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Playing for Keeps Audiobook

Playing for Keeps

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Audible Editor 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.

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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    all the books are mine! 10/09/2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carien 04/07/2015
    Carien 04/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rusty
    Georgia
    26/08/14
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    "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...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jordy ♡♡♡♡
    United States
    26/11/13
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    "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!





    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • K. Ciccone
    Waltham, MA, United States
    27/11/13
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    "Excellent read"
    If you could sum up Playing for Keeps in three words, what would they be?

    Funny,well written ,adult


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Jason and Haily


    What does Eileen Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent voices brings you into story it moves so fast I laughed so much


    Who was the most memorable character of Playing for Keeps and why?

    Jason well rounded


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to this book I recommended highly very well written and funny real life situations

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vicki
    Alpharetta, GA, USA
    30/03/16
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    "Love, Love, Love the Bradford Men"

    This is one of my favorite series. The Bradford men crack me up. I love Mathewson's writing style and pace of the stories. I can't imagine anyone except Fran Jules performing these stories. Fran Jules ROCKS the Bradford Family.

    The family trait of the Bradford's, including uncles and cousins is their ravenous appetites and love of food. Their antics against each other cause them to be banned from restaurants, food delivery services and of course all-you-can-eat buffets.

    They tend to fall in love with women who are the opposite of what they envision to be their perfect wife. They also tend to bicker with and aggravate these women. I love how the Bradford men will take a statement or argument with their girlfriend/neighbor and turn it around to benefit them.

    There's also a lot of sex. The Bradford men are extremely persistent in getting their way in the bed.

    I go to these books after listening to an emotional draining story or dark suspense thriller or if I'm in a book rut. These stories also take on real life issues like being overweight, being a foster child, various medical issues but everything always works out with a HEA.

    These books are well worth the credit or dollars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NikNakbzz
    overland park, KS, United States
    09/04/15
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    "Cute Cute Cute"

    cute, light, easy, fun read. Silly & funny; loved the characters! I laughed out loud. Just what I needed! cute & funny

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Katrina
    ELMA, WASHINGTON, United States
    20/11/14
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    "BRADFORDS!"
    Where does Playing for Keeps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites. I have listened to it a number of times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Bradford appetite and the back and forth between the two main characters.


    Which character – as performed by Fran Jewels – was your favorite?

    Jason. The most lovable oblivious jerk ever.


    Who was the most memorable character of Playing for Keeps and why?

    Also Jason although the female lead is not slouch either.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T.8203
    18/10/16
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    "So happy to find another GREAT series"
    What made the experience of listening to Playing for Keeps the most enjoyable?

    The story was great! From start to finish. I enjoyed listening to the two "neighbors from hell" go from hating each other, to protective friends to the evitable. All the ups and downs were captivating.


    What other book might you compare Playing for Keeps to and why?

    I loved Kristen Proby's With Me in Seattle Series. This reminds me of the same (that's a huge compliment in my book) since its book 1 in a series of related books. The sexual intensity in this book was a little less graphic but it did not slack on the romance. I really enjoyed it and didn't feel as if anything was missing. It was the perfect amount. I loved how the characters were not predictable or your average boy meets girl and fall in love with said girl...there's a story line. This book is a keeper!


    What does Fran Jewels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a great job - that's saying something since I like to hear two (man and woman) reading the parts of the man and the woman characters. I didn't feel as if I missed the male character's voice. Fran did a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same exact title that was used for the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nichole
    04/08/16
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    "Silly"

    After a battle over property lines that results in getting swarmed by wasps, Haley and Jason find friendship and eventually love. Of course, the fun part was the in between. With lots of LOL bits and plenty of sweet moments too, you get a great little romantic comedy. It reminded me a lot of Wallbanger, in formula. Enemy neighbors to good friends to love and a HEA. I really liked the epilogue too! One thing did kind of bother me though, how in the hell is Jason not fat!

    “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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smitten with Reading
    Texas
    24/04/16
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    "A+ rating..."

    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.75
    Performance... 5.0
    Story.... 4.75

    Okay, I heard ALL the many, many raves about this book when it came out and bought it...but just never read it. But when I saw it on Audible, I decided that would be a good way to delve into this new to me author.

    OMG, listening to this book on audiobook could not have been a more perfect experience. The story is funny and sweet and romantic. I'm a huge friends to lovers sucker and this story was a perfect example of why I think that trope works so incredibly well. On top of that, the narrator was incredible. I loved her voices and inflections for all the characters. I seriously cannot imagine a single way this story could have been told better. It was just so freaking good.

    I love that these two have lived next to one another for 5 years, but have been pretty much enemies...until Haley hits the wall of what she will accept...and then an amazing friendship blossoms from that. I like how they transitioned from friends to lovers...it was such a natural progression for the two of them. I ADORED and continually giggled about Jason's obsession over food and then to see his father...OMG, seriously rolling on the floor.

    I cannot rave enough about just how good this book was. I listened to it easily in two days and then immediately downloaded book #2...and yes, the review is coming for that one too. Same narrator, same amazing story telling. I think I just found a new author to stalk. Now if only all her books were available as audiobooks...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jack huck
    Ohio
    03/01/16
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    "Best book I've read/listened to , in a long time!"

    I listen to audible daily, always looking for another great book, I think I've read or listened to just about all the good ones, (all I do is read/listen to books, average about 3,a week, so when I say, this is the best one in a long time, I'm serious! I laughed out loud more than once! The only times I put it down was when I was at work! I will be getting all the books in this series!
    Kim H.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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