Book: Playing for Keeps
Series: Neighbor from Hell #1
Author: R.L. Mathewson
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.-Goodreads
Review: Don't let the name of this series fool you-this is not about dueling neighbors who end up falling in love. This is a 'best friends to lovers' tale and it's unfortunate I read this immediately after finishing a book with a similar plot. The neighbors in question-Jason and Haley, become almost instant best friends in the first few pages. They quickly start sleeping together in a platonic sense and can't stand to spend nights away from each other. I'm not sure if platonic sleeping is a new trend in romance books. Do men seriously believe women who strip down to their underwear and a t-shirt and then snuggle up to them are not interested in them? Attention men-if a woman does this with you, she is not just interested in being friends. Okay, back to the book. Jason and Haley quickly escalate from friends to almost lovers. You see, Haley will do all things oral with Jason but won't sleep with him because she is a virgin. She doesn't tell him this and when they finally seal the deal and he makes a disparaging comment, she flips out. This leads her to break up with him (in his defense, how was he supposed to know she was a 29 year old virgin when she was willing to do everything else). Anyway, Jason's attempts to win her back were my favorite parts of this book.
Overall, this was a cute read.