Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz: Review


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.

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About the Author:

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.

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Review by Michelle:

If ever there was any doubt that with The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz could create the same magic, the same pleasure, and the same obsession as with The Original Sinners series we need to put it to rest right now. The Bourbon Thief is every bit as smart, sexy, scandalous, surprising and completely consuming as each of her previous books. Tiffany Reisz can do no wrong as far and I am concerned and The Bourbon Thief is another shining example of all the artistry, the awe, and the sheer brilliance of this author and the masterpieces she produces.

Not knowing much about the bourbon industry myself, I was soon schooled on the true meaning of a bourbon thief, but when the apparent theft in question occurs within the very first chapter, I couldn't help but wonder where this story could go from that point, where the story would take us, and what more there is to it. In typical Tiffany Reisz fashion, The Bourbon Thief is anything but predictable, transparent, or as it seems. Instead we are taken on a wild and scintillating ride of lies, murder, manipulation, bribery, and all sorts of wicked and vile things. The perfect tangled, twisted web of secrets, betrayal, deceit, and vengeance, be prepared to be sucked in and devoured by this teenage distillery heiress's sordid tale. A snare you couldn't escape from if you tried and, quite honestly, one you don't even want to.

From the moment you meet Paris and Mr. McQueen you will be hooked, but once Tamara and Levi are introduced there is absolutely no chance of putting this book down or even taking a breather. You will be flipping pages so compulsively, so absorbed by this shocking tale, the real world doesn't even stand a chance of seeping in or luring you away until the very last word. Then comes the fun part. Try moving on any time soon. No matter how hard I try, I still find my mind wandering back to this story, recounting events, and getting caught up in all of the emotions time and again.

A story about all the evil and greed, power and lust that comes with great wealth, but also a potent story regarding race and equality, righting wrongs and love. A disturbing glimpse into the underbelly of the South's rich and powerful as well as a frank look at the history of the South and the progress or lack thereof that has been made over the years.

So scandalous and suspicious, conspiracy theories abound and even those characters closest to one another could never be sure of the others' true intentions. With closets full of skeletons and no one to set the record straight, we set off on an intriguing journey to piece together events of the past, formulate theories, and condemn suspects. But just when you think there can't possibly be any more secrets, the mother of them all is revealed leaving your head spinning and your gut churning.

The Bourbon Thief is overwhelmingly compelling, fantastically thrilling, exceptionally mesmerizing, and deliciously breathtaking. A favorite of the year and a plain and simple favorite, The Bourbon Thief is a must read for fans of the Original Sinners or merely lovers of clever, captivating, and electrifying reads.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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