Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she—the most organized, prepared student in school—spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player…
Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer…
Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it.
But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret…
There is so much to love about this book! Anyone who follows my reviews knows I like my teen romances on the angsty side, and this book has plenty of it. The kind of angst that made me laugh and tear up a bit.
Trina is a spitfire of girl, who needs order and predictability more than she needs a partner. Slade is a total player who refuses to let any girl get close enough to break his heart again. Trina is uptight, serious. Slade is easy-going, rolls with the punches. These two were created to ignite sparks. And that they do.
I adored Trina and Slade so much, and pulled for them throughout the book — both as individuals and as a couple. They’re both were really well developed and immensely likeable, even with their flaws. What I love most about them, though is how they bring out the best in each other. This is the way couples should be — both real and imaginary.
The plot is fun and moves quickly, the banter is playful and witty, and there are some really great moments involving the kids they nanny that provide some of the best of the lighter moments. There are some dark parts, too, as we learn about Trina’s past, discover why she is the way she is. But mostly, this is the story of Slade and Trina, two opposites that attract, and how their differences both connect them and drive a fair amount of conflict.
In addition to adoring Slade and Trina, Gilly and Max, their five-year-old charges, are a breath of fresh air. Trina’s mom and Slade’s parents come across as typical parents without being two-dimensional. But it’s Desi and Alex, Trina’s and Slade’s respective best friends, that really round out the story. Both are well-developed and authentic. I’d love to see future stories from either of their points of view. Or better yet, both.
One of the better endings to a young adult romance I’ve read this year. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next Lisa Brown Roberts novel!
Top Five Things I Loved about Playing the Player:
1. Trina’s binder. Her organizational tool of choice leads to some of the funniest moments in the book.
2. Alex and Tim. Seriously, such an adorable couple. I could read a whole book about them.
3. Desi. She’s one of the best friends a teen girl could hope to have — fierce, loyal, sweet, and funny.
4. Gilly. OMG! She’s like a redheaded nightmare and the sweetest thing ever, all rolled into one. There’s a scene with her at an indoor climbing wall that made me laugh out loud.
5. Trina and Slade. Their romance was really well done, believable, and likely to stick with me for awhile. Not easy to do in a sea of teen romances.
Playing the Player is a fun, fast, read with likeable characters, lots of humor, angst, and incredibly sweet moments.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Playing the Player
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year.
This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.
Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several fourlegged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.
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