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Peek Inside The Player Next Door

NBA star Mike Giamaria won’t risk his career by playing with love. Ever. But when his cute, quirky, brainiac of a new neighbor falls off her death trap of a roof into his arms, Mike knows he’s caught heap of trouble…

The Player Next Door

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An unexpected catch…

NBA star Mike Giamaria won’t risk his career by playing with love. Ever. But when his cute, quirky, brainiac of a new neighbor falls off her death trap of a roof into his arms, Mike knows he’s caught 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.


"My God. This was just incredibly cute and sweet but hot and funny. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find that kind of combination but I found it in The Player Next Door."--Books Life Wine

"The Player Next Door was the perfect amount of sweet, sexy, funny and drama to keep me reading and not wanting to stop."--Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews  "I loved this hilarious and fun story!"--Mandy, Goodreads

"Kathy Lyons can write really hot and steamy sex scenes and this book includes several. Hold onto something. It's gonna be a fun ride."--Madison Warner Fairbanks, NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752177
Release Date: Jul 21, 2015
Page Count: 191
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural, romantic comedy, sports romance
Tropes: fling, girl next door, overcoming odds

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By Mandy July 10, 2015

4.5 stars
I loved this hilarious and fun story! NBA star Mike is recovering in Evanston after a shoulder injury he suffered in a charity game. He's trying to stay out of the spotlight and recover in time for the fall basketball season so he's house-sitting for a friends parents. Tori recently got out ...more

By MrsJoseph *grouchy* July 15, 2015

My God. This was just incredibly cute and sweet but hot and funny. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find that kind of combination but I found it in The Player Next Door.

So, I saw KatieBabs reading this a few days ago and was intrigued. I was ready to start reading a ...more

Cheyenne's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I was pleasantly surprise how much I really I like Player Next Door. I have been in a bit of a bad streak of books that just didn’t work for me and Player Next Door was the perfect amount of sweet, sexy, funny and drama to keep me reading and ...more

By Irene July 22, 2015

4 stars

What a fun, heartwarming and amusing read The Player Next Door turned out to be.

I totally got into it and couldn't stop reading. I wanted to see how these two would get together and how Tori would handle a serious relationship.

I loved watching Mike and Tori get together, they made me laugh a ...more

By Emily July 24, 2015

It was one moment of clarity in a very unconventional way that had Tori Williams dumping her boyfriend and moving to her inherited home. A home that is a mess of projects that Tori has no clue how to do, but that is why they have books. It is one of these projects that has NBA star Mike Giamaria fin ...more

By Linda March 19, 2019

Loved this book! Tori is a brilliant woman with a Ph.D., that constantly acts like a ditz to keep others away. Mike is a basketball superstar that moves in next door to have time to heal from an injury out of the public eye. Tori has no idea who he is, just that he is sexy and she wants him, but Mik ...more

By Katie(babs) July 22, 2015

The Player Next Door by Kathy Lyons gave me so many feels! This was a joy to read. The hero and heroine are so cute together. I found myself snickering as I read, because of the heroine, who not only drives the hero batty, but ends up impressing him with her intelligence, sweet nature and sexy self. ...more

By Madison July 15, 2015

The Player Next Door by Kathy Lyons

The heroine in this story was fun, a bit sassy, but sad too in that she was so accommodating to people that she didn't get to make meaningful friendships in her life. The hero really listens to her, which is irresistible in a relationship.
Kathy Lyons can write rea ...more

By Lori March 09, 2016

This was a fun romance and I enjoyed every minute of it. Mike Giamario is basically hiding out for a quite no stress summer for rest and rehab for his injured shoulder. Then he meets his neighbor Tori Williams, who is all types of stress wrapped in one very sexy package. I loved Tori from the beginn ...more

By Isha July 18, 2015

A heroine with something to prove meets a smooth talking athlete with more than sports on his mind. Will these two be a match in the game of love or will one call foul? I thought this was an adorable look at love. It was interesting because Tori was the pursuer and Mike the big basketball star was t ...more

By Garden Of REden April 29, 2019


This read can be summed up in two words (and a lot of vowels), Sloooooooow Buuuuuuurn. Oh my gosh, beat me with sexual tension why don’t you!
I would love to be friends with Tori… well maybe. She is completely, spunky, independent and impulsive. I loved her from the sushi cookbook, to ...more

By Diane April 18, 2019

Very enjoyable sports romance read!

