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Checkmate Audiobook

Checkmate

There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact.
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Audible Editor Reviews

In the third installment of R. L. Mathewson's Neighbor From Hell series, Rory and Connor are childhood nemeses who are thrown together as adults to work on a joint construction project. They still can't stand one another, but their outward animosity covers their mutually undeniable attraction, and it isn't long before their passion consumes them. Fran Jules is impressive in capturing the sizzling chemistry between Rory and Connor, including the various flashbacks where Jules uses perfect childish pitch. Checkmate hinges on this love/hate relationship, and Jules' enthusiastic performance makes it a hilarious and sexy romp.

Publisher's Summary

There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact. If not…

She’d probably face a few more nights in jail, have a few more restraining orders slapped against her and lose her heart to the man that ruined her life.

©2012 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jordy 11-28-13
    Jordy 11-28-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    " sweet, sexy, lighthearted, just plain funny!"

    RL Mathewson gave us another wonderful adventure in the Neighbors from Hell series. Connor O'Neil and Rory James have been torturing each other since preschool. The teasing, pranks and antics did not end as they got older...oh no...both Connor and Rory just got more creative. Bigger and better! Twenty-five years later and their two rival construction companies are competing for the same job. As fate would have it, both companies land the job and they have to work together.  I adored Rory & Conner, they were both sexy and hilarious.  It was a never ending banter between this two who hated each other yet can't live without each other. I loved the chemistry, the humor, the silly escapades, the romantic side of Connor, Rory stubbornness, the smoking smexy times, and the addictive hot cocoa! And despite the craziness of the story, I did love that there was a touch of sweet heart warming backstory. Plus, I was so excited to find out that both Jason and Trevor (from the previous two books in this series) made appearances and they were still up to their food-grabbing antics. Just remember to not take this book seriously, just enjoy the ride!
    I am looking forward to Audible releasing more books in Mathewson's A Neighbor from Hell series. These books are a must listen!!

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Cozen Minnesota 05-24-15
    Cozen Minnesota 05-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "How many times can you beat a point over the head?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO. Neither characters where redeemable. The both were extremely childish, stubborn, immature, criminally reckless, daft, and unbelievable, and over repetitive. Both of their dialogs, inner monologues, and actions were where bludgeoning redundant. The coco was what pushed me over the top. I skipped to the second part of the audible download just to see if there was worth continuing this story. But no change on the monotonous scenes. Even the sex scene kept on like a broken record. "He sad I I would be the one to top." "Oh, I wounder how long he'll last before he takes over as the dominate one?" On, and On. Not for me. I just can't believe some one could write that much in circles.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tone it down and add some believable stuff that normally would have ended in A SIMPLE RESTRAINING ORDER. But I guess that slipped between the unbelievable bullying between these characters.


    Have you listened to any of Fran Jules’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration was fine. Had zero issues with listening to her and suppose I would find her other works the same.


    Did Checkmate inspire you to do anything?

    Break something. Made that one step closer to stopping my membership to Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    What's wrong with these audibles? If its not poor narration, poor match ups with narrators to certain book types, the lack of the author in the process to select a narrator for their book, or the lack of any favorable titles over self published ones that lack any editor to regulate its content. Can't seem to randomly get a good title either. Running out of patience with this product and service.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael R. Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-22-15
    Michael R. Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2011

    I'm a truck driver. Audible is a Godsend on long trips. I listen to all sorts of stories.

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    "Love amongst the sociopaths"

    I'm going to be charitable and assume this was a first novel. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. All of her characters, most notably the men, have what could charitably be called an impulse control problem. In this particular novel, however, the main characters are criminally insane. Both commit assaults on each other and ancillary characters with nonchalance and zeal usually reserved for Batman villains. All of this is played for laughs, but the behavior is so over the top that you dislike the characters and start hoping for incarceration rather than romance. As I said, I've read other books by the author and enjoyed them immensely. This one was just off-putting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 12-23-13
    Karen 12-23-13

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Check & Checkmate"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    yes, the reader. I have book 2 with same reader and it may not get read.
    This needs a stronger male voice as all the character/men are so strong. Could have been a great series, but a bad reader can just plain stop sales. This reader may have an A.K.A but I do not have the time to go back and research it. Since so many of these readers change their names, when they are bad, they just ruin more stories that might have made a great sales list.


    What other book might you compare Checkmate to and why?

    good dialogue and good story...reader just took away from the witty lines. book 3 is by another reader, which I will try first since I purchased all on sale at once.


    What didn’t you like about Fran Jules’s performance?

    She read it like licking stamps. what a waste.


    Any additional comments?

    Please audible, if you are getting bad reviews on readers, please do not keep changing their names, UNLESS you know they are getting better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-13-16
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    "R.L. is a goddess!"

    I think that this was actually the first book by R.L. that I ever read and I haven't looked back since

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    jack huck 01-05-16
    jack huck 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    Her stories capture you right from the first page! Refreshing and hilarious! Looking forward to hearing the next one!
    Kim H.

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    terri 12-24-15
    terri 12-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.

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    "Cocoa? Ugh!"

    How many Inane comments about a cocoa addiction can one writer use? Apparently two zillion. I couldn't stand it I like certain things like cocoa or chocolate but omg I don't think talk and obsess over them like Rory. Both of them were damned annoying but Connor was completely just a self absorbed ass. There were really no redeeming qualities about him. Rory must have been the most stupid woman alive although she has classic abuse symptoms including her willingness to take it from everyone from her father brothers dates and especially Connor. How low must this poor girls self esteem be? How could she have an attraction to Someone who hurt and sabotaged her on a daily basis since early childhood. I truly just wanted her to stand up for herself and say enough is enough I liked the narrator but I could see why people didn't like her. It was because the characters were unlike able in the extreme. The first story was cute. The second numerous but I didn't enjoy how hurtful the Hero was to the heroine but this one is just too much

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    Laura McMillin 12-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An absolute must read!!!"

    Absolutely Loved this story! It's funny as hell, sexy, drama filled, and sweet!!!
    You will fall in love with Connor and Rory's story and you just have to love those Bradford & James boys!
    Connor and Rory have been each others nemesis since preschool. Pulling all kinds of tricks and stunts to up one on each other, they have landed in trouble and banned from too many places to count.
    To make matters worse, they even live next to each other.
    Rory is definitely not a girlie girl, having grown up with 5 older brothers and a Mom who left them, she does everything she can to make her Dad proud. Running her own construction company, she is one of the best there is and is about to land the job of her dreams. However, Connor also has his own construction company and bids on the same job as Rory. When the owner decides that he wants both of their companies to work on the project, it will take all the hot cocoa in the state to keep Rory from strangling Connor! It is a wild and fantastically hilarious ride as these two try to work together to get the job done. A definite must read, I freaking loved this book!!!

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    Rhonie 10-03-15
    Rhonie 10-03-15
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    "Great series"

    Best in romance humor sex and relationships. I have been pleased and surprised. Hope for more of this extended family.

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    ang 09-20-15
    ang 09-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love!"

    Another great love story! The reader is fantastic, I wish she did the 50 Shades series, she would have been perfect. I have just fallen in love with this series. Please add the other books onto Audible soon!!!!

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    "Checkmate"

    I am new to The Neighbours from Hell series on audio book. I really enjoyed the books & was really surprised at how well they transfer onto audio. I love this story because it is different. No girl meets boy & falls instantly in love. Nope ..this is girl meets boy & hates him. I like Connor as he has hidden depths. Rory is courageous but I am not a big fan of violence & she certainly does a fair amount of kicking. A fun story that I would recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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