Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts


Goodreads Synopsis

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…



Right away, when I saw the title of this book, I knew it was going to be amazing! I loved Playing the Player so much.

This book gave me everything from a lighthearted story to a romance full of butterflies. It was the kind of book that wouldn’t make sense to have a book two, even though you really want one. I read this book so fast to see what happens next, but I never wanted it to end.

When Trina, the organized good girl, needs money, she takes a deal on babysitting and mentoring her partner, Slade, the careless playboy, who she can’t stand, and try to teach him not to be so careless. Things start out a little rocky to say the least, but soon after, Trina starts to realize that Slade might be a better nanny then her and things heat up between them.

One thing that I really like is the boy and girl points-of-view. In the back of my mind I think, “Wow, that must be so hard to write in a guys point of view as a girl, and vise versa.”

One thing that I needed in this book is more of Trina and Slade as a couple! Slade was such a player until Trina and him were together.

Ultimately, I really did love this book and is the kind of book that you could read over!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars

Slade, despite his sense of fashion and the shoe lace he uses to tie his hair back, he still gets me. No one is immune to his charming spell, not me or Trina!


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

I think if I had a little more to Slade and Trina’s relationship it would be a 5/5. But the butterflies this book gave me, I couldn’t sit still. I was so eager to find out what happened next and when I was done with be book, I re-read my favorite parts! You know a book is good when you read parts over again that gave you butterflies before, and then after reading it again giving you the same butterfly sensation! And this book did just that!


Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 13+

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