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The Bourbon Thief PDF, ePub eBook From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of 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, From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of 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. 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.

30 review for The Bourbon Thief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    Another fantastic story by Ms. Reisz! I love her 'Original Sinners' series and I was curious to see how she would do with such a different type of story. While many authors struggle with making this type of a transition, choosing to stick to the same genres and writing similar stories, Ms. Reisz transitioned flawlessly. 'The Bourbon Thief' is storytelling at it's best. I was completely enraptured with this story from start to finish. The narrator for the Audible edition was fabulous, adding a ri Another fantastic story by Ms. Reisz! I love her 'Original Sinners' series and I was curious to see how she would do with such a different type of story. While many authors struggle with making this type of a transition, choosing to stick to the same genres and writing similar stories, Ms. Reisz transitioned flawlessly. 'The Bourbon Thief' is storytelling at it's best. I was completely enraptured with this story from start to finish. The narrator for the Audible edition was fabulous, adding a richness to the characters and story. I put my headphones on and got lost in this book for the day. Everything else ceased to exist. It was that good. The story spans several different eras. The story begins in the present day with the femme fatale, Paris, getting caught stealing from the wealthy Cooper following a one night stand. It quickly jumps back decades, as Paris tells the story of the young Tamara Maddox, the sixteen year-old heiress to the Red Thread Bourbon empire. Glimpses are offered of the distant past as well, going back to the beginnings of Red Thread Bourbon during a time when slavery was widespread in the South. Sometimes spoiled and bratty, always stubborn, Tamara proved to be a spirited heroine. Despite my initial reservations where she was concerned, I grew to love Tamara in no time. She was an incredibly strong and loyal character. I admired her tenacity and her commitment to do the right thing, even when that resulted in significant personal hardship. Tamara's life was perfect by all outward appearances. She seemed to have the world at her feet and was an object of envy. However, behind closed doors her family life was anything but perfect. Levi took longer for me to warm up to. He was gruff and, understandably, more guarded than most leading male characters. As a result, it took longer toget to know him. I also felt like he was unnecessarily cold to Tamara at times. Of course, I usually side with the heroine in my stories. I don't want to give too much away, because I think this story needs to be experienced. It is one of those stories that makes you thankful for what you have and drills home the message that the grass isn't always greener. Sometimes a palace is just a bigger prison. You never know the truth of a person's life, unless you've lived that life. I enjoyed every minute of this story. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys great storytelling. The ending alludes to a sequel, which I'll grab up immediately. However, this book reads easily as a standalone and it doesn't leave you hanging.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! The Bourbon Thief (stand-alone). Epic family saga about an impossible love & the end of a bourbon empire! “And fate is just another name for a train that cannot stop until it reaches its final destination.” The Bourbon Thief (stand-alone) is an epic family saga of how a bourbon empire came to be no more. After being caught stealing a million-dollar bottle of bourbon from Cooper McQueen the mysterious Paris claims the bottle is rightfully hers. And so we are swept back four decades ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! The Bourbon Thief (stand-alone). Epic family saga about an impossible love & the end of a bourbon empire! “And fate is just another name for a train that cannot stop until it reaches its final destination.” The Bourbon Thief (stand-alone) is an epic family saga of how a bourbon empire came to be no more. After being caught stealing a million-dollar bottle of bourbon from Cooper McQueen the mysterious Paris claims the bottle is rightfully hers. And so we are swept back four decades in time to heiress Tamara Belle Maddox’s love affair with the off-limits Levi Joseph Shelby. A forbidden love in every sense of the word; she was white and he was interracial; she was sixteen and he was twenty-eight; she was about to inherit a fortune while Levi was working as the stable guy… “The truth is like bourbon—it’ll burn going down.” It’s a story with just as many villains as innocent participants caught in a game of greed, lies, betrayal, death, blackmail and secrets… dirty, shameful secrets. A spell-binding tale of love, resilience, vengeance with a bit of a curse. The Bourbon Thief, told in multiple POVs has epic written all over it! A mixture forbidden and against-all-odds, with the burden of legacy, it’s a fight for love and quest for truth and vengeance. All consuming, intriguing, heart-wrenching and inspiring all the way to its bittersweet end. “Love what they destroyed. Destroy what they loved.” *** Hero: ★★★★★ Heroine: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★★ Storytelling: ★★★★★ Sexual tension: ★★★★★ Sex scenes: ★★★★★ Story ending: ★★★1/2 ****************************************** OVERALL RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Angst: | HIGH FOCUS | Darkness: | MEDIUM FOCUS | Humor: | MEDIUM FOCUS | Kink: | HIGH FOCUS | Romance: | HIGH FOCUS | Sex frequency: | MEDIUM FOCUS | Suspense: | HIGH FOCUS |

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    5 *Unforgettable* STARS ”A family with bourbon in it’s blood, and blood on their hands.” Everything Tiffany Reisz writes is captivating and this standalone that spans generations is no exception. Fans of the author will inhale this intense page turner while new to the author readers should give this a go if the size of the Sinner Series and/or subject manner of the series has held them back. This story played out so vividly with heartbreak, suspense and mystery while unveiling slowly the fate o 5 *Unforgettable* STARS ”A family with bourbon in it’s blood, and blood on their hands.” Everything Tiffany Reisz writes is captivating and this standalone that spans generations is no exception. Fans of the author will inhale this intense page turner while new to the author readers should give this a go if the size of the Sinner Series and/or subject manner of the series has held them back. This story played out so vividly with heartbreak, suspense and mystery while unveiling slowly the fate of a family who made their money from selling bourbon. Today the only thing remaining is one bottle in Cooper McQueen’s private collection. ”That bottle belongs to my family. You will return it one way or another.” Apparently I’m going to give it to you by morning in exchange for a story. That’s quite a feat.” “It’s quite a story.” Cooper McQueen spends the night with a sultry woman named Paris who is after the remaining bottle worth millions but when caught she tells a tale of the Maddox family of love, loss and money that is unforgettable. ”The truth is the hardest thing to say.” The story switches to Tamara Maddox’s pov set in 1978. Tamara is young girl who is celebrating her sixteen birthday. Tamara is in love with the family’s stable man and her portion of the story takes off from there. Tamara and Levi’s (Swoon, I loved these two! Each and every interaction, their banter and sex scenes. He calls her Rotten –I adored this nickname.) as well as the backstory of the original the Maddox family’s start in the business is masterfully written and will have you on the edge your seat the entire read! ”Love what they destroyed. Destroy what they loved.” *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✦❋Arianna✦❋

