REVIEW: Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts



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…


I haven’t read a book this cute in a while. And I mean A WHILE. Most YA books today have explicit content through the roof, verging on NA territory, making it hard for me to find a YA read that won’t have me skipping the naughty pages. And finally I found that clean yet still romantic book in “Playing the Player” by Lisa Brown Roberts.

Trina is a girl who likes things organized down to the minute, her life consisting of a folder filled with her day to day schedule that she is never without. Slade on the other hand finds that life is easier with a go-with-the-flow attitude. These wildly contrasting personalities collide when Slade and Trina are left with the responsibility of babysitting two five-year-olds for the summer. You can use your imagination to predict how well that goes lol.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the author did a good job with coming up with a new twist to the whole bad boy versus good girl story that has been done so many times before. Slade had his duchy moments but more often than not he was really sweet and I liked how he and Trina slowly connected throughout the book – definitely not a case of insta-love here. I really loved the side of Trina that was funny and a little bit sarcastic. It only came out a few times in the book, but it was nice to see that she wasn’t some cold, frigid character that was uptight the entire story. Slade brought out those rare moments in her, making it even more special.

All in all I recommend this book for the younger YA readers and the people like me who favor a cleaner romance. Not to say this didn’t have it’s more adult moments, but nothing that would constitute as explicit. It was a good, well rounded story that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I look forward to reading more from this author 😉

Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts = 4 stars


Lisa Brown Roberts

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 four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.



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