Holy potboiler, Batman! The combination of insomnia and a book that was written to be breezed through made this book a quick read. J.R. Ward is known for her Dark Brotherhood books that people have been raving about for years. (I have the first one and yet to read it - but it's in paperback, not ebook, so I'm less inclined to just pick it up.) This book is the first in a family dynasty epic, romance, mystery, soap opera trilogy. Well, unless she decides it needs to go further.
For me, the most interesting character in this saga is the eldest brother, Edward. He's had terrible things happen to him and he's really mostly a shell of a man when we meet him, but I couldn't tear my reading eyes from him. Broken, beaten and more, scarred and ill - the man is a conundrum. :)
The heroine of this tale, Lizzie King, is the head horticulturist at the estate of the uber-wealthy bourbon barons, the Bradfords. And she has history with the youngest son, Lane. I alternated between enjoying her independent self and rolling my eyes at her silliness. I wanted to pinch her, hard, more than once.
Much of the book, the characters, the setting, the feel of the thing is cliché, but it's enjoyable! The writing is okay - Ward writes for the present, lots of pop culture references that will be out of date in another 10 or less years and those inner dialogue asides that almost but not quite break the fourth wall.
I'm going to read the next book, but I will most definitely wait until it goes on sale. I may even check out that Dark Brotherhood book I have up in the bookcase.