    5 Stars!! "Fate was a train that didn’t stop until it reached its final destination." 'The Bourbon Thief' was pure and simply captivating. This story was so different from what I had expected and from what I’ve read before, but I can’t complain because I totally loved it. From beginning until the end, I was mesmerized by its quality, by its originality and by its complexity. Mrs. Reisz delivered a tale about secrets, revenge and lies that will blow you away. Filled with suspense, mystery and r 5 Stars!! "Fate was a train that didn’t stop until it reached its final destination." 'The Bourbon Thief' was pure and simply captivating. This story was so different from what I had expected and from what I’ve read before, but I can’t complain because I totally loved it. From beginning until the end, I was mesmerized by its quality, by its originality and by its complexity. Mrs. Reisz delivered a tale about secrets, revenge and lies that will blow you away. Filled with suspense, mystery and romance, this author’s newest story will keep you at the edge of your seat and will capture your heart with an enthralling love story. “…bourbon's like the truth, you know? The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it's the only thing you want in your mouth." When Paris, a beautiful, sexy, determined woman spends the night with Cooper McQueen and she’s caught soon after trying to steal from him a million dollar bottle of Bourbon, she decides to tell him a haunting, gripping story that she’s convinced he’ll never forget – Tamara Maddox’s story. “The Maddox family is cursed, they say, and I believe it. And once you touch one, get inside one, the curse is in you, too.“ Once upon a time, Tamara’s family was one of the wealthiest family in Kentuchy. Heiress to the distillery that became an empire, Tamara, a sixteen years old girl dreams the stable man, Levy, a mixed-race man to finally notice her, to realize that she’s not a little girl anymore. Tamara’s life changes irrevocably when she discovers who her family really is. Wow! What a story this turned out to be. Captivating, intense and so gripping, ‘The Bourbon Thief’, a story within a story was wonderful, told in such a way that will blow your mind. Once again, Mrs. Reisz proved what an amazing storyteller she is. I’m not lying when I say her storytelling was pure and simple effortless and her writing was simply flawless. She totally left me speechless with this story that I’m still thinking about even if I finished it several days ago "Perfection is for heaven, and when you tried to bring perfection to earth, you paid a heavy price." If you decide to give this book a try, my advice is for you to go in blind, because this is a story you will want to savor. To fully enjoy the mystery, the suspense and the romance you will want to discover Maddox family’s secrets on your own. The plot was fantastic, rich, well developed and amazed me with its twists and turns. I loved every single one of them and I loved how most of them kept me at the edge of my seat. The mystery and suspense aspects were fantastically done, but I have to say my favorite was the romantic aspect. The romance here was beautifully written and I have to admit I rooted for these two endearing characters, Tamara and Levy from the very beginning. Tamara was such a unique character. I loved her. Her character is written in such a way you will be drawn to her immediately. As the story progresses you will love her determination and her strength as much as I did, but you will also fall hard and fast for Levy. Levy was a great hero. He completed Tamara in every way and proved more than once what an amazing man he is. “I didn’t know who I was before you. I don’t know who I would be after. But while I was with you, I knew myself.” These two characters’ love story kept me intrigued until the end and I have to say I loved them together. Their banter, in fact all their interactions were fantastic, their sexy times hot as hell and their connection as the story progressed palpable and so well done. I can’t recommend this one highly enough. If you want to read something different, that for one reason or another will keep you at the edge of your seat pick this one up. You won’t regret it! "As long as nobody gets hurt and it doesn't spook the horses, do what you want and keep the details to yourself."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    5 stars! "As long as nobody gets hurt and it doesn't spook the horses, do what you want and keep the details to yourself." Tiffany Reisz yet again delivers an enchanting and haunting tale of love and family, and how family legacy can affect one's fate. The Bourbon Thief begins when a man named Cooper spends the night with a femme fatale named Paris, and wakes up to discover she tried to steal a million dollar bottle of bourbon from him. When he confronts her, she tells him the tale of the do 5 stars! "As long as nobody gets hurt and it doesn't spook the horses, do what you want and keep the details to yourself." Tiffany Reisz yet again delivers an enchanting and haunting tale of love and family, and how family legacy can affect one's fate. The Bourbon Thief begins when a man named Cooper spends the night with a femme fatale named Paris, and wakes up to discover she tried to steal a million dollar bottle of bourbon from him. When he confronts her, she tells him the tale of the downfall of Maddox family and the events leading to the fire that claimed their bourbon factory. Switching from present day point of view to that of Tamara's in the late 70's and early 80's, we are presented with a captivating story of love and suspense of young Tamara and Levi. "I'm riding in the wind with joy at my feet and freedom in my hair." This was one of those books where once the story began I was sucked in and wouldn't look up from my kindle. After the introduction of Tamara and Levi, I found myself completely invested in their story, as beautiful and haunting as it was. What was interesting to me was the mystery aspect, which isn't a typical suspense novel but a question of what would happen to these characters based on all of the elements coming to play against them. There were lots of twists and surprises, some I guessed at and some that felt like a punch I was so shocked at them. Ultimately Reisz delivers a beautiful story of love, heartbreak and family and it's a story I could see myself reading again and again. "I know I love you. You're perfect and handsome and I think about you all the time and I want you all the time and I love you." "All the time?" "All the time." ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥

    ★It's LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK (Spoiler Free Review posted 28th June) The BOURBON THIEF is pure brilliance. “...they were born to be together.” An enchanting tale of betrayal, secrets, lies, revenge, mystery, and scandal. Tiffany Reisz once again captured my imagination, engaging me in the world of THE BOURBON THIEF and a 150 year old mystery. The scandalous tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the bourbon empire, is at the heart of this tale and unravels at the hands of Paris as she slowly reve ★It's LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK (Spoiler Free Review posted 28th June) The BOURBON THIEF is pure brilliance. “...they were born to be together.” An enchanting tale of betrayal, secrets, lies, revenge, mystery, and scandal. Tiffany Reisz once again captured my imagination, engaging me in the world of THE BOURBON THIEF and a 150 year old mystery. The scandalous tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the bourbon empire, is at the heart of this tale and unravels at the hands of Paris as she slowly reveals the story details to Cooper McQueen. And so, the story within the story is told. The present day showcasing a unique tale of the past all crafted with incredible atmosphere, hope, vengeance and love. There are times I didn't know where the story would take me, it kept me on the edge of my seat ensuring my high engagement with the happenings as I contemplated the future of the characters within both the past and present. The third person narrative is executed to perfection allowing me to understand the viewpoints of the main characters depicted within the prose. I learned all about their history and status in the story as pieces of the puzzle took their amazing shape and made my mind work overtime as I attempted to pre-empt what may happen. I felt the frustration at the race inequality that is eloquently illustrated within the tale and also ran riot in our society in recent history. The bourbon legacy and all entwined with it, the good, the bad and the downright ugly is shown to the reader as the writing canvas is painted with words that create the most brilliant, fascinating story. Love is a beautiful feature within the prose; I felt it and basked in the relationship that showed me this love. Equally, the dynamic of Paris the story teller and Cooper the listener is utterly electric and I would love to experience even more from these two characters. Tiffany Reisz once again proves herself as a master story teller with THE BOURBON THEIF. It has a historical, timeless feel to the narrative, yet much of it is set in the 80’s. A story that has provenance and one that vitally needs to unfold naturally and be discovered organically by the reader. I have so many thoughts and feeling that I’d love to share but alas, if I do I will spoil so much of the discovery and sheer wonder of this story. THE BOURBON THIEF is a story I highly recommend to all readers who enjoy perfectly crafted stories of LOVE, HOPE and VENGEANCE. NOTE: THE BOURBAN THIEF is a STANDALONE but I'd love a follow up of certain characters, I feel there's certainly scope for Tiffany Reisz to tell us more about their lives and loves. Advanced copy received via NetGalley for my honest review thoughts ★ Graphics created by me with stock photos I purchased from deposit photos ★

