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Saturday, March 16

Review: Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson


Title: Checkmate

By: R.L. Mathewson

Series: A Neighbo from Hell Novel #3

My Copy: Ebook from Author for Review

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There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.

As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact. If not…..

She’d probably face a few more nights in jail, have a few more restraining orders slapped against her and lose her heart to the man that ruined her life.

our thoughts

I really love Mathewson’s hilarious style of writing.  Her characters are always funny with a nice twist of evilness (this is the “Neighbors from Hell series.”)  The crap that Rory and Connor do to each other is priceless.  What made me smile were that all these attacks on Rory were because Connor just couldn’t come out and say that he loved her.  He was willing to torture her than admit his feelings. As they grew up, Connor dealt with any man that ever treated Rory wrong quietly.  Many boyfriends were scared away because they were not good enough for her.

Mathewson gives great examples of why the town has forged together to keep Rory and Connor apart.  The very first chapter is a break down of some of the rotten games that they have played on each other and how the town was pulled into the mess.  Rules were made that they were not allowed in the same shop, class, or restaurant so that peace could be possible.  So Connor decides that they will be a couple so that all the bans will be dropped.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading how awkward (but oh so right) they felt in the beginning trying to be a couple but then it became second nature, it became hot!

I love friend to lover plots but I LOVE Mathewson’s enemy to lover plots even more.  The way Mathewson writes their interactions together makes their love more passionate, more intense, and more needed.  They harbored all those negative feelings for each other in the past years that when they get together, things explode.

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