Review ~ Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson


Title: Checkmate

Author: R.L. Mathewson

Series: Neighbor from Hell #3


10 synopsis

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.



I absolutely LOVE this series! There is somethin special about a Bradford guy!!!

Sayin that, I do have to say this was not my favorite. Maybe that is partially because it wasn’t all about a Bradford. Rory is related to them though, so they do show up but I just don’t feel like we got enough of them! I am partial though. I love them!

It was fun to get something that is a little more “normal” I guess. Getting a little bit of a history with it also was nice. It was fun getting to see them come from being in elementary school to adults. Also to see how some things just didn’t change. Rory and Connor just hate each other and are always pulling pranks on each other.

“Push me and you might just find yourself locked in the trunk of a car and on a ferry headed off to Nova Scotia…Again” he said Softly loving the way she practically shook with rage against him.
“I knew that was you, you bastard” She snarled, looking torn between going for his nipples again or just outright killing him.
“You deserved it”, he felt obligated to remind her.
She scoffed. “I was twelve!”
“You super glued my shorts to my ass!”
The smile that teased her lips transformed her face from beautiful to breathtakingly beautiful in a matter of seconds. . .
She chuckled softly as she moved to put a little space between them. “I actually forgot about that”.”

So we do get the pranks and funny moments. We also get some of the Bradfords when they show up in the story…and what comes with them? FOOD!

“Oh my God! Stop eating that!”
“Your trail mix tastes funny,” Trevor said with a cringe.
“That wasn’t trail mix, you bastard! That was potpourri!”
“Well, that explains a lot,” he said, giving her a sheepish smile as he returned the large wooden bowl back to the side table. She didn’t need to look to know that he’d already eaten half the bowl of potpourri. She didn’t even bother asking him what the hell was wrong with him since she knew the answer.
The man was a Bradford.
Enough said.

I do love how much she loves her hot cocoa! My kinda girl. So in some way she has her own issue, because if you mess with her hot cocoa she will hurt you. Definitely related to the Bradfords.  🙂 I can’t wait to find out who is going to be in the 5th book, since I know the 4th is the historical story on how it all started.

All in all it was a good read, it made me laugh and made me wonder if people do still act like that as adults, but then I look at my husband and remember how he is with his sisters and yes grown folks do act like this. *shaking my head* If you start young I can see how someone would continue pulling pranks and all that good stuff that in the end made me laugh.



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Found my new love for books when a good friend sent me the Sookie books and I was stuck in a paranormal state and only wanted that then I came across Shayla Black and read her Wicked Lovers Series which got me into the contemporary romance with a "twist" and since then I have just been a reading fanatic! And LOVE every minute of my escape from reality. View all posts by Momma's Books

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