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 and Counting for Storytelling at Its Finest Stars * * * * * plus IT'S LIVE!!! Everything we learn and know has come from storytelling in one form or another...It can be institutionalized and carried out through organizations or can be whispered while on the knee of your Granny....My point is all of us are storytellers of varying degrees and we do it every day. Yet, when we come across someone who has that knack of relaying an experience... of holding everyone in the palm of their hand...all s 5 and Counting for Storytelling at Its Finest Stars * * * * * plus IT'S LIVE!!! Everything we learn and know has come from storytelling in one form or another...It can be institutionalized and carried out through organizations or can be whispered while on the knee of your Granny....My point is all of us are storytellers of varying degrees and we do it every day. Yet, when we come across someone who has that knack of relaying an experience... of holding everyone in the palm of their hand...all sitting forward wanting to know what happened next....we know the telling will be great and thankful to have experienced first hand. Tiffany Reisz is one of those people. She has the gift of enticing and teasing without us feeling like she is manipulating us just for fun and games...we feel encouraged to become involved, to care and be one with the characters... and whatever they are feeling... we do too. Now most readers familiar with her past works know how talented she is...for she took ideas and concepts in The Original Sinners Series which may not have been mainstream and made them romantic... she showed how erotic storytelling could be just as heartfelt, literary and of substance than any other genre...and that is not easy. With this new, stand alone novel, she has ventured out into "women's fiction" with a strong dose of sensual romance. This book does not take the usual road; it cuts its own path with the use of real pieces and the thought of....and it is good....very good, in deed. The premise has to do with a long lost Bourbon company, Red Thread. It was created owned by the Maddox family for generations and there was only one bottle left in existence; the original first bottle, over 150 years old. Cooper McQueen bought it at auction from the owner...or did he...as he now has a woman named Paris claiming the bottle belongs to her. It is in this moment... a willingness to hear what Paris has to say to prove ownership where the real story begins... For Paris will dole out pieces of lore...the threads of history.... of this company, the Maddox family and what happened to cause Cooper McQueen to listen. And just like Cooper, we do. We are taken back to a time in Kentucky where the powerful perpetrated taking without care or shame. No matter if it was land, money or human property...We are told of sins and the ways of the times with this Maddox family... For this was "a family with Bourbon in its blood, and blood on its hands." With Paris telling Cooper the tale, we learn of everything...yet in her telling we are first taken back to a time not so long ago ... to where we pick up the Maddox family trying to continue the bloodline ... to keep Red Thread going forward with the sons of George Maddox. Her way of telling causes us to feel the heat of the summer... hear the trees rustling and feel the rush of young spirit flowing through the veins in our heroine, Tamara... We are there every moment....and how this is done will rock your reading world. You are immediately immersed in the personality of this girl. You understand right away her mindset... how she thinks and communicates. You understand the pressures and pain of her rich spoiled life...for it is like that Bright Candy Apple on display at the gourmet store...all glowy and pretty...shiny and perfect in its hard shell covering... not a crack anywhere...yet when you break it open... the apple inside is rarely fresh and tasty... it usually is mushy and bitter. This is what Tamara was surrounded with...a family life filled with confusion and pain from loss already at the young age of 16. She, however, was not at all like the diseased core of her family....she was strong and able to pull it together at times so horrific...had the ability to see clearly what she needed to do to survive and be the person she needed to be. We are told of everything she experienced and as I said before...we experience it right along with her. There are others in the story...important pieces to this magnificent puzzle....but I will leave it for you to experience every fantastic moment. Some of this tale will shock you, some will delight in the way you are there during a love story so sweet and confounding at the same time. All of it will Never bore you and cause you to put the book down. As I mentioned before the blurb had been written, Tiffany Reisz had stated this was based on a true story. She touches on those facts at the end of the book. The amount of research and details to bring this to life had to be extensive. It was all worth it. This is a stand alone novel...however, in my heart of hearts... I would love to see more about Paris and Cooper....and with Ms. Reisz' fertile imagination....one never knows.... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ I am in shock right now as I just received the nod to read this!!! So very excited! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2/2016 When I first heard of this from a short comment giving just a hint of this book being based on a true tale about Kentucky Bourbon, I immediately started searching news articles etc... to try to get an idea of what Ms. Reisz could be working on. I read profiles of the Jack Daniels company and all of the shenanigans the original family and new owners were doing. I learned of how this company was structured, how birthright and gender played a serious role...It gave me food for thought but not a true picture of what Ms. Reisz's intentions were... Ah, but now we have the Blurb... the Holy Grail of what she has deemed fit to tantalize us with...To hint at the possibilities and have the clear understanding of how deep this tale will go... For it is the way of Reisz to tease, cause wonder and then so artfully deliver her vision. I am a patient person, Ms. Reisz....work your magic, weave your tale...June 2016 will be here soon enough...and I will be ready. A gifted copy was provided by Harlequin (US & Canada) Mira for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  8. 4 out of 5

