Review: The Grumpy Player Next Door by Pippa Grant

The Grumpy Player Next Door

by Pippa Grant

An enemies-to-lovers / sports / grumpy-sunshine / neighbor romance

I, Tillie Jean Rock, am not in love with my brother’s teammate. Sure, he might have those biceps and that “I am the grouchiest of grouchy bears” smolder, and he might shovel snow off his driveway next door wearing nothing but boxer shorts and rubber boots, and he might be running a side business feeding all the stray goats in town, but studliness is only skin-deep.

And I might flirt with him every chance I get, but I swear it’s only to annoy my brother.

And him.

Because Max Cole?

Under all of those glorious muscles and chiseled cheekbones and searing glares beats the heart of a heartless devil.

I could no sooner fall in love with a guy who treats me like a kid, and judges me at every opportunity, and sets an army of garden gnomes loose on my yard, than I could fall in love with my grandfather’s pet parrot.

But I can definitely annoy him. I can one hundred percent get on board with annoying him.

That’s what you do when you don’t like your neighbor, right?

But you know what they say about love and hate…

It’s a very thin line.

Especially when the real reason I’m not in love with Max Cole—that he’s incapable of love—might not be true at all.

The Grumpy Player Next door is a fun-filled enemies-to-lovers romcom featuring a ray of sunshine on a mission, an athlete who’s only grouchy around her, and an epic prank gone wrong. It stands alone and comes complete with small-town shenanigans, a goat who’s not nearly as wise as his name suggests, and proof that sometimes, love is the best kind of vengeance.


5 Growly Bear & Trouble Jean Stars

The Grumpy Player Next Door is part of the Copper Valley Fireballs Series by Pippa Grant. It is set in the off season and in Shipwreck were the guys are coming down from a winning season and the pressure is on for next season.
Max Cole has a lot to lose but in the end of the day after Baseballs has nothing else in his life and that just how he likes it. If you have nothing to lose you can’t get hurt. Tillie Jean has been driving him nuts for years and he has thousands of reasons to hate her so moving next door to here for his winter break was a last resort for accommodation.
Tillie Jean likes to wind her brother up by flirting with his best friend. She knows it can’t go anywhere because she would never do anything to hurt the Fireballs.

“I don’t think it’s that simple, Mr. Growly Bear.” “It’s okay for you to be wring on this one, Trouble Jean.”

But somewhere between flirting and pranks they both realise they don’t hate each other as much as they would like to think. Like all Pippa Grant’s books this was amazing. There are moments of laugh out Loud, bad mouthed parrots and pranks that involve a lot of glitter and it was poor joy to read. We also get a look at a lot or previous and new characters which was great. I love a good secondary character and I’m wondering who the next book is going to be about. Whomever it is I’m hooked and there for it.


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