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The Grumpy Player Next Door

By: Pippa Grant
Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood,Wen Ross
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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 100 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.

©2021 Pippa Grant (P)2021 Pippa Grant

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Grumpy Bear

Love that Pippa can write real issues of Depression and anxiety that real people suffer from everyday and the struggles they go through to combat, sometimes exceeding sometimes dropping deeper into that hole wondering if you can crawl out of it. Love, family and friends are a big part of helping them, yet allowing that person time to heal and reflect when its needed. Tillie and Max's story is beautiful and heartfelt and the narrators do an awesome job putting those thought and feelings right out there for you. Awesome job and story.

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absolutely perfect

absolutely loved this story of two perfectly imperfect people who fight falling in love. you will absolutely love listening to it.

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Pranks are not for the light hearted

I love small town shenanigans and parrots that love to curse! This book was hilariously written and heartfelt. The perfect mix of funny and intense. I especially love the overall sentiment that you shouldn’t take yourself to seriously, that everyone has problems and that family comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Not my favorite

I love Pippa Grant books but I agree with some of the listeners, this book moves way too slowly, and it was hard to finish. I will continue to listen to her books but again this one was a disappointment. I only kept listening because this book is part of a series.

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Not like the others

I love the other stories in Pippa’s series, but this one just seemed to drag on and on with the sexual tension between Max and TJ and just kept going in the same circle too long. I was annoyed with how many times we had to hear about Max and his “frustration”
Just felt like there wasn’t as much fun in this one. Still love the other books though!

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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Just a little slow.

This is a good option if you want a book that won't make your anxiety go crazy. There is no real turmoil and the characters are predictable and likable. Throw a bird and farm animals in there and you will catch yourself smiling as you read.

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liked the story... hate the big brother.

"Don't touch my sister" I really hate the big brother in this story. The two main characters I love for each other. And if TJ's big brother would have gotten out of there way because he "cares" for both of them that could have helped with the anxiety the two characters. So sick of stories with brothers like that.

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Funny with amusing animals

Funny overall but does address a few personal issues that childhood can create.

Love the parrot !

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The Grumpy Player Next Door

This was not my favorite Pippa Grant book. It was a sloooooow fizzle. Love the town and the supporting characters, but the H fell short for me. However, I cannot wait for Copper's story.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 10-19-22

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Brilliant dual narration from Savannah Peachwood and Wen Ross. Perfect

Ahh a grumpy hero. Max is not ready for Tillie Jean! I loved these two! The denial of feelings, the serious sexual tension, and I was so here for it because the wait was all worth it!

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  • Hippychick
  • 09-16-21

Glitter fest!

Loved this so hilarious with all the practical jokes, fun family comments, goats & parrot

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  • PATRICIA
  • 09-06-21

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Pippa Grant always brings a smile to my face! She has so much humor laced in her books, it makes them fly by and keeps me engaged in the story. This third book in the Copper Valley Fireballs is enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend and a sports romance too! All things I love included as we get to know Tillie Jean and her grumpy neighbor, Max. She has had a love hate relationship with him since he came on the Fireballs, and she just cannot figure out why. When he walks into a prank meant for TJ’s brother, our fun begins. If it can happen between these two, it does, creating an awkwardness that is just the right amount of foreplay. But no matter the situation, this slow burn romance is keeping the embers low as Max keeps holding back. The question is why? What will happen if the two get involved? Will try team be ok with it? And TJ’s brother? And what is really the reason he Max is hesitant? Chemistry, pranks, glitter, sassy parrot, family and that small town feel, Grant has us laughing and falling in love. It’s fun and flirty, frustrating and hysterical. And the characters are lovable. You can’t help but love this one, it’s my favorite of this series!

Narrated by Savannah Peachwood and Wen Ross, we are treated to a team that knows exactly how to bring humor and love alive. Peachwood is perfect as the independent, stubborn, yet lovable Tillie Jean. Ross has a warmth in his voice that I love, but he can create that standoff feel that Max definitely puts out. Incredible comedic timing and a great complimenting of voices, this team is a fantastic casting and a wonderful listen.

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  • Rebecca
  • 09-04-21

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I absolutely love Pippa Grants books. Always plenty of fun banter that makes you laugh out loud, with some good sizzling goodness thrown in!
The prank wars in this book are truly epic, and really hope that we hear more on them in future books.
This book was a bit more slow moving then usual for Pippa’s books but I still really enjoyed it!

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  • Nina B.
  • 09-03-21

Frienemies to lovers sports off season romance

I love Pippa Grant and her wacky sense of humor. I love these characters. Things to expect in this book: pranks, siblings fighting and standing up for each other, struggles with anxiety, lots of flirting, lots of laughs, family interference, lots of glitter, the list could go on but I’ll stop there. The narration is wonderful. I definitely recommend this book. 🎧 Audiobook obsession

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  • Roobarb
  • 08-25-21

Here goes back to Shipwreck with even more glitter

A flawed hero meets his ideal woman but can't take that step..

I love it when it looks impossible at the start but you see that spark and gradually over time things turn around and love blossoms.

Set in Shipwreck, a crazy madcap town that I'd love to visit wherever meet the characters we met in earlier books. This time it's Tillie Jean's turn, the pranks with her brother continue, Long John Silver the badly behaved parrot and Sue the goat are around causing havoc as usual.

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  • gala
  • 09-11-21

The story was boring but….

I love the characters of previous stories that are in this book. BUT the narrators were crap and did not do this story any credit at all. It made the story such a nightmare to listen to. Even speeding up the rate was never going to cut it. Savannah Peachwood can not narrate male characters. And Wen Ross doing Grandma Rock was so bad. Good thing I was doing a new tricky recipe at the time. Please please please start doing duet reading of your books Pippa Grant or I will boycott anything you write in future that has these narrators in it.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 08-22-21

Love it ❤️❤️

Omg can these two be more Obvious . They definitely had the hottt for each other just they thought no one knew . Wrong 😑 everyone did . Haha 😂 love this town and these Quirky characters . I can’t get enough of them. I look forward to more. ❤️💝💖💙💚🤎💚💙💖💝❤️