The Bourbon Thief Audiobook by Tiffany Reisz (REVIEW)

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The Bourbon Thief Audiobook

By: Tiffany Reisz

Narrated by: Kim Staunton

Published by: Harlequin Audio 06/28/16

The Bourbon Thief Audiobook by Tiffany Reisz

4.5 stars rating

11 hrs and 49 mins

Genre; Mystery Romance

The Bourbon Thief Audiobook Sample

The Bourbon Thief Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you know that I’m a fan of Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series. I started that series not long after The Siren came out back in 2012. I grabbed each book as soon as possible. I just loved the characters that Ms. Reisz created. I was saddened to see that series end. This is the first book that I’ve picked up that wasn’t part of The Original Sinners series. While this standalone book (i don’t think there is another book coming, but I’m not 100% sure) is completely different from The Original Sinners, it still has Ms. Reisz’s style and flare.

So this story is told both in the present and in the past. This is not the first time that Ms. Reisz has told a story in this format. It is something that she’s amazing at. She has the story of Cooper McQueen, a very rich bourbon connoisseur, and Paris, a woman who had seeked him out in his bar. Paris tries to steal a very expensive bottle of bourbon from him. It is the only existing bottle of Red Thread bourbon. Which was once one of the best bourbons in the world. Red Thread is no longer in business. In trying to convince Cooper to hand over the bottle, she tells the history of Red Thread and the family of the owners.

So the story of this history is about the Maddox family. Tamara Maddox is the main family member. She is the only living heir to the Maddox fortune. It starts on her sixteenth birthday. There is also her grandfather, who is still the owner of Red Thread. Her mother, who married into the Maddox family. Tamara’s father killed himself. There is also Levi, who is the groom in the barn.

Once again, Reisz is a master storyteller. She takes on topics that are so taboo and makes them very interesting. In this story, we have slavery (as in historical slaves, not any kind of BDSM slavery that she tackled in The Original Sinners series), family deception, racism, marriages of convenience. Throughout the story, you start second guessing what you know, as we learn about the Maddox family at the same time as Cooper.

If you asked me how to classify this book, it would be a sensual romantic mystery with a hint of historical thrown in. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I so wanted to learn more about the Maddox family, but at the same time, didn’t. There is so much despair (that is the best word I could come up with) in the Maddox family. As I learned more and more, I felt that it was only going to get worse. I really loved watching Tamara go from a spoiled brat at 16 to the adult that she became, even if she was barely an adult in age, she was in spirit.

If you know me, you know that I don’t step out of the speculative fiction genre very often. Tiffany Reisz is one of the authors that I am more than willing to break my normal mold for. She is such an amazing storyteller with characters that are well developed, you can’t help but love them, even if the should really be unloveable. If you haven’t tried Tiffany Reisz yet, this is a great book to get you started.

“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.”

“Being happy is the best revenge.”

The Bourbon Thief Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

This is my first book with Kim Staunton as the narrator. As a person who prefers to listening, I quickly asked my library to grabbed this on audio so that I could get a listen. I will say that I thought Kim Staunton did an amazing job. I loved both her male and female voices. I loved how she changed the voice of Tamara as she went from spoiled brat to more of a grown up. If you haven’t tried her, I highly recommend giving her a shot. I know that I will be looking for more books by her.

Tiffany Reisz

Author Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.

She lives in Portland, Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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Narrator: Kim Staunton

Narrator: Kim Staunton

Kim Staunton has extensive theater, film and television credits. She has performed on and off Broadway, as well as fifteen regional theaters across the country. Film credits include First Sunday, Changing Lanes, Heat, Dragonfly and Bark. On television, she has guest starred on Army Wives, Eleventh Hour, The Nine, Bones, Law and Order, New York Undercover, Strong Medicine, and Judging Amy. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.


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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Great review it is definitely going on my wish list!

    • Tiffany Reisz is a favorite author of mine. I hope you enjoy her as much as I have.

  2. This was my first Reisz book and I loved it! I still want to read her Sinner series, but I know it’s much different than this. I really like her writing though.

    • The Original Sinners books are a lot different than this. I really enjoy them. The main character, Nora is a hoot.

  3. I’ve seen nothing but good about this one. Her original series wasn’t for me but maybe this one will hit the spot 🙂

    • This book is quite a bit different from her Original Sinners series. I hope you get a chance to try this one and enjoy it.

  4. I skipped her Original Sinners though maybe someday, but this one has my attention. I like the idea of a mystery romance told in two time threads.

    Glad the new narrator was good for the story, too.

    • Telling a story within a story is something that Reisz perfected in the last four books of her Original Sinners series. The way this one is told really works. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  5. I have seen this book somewhere before with a great rating. Is it kind of like the family drama that J.R. Ward started writing?

