on July 26th 2016
Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sagas
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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…REVIEW: The Angels’ Share is book #2 in The Bourbon Kings series by J.R. Ward. This book starts right where The Bourbon King left off. The head of the Bradford family seems to have been murdered and there aren’t any signs to whom might’ve committed the crime. This story has so much going on, but for the most part it moves at the same pace as book #1.
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?
With everything that has happened the Bradford family has been shaken up to the core. With the obituary already in circulation Lane knows that it is a matter of time before the news of his family money problems hit the public knowledge and while he doesn’t seem to care, deep down he is struggling to accept what his father has done to his family.
Lane doesn’t know where to start, his struggles to maintain control over his family’s business and fortune seems to be taking a lot from him. But while he doesn’t know the ins and outs of the business he has employed the help of his best friend who discovers a great deal of fraudulent dealings by his father. As the stories flows we learn that there is more than one person with enough motives & reasons to have killed William, but while detectives maintain their eyes set on the family, there seem to be shadows at every corner lurking and every person who works and have benefit from the Bradford’s money can be considered a suspect. However, little is known about the double life William Bradford lived and there seem to shadows everywhere lurking behinds the walls of the Easterly Estate.
These characters struggles with all that is happening in their lives, Gin is one of those characters. Her marriage to Richard is perhaps her only salvation to being broke, but while he may provide a financial escape his treatment and insults seem to be forcing Gin to act and do things she might’ve never considered doing before. Her relationship with her daughter isn’t any better, and while these two characters have a lot growing to do, Gin seems to be taking the steps necessary to make sure her daughter doesn’t follow her steps.
The Angels’ Share is quite an interesting read, it explores the deceit, betrayal and lies that seem to accompany everyone who surrounds The Easterly Estate. From the employees to the sons everyone is guilty of something. Ward has yet again managed to give us an intricate narrative, where the reader will not be able to decide who is behind William’s death even if a perpetrator is caught. While we see some new characters being introduced we also get a glimpse into what Lane & Lizzie will have to overcome once Lane’s plans are put in place.
New love interests are introduced while other have come to an end. Ward creates characters with strong presence and dialog, she follows the same quality of writing when creating a world that only answers to their own rules and where crime, money and lies flow as easy as the bourbon.
Overall, The Angels’ Share is a very good read. It maintains the same writing quality we see in book #1 but while book #1 has better definition as to where these characters are going, book #2 shows a bit more uncertainty. Edward actions and responses to his relationship with Sutton seems at times lost and unbalance. It is normal and somewhat expected to see an array of characters in all Ward’s stories, but while we know a great majority of these characters have a purpose, others seem somewhat unexplored and at times unnecessary.
Do I recommend this book? YES!
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