Review: The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Publication Date: June 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Erotica
Length: 271 pages
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.


She tasted of apples and bourbon when he kissed her and she was right—it did burn, but once he had his first taste, she was all he wanted in his mouth.

Tiffany Reisz is already in my heart forever and my TOP author since TOS series. She always create kick-ass feisty heroine paired up with alpha smart-ass hero. As always, Ms. Reisz gave us something thrilling and engaging in her story.

Divided by past and present from 3rd POV, The Bourbon Thief gave us tell-a-tell kind of story. Present day, Cooper McQueen was wealthy man who enjoys his bourbon collection especially Red Thread. A beautiful stranger managed to captivate his attention and robbed him blindly. Paris only wants the phenomenal bourbon Red Thread from McQueen but she's gonna give him the story behind it. A hell of a story that Cooper McQueen couldn't forget.

It begins in 1978 and Tamara Maddox (16) has a 'perfect' life as the heir of the most famous bourbon distillery. It is only amazing from outside, but everything is rotten inside. Tamara didn't realize her wish to be kissed by Levi will bring chaos to the family. Levi Shelby (30) is the most handsome man and her first love. He's also work for Maddox family; but not for a long time. After the great flood that night, Tamara discovered the dark secrets within Maddox family and she start to plan everything.

“Which one am I? The young or the restless?”
“You’re the restless, obviously,” she said. “Because you’re so so so old, and I’m so so so young.”
“Will it shut you up if I kiss you?”
“Can’t talk with a tongue in my mouth, right?”

Tamara and Levi destined for each other. In their era, some white people still despise black people because they used to be a slave. I really enjoyed this book so much despite some cringed-worthy moments. With secrets, lies and deceits Maddox family has really fucked-up history since their ancestor and it is still running until Tamara's. Money and power tainted by blood also the truth behind Red Thread.

Two years later, finally Tamara married Levi with the plan for Maddox. Levi still has clear conscience with his action because the age problem despite he really like her. The bumpy road of communication became the main problem when Levi realize Tamara's real intention for him. But it didn't take long for them to admit their own mistakes. When you're really in love, you will do anything for her/him right? Yeah, that's what Levi did all this time until the end. He always be there for Tamara and vice versa. Tamara was quite mature on her age. Her plan for Maddox was brilliant but again, the lies behind secrets couldn't be trusted. Every perfect plan has it flaws, they said.

Maybe I kinda confused with some events that happened with Tamara. I almost thought it mix with something paranormal. But it isn't. Overall, everything is really fascinated me. Unpredictable with twist after twist. How talented Ms. Reisz describe as history fiction based on something I'm not familiar. I never know anything about Bourbon but this book really gave me a great image.

I also happened to know about the racial and slavery issue in those era and yeah, that was very horrible. I'm amazed with Tamara and Levi's change after their marriage and so much happened in their 'honeymoon'. They fought, survived and live happily ever after, leaving Maddox's name and Red Thread behind with sacrifices.

No comments :

Post a Comment