Review: Truce: The Historic Neighbour from Hell by R.L. Mathewson

Posted November 19, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

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Review: Truce: The Historic Neighbour from Hell by R.L. Mathewson
Truce: The Historic Neighbour from Hell
by R.L. Mathewson

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: 1 November 2013
Published by Smashwords
Pages: 291
Format: eBook
 

 I know if I want to read something completely outrageous and guaranteed to make me laugh I can just pick up any one of the “A Neighbour from Hell” series~ Under the Covers

R.L. Mathewson has continued her terrific “A Neighbour from Hell” series with a bit of a twist; we are going on a trip back in time to meet the very first Bradford who enjoyed driving his neighbour crazy. To do this we are going a little closer to home for me and back to England where Robert Bradford is the second son of a Earl and also the childhood nemesis of Elizabeth Stanton. But, when Elizabeth meets a handsome stranger at a ball he seems perfect…until she realises he is Robert Bradford, the boy who once made her life hell and who is now driving her different kind of mad with his sizzling looks and caresses.

This series has become one of my favourites, I know if I want to read something completely outrageous and guaranteed to make me laugh I can just pick up any one of the “A Neighbour from Hell” series. Truce is no different and I loved the twist of doing a historic installment of the series, it is something you don’t see very often and fit really well with the rest of the books.

I think the reason that this fits so well with the rest of the series is because, although it is a historical novel, the background is just window dressing, the characters don’t act that much differently than the contemporary Bradford’s. So if you are looking for a book with a historical feel you are looking in the wrong place; however, I didn’t let that bother me I wasn’t reading this book for historical accuracy. What I was reading for is the contentious and hilarious relationship between Elizabeth and Robert, they both tease and torture each other as they drive themselves mad with desire, creating some funny situations and banter. Underneath all of this though was a sweet romance they suited one another perfectly and I loved watching them come to that realisation as they fall in love with the person they least expected; each other.

A great book, if you haven’t started this series yet I highly recommend you give it a try, it will leave you with a big grin on your face.

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About R.L. Mathewson

Before I tried my hand at writing I was a receptionist, cafeteria worker at the college I attended, museum worker, bellhop, and about a dozen other different things that are pretty embarrassing so we're just going to skip over those things and pretend that they never happened ;D

I can't just sit around with nothing to do while I try to be deathly silent so that I don't wake up one of my children and send them into a blood curdling screaming fit. So, to fill the time I started to read again. When I was in school I was a bookworm, but got away from it as I grew older. I was drawn back into my love of reading by Julia Quinn's What Happens In London. It was a wonderful, witty book and I fell instantly in love with romance novels.

Some of the romance novels that I read were great and I couldn't get enough, I started to play with the idea of writing a book. Several months later I finally gave in and tried. For four months straight I worked day and night until finally I finished my first book. Then of course I re-read what I wrote, cringed and deleted the entire book and started over again.

After reading an article about self-publishing I knew that was the way I wanted to go. I like the freedom to write what I want, when I want and publish a story that I hope others will enjoy reading. It gives me a great deal of freedom and allows me to retain full control over my work, which of course allows me to set the prices of my books and make them affordable for everyone 🙂 Which of course is the reasoning behind the $0.99 price tag for my books.

That's how I became a writer and why I self-publish. Well, that and I'm pretty laid back and don't want to be hassled with contractual obligations. That would just cut into my writing time, time with my kids, reading time and my hot cocoa addiction. Yes, I am thoroughly addicted to hot cocoa and if you're interested in experiencing the perfect cup of cocoa you can find the recipe for my cocoa somewhere on my author blog.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Aly P

This sounds great! Can I read only this book or do I have to start with book 1?

Elizabeth
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I was wondering the same thing

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Amy R

I haven’t read this series yet but I do have the first 2 books. I love the Pride Series by Shelly Laurenston as those books are guaranteed hilarious and an HEA.

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Elizabeth

I would be interested to hear your opinion after you’ve read them..

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Only the first book in this series I’ve read,but I would love and plan to continue with reading with the next three books in this series,it’s really unique to switch from contemporary to historical 🙂

Looking forward to read this series 🙂

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I like her writing style so I’m definitely looking into getting the rest of her books…Thanks for the review Suzanne.

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This book sounds good…..are there reviews here for the other books in this series?