Lizzie King is the head gardener for the wealthy Bradford family's Easterly estate. The extensive gardens are akin to a national park; her credentials include a post graduate degree from an Ivy League school. Even still, she is the "help" and two years ago she went against everything she believed in and got involved with the brash and distractingly attractive Tulane Bradford, middle son. After he promptly broke her heart, he ran away to New York and hasn't been back to the estate since, however, he runs back when he hears that a beloved one is ill. He extends his visit to take care of some personal business, most notably getting Lizzie back. Then the deaths start. And lots of other crazy things. And through it all, Lane and Lizzie get a second chance to make their relationship work despite it all.
I enjoyed this so much! I'm very excited to read what comes next in this series, and it made me miss the south (or at least southern men) something awful.
If you don't know about JR Ward, she is a master world builder and uses multiple story lines to build and move the story along. She does the same here, but the world is tight enough that the additional story lines are relevant and interesting. They plant the seeds early for future books to the reader's delight, and as for the main couple? The WARDen keeps us hanging on until the very end.