Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Bourbon Kings - A Shout Out

Idgie Says:
Dynasty Lives again - but in Kentucky!  Fun!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal.... 

Ward has done something few writers are doing these days.  In THE BOURBON KINGS (NAL Hardcover; July 28, 2015; $27.95), she has created an epic family saga—sweeping, sexy, and page-turning—but set in modern times.  She introduces the Bradfords, a wealthy, influential, and dysfunctional Kentucky family who has made their fortune in the bourbon business in America’s bluegrass state.

THE BOURBON KINGS has it all: Derby brunches that cost $50,000 dollars, private jets, priceless jewels, and an opulent family estate. And a powerful and ruthless patriarch who puts business ahead of his children, while his wife lies in self-induced stupor in luxurious rooms above.  There is a prodigal son who falls in love with the estate’s gardener—and another who has been physically and emotionally damaged at his father’s hand.  A daughter is bartered for marriage in a business agreement, and becomes a virtual prisoner in her own home.  This tense family drama is set against the rising suspicion that someone is embezzling millions of dollars from the family. Secrets and scandals abound within the Bradford’s inner circle, and no one will be left unscathed… 

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

J. R. Ward is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than fifteen million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-five different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.