R. L. Mathewson's ear for witty dialogue and tension-filled scenes is on full display in her audiobook Playing for Keeps. Haley, young and easily pushed over, has finally decided she's had enough and it's high time she takes charge of her life. When she spies her annoying neighbor ruining one of her flowerbeds, she finds her first opportunity to take charge. The only problem is, Jason, the troublesome neighbor, has a look and physique that could melt a popsicle in January. Performed by Eileen Stevens with a sultry energy, Playing for Keeps is a perfect for remedy for those cold, late nights.
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 be 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.
©2011 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am a sucker for romance and love a good comedy, so when I can get the combination of the two...I'm sold! Found this from browsing goodreads and decided to try it. It does not disappoint...go ahead and try it if you like a cute modern romantic comedy sort of thing.
I really enjoyed this story. The narrator did an excellent job in bringing the story to life. I will now listen to the second book in the series.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This is a great book. I love Haley and Jason and their story was fun and entertaining while also being a good romance with deep emotions. I've read this book before (years ago) and it's just as good the second time around.
Haley was born to rich parents who weren't involved in raising her at all. It was all nannies and boarding schools until her Grandmother moved closer so she could live with her and have a relatively good childhood. Haley decided to become a teacher and this didn't meet with the approval of her family and so they use it as an excuse to look down on her. TBH, her family is absolutely horrible and she should just disown them (well, all except her Grandmother who's very cool and loves her). Haley is happy with her job and her house (which she bought on her own) but 5 years ago a new neighbor moved in and he's made her home life a struggle. It doesn't help that he's also a teacher at the same school as her and so she has to try to deal with him/avoid him at work as well.
Jason is what you'd call a lovable jerk. He's nice in general but he just doesn't really care and tends to do lots of things that piss people off. He's never been serious about a woman and just tends to screw around. Jason tries to make it clear to the women that he's not in to anything serious but that doesn't mean that drunk EXes (and calling them EXes is way overstating their meaning to him) don't still show up to bitch him out at times (and sometimes end up on his neighbor's doorsteps instead). Jason has parties at his house and doesn't look after his house which pisses all his neighbors off even more.
The story begins with Haley in her house and she sees Jason pulling up her tulips (the bulbs of which were given to her by her Grandmother and are special to her) out of her flowerbed. Haley's not much for confrontations and has tried to ignore all the crap Jason puts her through but this is the last straw. Haley goes outside and starts spraying Jason with the hose to get him to stop. An argument ensues and even some wrestling around as they fight about the tulips until the yellow jackets show up. It ends up Jason was pulling up the tulips to try to get to the underground nest when they disturb it, they have to flee inside Haley's house before they're stung to death by a swarm of bees. They end up locked up together all day but they quickly realize that when they're not avoiding each other because of their difficulties that they have tons in common (including being huge Yankee's fans). Jason is impressed by Haley and he decides to be her friend, taking her under his wing and teach her how to stand up for herself and live life (calling her his little grasshopper). He invites her to one of his parties and she finds that they're not as bad as she thought and actually enjoyed herself. It soon becomes apparent that Jason is a food hog and is constantly hungry (thankfully he has a very high metabolism) and when it turns up that Haley is an awesome cook and she starts bringing Jason baked goodies he's a goner. They have a good friendship and even pull pranks on each other and laugh and have fun with each other. They both like their friendship and are happy with their situation but things shift when they go out of town for a Yankee's game. Through and issue with a lack of rooms, Jason and his friend need to stay in Haley's room and since there's limited bed space, Jason and Haley sleep together. All they do is sleep but when they get back home, they both find that they can't fall asleep alone. After a both of them struggle with sleep they realize the issue is they need each other to sleep and so they start sleeping together ever night (but no sex or anything take place between them).
