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  • The Player Next Door

  • A Novel
  • Written by: K.A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian Bell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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The Player Next Door

Written by: K.A. Tucker
Narrated by: Luci Christian Bell
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Publisher's Summary

From the international best-selling 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 12 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.

©2020 Kathleen Tucker (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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  • Alfa
  • 2020-11-06

dnf

awful, just awful...
childish h, constant ranting, insecure babbling and i felt that if she continued to rant the H full name in every sentence through out the book I would drop kick my kindle into a dark corner.
so disappointed

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  • Abigail Bame
  • 2023-01-29

4.5⭐️

I ate this uuuuup! I’m mad it wasn’t longer cause I read it way too fast. I hated her little martyr act, but of course the third act breakup had to come at some point. Honestly wanted his POV so bad. And more from him about what happened in the past. It felt like it was wrapped up too quickly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-01-04

Do not waste a credit

It was a total waste of time. No depth. The main character was so odd. The whole story was really nothing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-10-24

🌶🌶🌶

one of my favorite books by K.A.Tucker.
Love stories about second chance. I look forward to hear a second book of this series

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  • Edie L
  • 2022-09-30

Enemies to lovers amazing book

I saw this on my Audible suggestion and decided to give it a try. This my first book by K. A Tucker and I enjoyed it very much. There were characters in the boom that I wish the outcome would have been different but it was still good. Shane and Scarlet were together as teens but Shane broke Scarlet and that set the story up for the Story line. As hard as she tried Scarlet never let go of Shane and Shane of Scarlet. Many things stand in the way of them being together but they overcome those obstacles so they thought only to break each other’s heart again. Scarlets bbf Justine is one of he highlights of the book I really want her to have her own book as well as Becca, Dean and eve the red devil herself. Look forward to their stories.

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  • Dawn M.
  • 2022-05-12

Delightful is the only way to describe it!

Fun & flirty with serious storylines. Well done by all who are responsible. Loved it! Will search for more of her books & those read by Luci Bell!

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  • Kathy
  • 2021-12-19

4.25 stars

Loved listening to this story - excellent writing and story. Main characters and secondary characters well-developed and interesting. I’m not always a fan of second chance romances, but this one really worked for me. Narration was great! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Kristina Elizabeth
  • 2021-12-18

Good job by Luci

Have you ever wanted to love a book so much but you just couldn’t. I heard many good things about this which made me want to read it but I just couldn’t get behind the hero and was kind of annoyed with the heroine for giving him another chance.

Scarlett and Shane were together throughout the summer before senior year until he broke up with her. It clearly meant more to Scarlett than it did to Shane because while she was left heartbroken, he quickly moved on with Penelope, someone who bullied Scarlett. Fast forward 10+ years and they are reunited back in their hometown. I wanted Shane to grovel much more than he did, Scarlett let him off way too easy for what he did. He ended up having a baby with Penelope which made it even harder for me to like him. I am fine with single dads or a guy with a past but this was too much. This girl was awful to Scarlett and Shane breaks her heart, immediately starts dating her, and then has a baby with her?! And all Shane had to say was that it was in the past and kept telling her to let it go. Heartbreak is not something anyone just lets go! And he basically tells her it was all her fault because she was too complicated.

I really just wanted Shane to grovel, to apologize, do something to make things right. Scarlett should have made him work harder. But aside from me not liking the hero, it was actually a good book. I haven’t read a single POV book in a long time but I enjoyed it. Luci did a great job narrating for being the only POV.

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  • Hopelessly seeking Happily Ever Afters
  • 2021-10-25

Shane & Scarlet

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Audible review. Single POV (Scarlet's). Standalone. Second chance romance with a single father and his teacher. PG-13 rating, some sex but not graphic. Narration was good at speeds 1.5 & 1.65. Justine's brother's name changes from Joe to Jeff. Trigger warnings: 15 year old pregnant w/an older man's baby disowned by her family and abandoned by the baby's father; 19 year old pregnant but baby's father stayed in the child's life but not with the mother; lots of cheating men; child hit by a car when he ran into the road breaking his arm and leg; apartment fire.

Shane & Scarlet had a summer romance when they were 17, before their senior year of high school but Shane dumped Scarlet because she was too complicated. Scarlet had had a hard life since her mom made poor choices and struggled as a mother. 13 years later Scarlet returns to her hometown to buy and repair the house she always admired and teach 6th grade at the elementary school. Shane is Scarlet's neighbor, is now a fireman, has an 11 year old son with the girl he dated after Scarlet and who made Scarlet's life miserable. Shane pursues Scarlet and in the end they're dating but not married or even engaged just still neighbors. JP

1st listen 24OCT21
2nd 31OCT22
3rd listen 19JAN23

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  • Cebell
  • 2021-07-01

engaging

Kept me engaged and I loved the plot and how it followed through with an ending that was believable. If there is a a book series attached to this I'll give it a chance.