Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1) by R.L. Mathewson

Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

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. Af...

Details Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

TitlePlaying for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)
Release DateApr 29th, 2011
PublisherRerum Publishing House
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Humor, Funny, Adult

Reviews Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    O.M.G.! What a funny and sexy contemporary romance! It was over-the-top silly, but it made me laugh so many times! And best yet, the steamy parts were HOT. Jason is Haley’s next door neighbor from HELL, but in truth he really is a fun and misunderstood kind of guy. Sure, the neighborhood started a few many petitions trying to get him to stop doing this or that, but he means well. And his shy little neighbor has never once complained. However, ...
  • Ann has a dirty mouth
    Sometimes when I read other people's reviews, I think "Did we read the same book?"Anyways, the good- this book is very well written, esp by the standards of self pubs. It flows well and is very engaging. I had fun while I was reading it and kept turning the pages. It really lost me in the last third though.The bad- this book is about two idiot adult children who take immaturity to a new level. Hayley starts dating her neighbor Jason when they are...
  • Mimi Smith
    5 starsIt's been a long time since I've loved a book this much, so I'm spreading the word!You know how they say "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well, let's be honest:We all do. A pretty cover will get me to buy a book faster than a tempting blurb. I know, I know-it could be just me and my shallowness or I'm a plain old book cover snob, but it's a fact of life. Now, if this book wasn't recommended to me I never would've picked it up. So, to all...
  • Jill Paige
    Unfortunately, I only got to page 39 of this book before I gave up on it. The blurb implies it's a enemies-to-lovers trope, but the hero and heroine are only enemies for (literally) the first pages of the book. Very soon they're instant best friends--which we are TOLD, not shown--so the book is really a friends-to-lovers trope.The friends-to-lovers trope wouldn't have put me off, but adding to the book's woes, it was poorly edited. (I have since ...
  • xrysa
    Caution:You will laugh out loud! I mean it!I hate reading funny books but this one was a random pick which turned out to be sooo good!Enter,JasonHe is 31 and definitely the biggest jackass on earth,or at least he seems to be.He is every householders' nightmare.We can see what a prick he is from Haley's eyes. How would you feel if your idiot neighbor destroyed your bed flower? I dont know about you but I would have KILLED HIM! Well in our story hi...
  • Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
    This book was amazing and after a lot of after-thought I finally decided to go for a 5 star as the rating ;) 'Playing for keeps' is a novel that provides a perfect example of how important it is to NEVER judge a book by its cover..and I'm glad I chose not to with this one.The stellar reviews this book received from book besties,left me curious enough to pick this one out.So an applause for their fabulous review :D And now I'm just another review...
  • Beverly
    5 LMAO StarsThis is such a fun read! I told my friend I needed something light and she recommended this one, and it is perfect. The story is about two neighbors who through little misunderstandings and some bad actions despise each other. Of course, once they are forced together one day and able to communicate things are cleared up. They immediately see they are perfect for each other and become best friends. Naturally their attraction for each o...
  • Beverly
    Everything was cliché: she has a rich family that doesn’t appreciate her, the grandma is tough and she automatically approves of the ‘boyfriend’ even though she never has before, the son is the spitting image of the father, they have to wrestle in the mud to be close to each other upon meeting, he’s instantly turned on by her to the point of being unbearable, she’s amazing at foreplay even though she’s never done anything before, THE...
  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    3.5 stars. Rounding up because Jason is such a rock star. She quietly said good night, rolled her eyes as Jason mumbled, "I love you" to his brownies, and headed off to the bathroom. I picked up Playing for Keeps because it was getting some attention and I was curious to see why a seemingly unnoticeable book (have you seen the cover?) was starting to cause a stir.What I was expecting : Neighbors who don't get along spend half of a book torturi...
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    4 ‘I giggled, I snickered, and fanned myself' stars!!! Playing for Keeps is the first book in R.L. Mathewson’s Neighbor from Hell series and one hell of a funny story. Description…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 an...
  • Wendy
    I haven't read a book this funny in a while. It got to a point, where I'd just burst out laughing. Which led to strange looks from my family...priceless.Jason and Haley make an adorable couple and the bantering between these two are hilarious. Not to mention the secondary characters being Jason's friends are an added bonus.This is a real feel good, pick me up type of book, that'll have you laughing in no time. Loved it!
  • Susanne
    Gah! This book was so freaking amazing and then it had to fall into the CR-trap. Yes, I made it up right now. Beware, the second part of this review will contain mild spoilers. I will let you know when.The first part. So incredibly funny! I laughed so much on the train that the people around me thought I was crazy. It was brilliant!Haley. Sweet bookish heroine who is done with being a pushover. She was always the shy girl with her nose buried in ...
  • Belle Aurora
    This book was absolutely hilarious!I was laughing the whole time...when I wasn't crying that is.Loved it.Get on it.
  • Emily
