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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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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 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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    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.

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    Sutwi Ashburn, VA, United States 05-11-16
    Sutwi Ashburn, VA, United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2009

    I travel a lot so I listen to many books.

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    "Not as good as the others"

    I liked the other books in this series, but I really didn't get into this one. Maybe it was the bullying or maybe the constant bickering. It just wore me out.

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    Smitten with Reading Texas 05-08-16
    Smitten with Reading Texas 05-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.50
    Performance... 4.75
    Story.... 4.50

    Oooh, I think this is one of the best enemies to lovers story that I've ever read. Where the two previous books featured Bradfords and their insane obsession with food, this one featured a Bradford cousin and her insane obsession with getting one over on her mortal enemy, Connor.

    These two hate one another...completely and totally. They've spent their lives making the other person's life pure hell. Throughout the story are little snippets of how/why Connor and Rory have gotten jailed, banned, and driven out of places was so funny. I can't imagine how long the author spent thinking up all those crazy scenarios. The book is worth reading for just the length and breadth of hearing about the antics between these two. This story takes the story of the little four year old boy pulling the cute girls pigtails to an extreme.

    But they both work construction and in this book they are put to work together on the biggest project either one of them has ever had to work. It will make their careers, but they have to work together and cooperate to make it come together. Most of the town would bet on this being an impossible task. In fact, most of the town will not even let them attend events at the same time because of the destruction they leave in their wake when that happens. I loved the set-up.

    And then the story began and I fell completely and totally in love with Connor. Because he is that sweet little four year old. He's always just liked Rory...a lot. He's also done all these incredible sweet things over the years to protect and shield Rory. He wants to take care of her. And Rory has never had that. She grew up in a family of five men...her four brothers and their father. They had NO IDEA what to do with her, so out of self-preservation, she became prickly and hard. Connor is the ONLY person ever in her life who sees her as a girl...and it drives her nuts.

    I LOVED this book...so so much! It was just fabulous. So much emotion and the narrator once again NAILED the story and characters to perfection. I highly recommend it!

    I love this series. As soon as I finished this one, I immediately got online and bought the next three. If they are near as good as the previous three, I'm going to get a lot of housework done this week (I listen to audiobooks while I do my household chores, so if I'm listening to a good one, I just keep working.)

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    Janet Johnston 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "checkmate"

    This book is great. I love this collection of books. And cannot wait to get to the next.

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    Deedra 03-02-16
    Deedra 03-02-16 Member Since 2015

    Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)

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    "I LOVED THIS SERIES"

    I loved this book. So funny and hot. That's hard for a writer to be both in one book. If you have enjoyed any of my 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 then you will love this one too.

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    Sherry S. 02-20-16
    Sherry S. 02-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Book 3"
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    Loved the storyline! The bantering in this series is fantastic! Laughed out loud several times! The sex scenes were great but did not seem to be as many in this book as in the first two.

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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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    "With enemies like these..."
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    With enemies like this, well...
    It couldn't have ended in any other way. The twists and turns in their relationship is enough to drive anyone nuts. But to go to hell and back for someone you love? I liked the stubborn pranks as well as the realisation of love.
    Another fine addition to the NFH series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
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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 2 people found this review helpful

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