A strong first entry to J.R. Ward’s new series. Ward vividly creates Easterly, a Kentucky mansion built an sustained on a bourbon empire. The younger son of that empire, Tulane, has stayed far from home since the dissolution of his relationship with Lizzie, Easterly’s top horticulturist. But his forced return brings shock waves to both of them and to Tulane’s extended, deeply dysfunctional family. A great read, for 18 and up due to sexy times and general seediness.