The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz | Book Review

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz | Book Review
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.
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I’m a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz. I have read all of her books and love them. The Bourbon Thief is her next book to be released and I just finished it.
I found The Bourbon Thief to be a great read for fans of V.C. Andrews. The family has major problems with twists and turns you don’t see coming.
I learned a lot of bourbon in this book. I love learning news things, so that bumped the book up higher for me in my rating. It wasn’t just a story about bourbon, family, love and mysteries. You actually learn about the process of bourbon becoming bourbon, and it is fascinating.
While Tiffany said this book is darker than her previous book, I don’t think that there is anything in the book that would indicate a warning on content or a trigger factor. What I thought she meant by darker was in regards to how dark her “Original Sinners” series books are, but I can see where she is coming from. It definitely has a darker theme, but it is revealed in layers, like an onion. It isn’t until the very end,when the events and secrets are revealed and come together, what a mess the whole situation truly is.
I don’t know what it was about this book, but I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as her others. It is a huge departure from her other work, but that wasn’t it. I read all genres of books, so I didn’t care if it had sex, kinky sex or no sex in it. It was a little slow, and like a previous reviewer said, it was depressing.
Tiffany did a lot of work for this book and it definitely shows. I can see why she wasn’t on social media. All of the research that had to be done is inspiring. Like I said early, I learned a lot about bourbon.
It really bothers me that I have to give this book 3.5 stars because I am such a huge fan of Tiffany, but I have to be honest to readers and tell them that The Bourbon Thief just wasn’t a book that squeezed my heart or blew me away.
To any Tiffany Reisz fan, I know you will like it. I know you will read it because it is Tiffany. Hell, that’s why I read it. Go in with an open mind and expect it to be more of a women’s fiction book with minor elements of romance. Expect to learn a legacy of a family and just how twisted it can be.

*Book provided for an honest review courtesy of Netgalley*

three-half-stars

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz The Confessions of Marcus Stearns from the Original Sinners series

Tiffany Reisz (pronounced Rice) lives with her fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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