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ARC Review: Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings #3) by J.R. Ward



The Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward
(The Bourbon King #3)
Published by Ballantine Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars


Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Kentucky, DEVIL’S CUT follows the upstairs/downstairs world of the wealthy South.

The elite Bradford family’s bourbon business teeters on the edge of collapse after Edward Baldwine is arrested for the murder of his father. Miss Aurora, head of the estate’s kitchen and surrogate mother of the Baldwine children, is in the ICU. Lane Baldwine, the younger and more successful of the Baldwine siblings, has taken control of the Bradford Bourbon Company with Lizzie, head of staff at Easterly, by his side. The two struggle to keep spirits up at the estate. When a new shocking family secret is revealed, Lane begins to uncover the truth about their father’s death and makes a discovery that could irrevocably alter their family’s fate and fortune.

J.R. Ward transports readers to the world of elite Southern society, bourbon industry, and horse country. She has called her Bourbon Kings series a love letter to her adopted home state and a cautionary tale of big money, traditional values, and hidden sins. DEVIL’S CUT is a contemporary romance that will sweep you away with its Southern charm and heart wrenching drama.



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Morgan’s Review

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of The Devil’s Cut for an honest review.

The Devil’s Cut has all the emotional ups and downs, heart-breaks and relationships, that are what make this a truly addictive series! This book had me holding on and gripping the pages to see how it would all play out. With so many players in the game, there is so much to be invested in.

“you do not have to be with someone to love them. Love survives all things, time, marriages, deaths. It is more what makes us immortal than even the children we leave in our wake to our graves.” -pg. 286

From the beginning of this series to end, I have been rooting for Gin to make the right choice and get her happy ending. There has been something about her. She seems to make decisions for the right reasons but they always turn out to be the wrong ones and have such big consequences for her. The whole series my heart-breaks for her and I just want something to go right for her.

That is the way with most of the Baldwine siblings (Lane, Gin, Edward and Max), they have messed up so much in their past and are trying to make changes. They have all had a terrible childhood and are struggling to become adults that they know someone would or they could be proud of. The company their father has left them as a legacy, he has nearly bankrupt and Lane is trying to see how he can save the families legacy.

“You deserved better than you got. We all did. And we’re all crippled–my version just happens to show on the outside.” -pg. 304

Can Lane save the company before it goes under? Will Gin survive her mistakes? Can they find the person who killed their papa? You have to read this epic third book in The Bourbon series to find out!

The Devil’s Cut had me praying for people and flipping the pages to see when I would get back to their POV because I was dying to know. The style of all the POV’s from the siblings and their love interests made the pages fly by and had my heart racing from each one to the next to see how each ones story would play out. I am definitely recommending The Devil’s Cut and giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

Advance Praise for DEVIL’S CUT

“Ward has done a terrific job exploring the motivations and emotional depths of her characters as they each struggle to deal with the unfolding crisis. If you love your epic family drama with a splash of danger and bourbon, then this is the book and series for you!”

Romantic Times

“Ward does the wealthy dysfunctional family subgenre proud, skillfully portraying the stark contrast between the vapid, soulless characters and the sinful opulence of all the superficiality that money can buy”

Publishers Weekly


20248.jpgAbout Author:

J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty previous novels, including those in her #1 NYT bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.

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