The Player Next Door

The Player Next Door is a second chance romance with great chemistry and some well-placed humor that’s a great light read. It’s just missing that SOMETHING to make it a really memorable story for me.
 

Synopsis:

Twelve years after graduating high school and leaving her hometown, Scarlet has returned to teach in her old school. Despite wanting a fresh start, she’s shocked to realize her new house is right next door to Shane Beckett, the boy who broke her heart the summer before senior year. Scarlet still wants to hate Shane, but he’s making it so difficult by being helpful and charming. Can they overcome their pasts to find each other again?
 

Review:

The Player Next Door is a sweet and enjoyable read, even though second chance romance is not usually my favorite trope. It’s certainly a perfect book for summer reading, and for a break between heavier novels.

For the most part, I enjoyed the main characters and their chemistry. Scarlet’s best friend was a riot, as well. The book had some really wonderful scenes, relatable attraction, well-placed humor, and some unresolved emotional drama for the characters to rise above.

So why didn’t I rate it higher?

Although the plotline is pretty fluffy, there are topics that keep it from being totally lighthearted. Normally, these would be positives for me, but they just didn’t sit well. Scarlet’s unresolved emotional scars from high school were a little overplayed and frustrating. And (SPOILER) there was a custody sharing issue that grated on my nerves for being a little too intense and emotional abusive. These are important issues, but I didn’t feel like they were dealt with as thoroughly as they could have been.

Overall, The Player Next Door is a great choice if you need a light read. It just isn’t a standout romance for me…it’s just missing that SOMETHING to make it a really memorable story to me.

 
Thank you to K.A. Tucker for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

Book Details

The Player Next Door
by K.A. Tucker
Paperback, 431 pages
Published June 16th 2020

Summary

The Player Next Door is a sweet and enjoyable read, even though second chance romance is not usually my favorite trope. It's certainly a perfect book for summer reading, and for a break between heavier novels...it's just missing that SOMETHING to make it a really memorable story for me.

— Cassie
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