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Editorial Reviews

R. L. Mathewson's ear for witty dialogue and tension-filled scenes is on full display in her audiobook Playing for Keeps. Haley, young and easily pushed over, has finally decided she's had enough and it's high time she takes charge of her life. When she spies her annoying neighbor ruining one of her flowerbeds, she finds her first opportunity to take charge. The only problem is, Jason, the troublesome neighbor, has a look and physique that could melt a popsicle in January. Performed by Eileen Stevens with a sultry energy, Playing for Keeps is a perfect for remedy for those cold, late nights.
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Publisher's Summary

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 left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.
©2011 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Rusty on 08-26-14

Immature characters

I thought Playing for Keeps would be a fun read, but soon found the characters too immature to be engrossing. When 2 adults who teach high school can live next door and work in the same school & not be able to have 1 mature conversation about their differences in 5 years, I started to get bored. Then instantly they are best friends and sleeping together (without sex) and each is too insecure to believe he/she is lovable. Felt like a bad teen romance...

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By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 11-26-13

What a fun sexy contemporary romance!

This story was sweet, romantic, and fun! The characters were lovable & I enjoyed the playful interaction between them. The story line was simple, and although it wasn't action-packed, I did not want to put this book down. 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 surprised to find out she is a baseball fan, cooks sinfully delicious goodies, and a total blast to hang with. As a unique friendship develops, both Jason and Haley find themselves dating each other without actually dating one another, only time will tell if it will develop into something more. Jason and Haley are adorable, sweet and kept me laughing out loud throughout the entire book. Jason is absolutely delicious and his obsession for baked goods was freaken hilarious. Haley is your typical shy bookworm but she's got a lot of sass and fire underneath it all and it was really great to see her come out her own shell. The off the charts chemistry between these two was simply irresistible and steamy as hell. The characters are both wacky, and their behavior is off the charts unbelievable. This is a real feel good, pick me up type of book, that'll have you laughing in no time. Loved it!





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By all the books are mine! on 09-10-16

Excellent audio book

I loved this audio version of a well loved book.
The narrator was very good.
Thoroughly recommended.
Add it to your purchase to continue your enjoyment.

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By Carien on 07-04-15

A lesson in respect and communication

You will definitely laugh and you will definitely cry and if you are not genuinely disgusted by his self absorbed behaviour and the low and scandalous way he disrespects her boundaries.. But before I give anything away, I really enjoyed this book. It is not the first NFH novel I read, having stated with Checkmate then came back to start from the beginning.
Mathewson created lovable and genuinely believable characters and situations and with just the right amount of humour added to this mix, it is a very enjoyable first in the series. I am looking forward to the next NFH novel.

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By Kindle Customer on 11-21-17

***Oh my Bradford***

Omg neighbour frim hell series are amazing, wow i accidentally listened to book 2 lol but all good i reckon it's ok because Trevor and Zoey wasn't featured much in this book. Oh how i adore the Bradfords and their obsession to foods lol their jist very endearing and adorable even. Ok i love Haley but when she gave Jason a hard time because of one mistake? she really pissed me off and i wanted to smack her grrrr but i am glad she made it up in the end with Jason. Fran Jewels you are magnificent, i love your portrayal of the Bradfords men omg you make them irresistible *sighs*

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By Rachel on 11-13-15

Loved it.

I accidentally read this book second in the series but it makes no difference.. its a really fun story that i enjoyed listening too. I nearly didn't buy it because it was not as long as the ones i usually buy (for credit value lol) but this really had me laughing and enjoying for the characters and the story. I recommend it for an enjoyable cheeky story. oh, and the narration is good too which is always important for an audiobook.

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