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The Game Plan

Narrated by: Fran Jules
Series: A Neighbor from Hell, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Summary

Spend the next 40 years in prison or break her lease early? Normally she'd be able to say that this one was a no-brainer, but things have definitely changed since she was forced to move in across the hall from Danny Bradford. She wanted to get through one day, just one day without Danny Bradford doing something to test the limits to her control, but with that damn smile of his and his habit of leaving her contemplating manslaughter, she didn't see that happening anytime soon.

He loved his family, but some days...it was too much, but that was okay, because his small neighbor living across the hallway provided him with endless hours of entertainment. Not on purpose of course, but did it really matter as long she made him smile?

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Love it

Love this series so much.. Funny and sweet.. The Bradford men are what every man shud be

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love this series.

have the whole series. written well and the audible version is narrated well. would recommend for both kindle and audible versions

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Another fabulous book by R. L. Mathewson

R L. Mathewson's. Neighbours From Hell series gets better and better...

With the varied vocal talents of Fran Jules, this is a Winning team☺

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  • Vicki
  • 30-03-16

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.

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  • J. Mcferran
  • 14-05-16

Just check your brain at the door and enjoy it!

Don't expect things to make sense - just don't . Things happen that never would in our world. You'll begin to say, "hang on, wait a sec - that doesn't......." more than a few times. You'll start to shake your head and then give up, because...nah, never mind, whatever...it's too fun to look at too closely. You just chalk up this book as comedically absurd, nowhere near realistic, funny romantic satire - then you'll be able to enjoy it immensely. If you know 'guys', you'll love this book! It pokes fun at so many things about them, but at the same time shows all the reasons we love them! You'll laugh, often in spite of yourself, and smile, and shake your head - but you'll love it and be happier for having read it. This is the first book in this series that I've read - I realize from reading reviews that they all might follow the same pattern, but if they are all as cute as this one, I'm game for another.

The ridiculously implausible situations presented in the story notwithstanding, I feel the book is well written. The dialogue is realistic sounding and fun; the author writes smoothly and seamlessly, has a good sense of humor and an ability to blend sexy romance scenes with goofy, slapstick type humor and it all still works. The book incorporates all the requisite romance novel components - but they might get a bit tangled and twisted in the wash. The book manages to squeeze in some real issues, some real family drama, and some real feeling - but nothing that makes it take itself too seriously.

As the daughter of a father who would, many a Sunday, keep us for hours at an all-you-can-eat-champagne-brunch (eating and drinking slowly enough that he never got stuffed but could eat forever and get his money's worth) - I had to laugh at the brothers when they fought about who got to 'claim' rights to a particular restaurant's buffet - the brothers should strategically plan their 'buffet' attack on a city so that they cover the restaurant scene without decimating any one restaurant on a given night.

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  • Smitten with Reading
  • 21-05-16

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I'm pretty sure this is the first R.L. Mathewson Neighbor from Hell story that's made me cry...and that automatically puts it at the top of my favorites list. I love it when I get that emotionally involved with a story.

This story features, Danny Bradford, an ex-Marine who should've died. As a result, his family is a *bit* overprotective of him. But he's still a Bradford which means he's annoying as anything to his neighbor, Jodi.

Jodi is a librarian. She is not a rock-the-boat kind of girl, but Danny is driving her nuts. She wants out of her lease before she kills him. The problem is that the last guy she was involved with left her less than broke, so when her landlord (another Bradford) offers to cut her rent to get her to stay, she caves. She really needs that extra money.

While Danny is a Bradford which means his weakness is food (seriously, the aftermath of the buffet scene at Disney had me rolling on the floor), Jodi has an issue with medicine. She reacts really badly to it...which means she gets punch drunk and completely out of control. So, just because it's fun...Jodi ends up in several circumstances throughout the book where she has to be drugged and hilarity ensues. I love how Danny is the only one brave enough to take her on when she's been given medicine...even her best friend cowers when that happens.

Once again, this book was exactly what I've come to expect from this series....I love it, but this story had an extra layer of emotion thrown in at the end that just about killed me. Whoa...I seriously did NOT see that coming, but it made the story just that much better.

And once again, I cannot say enough good about Fran Jules narration. I tried to read a little bit of the next book rather than listen. It's just not the same. She owns these voices and her interpretation of the story is above and beyond good. I adore her narration and HIGHLY RECOMMEND the audiobook version of these books.

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 29-02-16

Romantic comedy

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Laugh out loud hilarious. Great plot, storyline, & character development. Narrator did a great job!

