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Sara's Review: Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by R.L. Mathewson

REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Audible Studios RELEASED: November 25, 2013 GENRE: contemporary romance LENGTH: 7 hours and 33 minutes FORMAT: ebook, audible, paperback


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 that 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. FOUR BOUNDLESS STARS

It's funny how the mind works; when I originally read this book back in 2012, I rated it five stars. Listening to it the second time around, I am lowering my score and giving it 4 Boundless stars. The fault is my own, I started with Book 3 in the series, Checkmate, and love the love-hate between Rory and Connor so much that the dynamic between Haley and Jason just wasn't as combative and explosive. It does start that way but only for a brief time. Then it quickly morphed into a relationship. Not to say I didn't enjoy Playing for Keeps, I did. I highly enjoyed it. I found myself laughing out loud many times. The Bradford food obsession is beyond hilarious. It just didn't seem so much like a love-hate relationship after the initial flower incident.

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