Family drama is the best way to describe this newest series by J.R. Ward. While there is some romantic aspects, I could not state that this is a romance. Instead, it is an intense story about a family who distills bourbon. Suddenly, their world is shaken and secrets come out. While there are four children in this family, only three are involved in this story. All have been betrayed by their father in some way. Yet, their love of family remains strong. There is violence (abuse) displayed in several ways so expect very emotional scenes. There is very little light or bright in this story. There is a feeling of despair and darkness. Death does occur. The ending leaves you wondering what will happen next. In fact, I kept trying to turn the page on my kindle sure that this could not be the end of the book. Though this story only covers a few days, it is so intense and detailed that if feels as if a week or more is covered. You definitely are going to want (and need) to read this first book before trying to read any of the next books coming out because I can’t imagine how you would understand this complex family and everything going on unless you do.
Lane has not been home in two years. He just left and is living with a good college friend. However, when he gets a phone call, suddenly he is in a rush to return. He’s plan is to get in and out. That plan changes quickly as he runs into the wife he doesn’t want and the woman he loves. Lizzie wants nothing to do with Lane, even though it seems she’s still attracted to him. Things only get more complex as Lane learns his older brother never comes to the house either, his sister is running scared and his wife is pregnant. Will things ever straighten out or will it only get worse?
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.