[669]: The Angels’ Share by JR Ward

26024583 The Angels’ Share by JR Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings, #2
NAL | July 26th, 2016
Adult Fiction | Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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?


The Bourbon Kings ended with the mystery of the patriarch’s death; consequently laying the foundation for this installment. And since this is JR Ward, I didn’t expect that death to be the only story arch in this book. There was the ongoing saga of Gin’s trainwreck of a life; the lingering pest that was Lane’s ex-wife, and the long-lost brother who decided to show up for the funeral. But where has he been? If you’ve read the first book and are dying to know, you won’t get your answer, unfortunately. Not to be outdone, Edward -scarred and battle-worn as he was, struggle with his feelings for two women: one, a long time family adversary, and another, a young ranch helper left in his care.

So the patriarch is dead. And the suspicion fell heavily on one of the Bradfords. Particularly, the eldest son. The long tumultuous history between Edward and his father went as far back as when he was only a child himself. Cumulating to when Edward was abducted for ransom in South America only to find out that his father orchestrated it all. To say the two had bad blood is putting it mildly.

No one is free of guilt and Tulane can also be a suspect if revenge is the name of the game. After all, their father had an affair with his soon-to-be ex-wife, who, by the way, is carrying his father’s child. So his enemy is a mile-long list. The majority of the book was also about the non-existent family fortune. It turns out that millions of millions of dollars have swindled by their father. Close to being destitute, the burden now rests on Tulane’s shoulders since Edward wants nothing to do with the family and Maxwell is still MIA.

The majority of the book was also about the non-existent family fortune. It turns out that millions of millions of dollars have been swindled by their father. Close to being destitute, the burden now rests on Tulane’s shoulders since Edward wants nothing to do with the family.

The plot thickens.

JR Ward has kept up the same pace with The Bourbon Kings. Lots of intrigues and mysteries; excess and gossip. Lane and Lizzie are working hard to keep their heads above the water, but it’s been a constant struggle. In this instalment, we also see a change in Gin’s and Samuel’s attitudes toward the other. I’m glad to see it, as they were exhausting in the first book. They finally realize how destructive they’ve been and that perhaps now was not their time.  We also see a bit more clarity with the Edward/Shelby, Edward/Sutton quasi-love triangle. I’m glad it didn’t go the way I thought it was going to go. But oh, man. Things are not going to end well for dear Edward but I’m keeping fervent hope that it’ll all workout.

Folks, this is the kind of soap opera I could waste my brain on.

I can’t wait to see Lane bring their family fortune from the brink.

I can’t wait to find out where Maxwell has been all this time.

I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen to Edward.

And lastly, I can’t wait to see Gin and Samuel’s song and dance come to an end.

  • Awesome review sweetie 😀 Yay for enjoying this one. <3 And for still reading so many books by this author, lol 😀 Thank you for sharing your lovely review Joy 😀

  • Glad to see you enjoyed book two. I’m a little burnt out on Ward at the moment, but I might give this series a try eventually. It sounds really good. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • RO

    I love these kind of stories. Remind me of old Barbara Taylor Bradford and Sidney Sheldon books. Definitely need to check this out. Hope all is well. Hugs…

  • Karen

    oooh I just don’t know!!! I had given up on her BDB series and I was afraid to try this one but it sounds fun. So tempted!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Weeeee! You and I are on the same page in this one. So much like 80’s primetime drama right? Like Dynasty and shit like that?! So intriguing!

  • Jazmen

    Oooh sounds like a good one, I’ll have to check this out.

  • I think I may have to try the audiobook of book one!

  • shootingstarsmag

    It does sound a bit like a soap opera, but that’s not always a bad thing! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying this series.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I still have mixed feelings about starting this series. On one hand, so many enjoy the book but on the other hand… I’m not much of a soap opera kind of gal. Ah but the fact that you say you could waste your brain on it has me totally curious. Funny how that part got to me. LOL

  • I haven’t read a Ward since the third book in the BDB series and to be honest, I wasn’t all that interested in this series either. But man, that’s a whole lot of drama and I’ve got to say that my curiosity is piqued. Thanks for the review!

  • I do hope things work out for Edward, and I’m so happy a love-triangle sort of fizzled out. That was stressing me! Sutton and Edward definitely need a HEA! Gin got on my last nerve in the first book, but I was happy to see some positive changes in her character. I just hope that her deception won’t make it impossible for Samuel to forgive. Wonderful review, Joy! Now we have the long wait for book three. I wonder if that’s the last one. I hope things for Edward and Gin aren’t dragged out.

  • It has been so long since I picked up a JR Ward book. This does sound entertaining. Hopefully, I can find a spot to fit this series in my reading schedule. Great review!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Clearly she’s kept with the style of the later BDB books which is to focus on a lot of different characters all in one book, but it sounds like it’s a good kind of chaos in this series rather than the frustrating kind:) Glad you’re enjoying this series Joy!

  • kindlemom1

    I’m so glad this was such a good sequel, I really should have grabbed it darn it. Wonderful review Joy!

  • I am wasting my brain on these novels that I think is soap operas too for sure 😉

  • Haha I like how the suspense is built up in this one as the ‘plot thickens’. It sounds like this book would be perfect to make into a television show or something. Glad you’re loving it so much!

  • Melliane

    I need to try this author! I have her PNR series but haven’t read it yet