Everyone who reads Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series loves Finnegan Lane. Finn is suave, debonair, great with money, looks good in black, anEveryone who reads Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series loves Finnegan Lane. Finn is suave, debonair, great with money, looks good in black, and is a wonderful brother/support for Gin. I was really excited to read a story about Finn and was looking forward to something exciting. Well, I did not get what I expected. Instead, the story begins in the aftermath of book 14 Bitter Bite and no one wants to be around Finn.
Finn is forced urged to help out a "damsel in distress" who wants nothing to do with him. There's a bit of snarkiness about cheap suits - something that Finn would never be seen in - some bling, and some of Finn's skills are put to use.
I found this story a little bland for my taste. I think that perhaps I had expected more Bria and Finn, and more of the rest of Gin's gang.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold and Pocket Books for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts: About 3.0-3.5 stars, still thinking about it. Nicely paced thriller, good lead couple, but a little too easy to guess the villains aInitial Thoughts: About 3.0-3.5 stars, still thinking about it. Nicely paced thriller, good lead couple, but a little too easy to guess the villains and the deep dark secret. Full review to come. ...more
Initial Thoughts: Perfect summer read. Light and fluffy. Heavy on the rich teenage angst. Reminded me a little of some fan fiction that I've read befoInitial Thoughts: Perfect summer read. Light and fluffy. Heavy on the rich teenage angst. Reminded me a little of some fan fiction that I've read before. Full review to come.
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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 withIf 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.
Trigger warnings: Rape
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