Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it’s too late.
As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.
Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?
The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden is an exciting adventure. The plot is intense. Each character has something big to lose. But as each of them spends more time together, something else could be lost as well. The risks are stacking high on the cast, and the drama around them makes for a good read. I was thoroughly entertained. Every page was filled with suspense, intrigue, and a blossoming romance. The attraction between Annabelle and Gray was done well. I did not want the book to end. I am glad to know this is the first book to a new series. I cannot wait to see what this writer has up her sleeve. Overall, I highly recommend The Spice King to all historical romance lovers.