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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 United States 11-28-13
    Jordy United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2012

    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 24 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 12-23-13
    Karen CA, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2011
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    jane Pigeon Forge, Tn. 03-27-14
    jane Pigeon Forge, Tn. 03-27-14 Member Since 2009

    jdk

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    "Oh Yes! Another great Neighbors from Hell book!"
    What did you love best about Checkmate?

    What's not to like! The hilarious antics and the sweet loving men! The very real love felt. What's not to love!


    What other book might you compare Checkmate to and why?

    The first two books in this series. There's no other.


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

    Fran Jules is perfect, the voice of the series! Are you joking, she's the voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The antics made me laugh out loud. Now my dog thinks I'm nuts. OK the dog may be correct. But, this whole series is just that great.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more! This is the best series I've listened to in very long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krystal United States 03-16-14
    Krystal United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great series but poor audiobook"
    What disappointed you about Checkmate?

    I have read everything by this author and she has never disappointed me! I would definitely recommend the ebook versions but the not the audiobook. I purchased all the audibooks available by this author, since I already had the kindle versions I received a discount for the audiobooks (I love listening to them while I am cleaning.) That being said, the editing of performance is so bad, there is a lot of skipping and repeating that is very distracting. This is a recurring problem in each of the audibooks by R.L. Mathewson. If you are able I would definitely recommend reading the books and skipping the audio!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Smith louisiana 03-14-14
    R. Smith louisiana 03-14-14 Member Since 2009

    For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.

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    "Loved it"

    I loved every minute of this book. Had me laughing and smiling my day away. There was one scene in the book that reminded me so much of me and my brother. It gave me plenty of ideas on how to get him back for some of his practical jokes. The romance and sex scenes was wonderful! If your looking for something that will put you in a good mood then this is the book for you. For that matter this whole series is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TJM Monroe, Nc, United States 01-29-14
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    "Fun story"
    If you could sum up Checkmate in three words, what would they be?

    Great charecter neither backed down


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both kept me laughing through out the book


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

    Yes love this series


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh laugh laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Houlton, Me, United States 12-29-13
    Sandra Houlton, Me, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "5* Sweet, sexy, entertaining, funny and well read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have recommended it. The back story and present story are equally entertaining and well paced. The reader brings so much characterization into female and male, adult and childrens voices without overdoing the story. It is a strong feel good story despite the general antagonistic set up. The love story is sweet, with the hints of honest family discord.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is generally told from two points of view, His and Hers, without being totally obvious. The writing is tremendously funny, made funnier by the light touch of the reader. The back story is very strong and adds to the main story, is not distracting, nor a time waster. It is an adult book with fun adult sex as a normal part of this couple being attracted to each other, but the book is not entirely a sex book linked together by artificial set ups like some others. It is more of a funny, sexy, romance. In fact, if I were reading the book, there would not be a section that I would skip over.


    What about Fran Jules’s performance did you like?

    Her voice characterizations were individual, yet still she applied them with a light touch. She allowed the humor of the writing to tell the story. Her male voices were masculine just by being a bit low and scratchy. Very well done.


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

    He loves Me, He loves me Not.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most enjoyable 'Listen To's in a long time. The type of book I would exercise longer to, or sit in the car to hear just a bit more of. And needless to say I have purchased more of the Neighbor from Hell series from the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Huntsville, TX 04-07-14
    Mary Huntsville, TX 04-07-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Couldn't Finish"

    To be fair I have not finished this book. After 1 1/2 hours of listening I had to stop, because I was getting so irritated with all of the charactars I wanted to scream. I really liked the first book in the series, didn't listen to the second because the preview left me cold. One of the reviews I read said this one was very funny and the best of the series, I found nothing funny. As I'm trying to write this review, I want to punch something - that says it all!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MiiSarah Missouri 12-09-13
    MiiSarah Missouri 12-09-13 Member Since 2013

    MiiSarah

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    "Great Story! Ten Stars"
    What made the experience of listening to Checkmate the most enjoyable?

    Absolutely!! A narrator can make or break a story for me! She made an already great book into an even better story!! This series is one of my absolute favorites! The characters and side characters are great! I have actually been crying laughing at some of the scenes! Just a great book!! Totally with a purchase or a credit!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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