The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings Series #2)

The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings Series #2)

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by J. R. Ward

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#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


#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?

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“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
“The setting is 80's TV soap opera Dallas meets Downton Abbey...This is high drama, and it’s mesmerizing.”—Fresh Fiction
“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
“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)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Bourbon Kings Series , #2
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6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

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J. R. Ward is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. She is also the author of the Black Dagger Legacy series, and The Bourbon Kings. There are more than fifteen million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-five different countries around the world.

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The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The book is supposed to be about Edward and Sutton, or at least that is what the description states. Instead it focuses on every othrr character more than them and doesn't even have a conclusion! Basically they are in three scenes together in the whole book and that is all.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved it! J R Ward never fails to deliver.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great! Can't wait for the next.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Although the story ia told from many of the Bradford family members' lives, this book captivates you with a plot full of shocking twists and turns. And the best part of the journey seems to be just beginning. Cant wait for the next book in this series to learn more about Gin, Maxwell and Sutton. Long live the Bourboun Kings!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Would've liked the story to move along more but still a good read , I love her books
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Anonymous 11 days ago
I cannot wait for the next one!
Anonymous 15 days ago
Great read, hoping for more!
Anonymous 22 days ago
Even though I finished I'm not sure I believe what I read. I think more twists and turns are yet to come.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Wow, what a wonderful book. Anyone who loves romance will love this 2nd installment because it has it all. This series should continue because there are so many things left undone. Will there be more?
Anonymous 3 months ago
Love JR Ward and cannot wait to see what is next for this dynamic family to have to face
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Anonymous 3 months ago
Another amazing book from the warden
Anonymous 4 months ago
Both books were excellent but many loose ends in book #2. There needs to be a #3 to resolve Edward's fate, where did Max get to, who will out Richard's cruelty, What is Chantal up to and does Lane stay at the mansion?
Anonymous 4 months ago
William Baldwine, patriarch of the family that produces Bradford Bourbon, appears to have committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. It has also just come to light that a great deal of money is missing from the company which has been around for over 200 years. The company bears the name Bradford as it was William’s wife’s family that started the company and she inherited it. However at this point, the woman lives in her room in a drug-induced state as she has chosen not to deal with life anymore. Lane Baldwine is the youngest son of the family which consists of three sons and one daughter. He is currently trying to deal with the aftermath of his father’s death and the question of what has happened to all of the money. Lizzie has been employed at the estate for years. She is a horticulturist and cares for the famous gardens of the estate. She and Lane have been in love for a long time but they have never been able to be together. Edward Baldwine is a man who stays inebriated most of the time to deal with his physical limitations and constant pain. These are a result of having been kidnapped, beaten, and ransomed years ago. Edward has spent his life with horses training them to be future Derby champions. He should be the heir apparent but he does not want anything to do with the family. The Bradford Bourbon’s competition is the Sutton Distillery Corporation run by the Smythe family. Head of the family, Reynolds Smythe, whose health is failing, has just named his daughter, Sutton Smythe, to be the new head of the company. In the days following William Baldwine’s death, a gruesome discovery has brought in the police and now it appears the man may have been murdered. No one is above suspicion. The rush is on to try to find out what happened to the missing money before word gets out about it that could bring the company crashing down. The author has picked up where she left off with her first novel, “The Bourbon Kings.” This is an ongoing family saga that will grab the reader and you can’t let go. I do recommend reading the books in order to keep up with the story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Enjoyed both books in this series. The overview leads you to believe the second installment will be about the brothers...Edward & Max. That was kind of misleading. The story was more of a continuation of Lane / Lizzy's story with more about Gin, a little more of Edward and even less of Max. I still enjoyed the book. It was fast paced, added more flesh to the familiar characters and intoduced some new and interesting people. It was a really good read and I'll be waiting for the next installment. J. R. Ward never disapoints!