“Mathewson seems happy to recycle her previous books rather then trying for something new.”
~ Under the Covers

I found it a real struggle to be honest with myself about this book. I have been a fan of R.L. Mathewson for a very long time. I remember picking this series up before there were even proper covers and falling head over heels for Mathewson’s irreverent and cheeky style. But as the years have trundled on I have come to a bit of a harsh realisation, which I have avoided directly facing for a while. R.L. Mathewson is a bit of a one trick pony. All the books in her series follow a certain formula which makes each installment almost identical. Especially the more recent books in this Neighbor from Hell series.

Of course, you could probably say this about most authors. But, with the Neighbor from Hell series it’s almost impossible to avoid. It’s the same story line with the same jokes from the same character types over and over. It’s a combination that I seem to enjoy, as even though I knew what was coming, this book still made me laugh and I still liked it. I just didn’t like it as much as the previous book, or the book before that and certainly not as much as the first few books in this series where it was all fresh and new.

Will I stop reading this author? I am not sure, as I stated I still liked The Promise, but there was also a lingering sense of disappointment. Mathewson seems happy to recycle her previous books rather then trying for something new, and if that’s the case then I would probably be faced with less disappointment if I just reread the books I already own. spacer

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  1. The predictability and recycling of stories is unfortunate and disappointing. However, if it’s a repetitive storyline you like, at least you know you’ll enjoy it, just maybe spread them out by a vast amount of time.

  2. Totally agree.
    Playing for Keeps was my first and only book from this author. I found it very boring,
    Thanks for this review..