Playing for Keeps was a hilarious story about a neighbor from hell, that kept me laughing the entire book. Jason Bradford is so funny. He is a man that is seriously addicted to food. He only thinks about food unless he is thinking about Haley. He amazes his friends that he can eat as much junk as he does and remain so fit. He also judges someone else in his family for the same traits. That scene alone was so funny.
Jason and Haley have had a volatile relationship from the very beginning. She considers him truly the neighbor from hell. Their word play and mannerisms are just one of the things that made this such an enjoyable and tense read. There were moments when you just felt for one or the other as they misspoke or mistrusted one another. There are some very charming scenes as they become closer to each other. It was a pleasure seeing the changes that they both went through with the help of the other.
The extended families were one one side harsh and not pleasant to be around and on the other side, hilariously unobservant.
This was the first book I have read by R. L. Mathewson and I will be reading more from her. I loved the characters and the personalities that made them so unique.
I really loved the way the story wrapped up, it was exciting to read how Haley decided to take a stand for what she wanted. She is very funny and he was so unbending. It was great!