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Checkmate | [R. L. Mathewson]

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 2015

    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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    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 06-02-15
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    "Love it!!!"

    Must read. This family is so much fun! Need more books with the James brothers.

    0 of 0 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.

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    Jennifer 04-26-15
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    "Really love the the story but..."

    Loved the story but honestly if I heard hot coco one more time I thought I was going to scream! The the series, the characters are great, narrator fabulous...can do with out hearing about hot coco so much:) would have given a 5 star but for the abundance of hot coco...

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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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    chareina omaha, NE, United States 02-20-15
    chareina omaha, NE, United States 02-20-15
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    "Absolutely love RL Mathewson"

    I really hope she gets the rest of this series in audio form although I've read the whole series I would really like to hear it in audio form

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 10-09-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "No, really, someone please kill Jason"

    This was probably my favorite in the series so far. Even though it is too dreamy to be true, I thought it had the sweetest characters. Except, Jason. This character gets increasingly annoying, childish and unrealistic. His role detracts from the 3 stars.

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    JEM0371 Lewiston, ME USA 07-22-14
    JEM0371 Lewiston, ME USA 07-22-14 Member Since 2014

    KCMjem

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable read!"
    If you could sum up Checkmate in three words, what would they be?

    Thoroughly enjoyable read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about this story was that it made me laugh out loud many times and I NEVER do that. The pranks that these two pulled on each other were hilarious.


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

    Ms. Jules brings emotion to the book. Hearing reactions to situations in her voice just add to the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the moment in the book that moved me the most was when Rory fell through the floor of the building and Connor rushed to her aid. It was the first real glimpse of his feeling for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I completely enjoyed this book. Sometimes you just need a book that will make you laugh and this one will do that for you!!!

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-16-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I really liked Rory and the story was a good one. Connor was a massive jerk through the first part of the story and I had trouble liking him but he became likable enough later that I was able to handle him as the hero. Overall,this was a good addition to the series. BTW, Rory's last name is James but the James family are cousins to the Bradford family and some of then characters from previous books do show up in this book.

    Rory is a strong young woman that hasn't had an easy life. She grew up without a mother, living with her dad and brothers. Because of her upbringing, Rory is a tom-boy type and grew up working construction with her family. Once she reached adulthood, she opened her own construction company and her brothers all work for her as her foremen. Rory has an arch nemesis named Connor. Connor has made her life a living hell since pre-school and since Rory isn't a pushover she's fought back against everything he tries to do to her. The results of their fights tend to scare the people around them, they're banned from many places around town and they've ended up in jail multiple times do to their ongoing skirmishes.

    Connor has a construction company and is a a-hole (there's actually not much on his background outside of his background in torturing Rory). With the previous books in the series I could say the heroes were lovable a-holes but Connor doesn't get that because he wasn't just self centered like Jason and Trevor were, he was just plain mean to Rory. Connor was a self admitted bully and Rory was his chosen prey.

    Connor tortured Rory from the first day of pre-school and purposefully picked on her every single chance he got. The weird thing is that Connor would go after anyone else that hurt Rory because he was convinced that Rory was his to torture and no one was allowed to hurt her...except for him apparently because him making her life a living hell for the past 25 years is what I'd call hurting. This went on all through her childhood and all the way to present day. Rory hates Connor for...well basically her whole life of torture and wishes for just one day off from him. Rory's family has always been very protective of her and her brothers usually beat up anyone that hurt her so she could never understand why they let Connor treat her like he did. I'm glad she didn't understand because I certainly didn't (at least until it gets explained later in the book). When the story begins, Connor and Rory both own construction businesses and are bidding on the same hotel renovation. They're both called in to the same meeting and the owners tell them they want to hire both companies in an attempt to get the hotel done faster and will pay very well if they can work together and get the project done on time. Neither are happy about working together but neither are willing to forgo the project so they agree. Rory actually has the idea of trying to work with Connor. She's not happy about this but is willing to do what's needed even if she's not going to be nice about them being forced in close proximity to each other. Connor on the other hand, decides this means that the project is his and he'll just love taking over Rory's crew and having her fetch him coffee or something...in a low cut shirt... Connor shows no signs of being nice or working together and instead sees this as a way to screw over Rory even more.

    As Rory and Connor start work on the project things are rough and it doesn't help that Connor treats Rory like she's a helpless female that can't do anything. Any time she's trying to work he acts like she's going to hurt herself even though she's been working construction with her dad and brothers since she was a kid. Rory has an extra project she wants to convince the owners to add but things go wrong and Connor gets wind of her plans, steals her designs and passes them off to the owner as his and get approval for the project under Rory's nose. He then tells her that he'll give her back her project but insists on making a deal that she'll act like his girlfriend in exchange for the project. Rory is way pissed but has little choice unless she wants to take Connor to court about this and that would screw over the whole renovation and screw herself over as well. She has little choice so she agrees to his blackmail. The problem is, Connor want to steal her foremen (who are also her brothers) and her crew. Connor is convinced that he can steal them if he gets on their good side because he's convinced that they're only working for Rory because they're sorry for her (which is the furthest thing from the truth). Connor figures after he steals her brothers and crew that she'll go out of business and then he'll be nice and give her a job as his assistant. TBW, at this point I pretty much thought of Connor as a combination idiot and a-hole. He has a good moment when Rory is hurt on the job and he helps her but right after that he goes back to his nefarious plans so my good opinion of him didn't last too long. Once Rory started acting like his girlfriend, Connor starts being very nice and sweet to her. Rory's surprised by this but actually kind of enjoys it (but tries not to get used to it because she knows it wont last). As they continue to fake a relationship, the attraction between them flares and eventually they become physical and eventually sex gets added in to their deal. The longer they're together though, the more Connor realizes maybe Rory could be happy with him. It ends up that Connor always had a "thing" for Rory (hell of a way to show it) but since he never thought she'd accept him as a boyfriend, he always made her miserable because it was his only interaction with her. When he realizes that maybe he can turn her feeling around for him, Connor decides to try. At first his intent isn't great but as things progress Connor starts giving up more of his a-holish behavior and actions and I liked him better. He still has a tough time getting Rory to be his (and well he should considering his past actions) and there's still the fact that his previous actions might still tear them apart. There's plenty of drama and issues to get through before things get settled but eventually, Connor and Rory come together for a HEA.

    This was a pretty good story. I really liked Rory and the story was very good. I was alright with Connor by the end of the book but he was such a jerk with the way he intended to screw her over that it was tough to like him for most of the book. I was satisfied with the way things turned out and Rory and Connor made a good couple once they got together. I'd recommend this book (if you can deal with a real a-hole for a hero). :D

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