Author: Kathy Lyons
Published: July 21st 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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An unexpected catch...
NBA star Mike Giamaria doesn't mix basketball with love. Ever. Then Mike meets Tori Williams, his cute, quirky new neighbor who seems hell bent on refurbishing her death trap of a house on her own. When she falls from her roof and into his arms, Mike knows he's just caught a whole heap of trouble.
Trouble sums up Tori's life. Despite her academic success, no one believes she can take care of herself-not her family, not her ex-boyfriend. She's determined to live her life on her own terms, and if that includes a hot summer fling with the super-sexy athlete next door, so much the better.
But when Tori's around, Mike can't keep his mind on basketball. He wants...more. And to his horror, not just more time on the court. When training starts, it's game over-it has to be-unless Tori can convince Mike that love doesn't belong on the sidelines.
What a cute, quirky, and sexy story! Mike is recovering from an injury while staying at a friend's house when Tori comes into his life. She's decided to take on the project of fixing up the house she inherited. When Tori literally falls into his arms after working on something on the roof, Mike doesn't know what hit him. She's unlike anyone else he's ever met--smart, determined, and a touch odd. But the passion between them is impossible to tame. Once basketball season starts again, Mike has to leave. Will that be the end for them?
The Player Next Door delivers a sweet and unique romance. One of my favorite aspects of this story is that it didn't take place over only two or three weeks--it took a little bit longer than that. They took their time and got to know each other. Definitely made the story better. I also liked how Tori isn't your usual heroine--she had her own preferences in life and she didn't apologize for it. I still don't understand why she spent so much of her life with her loser of an ex (god, he annoyed me), but I was glad to see her make her own decisions. A nice story from Kathy Lyons!