Monday, July 9, 2018

Title: Playing for Keeps
Series: Neighbor from Hell #1
Author: R. L. Mathewson

Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but that notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.


I am so hooked on R.L. Mathewson. I fully intend to read the rest of this series and any others I can get my grubby lil mitts on. Lol

Haley Blaine hates her next door neighbor, Jason Bradford. For five years she has done nothing but put up with excessive noise, wild parties, paintball splatter, screaming ex-lovers, and his ability to be a world class asshole. She even tried selling her house, but he managed to scare all the potential buyers away. She has finally had it with his behavior and decides that her life of being a pushover is over when she finds him ripping out her immaculate and well-tended flower bed. Turning the ice-cold spray of the hose on him is her way of getting his attention. What she doesn't figure on is what to do with his attention once she has it. Jason is a player and a jerk. He will tell you himself, and he's ok with it. He doesn't make promises and he always makes sure women know the score before anything happens. Can he help it that they deem to change their minds? He has seen his shy little neighbor many times, especially since they work together, but he cant ever speak with her because she turns tail and runs every time he gets close. One little misunderstanding when he moved in, and she wont give him the time of day. He sure does get her attention while frantically pulling out her tulip patch. After getting a cold shower and wrestling over the remaining flowers, they both are forced to hideout in Haley's house due to a swarm of bees with a ground nest in the flower bed. Because she does everything in her power to avoid him, Jason is horrified that she has to be locked inside with him for an evening, but things go a lot better than he expected. Haley is funny, and smart, absolutely beautiful, and she loves baseball. They have a great night chatting, eating, and watching the game. From then on, they start a very comfortable friendship. Of course, they both have sexual twinges for the other, but its thrust aside by feelings of inadequacy and fear. Soon, they start spending a lot of time together, and Jason even takes it upon himself to "protect her" from men he doesn't believe good enough for her including his own friends. Things really get complicated when after accidentally falling asleep in the same bed together on a mini trip, they cant seem to sleep without each other. There is no kissing or inappropriate touching, but they sleep in the same bed, cuddled, every night. Before long, Haley is wishing that Jason would want more with her, and Jason is wishing he could be good enough for Haley. When an unexpected brush of the lips leads to more, the wheels are set in motion. Jason isn't giving up without Haley trying a relationship with him. Can Jason and Haley find their happy future together when sex is off the table, a catty "friend" of Haley's and Haley's family are so eager to tear them apart? Through misunderstandings and harsh words, Jason must learn his worth and grow confidence in his ability to make Haley happy while Haley has to trust in the love of an ex-player and learn to stand up for what she wants.

I absolutely adored Haley. She was sweet and quiet and a sense of humor to crazy over. She really was a perfect woman. Jason was so fun. I loved his addiction to food, and his being banned from buffets, cracked me right up. This book was humorous and heart-warming. At one point I'm pretty sure I was laughing so hard I cried and snorted all at the same time. LMAO. The love story was sweet and realistic. Supporting cast was great, too. Cant wait to read the next in the series! <3
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