Release Day Review and Giveaway: The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

the bourbon thiefRelease Date Review: The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Hmmm….Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Book provided by: NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

AH’s Review – 4.5 stars – A

If you’ve always wanted to try to read a book by Tiffany Reisz and were a little afraid to do so, The Bourbon Thief is an excellent book to start with. No kink, no BDSM, and definitely no safewords are needed to read The Bourbon Thief. The story is presented as a story within a story within yet another story. Ms. Reisz’s storytelling skills shine as she weaves the tale of a Kentucky distilling dynasty and the family behind Red Thread Bourbon.

The story begins in the present day with bourbon connoisseur Cooper McQueen finding out that his very rare bottle of bourbon has been stolen by his date/one night stand/mystery woman. She is apprehended red-handed as she is leaving his mansion and Cooper agrees to hear her story before he makes any decisions. The woman begins to tell the tale of Red Thread Bourbon and we are transported back to 1978, to Tamara Maddox’s 16th birthday. Tamara is a typical heiress, spoiled to the point of being called Rotten by her favorite stable hand Levi. Tamara is attracted to Levi even though he is much older than her.

As our mystery woman recounts the story of Tamara, the reader is transported further back in time through Tamara’s dreams of a slave with a red ribbon in her hair, Veritas. We learn that Veritas was very beautiful and that she attracted the attentions of the master of the home, Jacob Maddox.

As mentioned above, Ms. Reisz is an excellent storyteller. Each tidbit of information is slowly revealed, leaving the reader thirsting for more. (Yes. Pun definitely intended). So pour yourself a nice drink , find a comfy chair, turn off the phones, and enjoy this book.

Just an aside to Original Sinners fans – I couldn’t help but notice a few little parallels to the Original Sinners series. Tamara reminded me of a young Eleanor in the way that she spoke. Also, Levi was 12 years older than Tamara, reminding me a little of Soren and Eleanor.

The Bourbon Thief is an excellent read, perfect for adding to your summer reading list and an excellent introduction to Ms. Reisz’s wonderful writing.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Trigger warnings: Rape


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