Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher by: Berkley
Published on: July 28, 2015
Genres: Family Saga, Romance
Page Count: 432
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....
For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.
For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.
As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.
Well I am finally popping by J.R. Ward cherry. The simple things in life.
People have been telling me to read Ms. Ward for some time now but since the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series was so long and established I was scared to start it. When my co-blogger and I saw we had opportunity to start her new series…we could not write back Yes fast enough. Thank you Penguin.
Ms. Ward did not disappoint. I can see why people love her. She has a gift for telling a story with in-depth character development and wonderful imagery. I felt like I was with the Bradford family on their Easterly estate. I wanted to drink some great bourbon while I turned the pages since I have a new insight for the process that makes it.
This family was the epitome of old “messed up” money. They were “American royalty” with all the perks and secrets to that go with that title.
Now where she kinda lost me…its was all too much. There are more than one POV in this book. Now I do not know if this normal for Ms. Ward since I have no frame of reference but I believe we had at least 5. There was so much going on. It was great but somewhat daunting all at the same time.
I truly did enjoy Lizzie’s character. She was strong, smart and caring. Understood her mistakes and really did not want a repeat. She so wanted to protect her heart after Lane smashed it 2 years prior. But the rest of this crew. Wow! It was All My Children meets Dynasty. This is one messed up family.
Lane. I wanted to like him and sometimes I guess I did but as a whole, not so much. He just seemed very spoiled for a man of his age and just not what Lizzie needed.
Final verdict…I’m not really sure. I came to the conclusion by the end that Ms. Ward was an experience. This was not a simple love story with some family secrets thrown in. This was not just the story of Lizzie and Lane getting a second chance at romance. This story is about them all as a whole. This about all the secrets, lies, scandals, sex and heartbreak that plague this family of “American royalty”. I am curious to know how the story unfolds.