Review: Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward


Publication Date: 8/1/2017
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb: 

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.

There are so many words that I could use to describe the conclusion to the Bourbon King world, but none of them would give this book and trilogy justice.  Coming from Ward’s paranormal series, I didn’t know quite what to expect with a seemingly normal world.  There are no vampires, angels, or any other worldly creatures in this saga.  But.. there is something that sets this book a part.  It’s real.  This story is as real as it can get when a rich family sits on their Bourbon throne of lies and watches the world crumble at their feet when the money is suddenly gone.  The loyalty ends when the money runs dry, and the dark secrets begin to emerge once the glamour fades away.

Lane and his family’s story is an intriguing and powerful reminder that not all things can be solved with a lot of money at your disposal.  Lies after lies spill out as the story unfolds, and with Devil’s Cut, the most hurtful lie of all rocks the Baldwine family to its core.  There were so many times in this book that I physically and emotionally cried alongside of each of the characters.  Fate is fickle, and sometimes the misdeeds of our past come home to roost at the most importune time. 

While the ending of the Baldwine family story is bittersweet, it was just about as perfect as you can get.  


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