    • This drama is more like who is actually related to who. Who is actually the father. Those kinds of things. More mysterious family drama. I remember seeing this book reviewed too. I think it might have been Kimberly. I can’t remember for sure.

  6. I haven’t tried this author but I heard a lot of great things about her books! I really should try!

    • This is a great book to start with, as it is a stand alone. The eight books in The Original Sinners series is a lot to take on to start. I hope you get a chance to try her. I just love her writing.

  7. Oh, I think this one is going on my list. Not read this author yet so I am kind of curious. 🙂 I can’t pass up the mystery part in this romance…that is like best of both worlds for me right now…lol.

    Great review!

    • This is a very interesting story. I really love how Reisz writes a story within a story on this one. And the mystery of who the one woman was and some of the other things going on are pretty interesting. I hope you enjoy.

  8. Yay! I’m so glad you listened to this and loved it. It was one of my favorites last year.

    • It was a such a fun story. I do love how she writes a story within a story too.

  9. I skipped her first series I thought it was too sexy for my taste. This one has caught my eye, and I didn’t know she was from PDX, so now I am doubly curious.

    • This one is a less sex and more story. There’s still sex, but more along the lines of what you expect to see in most romances. I actually need to update her bio. She’s moved back to Kentucky.

  10. I have heard so much about her and this book in particular. To say I’m curious is an understatement. Hm.. if you loved it, I do think I will as well. This may be my first book by this author. Brilly review.

    • This book is quite a bit different from her Original Sinners series. I really loved that series, but it was too much sex for some. This one is more along the lines of a typical romance, sex wise. She does tackle some tough subjects.

  11. I have no excuse for not reading this yet. I’m a fan too and I have two of her other romances. Maybe a binge read?

    • I haven’t read the three she had with the seasons yet either. I will get to those at some point. This one was automatic since it was available on audio.

  12. I really want to try this author at some part. Not sure if I’ll try this one or her other series.

    • I don’t know which one to tell you to start with first. Some people, I would say this one, but I think you will also like her the series too. This one has less sex than the series.

  13. I’ll admit I’ve seen this book around but never really knew what it was about. So thank you for giving a review. I love when an author can make you read a type of book you normally wouldn’t 😀

    • I really love Tiffany Reisz. She writes some really amazing characters. This is not a book that I would’ve picked up it if it was written by anyone else (at least without a shove).

    • I hope you get a chance to try this one Felicia. I think you will like it.

  14. I got this for Christmas in paperback. 🙂 I was already excited but now I’m even more so. I love your classification of it – only Reisz, right? A “sensual romantic mystery with a hint of historical thrown in.” Yeah, that’s awesome! 🙂

    • I had the hardest time trying to decide what to call it. I don’t consider it to be romantic suspense, because it doesn’t have the action that I’m used to in those stories. It does have some mysterious plots, so I went with Mystery Romance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  15. YES! This made my top ten reads in 2016. I am so delighted you loved it as well. While I own several of her previous books, this was my first read by her. The audio sounds good.

    • You know, when I first saw this book, I was excited for another Tiffany Reisz book. But, the idea of the story didn’t grab me like her other stories did. If it was a different author, I would’ve have looked twice at it. I requested that my library buy it, so it took a while for me to finally get it. The audio was amazing.

  16. I haven’t read this one yet but from the sounds of it, I’d probably like it. Great review.

    • It is a pretty amazing read. I don’t even know what I could compare to it. It is so unique, in a great way. This story really pulled me in.

  17. After finishing her Men At Work series and having just finished The Night Mark I am hooked on all things Tiffany Reisz, I can’t wait to get to this book! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  18. I haven’t tried her Men at Work series yet. I do see that they are available on audio. They’re each paired with another author’s books. I’ll have to see if my library has them, if not, see if they will get them. I’m not familiar with her The Night Mark book. I’ll be on the lookout for your review.

  19. I’ve been hesitant to pick this book up, because outside of The Red Years, her books have been so hit or miss for me. But you make me want to pick this one up!

    Great review.

    • This book is in some ways completely different from the Original Sinners books. There’s less sex for starters. There’s more mystery. This book is written in the style of the White Years in that there’s a story within a story. I hope you will give this one a chance. I think it is one of her best books.

  20. Great review. I’ve never read one of Tiffany’s stories, and I was hesitant to pick up this one b/c I’d heard mixed reviews. Maybe I’ll take a listen.

    • I really love Tiffany Reisz. This is a great book to give her a try.

  21. I’m a fan of Tiffany Reisz too, but I didn’t pick up this book… it didn’t really appeal to me, but I’m glad you loved it!

    • I didn’t think I would like this one as much as The Original Sinners series, but after listening, I really did.

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