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Playing for Keeps Audiobook

Playing for Keeps

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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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Jennifer Smith Portland OR 05-31-16
    Jennifer Smith Portland OR 05-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "High Schoolers pretending to be adults"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, my friends are mature enough to not want to act like immature high schoolers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by R. L. Mathewson again?

    Depends on if the people are more mature or not.


    Which character – as performed by Fran Jewels – was your favorite?

    The Grandmother, she was great.


    Could you see Playing for Keeps being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO! DON'T DO IT!


    Any additional comments?

    These characters were immature, could not communicate and fought about things that could have been cleared up if they were not so immature. They are almost 30. Also, the story needs more beefing up. It was skeletal and absolutely silly in some spots. One more thing, if two teachers are having an affair at a school, you better believe the kids know about it and talk about it. They don't think, oh, that's cute! Add more detail and more depth to the characters.

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    Smitten with Reading Texas 04-24-16
    Smitten with Reading Texas 04-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.75
    Performance... 5.0
    Story.... 4.75

    Okay, I heard ALL the many, many raves about this book when it came out and bought it...but just never read it. But when I saw it on Audible, I decided that would be a good way to delve into this new to me author.

    OMG, listening to this book on audiobook could not have been a more perfect experience. The story is funny and sweet and romantic. I'm a huge friends to lovers sucker and this story was a perfect example of why I think that trope works so incredibly well. On top of that, the narrator was incredible. I loved her voices and inflections for all the characters. I seriously cannot imagine a single way this story could have been told better. It was just so freaking good.

    I love that these two have lived next to one another for 5 years, but have been pretty much enemies...until Haley hits the wall of what she will accept...and then an amazing friendship blossoms from that. I like how they transitioned from friends to lovers...it was such a natural progression for the two of them. I ADORED and continually giggled about Jason's obsession over food and then to see his father...OMG, seriously rolling on the floor.

    I cannot rave enough about just how good this book was. I listened to it easily in two days and then immediately downloaded book #2...and yes, the review is coming for that one too. Same narrator, same amazing story telling. I think I just found a new author to stalk. Now if only all her books were available as audiobooks...

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    TakieJ 04-22-16
    TakieJ 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Insipid"

    Adult characters written as rude selfish teenagers. I don't mind a melodramatic romance...especially with fun characters...but holy cow, the immaturity of it all...

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    Vicki 03-30-16
    Vicki 03-30-16 Member Since 2015

    I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that the book was not 'realistic'...come on now 'really'!

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    "Love, Love, Love the Bradford Men"

    This is one of my favorite series. The Bradford men crack me up. I love Mathewson's writing style and pace of the stories. I can't imagine anyone except Fran Jules performing these stories. Fran Jules ROCKS the Bradford Family.

    The family trait of the Bradford's, including uncles and cousins is their ravenous appetites and love of food. Their antics against each other cause them to be banned from restaurants, food delivery services and of course all-you-can-eat buffets.

    They tend to fall in love with women who are the opposite of what they envision to be their perfect wife. They also tend to bicker with and aggravate these women. I love how the Bradford men will take a statement or argument with their girlfriend/neighbor and turn it around to benefit them.

    There's also a lot of sex. The Bradford men are extremely persistent in getting their way in the bed.

    I go to these books after listening to an emotional draining story or dark suspense thriller or if I'm in a book rut. These stories also take on real life issues like being overweight, being a foster child, various medical issues but everything always works out with a HEA.

    These books are well worth the credit or dollars.

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    Janet Johnston 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "playing for keeps"

    I enjoyed this book but it was too short. I could have used a few more chapters.

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    Sherry S. 02-20-16
    Sherry S. 02-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book 1"
    Any additional comments?

    This adorable, funny, and heart warming love story is one that I could not put down. I received many strange looks from my husband when I would bust out loud with a laugh over a scene. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. This is a well written romance book.

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    Pete WEATHERFORD, TX, United States 02-13-16
    Pete WEATHERFORD, TX, United States 02-13-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Ending ruined it for me"

    I was ready to love this book, but the final 1/3 of it totally ruined it.

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    jack huck 01-03-16
    jack huck 01-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've read/listened to , in a long time!"

    I listen to audible daily, always looking for another great book, I think I've read or listened to just about all the good ones, (all I do is read/listen to books, average about 3,a week, so when I say, this is the best one in a long time, I'm serious! I laughed out loud more than once! The only times I put it down was when I was at work! I will be getting all the books in this series!
    Kim H.

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    Amazon Customer DC 12-03-15
    Amazon Customer DC 12-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "FUNNY AND ROMANTIC"
    What made the experience of listening to Playing for Keeps the most enjoyable?

    THE FOOD ADDICT IN JASON,FUNNY,RELATABLE


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Playing for Keeps?

    AT THE END WHEN SHE TIED HIM UP.


    What does Fran Jewels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I LOVE HER VOICE, SHE GAVE THE STORY VISION.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    LOVE,FOOD,YANKEES


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    Laura McMillin 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wrestling in the flowers!"

    Loved Jason and Haley's story! This story was so adorable, cute, and funny. You will fall in love the characters!

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