    ღFloღ the coffee addict

    5 **bourbon and blood** STARS “The Truth is like bourbon - it’ll burn going down.” WOW, just wow. What a book. In some ways a complete departure from the authors previous work and yet uniquely recognizable. I love Tiffany Reisz and once again she delivered a captivating story; with suspense, mysteries, so many secrets and such excellent writing. Truly gripping. I read it in one sitting, for the life of me I wasn't able to put it down. So, about the story. I’m not sure if I even want to give awa 5 **bourbon and blood** STARS “The Truth is like bourbon - it’ll burn going down.” WOW, just wow. What a book. In some ways a complete departure from the authors previous work and yet uniquely recognizable. I love Tiffany Reisz and once again she delivered a captivating story; with suspense, mysteries, so many secrets and such excellent writing. Truly gripping. I read it in one sitting, for the life of me I wasn't able to put it down. So, about the story. I’m not sure if I even want to give away too much. Let's just say it is about bourbon, about families, their secrets and most importantly - it’s about revenge. Other than that, go in blind and enjoy the ride. It's so worth it. If you love the Original Sinners series by Ms. Reisz you should give this standalone southern gothic a try, but be warned it is different. If you've never read anything by the author, this is a good place to start. She spins exceptional tales and really sucks you in from the first page. And when she spits you out on the other side you might find yourself changed a little bit and most definitely stuck in book hangover land. Just like me right now. ;) Truly a book to read and something that will go on my ‘best of 2016’ shelf. **ARC very kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz is a 2016 MIRA publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have not read any books by this author, was totally unfamiliar with her work, having chosen this book based solely on the synopsis. Since this book is SO good, I decided to see what other novels, this author may have written…. Okay, I can’t really see myself reading any of Tiffany’s previous titles, but if she writes anymore books li The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz is a 2016 MIRA publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have not read any books by this author, was totally unfamiliar with her work, having chosen this book based solely on the synopsis. Since this book is SO good, I decided to see what other novels, this author may have written…. Okay, I can’t really see myself reading any of Tiffany’s previous titles, but if she writes anymore books like this one… Kentucky, outrageous wealth, horses and bourbon make a powerful blend, but spike the punch with a little scandal, dark and dirty family secrets, and the most potent ingredient of all- REVENGE- then you got yourself one toxic concoction, one sure to leave you very intoxicated, and maybe even a little hung over. But, if anyone were to ask me if would ever drink from this deadly potion again, the answer would be a resounding – YES! For Cooper McQueen, very few women can compete with his love for good bourbon. But, when Paris walks into his establishment, she commands his undivided attention in a way no woman ever has before and the night is just getting started. Cooper can’t get enough of Paris and she is more than happy to oblige, leaving him spent and exhausted. But, the spell is broken when he wakes up to find she has stolen a million- dollar bottle of rare bourbon. But, before she can make a clean getaway, she finds herself detained, with Cooper demanding an explanation. Thus begins the spellbinding tale of Tamara Maddox, the sole heir to the Red Ribbon Bourbon dynasty, which built its foundation way back in the last days of the Civil War with money tainted by wicked deeds and spite. The family’s success comes at a high price, and by the time Tamara is sixteen years old, any hope of a male heir is fading rapidly. The desperation to bring a male child into the family will set off a series of unfathomable events that will blow the doors wide open exposing years of lurid secrets, lies and cover-ups, prompting Tamara to exact the ultimate revenge. Whoa! This is one wild tale and no, it’s not always pretty, but as twisted as this sounds, it’s my kind of story. I really liked this novel, which is deeply steeped in southern history, with just a little bit of a Southern Gothic slant, which is kind of rare these days. “A family with bourbon in its blood, and blood on its hands” This story blends history, mystery, suspense and romance together to create an unusual love story, told with a deft skill, which created a fireside atmosphere, while throwing explosive twists and turns at you, which had me sitting bug eyed, and slack jawed, with my heart in my throat, wondering what could possibly happen next. Trust me, Paris really knows how to weave a tale. This story is unconventional, the characters vastly different from any you have ever encountered before, something which I really need right now, in order to keep my attention and avoid burn out on the same old, same old. I loved Tamara, who set a course for new generations that will go a long way towards eradicating her tainted heritage. She was funny, smart, and tough, full of determination and grit. Likewise, her beloved Levi, was the cool ointment in her life that healed her troubled soul, gave her hope, stability, peace and happiness. Controversial… yes, very. But, did they do the right thing? Definitely. Do I want more like stories like this one? PLEASE! Please, bring Paris and Cooper back for more great fireside tales. I’ll have my bourbon in hand, ready to lose myself in another one of Paris’ riveting stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    NOW LIVE! http://amzn.to/28XwFio Excerpt--> http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/the-bourb... "And bourbon's like the truth, you know? The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it's the only thing you want in your mouth." After I finished reading this, a friend asked me how it was. Was there a happy ending? She asked. Was it dark? What genre is it? I had no idea how to answer any of those questions. Was it a happy ending? Yes. No. Sort of? Was it dark? Yes. No. Sort of? I wouldn't call it da NOW LIVE! http://amzn.to/28XwFio Excerpt--> http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/the-bourb... "And bourbon's like the truth, you know? The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it's the only thing you want in your mouth." After I finished reading this, a friend asked me how it was. Was there a happy ending? She asked. Was it dark? What genre is it? I had no idea how to answer any of those questions. Was it a happy ending? Yes. No. Sort of? Was it dark? Yes. No. Sort of? I wouldn't call it dark. But scandalous. And sometimes disturbing. And some things that happened were just plain outright wrong and I asked myself what the fuck was wrong with me since I was enjoying it. Especially after that last bomb Tiffany dropped. I am STILL not over that. What I do know is Tiffany Reisz can weave one hell of a story and this had shock after shock after SHOCK. I couldn't put it down, even though some may call it slow placed. I was obsessed with the banter of the hero and heroine and while some may not consider any of this humorus because of the dark and vengeful underlying tone of the plot, I did laugh multiple times at the quick witted dialogue between the two MCs. The premise of this book revolves around a long lost bourbon company, Red Thread, that was originally founded and owned by the Maddox family for generations. Many years after Red Thread's demise, a woman named Paris tracks down the last remaining bottle and tries to reclaim it by telling the sordid tale of the company's origins and how it all eventually fell apart. From here the story unravels and as I mentioned above, a lot of insane and disturbing things occur. "Perfection is for heaven, and when you tried to bring perfection to earth, you paid a heavy price." There were so many elements to this story, and I was extremely impressed with how the author pulled them all together. Throughout the book there was this anxious, heavy feeling that I couldn't shake, so I was waiting for that inevitable shoe to drop. And when it dropped, HOLY SHIT DID IT DROP. This is not your typical love story. This is not your typical drama. It was right and wrong and mysterious and delightful and tragic all at the same time. I also found it extremely interesting this story was inspired by true events and the author was able to conjure such a wicked tale from them. I would most definitely recommend it to those who aren't afraid to read something that is outside of the box and a little outside of their comfort zone. *ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The Bouron Thief is out now!: http://amzn.to/28XwFio Find Me On: Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4,5-5 STARS "They call bourbon the honest spirit.." Such an interesting, mysterious and mesmerizing story. I never doubt Tiffany Reisz and her storytelling ability, she has yet to let me down. I went into this one, sure that I would find yet another amazing book and I was right!! She has done it again with this captivating and unique story! Her stories always inspire me. I adore her way of telling stories, they completely captivate you, and leave you thinking about her books, long after you reach 4,5-5 STARS "They call bourbon the honest spirit.." Such an interesting, mysterious and mesmerizing story. I never doubt Tiffany Reisz and her storytelling ability, she has yet to let me down. I went into this one, sure that I would find yet another amazing book and I was right!! She has done it again with this captivating and unique story! Her stories always inspire me. I adore her way of telling stories, they completely captivate you, and leave you thinking about her books, long after you reach ‘the end’. "The truth is like bourbon- it'll burn going down." The Bourbon Thief is full of surprises and some twists and I can honestly say, I didn’t see them coming! Before you start this book, be prepared to read a book like nothing you’ve read before. It's brilliant, addictive and different from her other work... What are you waiting for???Buy it you will not be disappointed!! ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

    5 No One Does It Better Than Tiffany Reisz Stars A story within a story with a possibility of another story. The masterful mind of Tiffany Reisz does it like no other. The Bourbon Thief is told as a story from the past, a past intertwined with the present. The past is needed in order to obtain the first bottle ever made of Red Thread Bourbon. A bottle significant to rectifying past sins. But in order for a mysterious black woman named Paris to get that bottle, she must tell the owner of the bott 5 No One Does It Better Than Tiffany Reisz Stars A story within a story with a possibility of another story. The masterful mind of Tiffany Reisz does it like no other. The Bourbon Thief is told as a story from the past, a past intertwined with the present. The past is needed in order to obtain the first bottle ever made of Red Thread Bourbon. A bottle significant to rectifying past sins. But in order for a mysterious black woman named Paris to get that bottle, she must tell the owner of the bottle, Cooper McQueen, the story of the downfall of Red Thread Bourbon. And so the tale begins....... The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Two events change the course of Tamara Maddox's life. She is only heir to Red Thread. Levi Shelby is the the stable hand at her farm. Their age difference of 16 and 29 is not significant to me. It's just the way it is and it works. The author weaves their story as one of convenience but it develops into something rich and captivating. Their development, their situation, their lives in Kentucky and South Caroline is full of determination and strength to rectify the past and make amends. Their relationship transitions into something more, something deep and emotional. But the journey they embark on is not easy, it's shroud in secrets and lies. It is all fascinating, scintillating, eerie and it's just a Wonderfully Exquisitely Well Written Book!!! You really must experience this story in its pure version. I'm saying that not knowing much and letting the story unfold before your eyes is the best way to experience and absorb the sheer genius of this story. Sorry but there is no way to tell you more about the story without spoiling. In closing, this story is Tiffany Reisz at her finest. She tells a story that completely holds you captive. It's an unveiling of layers, slowly, deliberately, keeping you mesmerized...page by page, chapter by chapter. The sins of the past lurking at every corner. Secrets and lies create twists and turns that leave you breathless. The telling of a story within a story done ever so BRILLIANTLY as only Tiffany Reisz can. ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review One-click----> http://amzn.to/2967fDb

