One day last week, I found myself perusing NetGalley after rating an ARC I had received a few weeks prior. I was searching by publisher because I figured it would be the easiest way to find something to catch my interest. A number of things catch my eye when it comes to books and NetGalley has my favorite of them all, in spades. I am, of course, talking about the cover of a book. So what cover caught my eye and made me take notice? Stick with me, my friends and I will tell you.
The reason the cover caught my eye at first was due to the vibrant colors, the sharply dressed man, whose chin and lips are the only visible items, and the author’s name draped over that well dressed man. Although I already knew I was going to request an ARC of this book based on author and cover alone, I still had to read the synopsis. Sadly, my request for an ARC could not be granted at the time but I did get the chance to receive a free sample that included the first three chapters. That sample came by way of the UPS man!
Isn’t that cover sexy? I read the 3 chapters in 10 minutes flat and I wanted more. I found myself daydreaming that my ARC request had been granted and wondering if I should beg. I figured thst would be a very unprofessional thing for me to do so I got that thought out of my head fast.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal….
For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.
For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.
As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.
Between the stunning cover and the very intriguing synopsis, I was hooked and even more so after reading the first three chapters. These chapters gave nothing away to this reader/reviewer but they did leave my mouth watering with a craving for more from The Bourbon Kings. Those chapters went down burning and caused a fire inside that only more of the book can quench.
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The Bourbon Kings will be released on July 28 and is available for pre-order at Amazon and other online retailers now.