Friday, April 19, 2013

Playing For Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

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.


“She spied the rolled up hose and made a snap decision. This ended here and now.
The days of being the world’s biggest pushover were over.”
  -R.L Mathewson, Playing for Keeps

This book was cute and funny. There were some moments that felt a little over the top and I rolled my eyes, but other than that I enjoyed it more than expected.

Haley is on the shy side and used to not being listened to/having people walk over her. Jason is pretty confident, a little too confident at times, he can be very much like a little child, but funny also. 

They are not only next door neighbors, but they work as teachers at the same school. Despite this, they haven’t spent any real time together. Then one day after an incident involving her flowers and a swarm of bees, the two begin to strike up a friendship that pretty much takes off after that.

They have more in common that they expect like, baseball and food. Jason has this weird obsession with food, especially sweets, which turns out to be a good thing for him because Haley loves to bake goodies. From then on, they are pretty much inseparable. They do almost everything together. Their relationship eventually turns into a romantic one, but even though they were close friends before, they find that being together is not without its difficulties.

One of the main things I enjoyed about this story is that Haley and Jason become friends and their friendship grew into something more. Their chemistry and playful banter had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. If you are in search of a light and fluffy romance that is also sweet and funny, then I would recommend you try this one out.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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  1. I'm super excited to see someone else reading an R.L. Mathewson book! She writes really cute and fun romance novels. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The other books in this neighbor series are good too.

  2. I have to check them out. I've heard they were good.