The No.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.... 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.
Praise for The Bourbon Kings "Get ready for summer's most sinful indulgence. The drama never stops in this tale of family secrets, lost love found, rivalries, delightfully nasty villains, and deliciously appealing heroes. The clothes, the whiskey, and the gorgeous Kentucky backdrop will sweep you away. The privileged and the downtrodden never had it so good. Put on your derby hat and join in the fun."- New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs "Breathless fun! J. R. Ward moves her trademark dark and sexy from the world of warrior vampires to the halls of the Kentucky elite, where the family members' claws are just as sharp and the consequences just as deadly. I couldn't stop turning the pages!"- New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner "I want my Bourbon in bed! J. R. Ward delivers a sweeping saga where family roots run deep and passion sizzles hotter than a Kentucky summer. Potent and heady, one taste just isn't enough."- New York Times Bestselling Author Gena Showalter "The drama and dark secrets behind the Bradford family's empire propel this irresistible story of high-society scandal . . . a read that's rich, smooth, and satisfying as a glass of Kentucky bourbon."- New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips "With more devious characters than Dynasty , The Bourbon Kings is juicy soap opera at its finest."- The Philadelphia Enquirer "Soapy elements abound in this Dynastyesque tale, from lavish wealth to feuds, dirty secrets, and forbidden love...Ward is a master of pacing and world building, and readers will love that the cliff-hanger ending guarantees at least a second helping of the Bradfords."- Booklist (starred review) Praise for J.R. Ward's Novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood "J. R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!" - New York Times Bestselling Author Suzanne Brockmann "Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic!" - New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight "Monumental. I loved it.."- Under the Covers "J. R. Ward's urban fantasy romance series is so popular, I don't think there's a reader today who hasn't at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood."- USA Today "J. R. Ward has created a world that I love."- Night Owl Reviews "A powerful rush."- Publishers Weekly "Tautly written, wickedly sexy, and just plain fun."- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner "Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride."- Booklist
J. R. Ward ist in den USA eine der erfolgreichsten Bestseller-Autorinnen für die Mischung aus Mystery und Romance. Nach einem Studium der Rechtwissenschaften war sie zunächst im Gesundheitswesen tätig, wo sie unter anderem die Personalabteilung einer der renommiertesten Klinken des Landes leitete. Gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann und ihrem Hund lebt J. R. Ward im Süden der USA.