The Player Next Door by K.A. Tucker
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.
When I saw the neighbor trope and the book written by K.A. Tucker I just had to get it right away and start. I didn’t even read the blurb, but dive right in because I knew I was in for a treat!
Scarlet Reed was a 17 year old high school student madly in love of the boy who stole her heart for a summer, before their senior year. Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback was the boy she had a crush on, who finally started dating her, only to break out with her before the school started.
After 12-13 years, Scarlet finds herself back to Polson Falls, where she will start a teaching position and live in her dream house. But that turns out to be way more she bargained for, because Shane is now her neighbor and old feelings and grudges come rushing back.
Now Shane wants her again. Apologizes for being a stupid kid, but the problem is that he had a kid with the girl he started dating right after he dumped Scar. To make matter worse than his crazy baby mamma, Scar is teaching his kid.
This is a standalone with hot firefighters, second chances and new beginnings that will keep you with your eyes glued to this book.