    Always a glutton for punishment, Haley Blaine believes she can tolerate anything her jerk of a neighbor can dish out. After five years of his antics, she has had enough and flips out on him and has no plans in holding back her unleashed fury, well that is until she finds out the real reason he was tearing up her garden.Jason Bradford loves women, just doesn't love them enough to start a relationship with him. After five years of getting the cold ...
  • Elizabeth
    “If she tried to leave without him he would burn her house down, plain and simple.” Playing for Keeps is a light hearted modern romance with an abundance of satire and a great deal of tongue and cheek humor.For the past five years, Haley has been living next door to “the neighbor from Hell”. Haley is a "rule follower” with an abundance of “polish" and sophistication. Jason is a sporadic “free spirit”. Needless to say, the two are ...
  • Nashoda Rose
    Yay...found a new author to stalk;) Loved this book!
  • Akanksha❤ Søren♰
    LOVED. THIS. BOOK.So cute and funny and sappy!You cookie thieving bastardJason and his father were suchhhhhh food sluts!
  • peachygirl
    I lost count of the times I laughed like crazy over Jason's 'I'm a growing boy' quips and his obsession with anything edible, swooned at his adorableness and his obvious love for his little grasshopper, even though Haley never returned the favor and called him Miyagi!Such a feel good romcom, sure to make anyone smile.
  • Aestas Book Blog
    I really liked this book a lot. It was the PERFECT fluff read for me. It was well written, with characters I really cared about, lots of adorably cute and funny moments, no heart-breaking moments, no damaged or tortured characters, didn't make me cry at any point, really really adorable HEAs, and not super long reads. I read this book and its sequel in 4 hours. It was the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.I love the way their relationship de...
  • ❤️ Paulette
    I enjoyed this very sexy, romantic comedy.I think I laugh so hard in some part of this book that I was crying. This was the most playful, flirty, sweet story ever. I just loved Jason and Haley's interaction with each other. That's my kind of romance. Jason is one of those guys that you just can't stay mad at no matter how bad you want to. Omg His obsession with food and cookies of any kind is hilarious!... He had me at "My Brownies!!" I like this...
  • Steven Walle
    I enjoyed this book very much. I will give a full review later.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond
  • Dilek VT
    I am sorry but this book was beyond boring... Maybe, I shouldn't have rated it because I dropped it at page 100. Looked at the last 2 or 3 pages and I didn't have the strength to read the epilogue...The story was meant to be humorous, I never - even once- smiled, let alone laugh...By the way, how can a coward and introvert woman change in the blink of an eye and become this confident and fun girl?How can a 30 year-old guy act so childishly? Not c...
  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    I was very surprised when I realized how funny this book was. I had a huge smile on my face most of the time and I can't count the times I laughed out loud. It's not something that happens a lot with contemporary romance since the dark and angsty are in fashion so I'm very happy for this.The characters and the writing reminded me very much of one of my favorite authors Shelly Laurenston. At some point I was beginning to think that they are the sa...
  • Karla
    The ideal blend of romance, humor, angst, and spice! I loved everything about this book. Jason and Haley’s first interaction, their friendship that becomes more, the falling out, the reconciling, and lordy lordy their time between the sheets was steamy and sensual. The writing is wonderful, plenty of witty dialogue, and it included a delightful array of amusing secondary characters. It’s the perfect length; it was enough story that you’re c...
  • Mitch Castro
    It's the book, not me. That I can guarantee.Let me cut the chase without the review propriety and just get on with my main concerns.I have high expectations when it comes to story pacing. If the author wants to make scene development fast-paced to avoid boring plot and dialogue, then it should be subtly written so as not to make the entire book sketchy.As for characterization, Jason Bradford and Haley Blaine were both immature in this reader’s ...
  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    Re-read: 21.09.2018 I skimmed. I'm sorry, I did. I can't deny it. I wasn't really all that into it, and I realized that after the first sentence in the book. I couldn't remember the book from the first time reading it so I thought 'oh, I might like this one again'. But yeah, I skimmed, a lot. Don't get me wrong, the book is incredibly cute and the banter and friendship between Haley Blaine (29) and her neighbor of five years (and they work at the...
  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    ***3.75 Neighborly stars***A NEIGHBOR FROM HELL is what Jason is when he moves in next door to Haley. "My name is Jason Bradford. I'm the neighbor from hell." You won't find Mister Rogers neighborhood love between these two feuding neighbors. Until one day a bunch of Tulips change their relationship. Enemies - Friends - Lovers!SERIES: No cliffhangers. Spinoffs
  • Mistress
    I absolutely LOVED this book! Playing for Keeps is flat out hilarious! I couldn't put the book down. I was up at 3:30 in the morning laughing my butt off so loud I was afraid I would wake the kids. Jason's love for food cracks me up like nothing else. I love Jason, his friends, his father, Haley... I love them all. This book is brilliant! I can't wait to start the next in the series, Perfection. I have just found a new favorite author! If you wan...
  • Deserie williams
    Contains Spoilers! 4.25 stars! So I really enjoyed this. it was funny and light. l love how they were enemies then friends and lovers!Omg at times I was laughing so much. Haley was too funny with her fist of Jason was just as hilarious with all his possessiveness of his food! Now at one point I wanted to deck Jason so bad ! he really pissed me off. Why he would even consider believing some hoe i don't know. but then again he really didn'...