Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Historical
More Info: Goodreads
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.
On July 28, New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward returns with a new series,The Bourbon Kings. Her latest book won’t arrive until next summer, but EW has an exclusive first look at the cover (above) now.
EW: What is the new series about?
J.R. WARD: The Bourbon Kings is a modern-day Downton Abbey set on a huge estate owned by the Bradford family, major players in Kentucky’s bourbon industry for generations. The Bradfords are like the Carringtons or the Ewings, and there’s a lot of upstairs-downstairs drama and intrigue. Actually, it’s got a lot in common with my Black Dagger Brotherhood series: big emotions, epic story lines, surprises jumping out at you, coupled with soul-deep love stories.
What do you think of the cover?
I love this cover! It captures the essence of the series: sex, power, and scandal, all rolled up in an aristocratic package. And who can resist a man in a tux?
How do you feel about the possibility of a television series?
I am so excited about Endemol Studios optioning the series for TV/film. They really get the story lines, and they’re bringing the same level of passion and intensity I do to the work. Fans of big, juicy sagas with family secrets and scandals will love it.