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  • Malinda
  • 10-09-16

Good addition to the series :)

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This was an enjoyable addition to the series. I liked Jodi and Danny and thought their story was good but it did seem a bit disjointed at times and a bit OTT at other times, so while I liked it, I didn't rate it as high as others in the series.

Jodi is a librarian who is only a librarian because she lost (in some unexplained way) the job she used to have at a museum. It was explained in a rather piecemeal fashion (as the story went) but basically, Jodi was involved with a guy that treated her like crap and apparently also worked at the museum. He dumped her right before they were supposed to get married and she found out that he stole credit for something at work (which ended her working there I guess?), cleaned out her bank accounts, and left her with $15K in credit card debt. Jodi has a father she loves and who could help her out of her situation but she doesn't contact him through most of the story.

Danny is an ex-Marine who left the service after getting injured in the line of duty. Hs back was damaged and there were a lot of fears he'd be handicapped so even though he's alright now, his family tends to go overboard with the coddling and fussing...which drives poor Danny nuts. Danny entered the Marines against his father's wishes and it caused a rift that is still there between them.

Jodi lives in an apartment building owned by Trevor (the hero from book #2) and this apartment building just happens to be filled with Bradford cousins. Jodi has a problem with Danny, who lives right across the hall from her. At some point, Danny decided that he liked Jodi when she's all pissed off so he made it his mission to piss her off, regularly. Jodi begs Trevor to let her out of the lease but he declines, giving her a discount on the rent if she'll stay. Because Jodi is flat broke trying to pay off the massive bills her Ex left her with, she reluctantly agrees. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), Jodi ends up involved in an incident involving some toxic food substance in the trash because of Danny's family. Jodi gets some on her and has a reaction so Danny helps her through the night. This ends up being a bit of hell for Danny because on any kind of drugs, Jodi behaves drunk and hyper and it takes all of his strength and wits to keep her out of trouble.

That night makes Danny realize that he likes Jodi and he decides to woo her. This is something a Bradford doesn't usually do but Danny is determined that Jodi deserves it (especially after hearing about her Ex) and so he makes a "Game Plan" on how he's going to make her fall for him and marry him. At first, Jodi refuses him because she's not convinced that he actually wants her. Danny convinces her and gets her to date him but they decide to take it "slow" and slow it is. jodi does get introduced to his family and gets invited to a family vacation to Florida with them. This moves things with her and Danny along but there are things they hadn't gotten around to discussing with each other (about their pasts) and things kind of explode on the trip. Personal issues come into play as well as more of the Bradford "incidents" where something happens at a buffet that ends in people crying but we never get any details... The ending of this story was a bit deeper than other books in the series but that's what really saved this story for me. It showed what love and good family can bring, ending the story nicely with a HEA for Danny and Jodi.

This was an enjoyable story. I liked Jodi and thought she was a good heroine. She had some faults but not too many and none that were overly annoying. And the way she reacted to any kind of drugs was hilarious, LOL. Danny was a very good hero once he got over the "I want to piss off Jodi" phase. As I noted previously, I felt that there were parts of the story that seemed a bit disjointed or confusing at times...they didn't usually last long but it was still kind of jarring when it happened. Overall though, I enjoyed the story and will be continuing with the series. :)

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 30-06-16

Should have stayed with the game plan

I was ready to really like this book but by the middle, ugh. Seriously, how many allergies can this woman have? It felt like she was drugged for 50% of the book. It's not all bad. Although the brothers antics are completely immature, if you take it as bizarre family practices you can see the humor in it. This would have made a much better novella.

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  • mcgman
  • 28-07-20

Ugh... Really, Ugh!

While the storyline was cute, this book was an absolute beating for me. The overdone family fights over food and being banned from multiple public locations plus the contrived family attitudes towards the h were beyond horrible. How many times can you be caught having sex... Multiple times! The h takes medicine and becomes a wrecking ball. The H is lovey-dovey until he realizes that he loves the h who he says he wants to marry, then freaks out? A 6 year old creates a riot situation because he is board and gets all of the other kids to hit the librarian with glue and glitter.

It is just way too much silliness for one book to handle. I really like the author but this book was just beyond crazy for me.

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  • Golden Goddess
  • 24-03-20

Never A Fast Forward Moment

I loved this book. I was thoroughly entertained. There was not a single full moment, blah scenario or unlikable character. Who needs tv with a story like this...

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  • krystal marin
  • 17-02-20

Hilarious

Absolutely loved this story. First time hearing the audio to this series and I was not disappointed. It was hilarious and a bit of a tear jerker. A must read

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-02-20

Really Good.

I really like this series. It is alot of fun. Not full of drama thank goodness. light hearted and laugh out loud. can't wait to what else this author has to offer!