The Angel’s Share by J.R. Ward


Title: The Angel’s Share (The Bourbon Kings #2)
J.R Ward
  Romance | Contemporary
Series: The Bourbon Kings
Pages: 426
Format: Hardback
Source: Library
Average Rating {on Goodreads}: 4.18 stars

Sam’s Rating: 4 stars

From the Publisher:
#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?

Sam’s Thoughts: A great sequel in this series, a little less steamy and more “thriller”!
I’ve already professed my love for J.R Ward- and she doesn’t disappoint in this sequel. There’s drama, secrets, detective work, and some steamy bits… just what I needed after reading the first book {which ends on a cliffhanger} and waiting {im}paitently for the second. The Bradford family is a unique bunch, and this book delves a little deeper into their past, their present, and leaves you wanting to know more for their future. You build a relationship with these characters, feel their energy and their loss.
Ward uses different points of views throughout the book, without leaving the reader confused, but rather allowing each character to tell us about how they see this tragedy that’s folding out before them.
For me, this was a soap opera playing out in my mind as I read- it’s addicting and enthralling- totally worth the read. Once again, I’m {im}patiently waiting for the next installment to The Bourbon Kings!





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