Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Feud: A Blackburn Novel (Bluegrass Empires Book 1) by Sawyer Bennett ~ Book Review


New Release from Sawyer Bennett
The Feud (Bluegrass Empires, Book #1)

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett welcomes you to Bluegrass Empires, a sweeping series of sexy romance standalones. Set among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse farms and bourbon distilleries, these seductive tales are steeped in bloodline feuds that run deep and without forgiveness.

As the oldest of his siblings, Ethan Blackburn bears the weight of responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Blackburn Farms, the largest Saddlebred breeding and training facility in Kentucky. Serious, gruff, and solely focused on the success of the family business, Ethan isn’t one to mince words or waste time on anything that doesn’t further his interests. But when his meticulous world is upended by a shadowed secret brought into the light, Ethan is sent into a tailspin.

Marcie DeLeon just navigated her way through a bitter divorce, now intent on reimagining her life as a single career woman. She’s not looking to revisit the burden of a relationship anytime soon, but when Ethan turns to her for help, she can’t help but lend a sympathetic ear to the handsome and broody man.

Ethan and Marcie are strangers who find a common thread to weave them together, creating a bond neither were seeking but both are loathe to walk away from. When Ethan faces a high-stakes battle against his family’s bitter enemy, he knows without a doubt there is nothing he won’t do to win the fight. Ready to give of himself completely, Ethan prepares to face-off with his foe hoping that no matter what the outcome, Marcie will be by his side in the end.

The Feud: A Blackburn Novel is a friends-to-lovers novel within the Bluegrass Empires series. All the books in the series can be enjoyed as standalones.

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Welcome to Blackburn Farms, Kentucky's largest saddlebred breeding and training facility. Now that his father has retired and his parents are traveling more, Ethan Blackburn runs the daily operations with the help of his siblings. But things are about to change a bit when he receives information about fathering a child with his enemy's daughter ten years earlier. Ethan knew nothing about Sylvie but was given guardianship of her in her mother's Last Will and Testament. Can this single guy make fatherhood work, or will he screw things up, and Sylvie will be forced to go back to her grandparents, that aren't the best influences?

Ethan is a standup guy who wants to provide a safe and loving environment for his daughter, so he enlists the help of her school principal, Marcie DeLeon. With Sylvie acting out and Ethan at his wit's end, Marcie is determined to help the two find common ground and hopes their relationship will bloom.

I enjoyed watching Ethan and Marcie grow closer while each nurtured a relationship with Sylvie. Sean Masters and Kit Swann did an excellent job bringing this story to life. I highly recommend this audiobook.

This was a great start to the BLUEGRASS EMPIRES Series, and I cannot wait to see what happens next between the Blackburns and the Mardraggons. Also, this is Abby’s family’s series from Code Name: Omega. It was great seeing her and Kellen for a bit in this story. 

I recommend this book/audiobook to readers who enjoy STEAMY Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers Romance, Single Parent Romance, or Small Town Romance. 

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real-life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as a full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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