Saturday, August 10, 2013

[Review] Playing for Keeps - R.L. Mathewson

Released: April 29th, 2011

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.

That last thing jason expected was for his shy little 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

"I should walk out of here and never come back and let you go on and meet some nice guy who will give you everything in life you deserve."
This book was so freaking hilarious. I pissed myself and just burst out laughing in public because of their insane antics. Honestly, the book's plot was really good. They became best friends and then fell in love. They were adorable actually, really adorable. I mean, Jason's this hot guy who's hot as hell. And he also comes from hell thanks to his crazy appetite. Then there's Haley, who's equally as hot. She's feisty and is probably the only one who can actually put up with Jason. Guess what? Her family's from hell. Basically, they're probably neighbors in hell.

Haley starts off as a pushover since she was so kind and she just didn't get mad at anyone. She's down-to-earth and she doesn't even realize how attractive she is. When Jason tells her that, she merely laughs him off.

But...this is from Jason's friend's thoughts.
"His buddy might not know it yet, but he met his match in that little lady. If any woman could bring Jason to his knees, it was that woman."
But really, Haley's family is basically from hell. I mean, seriously? What. The. Fuck.
"Funny how family barbecues in her family really meant bringing everyone they wanted to impress or schmooze."
I was like, Jesus Christ, are they mental?!
Haley: "How are your children?" 
Rose (sister): "How would I know?" 

I get it if like one of them's mental but all of them are motherfucking crazy. Her mom does botox and doesn't give a shit about anything except her image, her sisters are stupid bitches who are probably actually jealous that her sister has shape, and her dad? Wtf man.
Her dad: "Happy birthday, sweetheart. I'm sorry it's a couple of weeks late."
IT WAS FIVE FREAKING MONTHS LATE. Maybe the author was trying to make Haley seem like the protagonist and lovable one, but that's just overdoing it. I can't even take it anymore. Let's move on.

Jason, who was a supposed playboy in the past, drops everything to make Haley his next project. She becomes his "little grasshopper". What I loved most about Jason was his freaking appetite. My God, this man could eat three horses and still be hungry.

When someone steals his food?
"You cookie thieving bastard."
"Brownie thieving bastard."
"How dare you touch my cookies, you bastard!"
It's way too adorable watching him eat. Haley knows him so well sometimes that she hides the food from him, otherwise he'd take it all.
"Eating to Jason was sacred, probably because he liked stealing food from her plate when it was still hot."
But their relationship is too cute. They're such close friends.
Jason: "You didn't wake me up."
Haley: "I did wake you up. Three times in fact. Each time you threw something at me and went back to sleep." 
Jason: "And you gave up? You know our routine, woman. You have to keep at it until I'm forced to get off the bed to find something to throw at you."
Oh, Jason. I felt really bad for him though because none of his family members believed that he was good enough to date Haley. So when he told them that she was his girlfriend, they were all like: "Stop lying, Jason."
Jason: "Men from my own family are hitting on my girlfriend?"
His mom: "They've been hitting on your friend."
And another…
Jason: "Shouldn't you be getting all excited and trying to push for marriage and grandbabies at this point?"
Megan: "You know I probably would if you were dating her. She's a very nice woman and I think she would do you a world of good. Are you thinking of asking her out?" 
Jason: "Why the hell would I have to ask my girlfriend out? She's already going out with me. What is wrong with you people?"
Megan: "Oh, honey, you don't have to keep pretending. I'm glad you have af riend like Haley. Everyone thinks she's great."
I was just like,

But, overall, it was a fantastic easy read. It was funny as hell and the romance was pretty steamy, despite some of the few unbelievable moments.

Minor Faults:
  • Some of it was so unbelievable, they acted like five year-olds instead of actual adults
  • Haley's family? Completely irrational honestly
  • Too fast-paced in the beginning



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About The Author:

R.L. Mathewson was a receptionist, cafeteria worker, museum worker, bellhop, and about a dozen other different things before she tried her hand at writing. Some of the romance novels she read were great and she couldn't get enough, so she started to play with the idea of writing a book. Several months later, she gave in and tried. For four months straight, she worked day and night until finally she finished her first book. 

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