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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

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... ...more

By MrsJoseph 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 readin... ...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 a... ...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 laug... ...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... ...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 se... ...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... ...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 beg... ...more

By Bette July 09, 2015

Sizzling hot, fun read that you don't want to miss! Wonderfully written, fast paced story with characters that are hilarious and endearing. Not many books have female characters that I fall in love with but Tori Williams and her wacky ways is definitely one I will remember!! With a rehabbing NBA... ...more

By Carol-Ann August 10, 2015

A very enjoyable read beautifully written loved the character's of NBA star Mike Giamaria who doesn't mix his love of is sport with love that's until he meets his next door neighbour Tori Williams who is refurbishing her house and its just what she need's a hot summer fling! Loved the chemistry b... ...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 wa... ...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 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... ...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 grandmothe... ...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... ...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 hersel... ...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 sa... ...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... ...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 bas... ...more

By (;Missy.Lala;) July 12, 2015

My goodness that was hot!!! I loved the way the author was able to mix basketball, with the relationship build between Mike and Tori. I also liked how they met, when Tori was dangling from her roof because she was trying to fix her house by herself; that was hilarious!!!


NBA star Mike Gia... ...more

By 2kasmom July 25, 2015

NBA star Mike Giamaria moves next door to Tori Williams. Their first encounter has him saving her life as she was falling off the roof. She is known to many as the "flighty one." When in truth, she is actually brilliant and a professor in religious studies.

Tori is usually bored with people, situa... ...more

By Loz October 15, 2016

This was fun.

Tori tends to pretend to be a complete ditz, that way no one seems to expect much from her, it does get a little old throughout the book even when her ditziness lessons, but climbing a tree and threading a tiny rope through belt loops IS truly ditzy...
It's then, whiles she's hanging... ...more

By Jessica July 23, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

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... ...more

By Rosemary July 27, 2015

Tori Williams is extremely intelligent, but her family doesn't think she can take care of herself. Her ex-fiancée agrees with them which is why she broke off their engagement. Now she's restoring a home that she inherited. Mike is her next door neighbor. He is a star basketball player who is reha... ...more

By Melissa July 22, 2015

What a delightful, heart-warming story. Well written with playful banter, this book had me going to the very end.

The heroine is truly unique. She’s intellectually smart and sassy with a soft centre that is easily hurt yet she always appears tough and indifferent to some of the c... ...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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