Professor Tori Williams had enough of her boyfriend putting her wants last so she moved into the house she had inherited from her aunt so she could fix it up. Basketball player Mike Giamaria was hiding out on Evanston, IL rehabbing his shoulder, when he rescued the ...more

By Cheryl May 02, 2019

This funny and sexy sports romance was a page turner...I couldn’t put it down. Lighthearted without a bunch of unnecessary angst, Mike and Tori are two opposites who definitely attract. She’s brilliant but more than a little spacey while he’s recovering from a potential career-ending injury in a sma ...more

By Liz June 10, 2019

The Player Next Door by Kathy Lyons was a quick read about a quirky neighbor and her very hot NBA player neighbor. Tori is determined to refurbish her new home, even if no one else thinks she can. Mike is resting and getting ready for the season and love is the last thing he needs. But somehow he ke ...more

By MILLIE May 05, 2019

Loved it from the beginning. The characters were strong and well developed. The story developed at a pace that was easy to follow and the secondary characters added just enough to the story. This story had a little of everything I enjoy, steamy sex, humor, believable characters, and a true plot. I w ...more

By Barrie Mac March 07, 2019

I loved these well written characters! Tori is a hoot but everyone thinks she can't take care of herself. Her next door neighbor, Mike, sees Tori for who she really is and not who everyone thinks they see. I loved their chemistry! Kathy Lyons has created another great read!

My honest review is for a ...more

By Tammy June 17, 2017

Loved it!

I loved this book! It's one of the best romcoms I've read so far. I laughed out loud so many times my dogs were starting to worry about me! Tori is so smart, funny and quirky that you just had to love her character. I highly recommend this book! ...more

By Maureen April 18, 2019

The professor and the NBA star - a charming story all the way around! ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) July 21, 2015

It’s funny how we will allow small things to rule our lives even crazy ones. It seems like it widely accepted in the sports world but Mike Giamaria might have taken his mother’s good advice just a little too far.
After twice burned once in high school and once in college both related to girls he wa ...more

By Deanna July 22, 2015

*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *

First Impression: Well-written , fast-paced, excellent characterization.

The Player Next Door is a hilarious, new, feel-good contemporary romance by Kathy Lyons. In it, fun, quirky Tori is determined to fix up her late grandmother's ...more

By Book Gannet July 16, 2015

4.5 stars. This book is adorable. And sexy, and fun. Mostly fun, with a side order of cute, and I loved every second of it. What a great heroine Tori is. She’s completely off-the-wall, playing up her blonde hair with ditzy behaviour in order to get people to leave her alone. In truth she’s super sma ...more

By Elaine July 22, 2015

Tori Williams has inherited the home of her aunt. It is in a bit of a state and needs lots of tlc along with lots of hard work. Her family seem to denigrate her, disparaging her efforts, despite her having a PhD and being a professor. None of her family seem to believe she can take care of herself a ...more

By Danielle July 10, 2015

I really adored this story and it was so fun to read. Mike and Tori were absolutely perfect for one another although they were so different. I couldn't help laughing throughout this book. It was truly a treat to read.

Mike is a basketball player who is recovering from a shoulder injury when he saves ...more

By Jen July 16, 2015

Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Mike Giamaria and Tori Williams's love story is light-hearted and quirky, what with two people whose being together may not make a lot of sense but seem to be a p ...more

By DawnMarie July 20, 2015

4.6 Stars 5 on here

I was given this book for my honest review

Then she grabbed Mike’s face, not to kiss him but to glare into his eyes. “Now listen to me. You’re going to do five three-pointers and win the game. Do you hear me? And then I’ll marry you.” He blinked at her. “What?” Tori

Mike-hot basket ...more

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Kathy Lyons

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Kathy Lyons

KATHY LYONS writes light, funny, sexy stories for Brazen. She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can shine through. She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to her alter ego, Jade Lee. Visit them both on the web at or!

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