Hatfields & McCoys meet Dallas…
What should have been simple BDSM club play becomes complicated when lifelong neighbors Bye Caden and Karen Oakley discover there’s more between them than one steamy night. But acting on their feelings is unthinkable, for if discovered, they could reignite a century-old feud between their families.
Sneaking around to be together ups the heat factor, but it’s only a matter of time before the couple must come clean. Forever is hard to come by when one’s father shoots first and asks questions later.
Against a larger-than-life ranch setting, the lovers must overcome not only their own misgivings, but the opposition of their respective families. A task that could prove to be as big as Texas.
Reader Advisory: Our heroine finds herself at the mercy of two sexy Doms one hot Texas night. Lucky girl.
Review: The Hatfield and McCoy saga intrigues me so when I saw that this book was perhaps similar to a modern day version, I was curious to see how this type of story would play out. Ms. Jacobs does an excellent job of leaving us on the edge of our seat wondering what in the world could have ever started a feud that would have lasted as long as it has between these two families.
Even though the characters meet in a BDSM club owned by Karen’s uncle and the story leads us to believe both her and Bye are each involved in the BDSM lifestyle, the plot told us a different story. It seemed more like experimentation because the BDSM aspect only seemed to apply while they were together at the club.
Both Karen and Bye showed a lot of depth and emotion throughout the story and I enjoyed getting to know each of them. Bye is not only rugged and masculine but shows his tender and sensitive sides as well. Karen is a strong, determined woman who seems very secure with who she is and, despite the feud, is not afraid to be there for Bye when he needs her the most.
There are also several secondary characters that I enjoyed meeting as well and look forward to reading future stories of Bye’s sister, Deidre, and their “friend” Jack. Karen’s Uncle Buck was quite colorful and seemed like he would have some interesting stories to tell. Bye’s dad held a reputation throughout most of the story that made the way he capitulated later on a bit out of place. He’s presented as a hard-nosed, tough as nails father and boss but towards the end his personality seemed to have mellowed.
Without spoiling the story, I do feel the ending was a bit too happily ever after. I’m far from an expert on the “issues” that were being faced by a certain character but it seemed a bit out of touch with reality. Had this been a full-sized novel with more time involved and this portion of the plot developed further, maybe but it just seemed too soon.
Overall, Lover’s Feud drew me in right from the start and if you are looking for a story that has a little bit of BDSM but doesn’t play a major role, give this one a try. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Jacobs.