Another Christmas from Hell by R. L. Mathewson || Excerpt

series
A Neighbour from Hell #13
genre
romance, comedy, contemporary, adult
published
November 4th 2022 


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excerpt
“You were always following me,” Bryce bit out as he followed her inside.
“Is that…is that Bryce?” Sean asked, sounding intrigued. “Do not hang up the phone,
woman!”
“When?” Cayley found herself asking, unable to help but frown as she struggled to
figure out what the hell he was talking about.
“When we were kids, you followed me everywhere. You were always at the house,”
Bryce said, looking incredibly pissed as he glared at her over the kitchen island.
“Because your brother wouldn’t stop dragging me over there,” Cayley said, unable to
help but wonder where he was going with this.
“I really wouldn’t,” came the heartfelt sigh from the bastard that was going to pay for
this.
“You followed me to school every day,” Bryce said, folding his obscenely large arms
over his chest while he glared at her, daring her to argue with him.
“We went to the same school. How the hell was I supposed to get there?” Cayley asked
with a helpless shrug.
“You were always trying to hold my hand,” he bit out between clenched teeth.
“Yeah, when I was six and wasn’t allowed to cross the street by myself.”
“You always made it a point of sitting next to me at dinner.”
“Because that was the only empty chair at the table?” Cayley said, reaching up to rub
her temple as she felt a headache coming on.
“Why did you show up at every job site I went to after school?” Bryce demanded.
“Because your annoying little brother threatened to put snakes in my bed if I didn’t bring
him baked goods from my aunt’s bakery every day,” Cayley snapped, deciding that she
was going to need caffeine to get through this asinine conversation.
“I really did,” Sean murmured, sounding quite pleased with the direction this
conversation was headed while Cayley began searching through her refrigerator for a
Coke.

“Then explain why you’re renting the apartment across from me and why we’re now
working at the same job,” came the demand as Cayley frantically searched through her
fridge for her much-needed caffeine fix only to resign herself to making another trip to
the store.
“Because the jerk face that I’m really wondering why I’m friends with got me evicted
over an order of chicken tenders and got me fired on the same day because he can’t
keep his dirty little hands to himself and left me with no choice but to beg your brother-
in-law for a job and a place to stay,” Cayley snapped as she closed the refrigerator
door.
There was a heartfelt sigh, and then Sean was mumbling, “Memories.”
Grumbling, and really wondering why she was friends with the big jerk that was making
her life a living hell and couldn’t keep his greedy little hands off her Coke, Cayley
grabbed a pen off the counter and made her way back to her kitchen island, where she
wrote “Find a new BFF” on her to-do list.
“You better not have done why I think you just did,” came the warning that had her
smiling.
“Oh, but I really did,” Cayley said, angrily slamming the pen down on the kitchen island
and-
Suddenly found herself cornered by a very large and very angry James brother.
“You’re in love with me,” Bryce said, placing his hands on the counter on either side of
her and caged her in as he glared down at her.
Blinking, Cayley asked, “How are you getting that from what I just said?”
“Because he’s crazy,” came the murmured whisper in her ear that had her rolling her
eyes.
Keeping his eyes locked on her, Bryce plucked the phone out of her hand and ended
the call before placing the phone on the counter.
“You’re always watching me,” Bryce bit out.
“Because you’re always glaring at me,” Cayley pointed out.
synopsis

The last thing that he wanted was to fall in love with his brother’s best friend.

From New York Time’s bestselling author R.L. Mathewson comes the next installment in the disturbingly funny romantic comedy series, Neighbor from Hell.

It was time to move on.

Granted, Cayley would have preferred to wait until after Christmas, but with her best friend somehow managing to get her fired and evicted in the same day, she had no choice but to move into the apartment across from the man that really didn’t seem happy to see her.

That was fine.

More than fine because if she could handle her best friend making her life a living hell and an ex-fiancé that was determined to get her back, then she could handle the man that was willing to do whatever it took to let the past destroy them both.

He couldn’t believe this was happening again.

For years, Bryce had been going out of his way to avoid Cayley, hoping that she would finally move on, but now that she was back, he realized that he no longer had a choice.

He was going to have to break her heart.

At least that was the plan until the little brat turned the tables on him, making him wonder how much longer he was going to be able to lie to himself even as one thing became painfully clear…

This was going to be the worst Christmas ever.


about the author

New York Times Bestselling author, R.L. Mathewson was born in Massachusetts. She’s known for her humor, quick wit and ability to write relatable characters. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published including the Neighbor from Hell series.

Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was a painfully shy bookworm. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books.

Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two children that keep her on her toes. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day, she combines the two.

If you’d like more information about this series or any other series by R.L. Mathewson, please visit www.Rlmathewson.com

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anie


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