The Player Next Door by K.A Tucker

Thursday, June 18, 2020


by K.A Tucker
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 16th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

I made a mistake going into The Player Next Door expecting it to be just like K.A Tucker's other reads. This book reads differently from the author's previous titles as it's lighter in tone. While I initially struggled to mesh with this book, I ended up enjoying it towards the end.

The Player Next Door is a second chance romance between Scarlet and Shane. Quiet and not-so-popular Scarlet fell hard for Shane, the star quarterback, one summer back in high school, only to have him break her heart. Now in her 30s, she's back to teach in a school in her hometown with Shane as her new next-door neighbor. Scarlet keeps her heart firmly guarded around Shane, but even she can't resist his charms, especially with him always coming to her aid when she needs some extra help. I liked Shane a lot. Sure, he was a bit of a dumb teenager when he was a kid for hurting Scarlet like he did, but he had grown a lot since. He was sweet and genuinely caring. Plus, he was a single dad who loved his son, and you guys know I can't resist a sexy single dad in my romances.

Scarlet, on the other hand, was a bit of a tough nut to crack for me. Even though it had been years since the downfall of her short-lived relationship with Shane, she was still angry at him. At times I felt like her anger at him was a bit over the top given how much time had passed. She could tell that he was a more responsible man now but no matter how hard he tried to show her that he would 100% be devoted to her this time around, she wouldn't budge. What made it frustrating for me as a reader though was how jealous Scarlet would be of other women even talking to him. Her anger at him seemed unwarranted given that she was the one unwilling to open up her heart.

Once she did finally get over herself and let herself be in a relationship with Shane, the book was much more enjoyable for me. The two had such great chemistry together and their banter was excellent. I loved watching them tease each other and just have fun with their new relationship. I will admit that compared to some of the other romances that K.A Tucker has written, this one did not have as much emotional intensity. Then there was also some drama with Shane's ex and baby mama that wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I'm not really a fan of the evil-ex trope and the unnecessary complications they can create.

I know it sounds like I had a mixed reaction to The Player Next Door. I thought the book was still very readable because Tucker has the kind of compelling writing style that pulls you in.

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