My first Historical Romance in a very long time, how exciting.
I was pretty excited and nervous about reading this novel (I’m always nervous reading books I’m excited about; I’m afraid of being let down).
However, since this novel was written by one of my favourite authors of all time I was sure it was going to be fantastic. And sure enough it was!
The Bourbon Thief has mystery, suspense, and romance all rolled up into one historical story that was nothing short of captivating. I never wanted to put it down and was sure I’d have read it in one sitting if I could.
The Red Thread Bourbon Company has been shut down for years and only one bottle still exists and that bottle belongs to Cooper McQueen. One day, a woman in a red dress named Paris starts inquiring about it and it peaks his interest.
He catches her trying to steal the bottle and instead of calling the police she decides to tell him a story – a story that will change the way he looks at that company and the sacredness of that bottle.
Red Thread Bourbon has quite the history, and young Tamara Maddox, the next in line to inherit the company only knows part of the story.
Fate has unknowing brought her and stable hand, Levi Shelby together, and together they will bring down the company that cause them so much grief, heartbreak, and pain.
I was blown away. I am always blown away by the simplicity and the incredible ability that author, Tiffany Reisz has at storytelling.
SHE IS JUST ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I cannot give this woman enough praise.
She is listed up there with some of my top favourite writers of all time. (Like I will read almost anything she writes – keyword being almost).
Her stories are absolutely captivating and told in such a simple manner that you just don’t want to put it down or stop reading. There’s just something magical about her books.
What I noticed a lot was that she uses a lot of dialogue in her books – that a lot of the book takes place within the dialogue and the rest is left to the imagination of the reader. The dialogue is simple, the book is very well paced and it just makes you want to keep reading.
“We tell ourselves lies to survive when we know the truth will kill us.”
The story takes place in the present, but Tamara and Levi’s story takes place in the 70s I believe (don’t quote me on this, I’m bad with history). And for the life of me I couldn’t picture the story taking place in that time. Maybe because I was born in the 90s and don’t know much about the world twenty years before I was born…but I couldn’t help but picture a much…simpler time…not the pioneer age but not the 70s. You just get this feeling that this story was being told so long ago and not forty years in the past.
The characters are great, simple, and easy to relate to. It is very easy to like/dislike certain people and there is no shortage of surprises throughout the story.
I absolutely recommend this read if you want something short, quick, and are into mystery a bit of suspense and a bit of romance.
Tiffany Reisz has done it again, and it almost makes me wonder if I should pick up her Harlequin books…
5/5 Hearts of Love