The Bourbon Thief

Tiffany Reisz
The Bourbon Thief
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Publisher
Harlequin
Release Date
June 2016
ISBN
9780778319429
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
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. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. 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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 24, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
73 people found the following review helpful
5 "When the Fruits of Deceit Turn Into Gods of Redemption" Stars!

Demonstrating her incredible wit and talent for tying seemingly unrelated and taboo subjects together, Ms. Reisz once again delivers yet another addicting and sensual tale which is sure to keep you reading into the wee hours of the night!

Bourbon, race, slavery, family sagas and struggles for power and money, and even a touch of religion combine to blow your mind in THE BOURBON THIEFf! Two stories. One told over a long night of passion with roots in an even older tale and yet another one hanging teasingly as a potential segue for a second book. I believe (hope!) we have not yet heard the end of Paris' story telling (or perhaps even Paris' and Cooper's story)--though this book has been marketed as a standalone. I suppose only time will tell if Ms. Reisz will oblige us with more. Please, Ms. Reisz, give us more!

It is nearly impossible to summarize the background of this story without giving too much away. This is one of those romantic suspense titles or mysteries that is best enjoyed blind. Ms. Reisz's gift with words kept me trying to decipher tiny little nuggets that she revealed along the way and ensured that I could not stop until I--like Cooper McQueen, the male, present day protagonist of this story--had gotten as much as Paris was willing to tell about the Maddox family.

The Maddox family is a family that started a high-end, bourbon distillery named Red Thread Bourbon at around the time of the Civil War. The inauspicious beginnings of this business ultimately, like karma, prove its downfall when it is shut down over a century later but, before this culmination, the family is plagued by misfortune.

Today, Paris claims she is the rightful owner of the sole remaining bottle of Red Thread (purchased by Cooper for a million dollars but potentially worth many more) and is the only one that knows the true story of how it all went down. But what could Paris, a bourbon thief, possibly have to trade that could be worth such a find, and will Cooper be willing to accept the price?

Whether you are already a fan of Ms. Reisz's incredible Original Sinners series or are looking for a new unforgettable story, I highly recommend you give THE BOURBON THIEF a read!
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