Published by Harlequin, Mira on 6/28/2016
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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.
“You can’t sell people.
Oh, but you can by them.”
Well, well, well, I’ve taken my first ride aboard the Tiffany Reisz express, and I do not want to get off. Luckily, she has another series out there that I’ve heard is insanely good, and I’ll get to it, but first let me bask in the afterglow of this inebriating read. Let’s talk about The Bourbon Thief.
“Boubon’s like the truth, you know.”
“The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it’s the only thing you want in your mouth.”
I absolutely love everything about this novel, even the aspects that I assumed I would hate or at least turn me away. The Bourbon Thief is a smoothly written novel with a wicked plot filled with shocking and sweet moments, both of which leave me craving more. I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that after picking this up on a whim, I quickly lost myself in the haze of this intoxicating story, and I’ve yet to recover.
I was going to say that this was a quick read. I began this review immediately after reading the last sentence, but I didn’t get very far before I had to pick it back up and start again from the beginning. So no, it’s not a quick read, it’s a long lasting one.
“We tell ourselves lies to survive when we know the truth will kill us.”
The Bourbon Thief is a tale about love, lust, lies, loss, revenge, and truth. This standalone is overflowing with so much deliciousness, that I’m surprised I didn’t drown from it. The story begins with Paris, a mysterious femme fatale duping a rich man to get her hands on a bottle of priceless whiskey. It then continues, forty years earlier, with the tale of Tamara Maddox and Levi Shelby, the bourbon princess and the horse groomer, two souls bound together and kept apart by lust and secrets. Occasionally the story returns to the present to Paris, as she expertly weaves this enthralling tale, and dangles the answers to the secrets we’re dying to know.
I absolutely loved how this story unraveled, as I was fully enthralled and invested in every word. I was told that Tiffany Reisz is a good writer, and The Bourbon Thief shows her talent greatly.
“Love what they destroyed.
Destroy what they loved.”
The Bourbon Thief is an absolutely unique experience, and one that I can’t recommend enough. This story is full of life, both its beauty and horror. Reisz tells a story of two people who are thrown together by fate and history, two people who vow to right the wrongs of the past and refuse to let the future tear them apart. This isn’t an easy read, though it went down surprisingly smoothly for me, and I did immediately go back for more. If you love a saga, then you’ll love The Bourbon Thief; if you don’t mind pushing your boundaries, then you’ll love The Bourbon Thief; and if you love damn good writing and an exceptional story, then you’ll love The Bourbon Thief.