Bourbon Kings

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424 ratings

The Bourbon Kings Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of 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....

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

©2015 J. R. Ward (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Bourbon Kings

    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,985

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes it's Dallas with Bourbon but I loved it

    • By Katheryne on 08-30-15

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 2

    • The Angels' Share

    • A Bourbon Kings Novel
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • this was one of her books I just couldn't do

    • By Angel on 07-31-16

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 3

    • Devil's Cut

    • A Bourbon Kings Novel
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 921
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 848
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 837

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unparalleled

    • By Kentucky Bohemian on 10-06-17

    Regular price: $31.50