The Game Plan (Neighbor From Hell #5) by R.L. MathewsonThe Game Plan by R.L. Mathewson
Published December 2014
Series: Neighbor From Hell #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-stars
Format: eBook
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Spend the next 40 years in prison or break her lease early?

Normally she’d be able to say that this one was a no-brainer, but things have definitely changed since she was forced to move in across the hall from Danny Bradford.

A lot of things… She wanted to get through one day, just ONE day without Danny Bradford doing something to test the limits to her control, but with that damn smile of his and his habit of leaving her contemplating manslaughter, she didn’t see that happening anytime soon.

He loved his family, but some days… It was too much, but that was okay, because his small neighbor living across the hallway provided him with endless hours of entertainment. Not on purpose of course, but did it really matter as long she made him smile?

Jodi wishes for nothing more than some piece and quiet so she can figure out her situation: her husband-to-be left her standing at the alter and took with him all her savings, leaving her with a large debt.

However, her “friendly neighbor” Danny Bradford won’t grant her that and keeps on making her life a living hell despite his attraction for her. And he’s been warned by his cousins: she’ll be the next Mrs. Danny Bradford. Expect Danny has a plan: he is dead set on making her fall in love with him and won’t be forcing her to marry him like his idiot cousins did. Let’s see how this works out for him!

What I loved about this book:

+ The Bradfords are back, don’t you love them sexy foodies with a heart of gold?
+ R.L. Mathewson is back! She one of my all-time faves!
+ Did I mention she writes totally hilarious books?

What I felt needed improvement:

– Story is redundant with previous novels in the series
– There’s not much change of scenery and some scenes, albeit funny, are just over the top and keep coming back and keep on being re-used (like the medicine incident)
– It’s just not as compelling and not as charming as the previous books, which is a shame…

First and foremost, I was excited (like really excited) to read a new publication from one of my favourite authors, but I but be really honest with myself and with those who read my review. No matter how much I love R.L. Mathewson, I have to say that this book did not meet my expectations and even left me a tad disappointed.

First of all, the plot was totally redundant compared to the previous books in the series, because it’s always the sexy little neighbor being tormented by a huge and cocky Bradford. Okay, the series is called “neighbor from hell”, it’s cute and has always worked so far (and you could even say that it’s “the Bradford curse”) but this excuse only works so many times (in one and the same family, if I dare add).

The book still had the typical R.L. Mathewson charm, sass and hilariousness about it (and did I say steam), but both the story and the characters felt a bit hollow. I also felt like some of the seems were unrealistic: the cooking causing a rash, the medicine allergy (and underlying reactions), the ex’s unspectacular lovemaking (ie. “I couldn’t feel anything, didn’t know if he was even in there”) just had me rolling my eyes.

It was always the same stuff over and over again, and the only thing that I had hoped would provide a change of scenery (the trip to Disneyland) only revolved around sex in the hotel room. The ending was also a bit lackluster.

But well, I’m still a fond supporter of R.L. Mathewson and will look forward to any next release.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
3.5 Stars
Overall: three-stars