Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Bourbon Thief [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

Title: The Bourbon Thief
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: Mira
Published Date: 28th June 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*


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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: The Bourbon Thief is definitely not going to be an easy novel to review, so please bear with me as I try to do my best with this. This novel was unlike anything I have ever read. Honestly, if you asked me what book I could see as comparable to this one, there really isn’t any. I would even struggle to describe it to you. Nonetheless, I am going to try.

The plot of this novel definitely is a whirlwind. We have the modern day, where Levi and Tamara’s story is being told to a millionaire because a woman wants him to hand over a bottle of priceless bourbon. The story is supposed to make him give it to her for free, and is a true story. So we alternate between the present day and the past, where we are hearing about Levi and Tamara. The novel starts and ends in the present day, and we have very short intervals where we are put back into the right timeline from time to time.


But when it comes to Tamara and Levi’s storyline… now. This one starts from when Tamara is very young, and she is in love with her stable manager. However, he is just a lowly man, and he is also black. This is set in the past, so of course it cannot be. Her family are the Maddox’s and own a very large and flourishing bourbon company. They have no male heir to be able to continue the line… and Tamara’s grandfather is hooked on making sure there is a male heir. One day, Tamara and her grandfather are left alone in the house… and you can probably imagine what happens next.

But a lot more happens. Somehow, her grandfather ends up dead, there is a flood, and Levi is gone… I’m not going to mention anything more about the plot other than it is certainly twisted and there is a lot of blood, sex, betrayal, lies and plot twists in this one. Just when you think the character’s might be able to be happy at certain points in the novel, something happens to throw them right off of that happy path.


As for the characters, the majority of this centers around Levi and Tamara. Levi was mostly a calm man, who just wanted the best for himself and his family. He didn’t want to get tied up in too much trouble (as most men of colour from that time period would have wanted as well.) So when Tamara blurs into his life, he is faced with a lot of challenges he didn’t expect to have to face. I have to admire the calm face he puts on throughout the whole novel though.

And as for Tamara… a third of the time I thought she was incredibly clever. The other third, I thought she was insane. And for the rest of it, just a young woman/teenager trying to get by in life. A lot of horrible things happen to her, and a lot of time she loses sight of what she needs to keep hold of in life. But she is a very driven and determined little lady, and she will stop at nothing to get revenge at those who have wronged her. She may be spoiled, and used to getting what she wants. But even when everything is taken from her, when she aims for something, she gets it. Even though I didn’t always understand her, I always felt for her.


This novel is very graphic. It has a lot of sex in it, and it is not a clean romance. There may be some themes you wouldn’t agree with or don’t want to read about, such as rape. In that case, this wouldn’t be a book for you. It’s a very adult read and despite the fact that I review young adult all the time, this is not a YA read.

I still don’t know what to make of this book. When I think about it, I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry or scream. It definitely felt realistic though, and that’s for sure.

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: Do you prefer standalones or series?


Olivia-Savannah x

32 comments:

  1. Keionda's post the other day was about her relationship with stand alones and I think I commented in agreement with her as well. That it's tricky because depending on how good the story is, I find myself wanting to read more. But sometimes, there are writers who can pull it off flawlessly that you won't want for anything else.

    I need to read this book. I've heard good things and it sounds like the kind of Erotica that I like to indulge in from time to time. :)

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean. Sometimes a standalone is done expertly well and is just enough, but then at times you wish there could have been more...

      I think you'd like this one ^.^

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  2. Looks like an interesting book! Thank you for the contest!

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  3. It sounds like it had an interesting plot though I don't think it's something I'll end up reading. I'm glad that you found it realistic, however. That's always one of my favorite parts of any book :)

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    1. It was really different! I'm so sure I haven't ever read anything like it.

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  4. I'm not bias to either so long as the story is good and keeps me entertained. Thanks for the giveaway, Olivia!

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    1. You're welcome, Lonna. Entertainment is all that's need ;)

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  5. I've come across this and was interested in reading it but now that you have warned me about how graphic it is I think I may put this off. I don't like to read about too much sex or rape. If it doesn't add to the plot then I tend to stay away.

    Good review!

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    1. If graphic isn't your kind of read, then I wouldn't recommend this one to you. But I am happy you've heard of it, because it deserves the recognition!

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  6. Lol, this made me laugh- "And as for Tamara… a third of the time I thought she was incredibly clever. The other third, I thought she was insane" True. This was a good- dark, clever and a little twisted.

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    1. Ahaha yes. This book masters all of that incredibly well :D

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  7. The cover is really pretty! It does sound like a complicated story, yet I loved your review! I don't think the sex would put me off, although rape scenes are never easy to read.

    As for the question, I am definitely a standalone-kind-of-gal.

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    1. Then maybe this is one for you! And a standalone on top of that ;) Thanks for reading, lovely <3

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  8. Loved this book. Cannot wait for The Night Mark!!

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  9. Your disclaimer at the end made me laugh because I do the same thing. I don't want someone to pick up a book, thinking it's YA and then be surprised when the themes are darker/more descriptive.

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    1. I try to be as straight forward as possible with all my reviews. I'm glad I'm not the only one :3

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  10. This would be great, haven't read a book in a long time. This one seems it won't leave me bored.

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    1. Maybe this one would be able to get you back into reading!

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  11. thanks for the chance to win
    Marlene V.

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  12. Hi Deanie, haven't visited your blog in such a long time, just now catching up on your lovely reviews <3

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    1. It's good to have you stopping by now ^.^

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  13. Never read your book but I was always intrigued because we had them at the library where I was working.

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    1. I hope that you might be able to get around to it soon then!

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  14. The book sounds wonderful.

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  15. I'm cool with graphic books and sex. :)

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