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra Torre

    Awesome read. It's like a gothic love story. It jumps from past to present as it unfolds the story. I discovered Tiffany Reisz through the Original Sinners series. This was VERY different but a rich and entertaining read. Not erotic, just a great story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: General Fiction Type: Standalone POV: Third Person Rating: Cooper McQueen had a love affair with bourbon. As a proud bar owner, he was looking to expand into distillery and had his eyes on the iconic Red Thread bourbon company which ownership is a mystery. One fateful night, a beautiful woman in red lured him into his bed, only to disappear with his prized bottled of the original Red Thread by morning. Paris Christie only had one thing on her mind – to avenge for her family. And the bottle of Genre: General Fiction Type: Standalone POV: Third Person Rating: Cooper McQueen had a love affair with bourbon. As a proud bar owner, he was looking to expand into distillery and had his eyes on the iconic Red Thread bourbon company which ownership is a mystery. One fateful night, a beautiful woman in red lured him into his bed, only to disappear with his prized bottled of the original Red Thread by morning. Paris Christie only had one thing on her mind – to avenge for her family. And the bottle of bourbon held the key to it. In order to get it her way, she regaled the tale of affairs and betrayals from the Red Thread's inception to its demise with the key players of teenage girl, Tamara Maddox of the family who owned the company and the family stable man, Levi Shelby. Before reading this book, I wasn't completely sure what it's about but when it is written by my favorite author I knew it wasn't even a risky undertaking and I was right. And true to the author's signature style, this book told a story within a story. The book started in the present with Cooper and Paris and progressed and merged with the story of Tamara and Levi in the past. “You’re boring the hell out of me. I liked it better when you were a spoiled rotten brat.” I absolutely love Levi. He was snappy and snarky but with a good heart which reminds me of Nora, my favorite female character ever from The Original Sinners series by the author. Tamara was young and had to carry her family burden. Even though at times she acted her age, she was strong and determined. She had great chemistry with Levi and their banters were highly entertaining. The Maddox family is cursed, they say, and I believe it. And once you touch one, get inside one, the curse is in you, too. The story was absolutely engaging and told in a somewhat slower pace to make readers satisfied yet crave for more. The scandalous family drama ranging from heartbreaking to downright disturbing fully immersed readers into the Red Threads legacy. The Bourbon Thief is a richly layered tale of family, money and power with a splash of romance guaranteed to satisfy like the smooth burn of a prized spirit. ♞ ❖ ♞ (F)BR With Twinsie CC & Loyda ♞ ❖ ♞ For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    4.5* Levi, mon capitan STARS!! Review @ Midnight Romance 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. Before we start: Divided by past and present from 3rd P 4.5* Levi, mon capitan STARS!! Review @ Midnight Romance 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. Before we start: 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. After I finished: P.s. Levi is a deadly combination with Søren's smart-ass and Kingsley's love. ✦ Please visit @Midnight Romance for more reviews! ✦

  16. 4 out of 5

    CC

    5++ Stars! Paris knows who owns the first bottle of Red Thread Bourbon and she executes a plan to steal it from Cooper McQueen. He is an easy mark but as her scheme reveals itself, Paris has a compelling story to tell and it will render Cooper speechless and possibly one million dollars lighter in the currency of bourbon. “You must really want that bottle.” “I don’t want it, no. But I need it.” Tamara Maddox is a precocious teenager who lives a gilded existence on her Grandaddy’s sprawling Ke 5++ Stars! Paris knows who owns the first bottle of Red Thread Bourbon and she executes a plan to steal it from Cooper McQueen. He is an easy mark but as her scheme reveals itself, Paris has a compelling story to tell and it will render Cooper speechless and possibly one million dollars lighter in the currency of bourbon. “You must really want that bottle.” “I don’t want it, no. But I need it.” Tamara Maddox is a precocious teenager who lives a gilded existence on her Grandaddy’s sprawling Kentucky estate. On the outside, Tamara seems to have what every teen girl would want; a horse, a car and friends, but she is no stranger to loss, death and disharmony within the Maddox family. On her 16th birthday, Tamara heads to the stable to ride her horse and to see the ever handsome and older man, Levi Shelby, the stable groom. As innocent as Tamara may be, she begs Levi for a kiss and he obliges. “You are playing with fire, little girl,” Levi said into her ear. “I’m not a little girl anymore,” she said, looking up at him.” From this point, destiny intervenes and the Maddox family curse continues to weave itself into the blood of those intricately weaved within the Maddox family. Years of greed, wealth, power, deceit and hubris have created strong Maddox patriarchs who stopped at nothing to ensure the passing of their fortune to rightful heirs. However, after one fateful night, Tamara is given a dubious choice and her sole decision has the ability to right history and to possibly achieve her own happiness. “The Maddox family is cursed, they say, and I believe it. And once you touch one, get inside one, the curse is in you, too.” Tamara is a unique heroine, because despite her age, she bears an inner strength and resolve that the Maddox men ironically and simply do not share. Her resilience is originally founded in the ideal of love but in order to come full circle, she must take the path of revenge and destruction. From the first page of introduction to Tamara, I was immediately drawn to her. As for Levi, the man is a girl’s wet dream for a hot horseman and quickly proves he isn’t just a pretty face but a man of substance. Lastly, the secondary characters in this novel certainly and convincingly make their mark adding to the plot dimension. The path that Tiffany Reisz takes the reader is engrossing and cleverly constructed to slowly reveal layer upon layer of lies and treachery. The twists and turns in this plot are disturbing at times yet every event enhances the characters, plot and tone. If you are looking for a complex and richly devious story with characters that evoke an immediate and lasting emotive response, I highly recommend The Bourbon Thief! This was a (F)BR with Hawkey and Loyda! Thanks, ladies!! An ARC was generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natasha is a Book Junkie

    “You’re the only thing I still love from before. You’re the only thing I love that I’ve always loved.” Not many authors can blow my mind quite so effectively with every single book they write, but when it comes to Tiffany Reisz, I eagerly submit my mind to her every word, knowing her superb prose will never fail to impress me and hold me captive cover to cover. So different yet immediately recognisable in her inimitable style of storytelling, this book is an alluring tale of revenge and decei “You’re the only thing I still love from before. You’re the only thing I love that I’ve always loved.” Not many authors can blow my mind quite so effectively with every single book they write, but when it comes to Tiffany Reisz, I eagerly submit my mind to her every word, knowing her superb prose will never fail to impress me and hold me captive cover to cover. So different yet immediately recognisable in her inimitable style of storytelling, this book is an alluring tale of revenge and deceit, set against a century-old legacy of family secrets and lies. But as we slowly climb the wicked branches of the Maddox family tree, we also discover a shocking tale of love, loyalty, and absolution, a story so full of unexpected turns of events that we find ourselves left breathless until the very last page. A magnificent addition to this author’s already remarkable repertoire, an absolute must-read for anyone seeking a true page-turner. Continue reading this review...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Akanksha❤ Søren♰

