ARC Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

Posted July 28, 2015 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
The Bourbon Kings
by J.R. Ward

4 Stars


Released: July 28, 2015
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Published by Penguin Publishing Group
Pages: 400
Format: ARC


“THE BOURBON KINGS is over the top drama with intrigue and scandalous romance thrown in for good measure.” ~ Under the Covers

If you follow Under the Covers you know we are the biggest J.R. Ward fans in existence.  When we saw she was going back to contemporary romance, some of us (Francesca especially) were very excited because we’ve enjoyed her Jessica Bird books.  Some (like Suzanne) not so much because those same books were a bit boring.  Regardless, we dove in right away.

Because our views were a bit different, we decided to bring you our first ever team video review.  Of course, we were able to do that since Suzanne was in NY this past week!  So you get to see Francesca and Suzanne bicker like an old married couple about THE BOURBON KINGS.

Here’s some highlights:

THE BOURBON KINGS is not the book that will leave you completely satisfied by the end.  You have to commit to read the whole series to get all the answers.  There is, however, an HEA.

J.R. Ward’s writing style shines through in THE BOURBON KINGS.  She transports you to a world of intrigue, drama, money and deceit in a way that is unique to her and always captures the attention of the reader.

The main romance may be a little weak but you get enough from the overall story to keep you interested and turning the pages.

If you like soap operas then this is the book for you.  THE BOURBON KINGS is over the top drama with intrigue and scandalous romance thrown in for good measure.

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at,, and


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Hmmmm not a fan of soaps but I enjoy j r ward so I will be reading this


I enjoyed your video review

Elizabeth H.
Elizabeth H.

I absolutely LOVED your first video review and I LOVE Suzanne’s accent! I thought you ladies touched on several points that I made in my own review. It was a difficult review to write but I think I emphasized the fact that this is NOT like the Black Dagger Brotherhood books so I hope people will get that message. It is J.R. Ward though and while she is a brilliant writer, I don’t like all the soap opera/family drama that went on and was a little sad that there wasn’t more romance with Lizzie and Lane. Great job ladies!