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.
Lizzie made a mistake in having a relationship with Lane Bradford, she's must smarter and positive it won't happen again. Lane comes home because his "mother" isn't well. His real mother hasn't been well in years and stays in her room. The woman who isn't well is a cook in the family's kitchen. A woman who pretty much raised him and his siblings. He has avoided home but now returns to check on her.
There are so many different story lines going on in this book. Lane finds missing money from the family company, Lane divorcing his wife. Edward, the eldest Bradford child, learning to deal with his disabilities after being kidnapped and tortured in South America. The only girl Gin being married off by their father to a horrible man. After Lane gets in trouble for supposedly beating up his wife, will Lizzie take the time to believe in him or run?
This book, while when you read it you can see JR Ward, is different than her usual paranormal stuff, but I really enjoyed it.