Friday, July 22, 2016

The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J.R. Ward

The King of Bourbon is dead.  Who will replace him?

NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It will be published July 26th.  If you haven't read the first one in the series, you might consider doing that for continuity.  This book can be read as a standalone, though.

When you are living in a family of wealth, finding out you're broke can be a big shock.  It seems dad was spending money faster than he was making it.  He took out debt and then backed it with the family's assets.  The only good thing is that he's dead; now they can blame all the law violations on him.  Unfortunately, it turns out he was murdered instead of a suicide.  That's good news, though.  Then they can collect his life insurance.  Guess what?  He let the policy lapse six months ago...

This family has secrets, big secrets.  Lane finds that his father's assistant who committed suicide after his father's death has a child.  That child looks just like him.

Edward is trying to drink himself to death.  After all, he was tortured and physically disabled while being held captive overseas and his father was the one who told the terrorists where to find him.  But he refused to pay the ransom.  He lost his ability to work with horses and his opportunity for love.  Why not give up?

Max has his own business and he's doing pretty well.  He's found a new woman to be interested in.

The sister is getting married to a monster so she will have the money she's used to.  He makes her sign a pre-nup so she can't get any of his.  She sells her wedding diamond and puts the proceeds in a safe deposit box for her daughter.  She knows the man she married will kill her.  But maybe she can kill him first...

Lane takes over the business and continues to work on his divorce.  He has a new love that helps him calm down and deal with life.  He also finds that he has some of his father's characteristics.  He will get the results he wants even if he has to purchase some and blackmail others.  But he's doesn't overuse these tactics and wouldn't use them at all if he wasn't desperate.

I enjoyed this read a lot more than the first book.  That one was just too depressing.  This one has bad spots and I feel real bad for one character but I bet there will be another book in this series.  I'll have to read that one, too, because the author has captured my interest. Someone has to find a happy ending in this family.

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