Review: The Game Plan by R.L. Mathewson

Title: The Game Plan (Neighbor from Hell #5)
Author: R.L. Mathewson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Rerum Industries Inc.

Pub Date: December 27, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars

Our thoughts...

Do you have a book or series that is like a warm comfy blanket and is your go to when you want something fun and light-hearted? For me, The Neighbor from Hell series is my go to series, and The Game Plan did not disappoint.  

The Game Plan is set around another Bradford boy, Danny, who is cousins with Jason and Trevor from previous Neighbor from Hell stories. These books are stand-alone books but R.L. Mathewson does a great job weaving in previous characters into the current story.  I appreciate that she does this, as I love to see the story continue for characters from previous stories. 

Just like previous Neighbor from Hell books, the story circles around a Bradford boy making a poor innocent girl life hell, and Jodi (aka Tinkerbelle) is the latest neighbor and victim. 

“I need to be released from my lease, because your cousin is an a**hole and he’s making my life a living hell”

“She’s just the woman that rents the apartment across from me and that I torment for my own entertainment when I’m bored or I’m just in the mood to piss her off”

Staying with the tradition of other The Neighbor from Hell books, the story makes several references to the famous voracious Bradford appetite.  However, with The Game Plan, R.L. Mathewson has stepped it up and made several references to Zoe’s horrible cooking as well as Jodie’s unusual reaction to medication.  These scenes had me laughing out loud, which got me questioning looks from people around me. 

“Her cooking usually isn’t dangerous unless it has been exposed to air for more than two hours. Then,” Aidan shrugged, gesturing towards Danny should with a tilt of his chin, this happens.”

“What exactly is ‘this’?” he asked, look down at the hive-like thing covering his shoulder.

“It’s a cross between a bacterial infection and an allergic reaction,” Aidan absently explained as he carefully measured out the medicine.  “We’ve tried to hit this from both sides, but we’ve found that it takes a combination of antihistamines, penicillin, and vaccination or two to kill it.”

While The Game Plan is light hearted, funny story – it does tackle underlying issues both Danny and Jodie have when it comes to relationships.  We see this unfold throughout the story as they go from enemies to lovers, and it makes the story feel real and relatable. 

“You are the best part of my day, Tink. You make me feel whole and happy and when I’m not with you, I’m thinking about you. I’m not in love with you, but I know that I can’t live without you.”
“You want me?" she asked with a watery smile.

"More than my next breathe”

If you are looking for a sexy, funny read that leaves you smiling and wanting more  – this book is for you. 


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