Feud by Phyllis Bourne
Released: February 8, 2018
Reviewed by Mandi
A novella-length, romantic comedy from Phyllis Bourne made me snort-laugh up until the end. There is a hundred-plus year old feud between the Lawson and Bridges family. Owning neighboring houses, the rest of the houses on the street have all been demolished by various storms throughout the years. When the very elderly Lawson gentleman passes away, Justice Bridges thinks his family has finally won the feud, since Lawson was the last remaining person in his family line. Or so they think. Besides the hostility of the feud, there is a “feud clause” where the last remaining person, gets money from a bank account, that has been collecting interest for a hundred years. There is almost $300,000 waiting to be claimed – and Justice has dreams of opening up a restaurant in New York City. But then his plan is thwarted by a sexy female.
Alexandra, or Alex, quite her marketing job in New York, and is desperate for a job and money. When a lawyer contacts her to tell her a long lost relative has passed away, and she has inherited his house, she is ecstatic. A new start – plus a house! She quickly meets Justice, and learns of this feud. Alex would love to have the money to start her own advertising company. If only she could convince the very annoying but super sexy Justice to move, she would win. Justice won’t back down – and the century old feud continues.
Justice and Alex each have one goal – get the money so they can have a fresh start in life. They are strangers when Alex moves in, so they don’t have years and years of feud built-up between them as a foundation. But they both quickly get on board with thwarting the other out of the money. There are pranks, nothing too harmful, that make me laugh. But as they prank each other, they are also falling for each other. They realize as they try to date other people, that the only person they really want to date is each other.
I also liked that as the story is told, the characters would take a time out to talk to/interact with the reader:
I sighed with into his mouth as he proceeded to kiss the hell out of me.
Tell me about it.
So is it everything you thought it would be?
Hmm,mmm. That fine asses Justice seemed the type to melt panties with a single kiss. And he is about to get the panties, right?
Do you mind? All the questions are killing the vibe.
The book ends right after they decide to make a go of it – but it worked for me. I could have survived without the passing gas scene as well, but otherwise a really fun read.