Book Title: Playing For Keeps
Author: R.L. Mathewson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: Rs. 60 (It’s Kindle addition. I don’t think paperback is available, at least in India)
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.
Jasoonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! He’s totally sigh-worthy. Yup, I’m not exaggerating. Although he can eat away your house and his love for food is over the top, you can’t help but find him adorable, sexy and hot. And Haley! Man….oops…woman! She’s one character you won’t ever feel like rolling your eyes at. She started out as a shy mice but then became a tigress. The dialogue, the chemistry! While reading the book, you will be either rolling about will laughter or swooning on the lead characters. The way they went from being enemies, to friends who slept together (no, not that sleeping, you pervert) to lovers. The journey was beautiful, enchanting and drool-worthy. Though it was bit sad at the end, the epilogue more than made up for it. I would hate to give out spoilers but still here is my favorite scene. ;)
“How dare you touch my cookies, you bastard!” Jason said in utter disgust before popping the cookie into his mouth and heading back to his house.
“Damn those looked good, too,” Brad grumbled.
Haley sighed. “Don’t worry I have a second plate on my counter.” The words were barely out of her mouth when Jason abruptly changed course and headed towards her house.
“Well, there was,” she said, watching Jason walk into her house like he owned it. A minute later he walked out of her house, carrying both plates and the gallon of milk she had in her fridge. He headed back to his house, but not before he glared at Brad.
"You cookie thieving bastard,” they heard him mutter.
Brad rolled his eyes, chuckling. “And people wonder how I lost weight rooming with him in college.”
Ratings: 10 out of 10
Grammar and Punctuation: 2 out of 2. NOT A SINGLE ERROR DESPITE BEING SELF-PUBLISHED!!!
Flow of the Story: LOVED IT. The flow’s so engrossing that you won’t like to put the book down! 2 out of 2.
Concept: The concept of the story was mind-blowing. Who knew a nerd, shy woman could make trouble-loving guy crazy for her?! So 2 out of 2 for the concept of the story.
Reaction: Do you still need me to spell out my reaction? 4 out of 4 :D
PS: It’s no wonder I am still single. After reading this type of romance, who would like to settle for less? :D