Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1)

Playing for keeps

Author: R.L. Mathewson                                                                                             Published: April 29, 2011                                                                                                    Pages: 220

Stars: 2 out of 5


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.


This book was entertaining, at times funny, but nothing spectacular. I felt like the author was trying too hard when it came to multiple scenes. Instead of making a realistic picture, the author went over the top and described something so far fetched that the reader stops and thinks: no way is someone actually like that or no way would someone do/say something like that. The last 20% of the book was the worst. The author changed Haley’s character from sweet, independent, strong to needy, desperate, and weak. But I should say that I did enjoy reading the book. Overall, it was a fun and easy read. Things in the book just didn’t add up and the overall plot was over the top.

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