The Bourbon Thief
By Tiffany Reisz
When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.
In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
Oh my! What an epic story! 5 epic stars!
I first have to say that I never thought I would be approved to receive an ARC for this story. I never get approved for the big books and authors, I am a small fish in the ocean of reviewers. I was just shooting in the wind when I requested it. I was also weary about reading this author again. I was caught up in the original sinners series until I got to the last book and I returned that book and got my money back. I was so mad at it, I never thought I would read her again. Well as the book says fate has a way of interfering, I got approved and started reading.
This book was OUATANDING! It was a true tale of sex, vengeance, evil, love, and slavery. It wound itself so tight and memorized me beyond reason. I had to keep reading no matter what. The Maddox family made me think of the Kennedys or Vanderbilts, who had tons of money and no real happiness; just scandals, bribery, unfaithfulness, corruption, and jealousy. It was so real that it could have happened and many parts of it has in real life. Wealthy men are corrupt and will do anything to make their legacies live on. It becomes a sickness, an obsession till it consumes until there is nothing left.
I can't really talk about the story because it will give it all away. It is dark and disturbing in its own right about how power and wealth are all corrupting and destroy all in its path without discrimination. Just know that the main characters are strong beyond belief and really tried to set things right. They are amazing and beautiful and just so tortured.
Ms. Reisz knows how to spin a tale and breathe life into her characters. It is great to see she expanded from her series and brought me back to her fold of fans! I highly recommend this book and beware that you need to schedule out a time to read it all!! I think I may read it again!
Received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. (less)