    Miss. Reisz just set the bar even higher. It's just that she competes with herself to delivery the best of the best she can; every time she publishes a novel. She will always be my No.1 Author. An honest to God, super talented author who delivers something amazing and totally mind fucking every time. I loved loved loved loved loved this book. READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T BECAUSE TRUST ME, ONCE YOU GO DOWN HER ROAD, THERE IS NO COMING BACK. She enchants readers with her mesmerizing writing. Her novels Miss. Reisz just set the bar even higher. It's just that she competes with herself to delivery the best of the best she can; every time she publishes a novel. She will always be my No.1 Author. An honest to God, super talented author who delivers something amazing and totally mind fucking every time. I loved loved loved loved loved this book. READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T BECAUSE TRUST ME, ONCE YOU GO DOWN HER ROAD, THERE IS NO COMING BACK. She enchants readers with her mesmerizing writing. Her novels are dark and a fine art.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    4.5 Stars. I have read other books by Ms Reisz and really enjoyed them. I enjoyed this one too ... maybe not as much as the Original Sinners series. Great storytelling, original plot and characters. Fast paced. Never gets boring. "My grandfather had a dark sense of humor where the Catholic Church was concerned." "Don't feel bad," she said. "You're not the only one with rock fences around you. Built by the same people, too, as a matter of fact." "Irish immigrant stonemasons hired by my great-grand 4.5 Stars. I have read other books by Ms Reisz and really enjoyed them. I enjoyed this one too ... maybe not as much as the Original Sinners series. Great storytelling, original plot and characters. Fast paced. Never gets boring. "My grandfather had a dark sense of humor where the Catholic Church was concerned." "Don't feel bad," she said. "You're not the only one with rock fences around you. Built by the same people, too, as a matter of fact." "Irish immigrant stonemasons hired by my great-grandfather." I didn't read any reviews. Skimmed the blurb but I knew from previous reading experience that this author can spin a tale. And she did. Quite sad at times. Well fuck it all, and then some. Nothing could stop this train tonight. They were on a downhill track with no brakes, and God help anyone who got in their way. I know my review is a bit vague ... but I think the less you know before going in, the better. And I do think the ending left it wide open for a follow-up. Here's hoping!

  20. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Cooper McQueen is a 45-year-old Kentucky Billionaire. He's been married, divorced, has kids. But now he's enjoying life and everything it has to offer. And when this gorgeous dark girl in a red dress shows up in his bar, he just can't resist. But it's not really him she wants. She wants his treasured 1-million-dollar bottle of RED THREAD bourbon. The first ever distilled bottle of the famous bourbon company. A company that died in a fire in 1980. And what does the mysterious Paris have to do with it? Sh Cooper McQueen is a 45-year-old Kentucky Billionaire. He's been married, divorced, has kids. But now he's enjoying life and everything it has to offer. And when this gorgeous dark girl in a red dress shows up in his bar, he just can't resist. But it's not really him she wants. She wants his treasured 1-million-dollar bottle of RED THREAD bourbon. The first ever distilled bottle of the famous bourbon company. A company that died in a fire in 1980. And what does the mysterious Paris have to do with it? She's the new owner of the property - the new owner of the distillery. And she wants that bottle. She says she's the rightful owner because she's part of the Maddox family. And then she starts to tell Cooper a story. A story that begins with 16-year-old Tamara Maddox and the Maddox stable-hand Levi in 1978. A story that Paris promises will make Cooper give her the bottle of his own free will once she told him everything... What will happen with Cooper & Paris & their Bourbon??? Will everybody survive the book?? What happened to Tamara & Levi in 1978? I'm not telling you any of that of course ☺ ═════════════════════════════════ A NEW BOOK BY TIFFANY REISZ! I just had to read it - I wanted to read it before I even read the blurb. Tiffany's Sinner series is one of my all-time favorite series ever and ever ever ever ever!!! And even though this is so completely different, I still loved it. It's not your typical New Adult quickie romance. It's a grown-up kind of romance. It's full of history and love and hate and betrayal and hope and hopelessness and revenge... Even though once we go back in time with Tamara - it kind of gets to be a young/new adult romance too ☺ Most of book we're with Tamara and we're so hoping that she'll find her happily ever after. But we also want Cooper to end up with Paris - even though he kind of hates her, after she almost stole his bottle! But the focus of the story is definitely Tamara. I just loved the story. Tiffany tells such a beautiful tale of this young, brave girl and all she had to go through. And not only are the characters described beautifully - the places Tiffany takes us to are beautiful too. Kentuck and South Carolina. I don't like the heat all that much, but even I wouldn't mind living on that beautiful island with Levi for a while ☺☺☺ I could complain and say that I missed the sexiness between Cooper and Paris, but the main focus is on Tamara and Levi anyway ... and this story is sooo interesting, that you don't have time to miss anything! Also, I kind of hope that Tiffany will go back to Paris & Cooper one day - there's lots of story left to tell! THE BOURBON THIEF was such a beautiful & interesting & moving & hopeful romance! We learn so much about Bourbon & its history & its people ... and it feels like we're right there with Tamara & Levi & Paris & Cooper - wishing for them all to get their Happy End! Run to your nearest amazon and BUY THIS BOOK!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ~IreneOust~

