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?
I think the fact that the author got past all the introductions, history and back story in The Bourbon Kings, is the main reason that I liked The Angels’ Share even better than the first book in the series. Either that or the Bradfords are starting to grow on me.
On the surface, it was easy to form opinions on all the Bradford siblings, but once you got to know them, you realized there was much more to them than what was on the surface. The more I got to know them, the more I sympathized with them.
There were twists, turns, secrets and more than a few revelations. The deception and the pure… well I’m not sure how to describe exactly what drove the head of the Bradford family to do what he did to pretty much everyone he should have cared about. The more that was revealed, the more that I had no problem cheering on whoever put an end to his reign – as long as they got away with it. In the end, I’m still not sure that the right person was brought to justice.
There’s so much more to come, which means that since Devil’s Cut is the last book in the Bourbon Kings series, it has a lot of ground to cover. The are more than a few loose ends, at least one person that needs to be taken down a notch and a mystery or two that needs to be solved.