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Synopsis: 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 iron-fisted 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.

Me: Not sure what to make of this book. It’s definitely not the Black Dagger Brotherhood! On the one hand I really don’t like all the Jackie Collins lifestyles of the rich and famous boo hoo fallen on hard times stuff. But I was intrigued by the potential embezzlement and who committed the couple of murders in the book.
Some of the characters are downright vile, some very formulaic. I quite like Edward and am looking forward to his return from post-kidnap depression. But the rest are just – meh. I didn’t really feel connected to the main romance arc. I’m not entirely sure it needed to be in there despite dominating the book. I would I think have preferred this to be developed as a crime series than a romantic one.
Particularly annoyed that I now have to get the second book to find out the answers to these questions. I hate it when authors deliberately have cliff hangers. Especially when I’ve just ploughed through 500 pages to find and ending that doesn’t actually end.
I will probably get the rest of the series as I hate not knowing outcomes or finishing a story off but I will probably got o the library rather than buy it.