Jolene Hadley Corbett has been lusting after Ryman O'Malley since she was fourteen, when he accidentally touched her bare breast while trying to save her from drowning in his grandfather's pool. There's only one slight problem: their two families, the Hadleys and the O'Malleys have been feuding for generations. And this isn't a simple misunderstanding, it's escalated to the point where every gift shop in Verbena, North Carolina sells t-shirts with the slogan “I Survived the Hadley – O'Malley Feud!”.
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Yet when his grandfather dies, and Ryman becomes the new owner of the South Winds Trav' O' Tel' and returns to Verbena, Jolene is forced to face the man she's been dreaming about for twenty years. If there's one thing Jolene hates more than anything else, it's change, and Ryman's return to town signals nothing but! Will the two be able to get past their feuding families and generations of “bad blood” in order to live happily ever after?