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The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

The Bourbon Thief Book Cover The Bourbon Thief
Tiffany Reisz
Fiction, Mystery
HarperCollins UK
June 28, 2016

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.

ARIANNA’s review


“Fate was a train that didn’t stop until it reached its final destination.”

‘The Bourbon Thief’ was pure and simply captivating. This story was so different from what I had expected and from what I’ve read before, but I can’t complain because I totally loved it. From beginning until the end, I was mesmerized by its quality, by its originality and by its complexity. Mrs. Reisz delivered a tale about secrets, revenge and lies that will blow you away. Filled with suspense, mystery and romance, this author’s newest story will keep you at the edge of your seat and will capture your heart with an enthralling love story.

“…bourbon’s like the truth, you know? The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it’s the only thing you want in your mouth.”

When Paris, a beautiful, sexy, determined woman spends the night with Cooper McQueen and she’s caught soon after trying to steal from him a million dollar bottle of Bourbon, she decides to tell him a haunting, gripping story that she’s convinced he’ll never forget – Tamara Maddox’s story.

“The Maddox family is cursed, they say, and I believe it. And once you touch one, get inside one, the curse is in you, too.“

Once upon a time, Tamara’s family was one of the wealthiest family in Kentuchy. Heiress to the distillery that became an empire, Tamara, a sixteen years old girl dreams the stable man, Levy, a mixed-race man to finally notice her, to realize that she’s not a little girl anymore. Tamara’s life changes irrevocably when she discovers who her family really is.

Wow! What a story this turned out to be. Captivating, intense and so gripping, ‘The Bourbon Thief’, a story within a story was wonderful, told in such a way that will blow your mind. Once again, Mrs. Reisz proved what an amazing storyteller she is. I’m not lying when I say her storytelling was pure and simple effortless and her writing was simply flawless. She totally left me speechless with this story that I’m still thinking about even if I finished it several days ago

“Perfection is for heaven, and when you tried to bring perfection to earth, you paid a heavy price.”

If you decide to give this book a try, my advice is for you to go in blind, because this is a story you will want to savor. To fully enjoy the mystery, the suspense and the romance you will want to discover Maddox family’s secrets on your own.

The plot was fantastic, rich, well developed and amazed me with its twists and turns. I loved every single one of them and I loved how most of them kept me at the edge of my seat. The mystery and suspense aspects were fantastically done, but I have to say my favorite was the romantic aspect. The romance here was beautifully written and I have to admit I rooted for these two endearing characters, Tamara and Levy from the very beginning. Tamara was such a unique character. I loved her. Her character is written in such a way you will be drawn to her immediately. As the story progresses you will love her determination and her strength as much as I did, but you will also fall hard and fast for Levy. Levy was a great hero. He completed Tamara in every way and proved more than once what an amazing man he is.

“I didn’t know who I was before you. I don’t know who I would be after. But while I was with you, I knew myself.”

These two characters’ love story kept me intrigued until the end and I have to say I loved them together. Their banter, in fact all their interactions were fantastic, their sexy times hot as hell and their connection as the story progressed palpable and so well done.

I can’t recommend this one highly enough. If you want to read something different, that for one reason or another will keep you at the edge of your seat pick this one up. You won’t regret it!

“As long as nobody gets hurt and it doesn’t spook the horses, do what you want and keep the details to yourself.”