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Ward has done it again with a brilliant boom that sucks you in and keeps you going. If you are looking fir BDB, don't bother, but if you are looking for a wonderfully written book with intrigue, character and heart, Bourbon Kings is the story for you. Part 2 picks up with the murder if the father and mysteries unfolding, you get history and a dysfunctional family finding their way home.
RenWar 4 months ago
When it comes to J.R. Ward, and her writing, I keep thinking nothing can be as good as the BDB, but every time I've read one of her books she has proved me wrong. The Angels' Share is no exception. It has been one year since The Bourbon Kings hit the shelves and one would think it would require a re-read to refresh the memory, bring the family dynamics back into focus, and make the transition into Book 2 a seamless one. Nope, by the end of the first page of Chapter One I was totally immersed, back in Charlemont, KY and the daily lives of the Bradford family. It was as if I had just read the last page of the Bourbon Kings. Lane and Lizzie, finally where they belong, Miss Aurora handing out her sage advice to her ‘children’ at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, always moving stalwartly forward, in spite of her own mortality. Edward, coming awake, finding a true friend in Shelby Landis, confronting his life at last, and acknowledging his life-long love for Sutton. Gin, trying her damnedest to help save her family and in doing so falls into the clutches of a man who would only use her to avenge his past. She finally confronts Samuel T., and he her, bringing clarity at last to what she truly wants out of life. Will they each find what they seek? Who knows? I greedily absorbed more knowledge of the family matriarch, Virginia Elizabeth Bradford Baldwine. What brought her to the place she now resides in her battered mind, bits and pieces of the life of the privileged few. Finally, the middle son, Maxwell, makes an appearance bringing more intrigue and unanswered questions into the mix. Turns out William’s death was not a suicide after all. I am now totally invested in this series and will wait, impatiently, for Book 3. I originally listened to this book on Audible and Alexander Cendase is superb at bringing all these characters to life, and superbly yummy to listen to. That being said, as I wait for Book 3 I’m going to go buy myself a hard copy of this book to re-read and refer back to in the future as the Baldwine’s story unfolds. If you have not been reading this series, I highly encourage you to go get these first two books and join me in this unforgettable journey into the lives of the Bourbon Kings.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved it! However, the description is misleading, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. This book doesn't cover much about Edward and Sutton at all. And it doesn't really cover Maxwell. Just that he's back. We do however, get more of Lane and Lizzie. I can hardly wait for the next book, to find out what happens, especially with Edward!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I can't wait to read the next installment.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews 4 months ago
J.R. Ward serves it up neat once again in her second installment of The Bourbon Kings series, The Angels’ Share, the continuation of her epic series devoted to the Charlemont, Kentucky Bradford family ‘bourbon kings.’ William W. Baldwine, the ‘bourbon king,’ has passed. His demise wasn’t exactly what his family would have anticipated. How is it possible a man of such strength, power and notoriety would end it all one day by way of suicide? His body had been found at the base of the Falls of the Ohio River; wedged and tangled in one of the boat slips next to a weather-beaten old fishing trawler. Indeed, this was not how his life was supposed to end. Jonathan Tulane Baldwine (Lane) had to see for himself. He drove out to the Big Five Bridge and climbed upon the rail. He wondered what final thoughts went through his father’s mind moments before he took the plunge. He railed insults into the air around him and blamed his father for the death of the faithful business accountant, Rosalinda. He would never forgive him for the act of trying to murder his own son, Edward. The kidnapping and subsequent torture Edward endured in the jungles (and at the hands of his captors) was all due to the orchestration of the mighty William F. Baldwine. Perhaps it was Lane’s father who got out just in time. In the wake of his death, his family was in financial ruin. The millions were gone—promises and the constant borrowing from Peter to pay Paul had caught up. It was never Lane’s plan to fix anything his father had ruined. He had plans for his future and it didn’t include cleaning up someone else’s mess. His future was looking great with Lizzie, his one and only true love. He could care less about the train wreck his spoiled sister had made out of her life. Let her figure it out even if it required marrying the creep she was about to marry. What Lane didn’t know, however, was back at the estate, a matter is uncovered that changes the notion of Baldwine Sr. committing suicide and has the authorities considering murder in its place. J.R. Ward succeeds ten-fold in delivering a juicy and scandalous sequel to The Bourbon Kings in her latest installment: The Angels’ Share. I was immediately drawn to the title and even more-so when I read the note from the author. Ward explains the correlation between the title and the fact it is a ‘term of art used in the bourbon-making industry.’ I will not give away any more information as this is merely a tip to the iceberg of a truly well-written and engaging novel. Ward also provides a character guide in the forefront of the book that outlines their respective roles within the story. I had the pleasure of reading the first in this series and found this helpful as a refresher to jump into the continuation of the story. Ward dives into the continuation of the Baldwine family legacy full throttle and the pace does not let up throughout. The scenes are well-planned and are a fantastic platform to launch the reader into the next round of dialogue. The characters are colorful at best and Ward has a natural knack of planting seeds that grow emotion from her audience. Great job! I look forward to where the bourbon kings go next. Quill says: Yet another epic journey further into the lives of Charlemont, Kentucky’s famed ‘bourbon kings’!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Can't wait for the next installment
CharlotteLynnsReviews 5 months ago
As I finished Bourbon Kings, book one of this series, (my review HERE) I had so many questions. There were so many characters that I wanted to know more about. When I picked up The Angel’s Share I was hoping and praying that this would be Edward’s time to share his story. While there was a lot about Edward there was also a lot about the other characters that I had grown to care about. Lane and Lizzie were able to have their relationship grow, Gin is still being interesting, and Max is still mysterious. J.R. Ward has such a way with words that I didn’t always realize how long I had read. I sat down to read a chapter or two and ended up reading for over an hour because I was so into the story. The descriptions of the characters made them seem so realistic to me that I was in the rooms they were in, I was invested in the issues they were dealing with, and I was hoping for happy endings for them all. I am not sure that I have ever seen a more dysfunctional family yet they are a family I would love to be a part of. The Bourbon Kings Series is phenomenal. I am already pulled into this series and anxious for the next book to be released. The Bradford family is wonderful, the southern setting is breathtaking, and the story is magnificent.
cassey55 5 months ago
Its good, but its not on scale with The Bourban Kings. I LOVE JR Ward with all my heart. She is not SHerrilyn Kenyon who just farts paranormals out at ten a year and theyre all the same and getting worse each time it seems...JR is a GOOD writer and story teller and that makes this really hard for me. I loved the Bourban Kings like i havent loved a book in a LONG time. It made me so happy to have a book that i literally could not put down again. I have missed loving a book that much for a long time. I was so excited for the Angles' share that i went to my nearest barnes and noble and bought the hardcopy the very day it came out and put down what else i was reading and started and finished it in one week. Unfortunately, it barely delivered. This book needed to be double the size it is. There is SO MUCH potential story here and jr kept it to what seems to be her status quo(for bourban kings it seems) of a little over four hundred pages...A LOT WAS LEFT OUT. I mean, A LOT. Maxwell, a brother you only heard about throughout the first book, returns, has one scene and that is literally it. nothing else. Edward and sutton were supposed to be the meat and potatoes of this book i thought and they were barely a snack....Mack and Beth also were just given a scene and they have sooooo much potential to be my favorite part of these books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gin's daughter amelia comes home and she too, is then barely in it!!! I believe that JR intentionally did this, and i hope that the next book or two (it really seems to me like this series is not going be a long one unfortunately...) are HUGE. JR can do this. She delivered in THe King..its not like shes never written those huge books, if they need to be written she can write them and i just hope she realizes that this what this series NEEDS now. She kinda failed us here and the next one, it needs to be the size of Easterly. It needs to BE Ms. Aurora's soul food of the bourban kings series for us. If she does that. I'll forgive. :)
Meg4017 5 months ago
I loved it. This series a a who done it and as with all good "who done its" there is a lot going on in the background. It was pretty obvious who was leaking info. And you kind of knew what Edward was going to do. Cant't wait to find out how the family rallies for him. I hope I'm right about who did it, but who knows! I gave this 4 stars because the summary really is off. But the book is really good.