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Delectable (Neighbor from Hell #9)
Author: R.L. Mathewson

Dedication Page

As always, this book is dedicated to my children, Kayley and Shane, who put up with me, hook me up with plenty of Coke to keep me going and make me smile everyday.

I’d also like to dedicate this book to a good friend of mine, Debra MacArthur. She’s been there for me throughout this whole book, giving me her ear and letting me bounce ideas off her morning, noon, and night without killing me. She’s been a great friend throughout this and I just wanted to say thank you for everything.

I would also like to thank to Team Bradford for all their help with details, suggestions and helping me look up facts. You ladies are the best!



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Table of Contents

Title Page

Other books by R.L. Mathewson


Dear Reader


Chapter 1



About the Author…



Dear Reader,

It took me almost six years, but Reese’s story is finally done, lol. I’ve probably spent more time debating every single detail of this book than any of my other books for the simple fact that I wanted to give Reese and Kasey the perfect story.

For years, I struggled with the beginning of this book, trying to figure out what kind of woman could tempt a man like Reese Bradford into finally giving up some of his infamous control. I wanted someone that was down to earth and deserved a guy like Reese and it took some time, but I think I got this one right.

Kasey is definitely nothing like any of the characters that I’ve created before. She’s witty, funny, but she’s also someone who’s been through hell and back and has come out on top. By the time that I was done with this book I realized something very important, I’d written Reese to be someone who deserved Kasey.

I loved writing this book, seeing how they would make this work, and how they would embrace the future. I actually had about ten more scenes that I wanted to add into this book, but once I reached 90,000 words I realized that might end up stretching the book a bit. So, I focused on giving them the happy ever after that they deserved.

Saying goodbye to this book has been difficult for me. I could probably happily write about these two characters for the rest of my life, but it was time to finish. So, now Reese and Kasey belong to you and I hope you enjoy their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thank you for your kindness,

R.L. Mathewson



Delectable: A Neighbor from Hell



Dear Reese,

I’m sure you’re wondering why the locks have been changed and your stuff is gone. Well, that’s actually your fault. If you’d come home last Sunday like you’d promised then you would have found all your crap waiting for you, but you decided to sign up for extra training at the last minute so I didn’t have a chance to plan this better. Maybe this will teach you to keep your promises in the future.

Not that you deserve it, but I did manage to save a few of your things that they didn’t want. I put all of it in a white box, which should be on the floor unless they came back and stole that, too.

Roger thinks I should just get to the point so that we don’t miss our flight. I probably should tell you that Roger and I are in love and that we’re flying to Vegas to get married. He says he’s sorry. He’s really sweet, isn’t he? He feels really bad about this. If it makes you feel better all that sneaking around we did behind your back was really stressful. I almost had problems sleeping at night and you know how important my twelve hours of beauty sleep are to me.

Anyway, I really don’t think I should have to feel all that bad about cheating on you since it really was all your fault. When you told me that you weren’t interested in sex I thought you were just kidding. Had I known that you weren’t kidding I never would have gone out with you. I know you proposed and all, but I feel like you wasted a year of my life. Well, maybe not a year since I didn’t make it a month before I started sleeping with Roger, but again that’s your fault. If you’d taken care of me like you were supposed to then I wouldn’t have slept with your best friend.

Also, I have to tell you that I think it’s really weird for a 29-year-old guy to still be a virgin. All the girls at the mall, work and at the grocery store think so too and they think that you were using me to cover up for other problems, which I have to tell you right now that I don’t appreciate one bit. But I’m a big enough person that I suppose that I should forgive you.

I thought I’d tell you that I don’t like your family. Their obsession with food is creepy and I really just don’t like them, especially your cousins who ignored me. Their kids are little brats. My cellphone still isn’t working right and I think you should have to pay for it, but Roger said to just let it go. For him I will, because he’s so kind and sweet and brings out the best in me. He makes me such a good person.

I was going to give you back your engagement ring, but then I decided that you kind of owe it to me for such a stressful year. I sold it so that Roger and I can have a wonderful week in Vegas. I would say I’ll call you when we get back, but why bother?



Hugs and kisses,



I feel bad about taping this note to the door, but you didn’t have any envelopes.



Chapter 1

“How many men?” Kasey asked, as she dumped a bag of ice in the old red cooler that she kept for days like this.

“Three,” was Sara’s, her best friend since eighth grade, no nonsense response.

“Women?” Kasey asked, running a hand over her short spiky hair and smoothed it down as she opened the refrigerator and considered her choices.

“Three women.”


“Seven, but they’re inside with the women,” Sara said, keeping a vigilant eye on the newly rented beach house next door. As the only permanent resident on this strip of beach, Kasey felt it was her duty to know what was going on next door, for safety reasons of course. Sara, the good friend that she was, felt that it was also her duty to help in this endeavor. They liked to refer to themselves as “The Neighborhood Watch.” It was a tough job, but someone needed to do it.

Deciding that they were definitely going to need sustenance for this job, Kasey grabbed several of the large whoopie pies that she’d picked up at Karl’s Grocery last night and tossed them in the cooler along with a six-pack of Coke. She shared a look with Sara and knew that they couldn’t put their responsibility off any longer. With a nod, she closed the cooler and carried it towards the backdoor that Sara was holding open for her.

Without a word, they walked over to the old picnic table that sat at the edge of her property, which just happened to be right next to the neighboring cottage’s driveway and afforded them a great view of the activities that they really needed to keep an eye on.

Folding her arms over her chest, she approached one of the large, shirtless men carrying a suitcase. She noted his good looks, perfectly tanned body, and the name “Zoe” tattooed across his left peck. Not bad, she thought as she came to a stop in front of him.

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