Haley and Jason stay friends for a bit while they're sleeping together but eventually things shift for both of them. Jason knows he doesn't deserve Haley and I think it keeps him from realizing his feeling for her in the beginning. With their friendship, Jason has started being a better guy and realizing just what a jerk he used to be. Now he loves being with Haley but doesn't acknowledge where things might go until one of his friends brings up the issue. Haley has started liking Jason more and more and sleeping with him has stimulated other desires. Eventually Haley ties kissing Jason and things spike between them and it turns in to something more. Haley and Jason's relationship gets more serious and she's worried the next morning that he'll regret it but Jason surprises her (and me as the reader) by admitting that he knows he's not good at relationships and he'll probably mess things up in the future but he wants to give things with her a real try. I thought it was really sweet and loved how Jason was willing to admit his weakness and just put it out there that he'd do his best not to mess things up. Haley and Jason are actually great together but others do cause some problems. Her family is horrible at best and treated Jason like you would a cockroach in the kitchen so needless to say they only caused hassles. Jason's family is a great group but when Jason took Haley to a family picnic without telling them he had a girlfriend first, none of his family believed him and tried to set Haley up with his single male family members. Regardless of family issues, Haley and Jason do pretty well until some of Haley's supposed friends decide to cause some trouble and tell Jason things to make him doubt her. In his hurt and need to unsure she loved him, Jason made a mistake that cause Haley to be very hurt. Unfortunately, Haley wasn't very willing to forgive and it ends up causing some drama and more hurt before things finally get fixed. Thankfully, Jason and Haley work their issues out and wind up together and starting their HEA together.
This was a great story. I loved both Haley and Jason and got sucked in to their story from the beginning. The story and characters are fun and entertaining and kept things interesting throughout the story. One of the things I love about Mathewson is her ability to infuse fun in the story while still having all the emotions and drama of great romance. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series (which I'm starting as soon as I finish this review). I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I read this series out of sequence, and ended up reading this book last (for no apparent reason). Yet, this is the book that introduced the over-the-top, handsome, food-obsessed Bradford family. The men in this family are known for their bad-boy good looks, sheepish smiles (when caught stealing food), insatiable appetites for anything digestible, big hearts and sex appeal. But, when a Bradford gives his heart…he gives everything and that's exactly the way it is for Jason with his "little grasshopper" Haley.
This book is cute, sweet and has so many laugh-out-loud moments that it's best to stay away from public areas to avoid weird stares when reading it. Jason and Haley's romance is charming and totally "feel good." Although, when the couple went through their "big misunderstanding" phrase it was extended a little too long. I would have preferred more steam at the end instead of misunderstandings. Yet, this love affair is safe because it the forever kind of love that is sealed with an HEA that is sure to brig continuous laughs and great moments. In the books that proceed this one, I enjoyed the follow-up to Jason and Haley's story. I have to say that (since I've only read 3 of the books in this series, I've enjoyed the books that followed more than this one). But, overall good book with fun banter and sweet romance!
Narrator: Fran Jules is excellent. I hope to hear her in more audiobooks…her performance is perfection!
This one ranks up on the top!
No comparison! It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a book like this one.
Many scenes were my favorite. All the way through this book was my favorite scene.
It made me laugh, but, there were times when I got really worried they would break up for real. That would be bad. These two are made for each other.
Have to give the narrator a big thumbs up on this one. Great job.
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
This is one of the best most funniest books I have ever read. Besides the 2nd and 3rd book in this series. If you ever need a book to put you in a good mood I highly recommend this series. It will have you laughing till you cry. The romance is awesome. Love scenes smoking hot. I will definitely be reading this series again and again!
I love that the hero's name is Jason. I always have been a sucker for a guy name Jason lol.
I have read everything by this author and she has never disappointed me! I would definitely recommend the ebook versions but the not the audiobook. I purchased all the audibooks available by this author, since I already had the kindle versions I received a discount for the audiobooks (I love listening to them while I am cleaning.) That being said, the editing of performance is so bad, there is a lot of skipping and repeating that is very distracting. This is a recurring problem in each of the audibooks by R.L. Mathewson. If you are able I would definitely recommend reading the books and skipping the audio!
Storyline was too improbable (doormat girl transforms overnight into one of the guys, bad boy Jason into protective lover). If we are to excuse a bad story in the name of a good romance, it failed to work for me. The narration is good - its all that is.
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