|Title: The Bourbon Kings & The Angels' Share
Author: J. R. Ward
Pages: 400 & 426
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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.
Took me a while to really want to read this series even though I enjoy Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood because it sounded so different but once I read the first one I had to read the second as it is a continuing saga of intrigue, riches, and murder.
Lizzie and Lane just want to be together and they have to navigate ex-wives, fathers, gossip and a loss in capital not to mention people appear to be dropping dead and no one is sure if it is suicide or someone is killing them. If that weren't enough, Lane has to figure out where all the money from the business has gone and how to pay back millions of dollars.
Honestly, the idea behind it, I really thought I wouldn't enjoy it but as it turns out it is rather good.
|Title: The Shadows
Author: J. R. Ward
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Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.
iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.
Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...
This is the second time I've read this book. The reasoning was that I wanted to listen to it and then the last one The Beast. Again with the crying. I listen when I get ready in the morning so I had days of just not being able to get eye makeup on. This is a really good story and I'm so glad Ward changed the way she told stories. I liked her HEA's in the beginning but sometimes they weren't very involved and now they are off the charts great. I can always rely on Ward to tell me a good story.
|Title: Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander, 8
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It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated.
Meanwhile, in the 20th century, her descendants face even more desperate turns of events. Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past…
This is yet again another great installment in the Outlander series. I'm really enjoying this even though I know we are getting closer and closer to the end. I liked in this book how Gabaldon told the tale from a lot of different character angles such as
Well worth the read.
|Title: Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Glass 1-3, The Chronicles of Ixia 4-6
Pages: 488, 379, 535
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#1 As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed… - powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.
#2 Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia. Unfortunately that also means control of Opal. If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide.
#3 After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, student glass magician Opal Cowan lost her powers. Immune to the effects of magic, Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had. Powers that make a difference in the world.
Suddenly the beautiful pieces she makes begin to flash in the presence of magic and Opal learns that someone has stolen some of her blood. Finding it might let her regain her powers or discover that they're lost forever...
I couldn't tell if I'd like this series or not considering it was no longer about Yelena. The original series The Study Series was about Yelena and her journey from Food Taster to the Commander to trusted allie and love of a certain assassins life. The thing is I put off reading these books because I wasn't sure I would enjoy a new heroine but I was wrong. Opal is a good character who has her own faults and insecurities. Despite Opal's negativity when it comes to her own abilities and actions, she struck me as true. We all see ourselves as less and Opal is not exception. We even have times were life feels like it is kicking us and the best solution is to hide. Opal is not an exception. But Opal rises above it all and makes some surprising decision along the way.