“Love survives all things, time, marriages, deaths. It is more what makes us immortal than even the children we leave in our wake to our graves.”
Published: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 397 (Hardcover)
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
After all, money could come and go, so could health and wellness, and destiny was a fickle master, for sure. But to be loved by the one you loved? It was the optimism in the midst of crisis, it was the food when you were starving, it was the air when you could not breathe, and the light that led you from the darkness.
At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.
Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.
As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.
Well. That was quite a ride.
This series has officially wrecked me for nearly everything else and I can feel the beginnings of a book hangover as I write this review.
Devil’s Cut is the final book in the Bourbon Kings trilogy and is the culmination of one of the juiciest, steamiest, most deliciously plotted series I have read in a long time. Honestly, this series is like crack, and as with the previous two novels, I couldn’t put this down once I started. It’s so eloquently written, bitingly witty, and damn entertaining.
You for sure need to read the previous two books in the series before picking this one up, they continue one right after the other and have an overarching plot line. That being said, there is a lot to digest with this novel, and this series in general. By that I mean there are literally 20 characters, a slew of family dynamics that span generations, different homes and universities and offices and a million other locations that are pertinent to the story. There’s just a lot going on and the fact that this book flops between scenes and POVs and everything can be very confusing to some, but I actually love books that are written this way; you just need to be following from the beginning.
There’s literally so much character development in this novel that you can tell it’s the third and final of a series, everyone has a change of heart or makes decisions they wouldn’t have made in the beginning. Which is good, because there was a lot – like, a lot a lot – happening in this one, specifically deeper topics like child abuse, sexual assault, attempted suicide, and miscarriage, so trigger warning here, friends. Despite these deeper topics, the book seems to find some grounding in humor and dry wit, something I think is not only necessary but also lends a layer of realistic narratives to the novel because the author does these scenes so well.
This series is also what I like to call a mix of genres. It portrays as a romance, but is also a murder mystery, a family drama, and can even be a thriller in some cases. I think that’s one of the reasons I love this book so much, it’s not just one simple plot line, but is instead like the NYC subway system running through a trilogy of novels that all ends at this central point.
It’s a really compelling series and I’m going to miss the world and the characters so much, I’m really sad it was over because I felt like this could continue on easily for at least another two or three more books, but all good things must come to an end. I also heard this was going to be made into a TV series, which I believe would be excellent, but I have yet to hear or see anything concrete about it. I loved this series, like absolutely loved it, and I’ve come to love J.R. Ward as well. If you like contemporary fiction with these more darker and dramatic elements, these books are for you. Don’t wait four years to pick them up like I did!
The Bourbon Kings Trilogy