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Playing for Keeps

(Neighbor from Hell #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  104,073 ratings  ·  5,492 reviews
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
Paperback, 330 pages
Published April 29th 2011 by Rerum Publishing House
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Ann has a dirty mouth
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 trapped inside her house by a swarm of killer bee
♡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, Jason is pretty clueless when it comes to things lik
Mimi Smith
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

It'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 my GR friends who share my book cover predicament
Jill Paige
Jul 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 read that the author is having her books edited AF
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary

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!


He 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 his action brings them closer which is good s
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
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 reviewer hoping that I recommend this book good enough
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
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Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beverly by: Jennifer Kyle
5 LMAO Stars

This 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 other gets in the way and things escalate.

I liked
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

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FREE on Amazon US today (6/4/2015)

Stand-alone book 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 ruin
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 torturing the living daylights out of each other
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.


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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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I wanted to like this book. A lot of my friends rated PLAYING FOR KEEPS very highly. Now, I'm questioning that, as I couldn't find anything that really called to me about this book. Haley and Jason are both incredibly immature. The book starts out as an enemies-to-lovers romance but they get over being enemies really quickly and then it becomes a friends-to-lovers romance instead. I felt like their reactions made them feel like
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
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. And he was just so adorable. His obvious love for his little grasshopper was "diabetic inducing" sweet, even though Haley never returned the favor and called him Miyagi. Not that everything was a smooth sail, but each of their grovelling methods had its charm! *wink wink*
Such a feel good romcom with the right level of smut, sure to make anyone smile.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a book, hoping no one would notice her.

Who knew th
Belle Aurora
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely hilarious!
I was laughing the whole time...when I wasn't crying that is.
Loved it.
Get on it.
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who wants a good laugh
So cute and funny and sappy!

You cookie thieving bastard
Jason and his father were suchhhhhh food sluts!
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 shoulder from his neighbor, he is delightfully sur
❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-comedy

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 author and will read the rest of this series.

✰ Liz ✰
“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 quite opposite.

Haley and Jason don’t get along. Haley has worked d
Nashoda Rose
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yay...found a new author to stalk;) Loved this book!
Dilek VT
Feb 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boring
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 cute, no not cute, very annoying... There was nothi
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
Re-read 14/5/2019 - Audio

4.5 Stars

After having just finished a heartbreaking read I was searching for something light and fun to read. This hit the spot perfectly! The audio was great, Fran Jewels did so well with the narration.


Original review

4 Stars

This was a nice soft rom-com that was fun to read. I love the little grasshopper and the jibs between the leads. It was funny but not nearly as funny as some but in saying that I still enjoyed it.
Aestas Book Blog
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 developed. It was perfectly paced. Fast enough that
Steven Walle
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. I will give a full review later.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so good! Loved seeing Jason and Hailey go from enemies, to friends, to more. This story made me smile and I didn't want to put the book down!
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 committed to the characters, yet the plot is not overwhel
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 same person. I visited the authors page and I wasn't
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!

Playing for Keeps (A Neighbor from Hell, #1) by R.L. Mathewson Perfection (A Neighbor from Hell, #2) by R.L. Mathewson Checkmate (A Neighbor from Hell, #3) by R.L. Mathewson Truce The Historic Neighbor from Hell (A Neighbor from Hell, #4) by R.L. Mathewson
No cliffhangers. Spinoffs
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first read by Miss Mathewson. I listen to the audiobook because in Goodreads the review is awsome. Many said funny as hell. Wanting something fun for my Sunday read, i started listening to it.

It is funny. Very funny that i cracked a laugh while listening to it. But then, there are a lot of things i do not understand.

1. The age of the character. Early 30's. Both are teacher. But their communication and their banter is more suitable for 18 years old.

2. The push and pull between the c
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New York Times Bestselling author, R.L. Mathewson was born in Massachusetts. She’s known for her humor, quick wit and ability to write relatable characters. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published including the Neighbor from Hell series.

Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was a painfully shy bookworm. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast

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“How dare you touch my cookies, you bastard!” Jason said in utter disgust before popping the cookie into his mouth and heading back to his house.
“Damn those looked good, too,” Brad grumbled.
Haley sighed. “Don’t worry I have a second plate on my counter.” The words were barely out of her mouth when Jason abruptly changed course and headed towards her house.
“Well, there was,” she said, watching Jason walk into her house like he owned it. A minute later he walked out of her house, carrying both plates and the gallon of milk she had in her fridge. He headed back to his house, but not before he glared at Brad. “You cookie thieving bastard,” they heard him mutter.
Brad rolled his eyes, chuckling. “And people wonder how I lost weight rooming with him in college.”
“He glared accusingly at her while he made short work of his clothes. "You didn't wake me up."
She rolled her eyes as she speared a piece of sausage with her fork. "I did wake you up. Three times in fact. Each time you threw something at me and went back to sleep."
Jason gaped at her. "And you gave up? You know our routine, woman. You have to
keep at it until I'm forced to get off the bed to find something to throw at you.”
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