Hey guys! I’m so excited about today’s post. I’ll be reviewing the newest book by one of my favorite authors, Tiffany Reisz. She’s known for her work on The Original Sinners Series (Remember my master posts about them? Check them out here and here), but today, I’ll be talking about The Bourbon Thief, out on June 28. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book via NetGalley, so let’s get right into this…
From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery
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.
The Bourbon Thief is Tiffany’s take on a different genre after wrapping up her massive eight book series, The Original Sinners. It’s a stand alone book and it’s not romance or erotica, which is what she has been writing in the past. To say I was excited to read this would be an understatement.
I really enjoyed this book because we get all the good things we’re used to getting from this author. We get the interesting, smart and fun to read characters. We get the cool banter, the witty dialogues and we get a good plot with well written sexy times.
This time around, the tone of the story is much darker than what we’re used to reading from a Tiffany Reisz’s book, but as usual, her characters’ personalities shine through and serve as the driving force of the story. As someone who has been reading her books for a while, I can say The Bourbon Thief is a perfect example of the evolution of her writing. If she was good before, she’s at her best now.
“I think I could fuck you a thousand nights and never actually touch you.”
The book starts with a bang with a sensual meeting between Cooper McQueen, owner of a million dollar bottle of bourbon; and Paris, a beautiful stranger determined to prove to McQueen that said bottle belongs to her. In her quest to prove this, Paris begins to tell the story of Tamara Maddox, the heiress to Red Thread, the distillery that fabricated that bottle in the first place.
Tamara stole my heart from the moment we meet her. She’s sassy, she’s smart and she’s a spoiled teenager who makes no apologies for herself. During the book, we get to learn the past, present and future of Red Thread, as well as Tamara’s role in all of this.
“We tell ourselves lies to survive when we know the truth will kill us.”
The story of Red Thread and Tamara includes dark themes, love, pain, heartache, and revenge, just to name a few. While this is a work of fiction, Tiffany does remark on some real events that inspired some of the things that happened in the book. Even before knowing that, the amount of work and research that went into this book was very obvious, which made it all the more awesome.
This book was a great read and I’m happy to rate it a solid 4 stars out of 5. And the only reason I’m taking a stars out of my rating is because I expected to be mindfucked and I wasn’t because I kind of saw some things coming. Still, I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it in a heartbeat.
When it comes to a Tiffany Reisz book, it’s safe to say you’re in for a delicious treat, no matter the genre.
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There you have it! My review of The Bourbon Thief. Make sure to check this book out and let me know what you think of it.
See you next post, xo.