Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series)
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.
Okay so this wasn't like the best book ever or anything, but it was ridiculous and just a cheesy fun easy read. Haley hated her next door neighbor Jason for 5 years. Then when she finally decides she has had enough they instantly become best friends. I didn't mind it, and I enjoyed their playfulness a lot. I loved how they just teased each other mercilessly and they were kind of sweet together. Yes it is a bit over the top. Yes some things made my eyes roll, but not in a bad way, in a please this is ridiculous but I don't mind kind of way. Does that even make sense? Usually my eye rolls are reserved for things I hate, but not this time.
Anyways some of the ridiculous things in this book? Well Jason is obsessed with food (and apparently it is a guy thing in his family). Like will yell at you if you try and touch any of his baked goods Haley made. Like for reals will not share. Ridiculous! but also a little silly. It makes it fun. The constant banter between the characters was also a silly fun. Like her constantly making fun of him not being manly and him making fun of her fists of fury. It was a lot of fun.
I wasn't sure that they would ever get together, but once they did it was actually kind of sweet. They still had their playful disposition, but they also obviously cared about each other. It was a nice easy light read for a rainy day.
Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2