Title: The Player Next Door
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Scarlet Reed has returned to Polson Falls, convinced that twelve years away is long enough to shed her humiliating childhood identity as the town harlot’s daughter. With a teaching job secured and an adorable fixer-upper to call home, things in her life are finally looking up.
That is, until she finds out that Shane Beckett lives next door.
Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback who smashed her heart. The lying, cheating player who was supposed to be long gone, living the pro football dream and fooling women into thinking he’s Prince Charming. Shane Beckett, who is as attractive as ever and flashing his dimples at her as if he has done no wrong.
Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that old wounds have not been forgotten. Neighbors they may be, but friends they most certainly are not. She won’t allow herself to fall for the single father and firefighter again, no matter how many apologies he offers, how many times he rushes to her aid, or how hard he makes her heart pound.
But as she spends more time with him, she begins to fear that maybe she’s wrong. Maybe Shane has changed.
And maybe this time she’s the one playing herself—out of a chance at true happiness.
Review: I don’t know why but lately I’ve been reading a lot of single parent romances? This was also my first K.A. Tucker book and I’m happy to say it was a win for me! It’s a second chance/hate to love romance featuring a single dad (who also happens to be a firefighter!) and a teacher who just happens to be his new neighbour. The chemistry was definitely there and between all the build up of tension (timely interruptions by his kid!) I was a hot mess reading this one. I also really enjoyed the actual plot as well (watch out for the crazy ex!) and what they had to go through to make their relationship work.