The Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward

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The Devil’s Cut by J.R. WardDevil's Cut by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
Published by Ballantine on August 1. 2017
Pages: 397 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Publisher

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

As much as I was anticipating The Devil’s Cut I have to admit that I wasn’t as blown away by it as I was towards the first two installments in J.R. Ward’s Bourbon King series. In actuality my feeling towards this installment had nothing to do with Edward ending up with Sutton instead of Shelby, it was actually the length in which everything was carried out.

From The Bourbon Kings to The Angels’ Share things have been building up to what I had hoped would’ve been an explosive conclusion to a wholly unique and attention grabbing series. What I wasn’t expecting was the long periods of each of the main characters lives. Other than the big reveal of who actually killed papa Baldwine and the mystery surrounding Edward I felt like we were given more of the same.

Now this is where things get tricky…everything I just said are my true feelings and what I’m gettting ready to impart to you all are also my true feelings.

I loved everything about The Devil’s Cut. I loved that even though Lane and Lizzie’s relationship is pretty much solidified, Ward threw in a few surprises that sort left you on the edge of whether not things might not be as good as they seem between these two. I also loved how Edward and Sutton’s relationship was fleshed out more than I felt the previous installments allowed, I was able to getting a better sense of them as a couple than them just going through the motions because of the intensity of old feelings.

Crazy enough it was the sister’s story that really pulled me in. I have never seen a character grow and develop for the better as great as this I think in all my years of reading. My gosh, when I was so sure that I couldn’t stand her character Ward penned the circumstances she went through perfectly that ripped the foundation from under her feet leaving her open for improvement and change. Matter of fact I think the other character that this has happened to for me was Franka from Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series. I love a good turn around.

As conflicting as my thoughts are about The Devil’s Cut, it definitely did its job when it came to concluding this series. No stone was unturned, although maybe a few should’ve been left to the skeletons, and no heart was left completely unbroken.

About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.