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© Bianca Janeane ✰ 

• 16 June 2020
• Small-Town-Second-Chance-Romance

4.75 Stars

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 herselfout of a chance at true happiness.

Scarlet and Shane.
They spent one amazing summer together when they were 17 and then he broke up with her before senior year started. Scarlet hated him ever since.
Now, 13 years later, she's back in town to be a teacher.
And Shane? He's still as good looking as he was back then. And he's also her new neighbor.
Her very helpful and handy new neighbor who also has never heard of the word bedroom-curtains!
Will Scarlet give him a second chance? Or is she still too hurt?? And what about her highschool nemesis Penelope? Aka the mother of Shane's 11 year old son Cody?!😱



This was the perfect small town second chance love story!
I just adored reading it.
I loved the whole sexy-neighbor-helping-with-the-rusted-kitchen-pipe vibe. And how Shane immediately knows that he wants this second chance - if he ever gets anywhere near it! LOL! So adorable and mega flirty and sparky.
I also immediately knew that I wasn't going to like Shane's ex! Ugh. Why do highschool boys and men in general always fall for such b**ches? I don't get it.
Well. I loved the story and most people in it!
Adorable romance. I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!
It was mayybe a tiny bit too long for such a sweet romance. But that was the only thing bothering me a tiny bit.
I also reallly want more from these people. I didn't get enough epilogue for Shane and Scarlet and other people need their happily ever after too!
THE PLAYER NEXT DOOR was a sweet and adorable second-chance-small-town-romance! 
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Shane - this one is mine!

 Links to the Book & Author 

Wild Series Book #1

Book #2


K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.