Checkmate (A Neighbor from Hell, #3) - R.L. Mathewson This is the third story in the "Neighbor from Hell" series.

In this story, we are introduced to Connor O'Neil and Rory James at the young age of 5 years, and that's when their war began.

For 20 years they have tormented, and assaulted one another. They've been banned from places, and even arrested for their antics.

I have to be honest with you all, I. DID. NOT. LIKE. CONNOR. O'NEIL. AT. ALL. at the beginning of this story!
Actually, he was the type of character that you wanted something really, really bad would happen to him (because of karma of course). He was an absolute 'troll' to Rory for the first 20 years of her life. Taking the absolute privilege of tormenting her in EVERY way, but if anyone else was to mess with her, he would 'beat the shit' out of them. That right was for him exclusively, even the 'losers' she tended to date.

Rory and Connor both own respectable construction companies. They still torment each other whenever possible, and they've both been given the contract to restore a hotel. That's right, they have to work together for the next 5 months in order to maintain their reputations, and if they finish on time there's a $50,000 bonus for each company.

Connor has come up with this plan to be in charge of the project, and eventually if everything goes 'to plan' her 5 'older, great working, large' brothers will leave her company, and come and work for him... thus putting Rory out of business.

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..That's where the story gets really good, because since.. well, puberty Connor has been in LOVE with Rory (hence the tormenting), and when everything doesn't go as planned, Connor is given the opportunity to blackmail Rory into 'pretending' to be in love with him in public.
When they starting kissing (because of the agreement) it is addictive and Photobucket

Connor is in love with Rory, and Rory is falling for him, but she can't trust him because of all the shit he's put her through throughout the years (and he is now blackmailing her to be his girlfriend in public). What she doesn't know is that Connor has been watching her back, and protecting her (literally) since she was 18 years old.

Connor now has 5 months to convince Rory that he's truly in love with her, and that they should marry.

They're journey is funny, and heart breaking.

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I absolutely LOVED the appearance of Jason and Trevor in this story, as well as the other Bradford boys (Rory's protective, and food obsessed cousins).

In the end I ADORED Connor! He became the man that Rory needed him to be.

Rory, your strength, intelligence, independence, and good heart was Photobucket..AMAZING!!

... and Rory, well played!

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