    Even though I had a hard time connecting with the characters at times because of a 'story within a story' way this book was told, I still enjoyed this original and superbly well written tale enough to rate it 5 stars. And I know nothing has been said/planned [unless I missed it] but the ending was left wide open for the author to continue with the story, should she decide ... and I am kind of hoping she does ... eventually. Because I'd love to see more of Cooper McQueen. Cheers!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    OMG!!! I want to read this!!!! A new standalone novel coming in 2016... A forbidden love affair between a teenaged bourbon fortune heiress and the illegitimate son who should have inherited it all and the dark family secret that threatens to tear them apart... The Bourbon Thief is a story of revenge, betrayal, lust, and bourbon inspired by real events in Kentucky history.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    "The truth is like bourbon - it'll burn going down." Tiffany Reisz couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to release her newest novel The Bourbon Thief. In a time of racial stress and a struggle for human empathy and understanding in America, this book of fiction contributes much needed perspective in my opinion. It shows examples of white privilege, the frustrations of persons of color who live a never-ending history of being viewed/treated differently, and it offers a necessary perspectiv "The truth is like bourbon - it'll burn going down." Tiffany Reisz couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to release her newest novel The Bourbon Thief. In a time of racial stress and a struggle for human empathy and understanding in America, this book of fiction contributes much needed perspective in my opinion. It shows examples of white privilege, the frustrations of persons of color who live a never-ending history of being viewed/treated differently, and it offers a necessary perspective of how slavery continues to impact an entire race. It’s present in family trees, in the memories of precious elders, in coffee table photo albums, and at the core roots of some successful businesses that continue to thrive today. Slavery may already have found a place in the history books but it lingers still. The Bourbon Thief is quality entertainment; it’s complex as all get out with family, cultural, and historical dynamics, it has an engaging romance with one hell of a jaw-dropping revelation (just wait for it!), and the storytelling is superb as a present-day narrator takes us into the past. I hope every reader also gains some additional insight though. I loved this book and absolutely adore Ms. Reisz for writing it...whether she meant for it to have such an impact or not. Read it! My favorite quote: “How are you going to get revenge against dead people? Dig ’em up and stake ’em through the heart?” “I asked myself that same question, and I think I know the answer. You destroy what they loved, and you love what they destroyed.” Note: For readers who follow Ms. Reisz, it's important to note that The Bourbon Thief is more historical fiction with a touch of mystery and less of the erotica you may be accustomed to from her. I wouldn't want your expectations to be too disappointed, wink wink. However, she wouldn't be our fabulous Tiffany Reisz if she didn't push the envelope in some way. Just read it, you'll see what I mean ;)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz 5 stars!! “The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon.” Tiffany Reisz is one of my favourite authors, her Original Sinners series is one of my staple favourites and a series that will have a permanent place in my heart. So when it was announced that she was releasing something totally different I was hesitant, would I love it? Well, the answer is a resounding YES! This story was perfection. “Love is simply the name of the desire and t The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz 5 stars!! “The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon.” Tiffany Reisz is one of my favourite authors, her Original Sinners series is one of my staple favourites and a series that will have a permanent place in my heart. So when it was announced that she was releasing something totally different I was hesitant, would I love it? Well, the answer is a resounding YES! This story was perfection. “Love is simply the name of the desire and the pursuit of the whole.” Through Tiffany Reisz’s trademark literary prose I was transported to the South into the lives of whiskey barons with no scruples and where racism was rife. Where love was never a foundation of a marriage, only blood lines and inheritances mattered. Totally captivating, intriguing and suspenseful, Tiffany Reisz delivers a story of how whiskey was deemed liquid gold, it was the be all and end all. Battles were won and lost over a glass as were lives, but this book centres around one family in particular, the Maddoxes that had whiskey running through their veins, a bourbon that once made them millions before ultimately becoming their demise…now only one bottle remains…worth millions…one bottle of Red Thread. “Fuck your father. Fuck your grandfather. Fuck his father. Fuck you, Jacob fucking Maddox. If y’all hadn’t fucked so much, you wouldn’t be so fucking fucked.” Tiffany Reisz delivers a heartfelt love story that was told in an incredibly clever way that embraces both past and present. Where true stories are shared over glasses of the same whiskey that caused nothing but death and heartache in the past. Where that one remaining bottle becomes the hottest property and becomes the sole objective of The Bourbon Thief. “I curse you all from the branches to the roots. Veritas will rule your house.” Cooper McQueen owns said bottle, Paris wants said bottle but when caught in the act Paris spills the tale of its heritage and transports us back to 1978 with a totally unforgettable and heart wrenching story that spans generations. Tamara and Levi’s story is truly unforgettable, there will be many tears but a lot of laughs too and many a swoon. A story of how these two created something beautiful from tragedy and a love story that will hold you captive from the very beginning. “Tell the truth. That shouldn’t be too hard.” “The truth is the hardest thing to say.” I am being deliberately vague because this is a story that needs to experienced first-hand, you need to feel and experience every single emotion that Tiffany Reisz has bled onto the pages. Tiffany Reisz entices you word by word and will have you eating out of the palm of her hand in no time at all. This was one of those books where you find yourself holding your breath while you turn the pages frantically awaiting the next word. Exquisite perfection. “Shakespeare is boring. Read something better, like Jackie Collins.” This was one addictive read from start to finish and one that I couldn’t put down. With twists aplenty that will only leave you wishing the story was longer, I didn’t want to leave these characters behind. Tiffany Reisz has once again left her indelible mark on my heart and soul. I lived and breathed these characters, their life story is one that I will never forget and never will I be able to look at a bottle of bourbon the same again. “Love what they destroyed. Destroy what they loved.” www.theromancecover.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    TeriLyn

    **The Bourbon Thief generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** 5+++ "Now, that was a story." Stars As intoxicating as the drink itself, The Bourbon Thief entranced me from beginning to end. No surprise when it comes to this gifted author. A story of great love and great loss laced with revenge and mystery. Tiffany Reisz creates yet another world where her readers become entranced and enthralled with a being a part of it. We're drunk off the story as she' **The Bourbon Thief generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** 5+++ "Now, that was a story." Stars As intoxicating as the drink itself, The Bourbon Thief entranced me from beginning to end. No surprise when it comes to this gifted author. A story of great love and great loss laced with revenge and mystery. Tiffany Reisz creates yet another world where her readers become entranced and enthralled with a being a part of it. We're drunk off the story as she's weaving it. Her gift and raw talent for telling stories within stories is untouchable. Here beautiful prose tells the brilliant story surrounding the fictional Red Thread Bourbon where great bourbon lead to great wealth as a result of great tragedy and greed. And the debauchery continues. Cursed because of greed the gluttonous history of Red Thread Bourbon unfolds brilliantly captivating readers. The story told within the pages of The Bourbon Thief is best consumed without any prior knowledge of the story. Go in with no expectations and find yourself immersed in the brilliance. If you've read Tiffany Reisz novels before you're familiar with her brilliant, one-of-a kind style of story telling. If you're not familiar I believe this book is a really great place to start. It's grand in the structure of the plot, unfolding mysteriously through the eyes of someone in present day relaying a beautiful love story from the past. Reisz incorporates her usual flair for the taboo and forbidden elements. Intermixed with a story of devastating pain and unbreakable love she creates a world where you literally don't want to leave. You're haunted by the ugliness of it while equally enchanted by it's charm. Like sitting around a fire with a good glass of your favorite poison so involved with the story you're being told you have no idea how many hours have gone by. Tiffany Reisz is a favorite author of mine. All of her books are favorites of mine. Her characters are one of a kind. This particular story is unlike anything I've read before. So familiar to Reisz' signature style yet so different from her previous works. I'm in awe of her story-telling chops and the marvelous stories she brings to life creating visceral reactions in her readers. The Bourbon Thief is a new favorite of mine and I hope to spend more time in this world and look forward to wherever else Reisz plans to take me. This is a high priority, definite recommendation. I want everyone to read it. Whether it's your first Reisz book or your tenth, The Bourbon Thief is a MUST READ.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    The Bourbon Thief was a power and riveting story with lies, murder, betrayal, and passion. Paris spends the night with Cooper McQueen and attempts to steal the last known bottle of Red Thread Bourbon, a bottle worth a million dollars. Caught in the act, Paris has no choice but to tell him why, and she spends the night telling him a tale of the past: haunting, sad, sensual, and triumphant. A tale that had Cooper on the edge of his seat. A tale that had me on the edge of my seat. I think it’s best The Bourbon Thief was a power and riveting story with lies, murder, betrayal, and passion. Paris spends the night with Cooper McQueen and attempts to steal the last known bottle of Red Thread Bourbon, a bottle worth a million dollars. Caught in the act, Paris has no choice but to tell him why, and she spends the night telling him a tale of the past: haunting, sad, sensual, and triumphant. A tale that had Cooper on the edge of his seat. A tale that had me on the edge of my seat. I think it’s best to go into The Bourbon Thief with as little information as possible, but I will say Ms. Reisz writing is beautiful, captivating and so very sensual! The romance was intense, desperate, and very HOT! I’d like to know more of Paris’ future, of what may be, but even so I was satisfied with how the story ended. A copy was kindly provided by MIRA via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    Fantastic book!!! Very original plot. I struggled at first with this book, it didn't hold my interest so I shelved it. I really regret it now because it was full of twists and turns. The secrets kept and the deceit!!!! Argh!! The author did a great job with this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

