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.
This book is so cute! The character development is perfect. I love Jason and his Little Grasshopper. The narrators did an outstanding job too. I loved this book so much I'm downloading then the second book as I'm writing this review.
I love the Neighbor From Hell series, they are hilarious. The Bradford men remind me of my own husband who is all about himself except for his family. Haley is this sweet, shy thing who doesn't want attention drawn to her in a bad way. Jason is this guy who is apparently built, sexy and doesn't care what people think of him because he thinks he is the greatest. They are polar opposites and they attract. Jason brings out the boldness in Haley and she brings out the sweetness in Jason. They are a perfect match. The only thing that I had a problem with was that the narrator sounded bored. She didn't do the story justice. I read the story before listening and was disappointed in the performance. She sounded too monotone, almost robotic like.
After a battle over property lines that results in getting swarmed by wasps, Haley and Jason find friendship and eventually love. Of course, the fun part was the in between. With lots of LOL bits and plenty of sweet moments too, you get a great little romantic comedy. It reminded me a lot of Wallbanger, in formula. Enemy neighbors to good friends to love and a HEA. I really liked the epilogue too! One thing did kind of bother me though, how in the hell is Jason not fat!
“How dare you touch my cookies, you bastard!” Jason said in utter disgust before popping the cookie into his mouth and heading back to his house.
“Damn those looked good, too,” Brad grumbled.
Haley sighed. “Don’t worry I have a second plate on my counter.” The words were barely out of her mouth when Jason abruptly changed course and headed towards her house.
“Well, there was,” she said, watching Jason walk into her house like he owned it. A minute later he walked out of her house, carrying both plates and the gallon of milk she had in her fridge. He headed back to his house, but not before he glared at Brad. “You cookie thieving bastard,” they heard him mutter.
This book blew me away! It was so much more than I was expecting (not sure why). I loved everything. It was sweet, funny, witty, sexy, loving, heartfelt, sad and every other emotion in between. It was one of those book I could not get enough of. Couldn't focus on anything else ... not housework, kids, work, breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was good for my soul
Sweat story w believable characters who fall in love and have to figure out how to try to make it work. Not rocket science but good summer fare. Embarrassingly I finished in one day! 😳
English is not my first language.
The banter between Jason and "Grasshopper" is fun, impulsive yet intelligent. She is someone you root for, he is someone you can't help but root for, even when he is messing up. Some hot chemistry mixed in with the laughs and banter. Worth the credit.
No, my friends are mature enough to not want to act like immature high schoolers.
Depends on if the people are more mature or not.
The Grandmother, she was great.
NO! DON'T DO IT!
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.
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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