Review: The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward

Posted April 6, 2017 by Lily B in Guest Post, Reviews / 22 Comments

Afternoon everyone! This feels a little late but better later than never right? I got Sophia Rose back again today on my blog and she will be reviewing the next book in  The Bourbon King’s series. I have to admit, her reviews have left me really curious about it. I haven’t read Ward before nor a lot of family sagas and phew, does this book have a lot going on or what?

Review:  The Angels’ Share by J.R. WardThe Angels' Share by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #2
Published by NAL on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 415
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Rating:4.5 Stars

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation…   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?

In this sequel to The Bourbon Kings, the story continues for the Bradford family. The first book set the scene, introduced the characters, and dropped a few bombs of surprise that really made things interesting. Right at the end of book one, there was quite the big twist in the plot closing things out on a bang.

At this point, I will be unable to avoid series spoiler stuff from book one so stop here if you plan to catch the series.

Okay, so we had millions of the family fortune vanish then the culprit winds up dead. Money is still gone and this affects the surviving Bradford family members in different ways. This is a true drama and there are many narrative threads for the large cast of characters. The main threads focus on the three adult children involved in the family crisis. This is a fascinating blend of character and action plot with mystery, romance, and more going on.

I am still enjoying how many of the characters are so flawed and not very likeable yet somehow I still care about their story and I want them to make good. Lane is really stepping up in this one and seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulder. Gin- well she starts out still morally bankrupt and weak, but then she surprised me. Poor Edward. I can’t help pitying this guy. He’s the oldest and should be the one holding the reins of it all and married to his wonderful lady love, but instead he’s a broken unstable man who may or may not have committed murder. Though, gotta say, that if he did, I’m pretty sure that justice was served.

So, this was a transition book. It moves the Bradfords story from point B to point C. There are some surprises, reveals, and twists happening, but it is very much a middle piece and it is obvious there is a ton more to come. And like with The Bourbon Kings, I closed this book on an old Kentucky Bourbon Making family and wished there was more.

About Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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22 responses to “Review: The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward

  1. I loved this author “BDB” series soooo much. I want to read this series! How could I miss this out? She is my favorite author. Thank you for sharing, Sophia. Awesome review, as always. 😁👍❤️

  2. I keep wavering on this series. Most people have enjoyed it, but others say it has a soap opera feel, I don’t want anything with too much drama… what to do??

    • Sophia Rose

      Hey Heidi!

      Yes, there is a soap opera feel to it, but also…not. The soaps feel to it for me is because these people come from a world and class of wealth that doesn’t seem real to me plus there is a large cast and a shifting point of view. They have thoughts and issues that average joes don’t.
      But, they also are written so there are also parts folks like me can connect to with their flaws and strengths. There is romance, mystery, inter-personal relationships.

      Hope that helped rather than made it worse for you. 😉

    • Sophia Rose

      LOL! Yes, took me a year, but I finally got it in. Now I’m stoked for the release of book three this year. 🙂

  3. I read this book and I liked it a lot as well! I’m mostly here for Lane, but I loved so many other characters. Like Edward! I felt for him, and I can’t wait to see where the author takes his story. The third book could not come soon enough! I really hope the series doesn’t get too long though, like her BDB series. LOL.

    Great review, Sophia! Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yay! A fellow fan. 🙂

      I agree. Lane’s the champion and I’m crossing my fingers for good things to happen for Edward. But oh that ending doesn’t look promising.

      You have a great weekend, too, Alyssa! 🙂

  4. I feel like the only place to go for this series is epic and more epic — it sounds like Ward is taking the time to build a complicated narrative in this series.

    • You are most likely right about that, Verushka. So much needs to happen to fix what is wrong for everyone involved and I sense there is so much more going to come out with this next book.

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