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.
I love Ward but I have only ever read her BDB series so I was interested in seeing what she could do with a contemporary story.
I have to say that you will enjoy this story if you like watching drama unfold between rich people who think they have it all. This book is full of multiple POVs as well as DRAMA!
The book starts off fairly interesting with a rich family who certainly has been keeping some secrets and they have to find a way to live their life in this era of new and old money. Lane was one character that I highly enjoyed because he really didn’t want anything to do with his family and all of their money. He was interested in one thing, or should I say one person, Lizzie. I also enjoyed Lizzie’s character in this story because she didn’t grow up with money, she earned everything by hard work. She had never had anything handed to her and I did enjoy her romance with Lane. I enjoyed their struggles but I did feel that their pieces of the storyline came together a little to easily in some areas. I would have enjoyed a little more back and forth in their relationship instead of just the sex.
Along with Lane we get to meet his two siblings. I don’t know completely how I feel about Edward and Gin. I wish I knew more about Edward because I feel he has a huge story to tell and a long way to come in this series and I want to see more of his wounded soul. I need more of him in order to get deeper into his character. I did like his pain and scars and I can’t help but want more. As for Gin I feel she certainly has potential but she really needs to figure out what she wants from life. I want to see her rise above being this little spoiled rich girl. I want fire from her so I hope as the series goes on that I get that from her. I did enjoy the moments when both siblings had their breaking points because that was the touching moments in this story.
Overall, I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give away all of the drama and secrets. I feel that this book certainly held my attention in parts but at the same time I feel that Ward has more to offer. This book is a start but there is so much more that could come from this story and these characters. I have the surface info and now I want the deeper pieces.