From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Ten Tiny Breaths comes a new second-chance, hate-to-love romance.
The Player Next Door by, USA Today bestselling author, K.A. Tucker, is now live!
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.
Second chance at love! Who would have thought that going home and buying your dream house would land you next door to your teen heartbreak? Just Scarlet’s luck. The stars align and Scarlet is back in her small home town with a dream job, a dream home and a new look. Even if the player next door is her dream boyfriend she’s not going there again. Too much heartbreak! I was surprised that I didn’t like this more than I did since I love this author’s stories. For some reason I struggled with this one and it took me a couple of starts to get through it. I loved Shane. He turn into a solid man after his teen misstep with Scarlet and terrible choice of baby mamma. Scarlet just held on to her hurt too long and the inevitable was drawn out. She was really hard at times even with her ditzy mother. I have to say I liked Dottie. Bad mothering aside, I loved that she owned her sexuality even if her morals were a little suspect. I also loved Scarlet bestie, Justine. What a hoot! Now that she’s moved in with Scarlet I hope she gets a story. Maybe her a hunky fireman, Dean. There was tons of drama, heartache, and emotion with a few pockets of heart squeezing romance and family love. Not my favorite but still a solid read with a great ending.
About 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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