Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson

Book description via Amazon:

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.

This is the third book in the Neighbor From Hell series and is by far my favorite one! This series gets funnier and hotter with each book. I love each couple from the other books but Rory and Connor definitely take the cake.

Connor and Rory have been tormenting each other since childhood. Years later, they own rival construction companies and are forced to work together on a high-priority project. Connor approaches Rory with a deal that could possibly make her dreams come true, all she has to do is to pretend to date Connor for 5 months. Unbenknownst to Rory, Connor has his own agenda, which is to take over her construction company and win over her brothers so that they work for him. But as the story unfolds, the plan doesn’t go exactly that way. Things start changing between the two of them and everything starts going in a totally different direction.

I loved Connor and Rory. Their banter and longtime rivalry is hilarious! Rory is a sexy tomboy who was practically raised by her dad and five brothers. She’s as stubborn as most males and I loved her for it! She is definitely one of my favorite female characters. Connor has been her tormentor for most of her life but he has also been her knight in shining armor on the sly. He loves torturing and annoying her to no ends, but he also holds a soft spot for her. I loved him and at the same time I loved to hate him. He was the biggest jerk and sweetest guy at the same time!

Though this isn’t based on any of the Bradford brothers like the first two books, they do make an appearance because they are Rory’s cousins. The other couples, Haley and Jason, and Zoe and Trevor, also make an appearance. And of course when all the Bradfords are present, hilarity ensues. I’m crossing my fingers that the series doesn’t end here, I would definitely love to read something based on any one of Rory’s brothers!

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