Lane has been left with the mess after his father murder. While he isn’t considered a suspect, suspicion and mistrust reins in and around the Bradford family. Lane & the others can’t help but wonder and question the truth behind their father’s death.
As the family continues to struggle financially, and Lane tries to find a solution that will save his family fortune and maintain his family legacy, Lane can’t help but fall back into Lizzie’s arms for support, love and peace. While things between him and Lizzie keeps getting stronger, the family burden makes him question if all the struggles and the lies that seem to plague his family is worth keeping the company alive.
Ward does a fantastic job moving from one character to another without breaking the flow, she smoothly exposes these characters struggles without taking away the essence of their struggles and without making it less or more important than others in the series. I found myself enthralled with the complexity of this story.
As the story develops, readers get to witness timeless love stories between these characters. No one stronger than the other, or less intense. Their connection surpass personal gain and at the end personal sacrifices shows these characters true self.
I enjoyed this series greatly, from book one we are treated with a wonderful story that explores the dysfunction that exist in families of old money. While Ward explores each and every one of these characters demons, she also beautifully exposes their vulnerabilities in a way that elevates these characters true worth and in terms the reader get to experience their emotions, suffering and victories.
Devil’s Cut is the closing act to a fantastic family saga, Edward, Gin, Samuel, Lane & Lizzie all suffer their own personal hell but Ward managed to entwine their story without taking away the character’s essence and level of importance. I loved everything this story and the series offered.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES!
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