The Bourbon Thief
A southern gothic novel
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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 the 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.
Well Written Story
I'm a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz. Her Original Sinners series remains one of my favorite series ever. I was excited to get a new book from Ms. Reisz and couldn't wait to read The Bourbon Thief. While The Bourbon Thief is completely different from the Original Sinners books, readers still get to enjoy the voice they've come to know and love from Ms. Reisz.
I'll be honest and say I don't read many books classified as Women's Fiction any longer. However, when one of your favorite authors puts out a book in that genre, you read the book. The Bourbon Thief was a really good book, though it was a tough read at times. I loved Tamara Maddox from the moment we met her and adored Levi Shelby as well. Part of what I loved about the story was Paris telling the history of the Maddox family to Cooper McQueen as she was stealing a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. I felt shades of Nora sharing her stories in the Original Sinners books as Paris shared the past with Cooper. I'm not a huge fan of bourbon, but loved learning about the history and the process it took to make bourbon.
There are many dark parts to The Bourbon Thief and I'll admit I had to put the book down once or twice because it was pretty tough to read. Ms. Reisz brought the bourbon world to life in this book and I'm glad I read the story. While it isn't my favorite book from Ms. Reisz, it was a very well written story, and I did find myself being pulled in from the beginning.
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Wow!! This book was amazing. Such a great story. I bought it and had it in my library for a while. I finally decided to read it and am shocked that I hadn't read it sooner. This is totally worth the read. I don't normally write reviews unless they just wow me. And this book definitely did. In a great way!! Thank you Tiffany R.
Have some crackers with your bourbon.
The Bourbon Thief was about Red Thread Bourbon that was a distillery owned and operated by the Maddox family. The Maddox family dated back to the 1880s beginning with Jacob Maddox. The Maddox family was blessed with wealth and a good bourbon. Secrets and lies dating back to the Civil War held the mystery behind the curse. Generations of Maddox men to pass along the wealth and business.
The story was told by Paris. Paris inherited the story of secrets that held the cursed Maddox name. Paris seduced Cooper McQueen, the world-class whiskey and bourbon collector. Paris shared the secrets about the Red Thread bourbon that was produced by the Maddox family with McQueen.
The story was primarily about the love interest between Levi and Tamara. They lived in the 1980s even though some parts of the states continued to live in the past. Levi and Tamara had an interesting connection of love/hate in the beginning. These two characters were quite entertaining with their expressions of love and fighting. The dialogue between these two was witty.
“All I’m saying is if you’re gonna have a cracker for a daddy, might as well be a Ritz cracker, right"? Greatest quote I ever read.
For me the key to the story was unlocking the secrets. There were many secrets and some lies. Tiffany orchestrated a wonderful tale of characters. I enjoyed the journey. Tiffany entertained me all the way to the end. It was bittersweet and a little anti climatic learning the truth. I found the lies were more scandalous than some truths.