Published by Self-Published on June 16
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Review Copy Provided By: Author
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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.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
I really enjoyed this second chance romance from KA Tucker. It was sweet, funny, and held many tender moments.
After high school ended, everyone knew Shane Beckett would leave Polson Falls for good. He would play football in college and go on to the pros. But a career-ending injury and his girlfriend’s unexpected pregnancy landed him back home.
Scarlet Reed left Polson Falls immediately after high school. She wanted to escape not only the label her mother’s life choices placed upon her, but also, the memories she made with the school’s star quarterback, Shane. When she’s offered a job she can’t turn down, she’s lead back home to Polson Falls, and the home she dreamed of living in as a child. It may be a fixer-upper, but it’s hers, and she doesn’t regret her purchase. It’s the location that’s the problem, she’s moved next door to Shane Beckett.
While I loved Shane and his protective, sweet nature, it was the female relationships that I enjoyed most. The star of this book for me was the secondary character, Justine. She was loyal, sassy, smart, witty, and full of no-filtered fun! I would love to read her book.
“What matters is that you need to make sure you call him Daddy while you’re riding him. Repeatedly. Extra points if you scream it while you’re coming.”
“I do it to Bill all the time.”
“And he likes that?” I cringe.
“Oh, no. He hates it. Once, he couldn’t even finish.”
I snort. “You are evil.”
“I know,” she hisses conspiratorially.
If you want a feel-good book, that will make you smile and tug at your heart, The Player Next Door needs to be your next read!