Book Title:
Playing the Player
Book Author:
Lisa Brown Roberts
Publishing Date:
September 14, 2015
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Date Read:
July 31, 2015

Synopsis

The Good Girl Vs. The Player

Round one begins…

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…

My Review

This book was really cute.  While I’m not always one to go right for cute, fluffy YA romances, I absolutely adored this one.  It was fun, it was interesting, and it was heartwarming.

The book starts off with Trina making a deal with the popular Slade’s mom to “mentor” him while doing her summer nanny job.  She agrees to pay her double Trina’s salary, since she assumes she will end up watching both kids, as well as teaching Slade a few things about real life (like how to be responsible, for instance).  While Trina is hesitant to accept the deal, she eventually does, because she figures it will be a piece of cake.

When the time comes to nanny both children, she isn’t looking forward to working with Slade, who has never been very nice to her in school.  Slade also isn’t looking forward to working with Trina (he was hoping for a summer romance with an attractive girl…for him, that isn’t Trina).  The chapters are told in alternating viewpoints (Trina and Slade), and tell quite an interesting story of how the two of them manage a summer nanny job together.

While the book is cute and fluffy, it is kind of predictable, and that’s usually why I tend to stay away from most romance books.  However, it’s easy to look over this, because the story itself is adorable, and Lisa Brown Roberts has done an amazing job in creating characters that you can’t help but love.  Also, the fact that these characters develop a romance over time (instead of in the first chapter), really makes it worth the read.  The character development (especially Slade’s) is pretty remarkable, as well.

 

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


 Also, Check out my blog tour stop for this book, where I had the chance to interview the amazing author of Playing the Player, Lisa Brown Roberts!

 

4.5 stars
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