    The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz 5 “incredible family saga” stars In two words: terribly beautiful. When the girls on Natasha is a Book Junkie FB group asked who was game for a Bourbon Thief ‘s group read I did not hesitate. A good friend had gifted the book and it was already on my Kindle. I had seen many good reviews and I was intrigued. What was all the fuss about? Well know I know why this book made the buzz. Take a good narrator, a pinch of history, two spoons of slavery and a whole pint of r The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz 5 “incredible family saga” stars In two words: terribly beautiful. When the girls on Natasha is a Book Junkie FB group asked who was game for a Bourbon Thief ‘s group read I did not hesitate. A good friend had gifted the book and it was already on my Kindle. I had seen many good reviews and I was intrigued. What was all the fuss about? Well know I know why this book made the buzz. Take a good narrator, a pinch of history, two spoons of slavery and a whole pint of revenge. Stir it all with great characters, smart writing and your recipe will be a hit. The blurb already gives you a whiff of Tiffany’s stellar writing. That woman knows how to write beautiful sentences and how to tell an enthralling story. Her writing style is gorgeous. It flows effortlessly with enough details to make us see the tale in hour head, walk in the character’s shoes but without unnecessary frills. It’s good, solid and elegant. I know this won’t be my last Tiffany Reisz’s book. The writing was excellent but I still feared the worse at first. I thought I would be cursed again with a “mildly interesting “book. The encounter between Paris and McQueen was described quite clinically. They had sex but for all the (lack of) details they could have been rescuing penguins on the Arctic ice and I would have felt more heat and passion. What had I signed for? Fortunately once Paris began her tale about Tamara Maddox’s dark and cursed soap opera of a life I was entranced. “On December 10, 1978, two very important events in the history of Red Thread occurred—the Kentucky River broke its banks and crested at a record forty-eight feet, and the granddaughter of George J. Maddox, the owner of Red Thread Bourbon Distillery, turned sixteen years old. That was the beginning of the end of Red Thread.” “What was? The river flooding?” Paris gave him a smile, a smile that made him momentarily rethink his decision to not call the police. “Tamara Maddox.” I could not stop reading about all that happened to this brave girl. It was horrifying and fascinating. I won’t tell much about the plot but know that she got blow after blow and yet she survived. The leading men in her life were real [email protected] hiding under the veneer of respected powerful men. It began decades before her birth when the white exploited black slaves. Her story was intertwined with that of another young girl from a pas era. “Her eyes softened as she touched the red ribbon tied around the bottle’s neck. It was a tattered old thing. “It’s a miracle that thing has stayed on there,” McQueen said. “Piece of ribbon from the 1860s.” “Slave cloth,” Paris said. “What?” “The ribbon was cut from slave cloth. Thick wool. Slave cloth was made to last a long time. Slaves didn’t get new clothes very often. What they had had to last, had to hold up to hard work and many years. The girl who wore this ribbon? This was probably the only nice thing she had, the only thing she thought of as hers.” Let me tell you reading about slavery and about entitled rich men was no picnic. Why do people think they are worthier than others just because their skin is a paler shade? Why do these old fashioned powerful men think they can use women for their pleasure and just discard them once the toy is not shiny anymore? And if you think it only happened in the past you’ll be so far from the truth you’ll never find your way back. Seriously I was appalled by what women had to endure in this story. Slowly I unfold the threads of this family curse. “We tell ourselves lies to survive when we know the truth will kill us.” The Arctic ice was long forgotten once the stable boy lost his shirt it’s a miracle my tongue is not still glued to my Kindle. Soon after I was left once more mouth agape as I could not believe what I’d just read! What nearly happened to Tamara was just…horrifying. And when you think you finally know the whole truth the story just takes a 180° turn. I felt like an MMA fighter once he got his first beating. Hell bent on revenge the girl will be clever, patient and cunning. She may seem like a sweet red haired little thing but she’s a core of steel. That’s a girl following my heart! Go girl! Make them regret what they did a thousand times! I was out for blood… “Love what they destroyed. Destroy what they loved.” I think you could follow my mood and subsequently the twists and turns just by looking at my face. Eyes bulging, heart pit pattering, white knuckles in tense moments and goofy grin when quick witted Tamara made fun of Levi. “I do care about you. I did and I do. But you drive me up one wall and down the other sometimes and I swear I’m looking down at you from the ceiling right now. A real emotional rollercoaster. Cooper McQueen was entranced by Paris’s tale but so was I. I forgot everything and everyone. I was in Kentucky in the stable, the woods or in that cursed mansion. My hair was long and red. My crush was tall and handsome and I loved driving him crazy. I carried the weight of a doomed family. Revenge was my middle name. That my friend is the trade mark of a very good book. You want to follow all my reviews and rants? Sign up for my newsletter at: Or follow me on Facebook: Twitter:

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beatrix

    You can’t sell people. A story was born when a girl with a red thread in her hair was raped and sold. Storytelling is most definitely Tiffany Reisz’s strongest suit. I was completely captivated with the story. The first chapter was nothing special honestly (exactly what the blurb says), but then the story of Tamara Maddox begins and you are under its spell. Around 20% mark was the big shock, I was honestly stunned, but then I remembered - this is Tiffany Reisz after all, you should expect so You can’t sell people. A story was born when a girl with a red thread in her hair was raped and sold. Storytelling is most definitely Tiffany Reisz’s strongest suit. I was completely captivated with the story. The first chapter was nothing special honestly (exactly what the blurb says), but then the story of Tamara Maddox begins and you are under its spell. Around 20% mark was the big shock, I was honestly stunned, but then I remembered - this is Tiffany Reisz after all, you should expect something twisted. Her body was his body. His body was hers. He saw himself through her eyes—older, bigger, beautiful to her in that strange way girls found men beautiful, and knowing things she wanted to know. She envied him his freedom, that he was a man and could do anything he wanted to anyone he wanted, while she had to marry him to escape the prison of her life and the prison of the world’s expectations. The story is a times heavy and tragic, but there are these comic moments which prevent it from being too dark. And there is of course the hot, passionate and forbidden love story between Tamara and Levi. (*swoon*) The story itself had me turning pages like crazy… but at the same time, there is this undertone of, I don’t know how to put it.. Nostalgia, maybe? Like you’re reminiscing about that amazing Summer you had 5 years ago and can never have back. That’s how I felt about Tamara & Levi, I loved them, I was drinking up every minute of their story, but all the while thinking it can’t last, I feel like something is going to happen... Now, of course I’m not going to reveal anything, that’s just the feeling I had, and I loved the way Reisz structured the story. I like when I don’t know if the story would end happily or not. Furthermore, if you’re already a fan of Tiffany Reisz you know you can expect that she’ll rip out your heart a little, mesmerize you with the story, shock, disturb, and make you question. And if you’re not, well then you have some idea as to what to expect. In conclusion, is the story of revenge, passionate love and one cursed family and it’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2016! One of these days you’re going to get what you want and it’ll be the last thing you want. **This review is also at Way Too Hot Books.**

  30. 4 out of 5

    Babydimps (Suzy)

    4 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Well, that was awesome! I’ve never read a Tiffany Reisz book. I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time and I’m so glad that I did. There was something about the synopsis of this one that grabbed me. I do love a family saga that is full of greed, secrets and scandal! Who doesn’t?! There’s a little bit of everything in this book: history, romance, mystery and suspense. The author does a fantastic job of telling the tale about the Maddox family. It’s a multi-generational story tha 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well, that was awesome! I’ve never read a Tiffany Reisz book. I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time and I’m so glad that I did. There was something about the synopsis of this one that grabbed me. I do love a family saga that is full of greed, secrets and scandal! Who doesn’t?! There’s a little bit of everything in this book: history, romance, mystery and suspense. The author does a fantastic job of telling the tale about the Maddox family. It’s a multi-generational story that was unputdownable for me. So many nights staying up WAY too late simply because it was that good. The beginning got my attention immediately and the ending was great. It eluded to a sequel, which I would welcome with open arms! Highly recommend!

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