Playing for Keeps – R.L. Mathewson (Neighbor from Hell book 1)

So I have been ill for the last couple of days and to make myself feel better I decided to reread this as I remember it being really funny and I needed something to cheer me up and make me feel better. By the time this review is up I will be feeling fine as I’ve discovered how to schedule my blog posts!

Warning this is an adult book, it contains mature content and bad language.


Playing for Keeps – R L Mathewson Ebook


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 notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

This is a seriously funny contemporary romance read. Jason and Haley are neighbors, and for the last 5 years Jason has been nothing but a neighbor from hell and caused Haley nothing but aggravation. Haley does not think much of Jason “He seemed to think that he was the most charming man on earth and had no problem with using it to get his way”. When Jason starts ripping out the tulips her grandmother gave her and she planted, she decided enough is enough and she is no longer going to be a pushover. She confronts Jason with a hose and both end up stuck in Haley house as due to disrupting a bees nest. While being stuck together they discover that they actually get along and they have many things in common and become friends. Jason decides to make Haley his project but helping her be stronger and not be a pushover anymore.

Jason is a likable character as he accepts his flaws “It wasn’t like he was purposely being an a***ole. It just came naturally to him. Everyone understood and accepted it. Probably because even though he was an asshole, he was a likable a***ole…..most of the time”. I do not think he was a flawed character, I thought he was so sweet and caring and kind towards Haley. He is confident and does not hide it. He believes in going for what he wants, “Too bad. In his opinion if a man didn’t have the balls to make a move he didn’t deserve the woman he desired”. Jason does waver a bit from this when it comes to Haley though considering she is only a ‘friend’ to him, one of his best buddies. The only weird thing with Jason is his appetite, surely no one can ever eat as much as he does in this book. It can’t be possible! I think it’s so adorable how much he loves Haley’s baked goods.

Jason actually does help Haley develop as a character and makes her more confident in herself. He is so proud as the true Haley emerges from her shy self and he’s glad to call her his friend. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “He took some pride in it. It was because of him after all. It took some work, but she was coming along rather nicely. Who knew there was a little tigress beneath all that cuteness?”

What to say about Haley. I really liked her as a character as well, she was funny, sweet and developed as a character. At the start of the book she is shy but she defiantly grows as the book progresses. I really did not like her family though, other than her grandmother. Her grandmother was awesome.

Jason and Haley actually do have a friendship and mutual interests before they try and have a relationship. I find it adorable how Jason calls Haley his little grasshopper. I think its cute how once they are friends Haley bakes more or orders extra desserts or cakes for Jason too. The way to a man’s heart is definitely through his stomach! I love books that actually develop the relationship between the two main characters rather than it being instant love. There is an attraction between the two however they both try to fight it and stay friends. You will have to read the book to see what happens! 😀

Happy Reading!


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