The Player Next Door – K.A. Tucker

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Genre: Romance 
Publisher: Self Published 
Pages: 367
Release Date:  June 16, 2020

From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Ten Tiny Breaths comes a new second-chance, hate-to-love romance.

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.

The Player Next Door is a fun and flirty drama filled romance.

The Player Next Door follows Scarlet as she returns to her hometown for a teaching position. She quickly learns that the boy she fell in love with in high school who broke her heart lives next door.

Tucker never disappoints. I thoroughly enjoyed The Player Next Door. It’s the perfect novel to curl up with on a hot summer day and get lost in Scarlet and Shane’s past and present. Tucker creates the right amount of tension through drama without it feeling contrived.

The chemistry between Scarlet and Shane is palpable. From the moment they’re on page together there’s little doubt as to their attraction to each other.


The direction this novel took was not one I was expecting nor is it one I usually enjoy. However, Tucker made this particular plot point work for me in ways that other authors have not.

Overall, The Player Next Door deserves to be on your TBR this summer. It’s a quick read that will leave a lasting impression while transporting you away from our current pandemic filled situation.

*** I received an eARC from the author for an honest review.

Have you read The Player Next Door? What did you think?


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k a tucker

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. 

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, First for Women, and Publisher’s Weekly. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.

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4 thoughts on “The Player Next Door – K.A. Tucker

  1. Loved how easy and lighthearted it was, and it was actually the perfect book for at the moment. Although I didn’t love it as some of her other books.

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