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Checkmate

Written by: R. L. Mathewson
Narrated by: Fran Jules
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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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.

©2012 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

In the third installment of R. L. Mathewson's Neighbor From Hell series, Rory and Connor are childhood nemeses who are thrown together as adults to work on a joint construction project. They still can't stand one another, but their outward animosity covers their mutually undeniable attraction, and it isn't long before their passion consumes them. Fran Jules is impressive in capturing the sizzling chemistry between Rory and Connor, including the various flashbacks where Jules uses perfect childish pitch. Checkmate hinges on this love/hate relationship, and Jules' enthusiastic performance makes it a hilarious and sexy romp.

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  • michele
  • 20-12-17

Just no

While I enjoyed the previous books I read in this series. I just can’t get into this book. The main male character is to overboard in his ruination of the female. It is cringe worthy not amusing or funny

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  • Jordy ♡♡♡♡
  • 28-11-13

 sweet, sexy, lighthearted, just plain funny!

RL Mathewson gave us another wonderful adventure in the Neighbors from Hell series. Connor O'Neil and Rory James have been torturing each other since preschool. The teasing, pranks and antics did not end as they got older...oh no...both Connor and Rory just got more creative. Bigger and better! Twenty-five years later and their two rival construction companies are competing for the same job. As fate would have it, both companies land the job and they have to work together.  I adored Rory & Conner, they were both sexy and hilarious.  It was a never ending banter between this two who hated each other yet can't live without each other. I loved the chemistry, the humor, the silly escapades, the romantic side of Connor, Rory stubbornness, the smoking smexy times, and the addictive hot cocoa! And despite the craziness of the story, I did love that there was a touch of sweet heart warming backstory. Plus, I was so excited to find out that both Jason and Trevor (from the previous two books in this series) made appearances and they were still up to their food-grabbing antics. Just remember to not take this book seriously, just enjoy the ride!
I am looking forward to Audible releasing more books in Mathewson's A Neighbor from Hell series. These books are a must listen!!

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  • R. Caldwell
  • 26-12-17

Needs a little work

Interesting concept. Strong build up - I truly believed the characters were out to get each other, but the turn around was a bit quick for as deep as the hatred supposedly ran. The "agreement" to pretend to date was not believable. Enjoyed the narration though. My biggest complaint was the writing - It drives me insane when a sentence has to use the same word two or three times repeatedly when other options are available...he put his hands on the bed and leaned forward on the bed, his arms brushing against the bed...this was a consistent theme throughout the book. Surely someone could have cleaned that up. Also, got tired with overuse of references to "the man." Not "The Man" as in anyone in particular, but whichever guy was being talked about at a given moment in time was referred to as "the man." That got annoying.

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  • watoco
  • 19-03-18

Ridiculous

What a ridiculously, infuriating, stupid book. I managed to make it to chapter 7 and couldn’t take another minute. Was waiting for it to get funny but it was just lacking. I guess I hate the hate hate hate oh I got to have you kind of books. I only torture you cause I want you. Just stupid.

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  • JEB
  • 20-12-17

Annoying and teeth grinding

I have been trying to stick this story out but it has been difficult. I started skipping chapters at 19 to see if it will get more interesting. Juvenile, no story, just annoying. Be prepared to here redundant statements and words throughout the story. Seriously, the same thing is said in every chapter. Soooo, not hot!

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  • Deja Latney
  • 28-04-19

Absolutely ridiculous....

The narration was awesome but the story was not realistic. I love r.l mathewson books but this one was not my favorite at all, i couldnt even finish it. I believe in a forgive and move on ideology but the fact that she just let everything go immediately after what in this case would be the ultimate betrayal was not realistic to me. It was like all through this book the female lead was supposed to be portrayed as a strong woman. But i felt like she was ultimately being manipulated by sex and pretty words it was too cringy for me

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  • Lena
  • 26-04-19

Drove Me Crazy

The first 2 books were at least funny but this book was childish and juvenile. I don't think I can stomach another one after this one. it ruined the entire series for me.

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  • Mary Bonham-carter
  • 20-09-18

Dumb premise


Life-long arch enemies end up co-supervising a project together. He (Conner) expects to be the boss, and have her (Rory)fetch him coffee. Conner then sets out on a mission to turn Rory’s five loyal brothers against her.
Besides the ridiculous premise, the plot was all over the place. They seem to kiss, and touch when they don’t even like each other, plus there were jumps between story and time lines that often left me confused.

It found it impossible to like a guy like Connor who a) was plotting to destroy her company throughout most of the book b) is so stupid to think he could turn Rory’s 5 brothers, who love and protect her against her and c)do all of this and think he is going to keep her in his bed.

I loved the first two books in this series, but I wouldn’t recommend Checkmate.

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  • catkit
  • 18-05-18

I wanted to like it...

I enjoyed the first two installments of this series, although they were predictable and light. This installment had some enjoyable parts, but Conner was not likable. In the beginning, although both Conner and Rory were construction business owners, Conner kept thinking that she should "stay out of the way" so she wouldn't get hurt, and spend her time getting him coffee. He schemed to take her best workers, stole a project idea, and planned behind her back to put her out of business. It was offensive.

The writing wasn't great, with words being repeated, and I kept wondering if the author owned a thesaurus. The narrator could have made this better by using different emphasises, but didn't. Two plot points were weak and had me rolling my eyes and scratching my head.

The feeling I get is that the author was under time pressure and didn't take the time to develop and refine the book. I made myself finish the audio, but shouldn't have. Sorry.

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  • Sheri Elizabeth
  • 01-01-18

Not for me

I absolutely loved the characters and the premise of this story, but I lost all interest about a third of the way through and had to push to finish it. I'm sure it's fantastic for others, just not my style.

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  • Carien
  • 09-04-16

With enemies like these...

Any additional comments?

With enemies like this, well...
It couldn't have ended in any other way. The twists and turns in their relationship is enough to drive anyone nuts. But to go to hell and back for someone you love? I liked the stubborn pranks as well as the realisation of love.
Another fine addition to the NFH series.

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  • Fatma
  • 26-05-19

AMAZING!!!!!!

It was the best book ever I loved it so much
THE BEST astonishing unbelievable

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  • Gail
  • 16-12-17

enjoyable

humour. entertaining. good narration that boosts the humour. enjoyed second listen as much as first

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  • all the books are mine!
  • 21-09-16

Brilliant

Loved the book but I now love the audiobook even more.
I forgot just how much I loved Rory and Connor.
Recommended 100%

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  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
  • UK
  • 05-12-15

Checkmate

I am new to The Neighbours from Hell series on audio book. I really enjoyed the books & was really surprised at how well they transfer onto audio. I love this story because it is different. No girl meets boy & falls instantly in love. Nope ..this is girl meets boy & hates him. I like Connor as he has hidden depths. Rory is courageous but I am not a big fan of violence & she certainly does a fair amount of kicking. A fun story that I would recommend

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  • xelfi
  • 08-06-18

Mind Blown!!!

I love love love this book! I have read the hating game and was looking for something similar, Checkmate was a HOT, SEXY, WITTY, REAL and definitely a CHICKFLICK. I Love how it is written and the characters are alive and popping out of my mind like they are someone I know. :) I can't wait to read more of this author