Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

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…

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Review

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

Playing the Player gave me everything from a lighthearted book to a butterfly-inducing romance! It was the kind of book that wouldn’t make sense to have a book two, even though you really want it to. It was also the kind of book that you read so fast to see what happens next, but you also never want 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 admire about this book and all the other books that do this is when they switch between the boy and girl point of view. And 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 being a couple! Slade was such a player until Trina and him we together. I feel like if the book had a little more it would talk a lot more about their relationship.

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 stars

4-stars
I think if I had a little more to Slade and Trina’s relationship it would be a 5 star rating. The butterflies this book gave me despite that, I couldn’t sit still. I was so eager to find out what happened next and when I was done with the 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!

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars
Slade, despite his sense of fashion and the shoe lace he uses to tie his hair back, he still gets me, and I do agree, no one is immune to his charming spell, not me or Trina!

 

Age Recommendation: 13+

 

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AREA 51: Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (Pucked, #4.1) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

AREA 51: Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (Pucked, #4.1) by Helena Hunting

[eBook Purchased from Amazon]

From Pucked Up:

Discover just how bad poor Miller “Buck” Butterson’s lukc really is in these deleted chapters, and fall even more in love with the snuggly, reformed manwhore.

From Pucked Over:

Revisit the sexiest, horniest and most prolifically active couple with outtakes and alternative POV’s from Randy Ballistic.

From Forever Pucked:

Check out a never before seen outtake, in which Violet defends her Area 51 position, and get a sneak peek at the first chapter of the Pucked sequel.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Helena Hunting, God love her, is so good about throwing bones to her obsessive fans (like me) and sharing all sorts of outtakes. This book is just a snippet of outtakes she has shared for the Pucked series, and it was so much freaking fun to read.

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Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama…

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex-best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials had me smiling and continuously turning the pages!

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Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance.”

I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.

Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.

I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.

At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.

I shouldn’t want her.

But I do.

I should leave her alone.

But I won’t.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This book blindsided me with how good it was … and how different it was from the previous books.

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Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley

Willow has spent most of her life as her mother’s sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she’s in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind—and more importantly, the heart—is something you can really control

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Crush Control was a fun and easy read that had a nice story to it.

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Forever Pucked (Pucked, #4) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Forever Pucked (Pucked, #4) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Being engaged to Alex Waters, team captain and the highest paid NHL player in the league, is awesome. How could it not be?

In addition to being an amazing hockey player, he’s an incurable romantic with an XL heart, and an XXL hockey stick in his pants. And he knows how to use it. Incredibly, orgasmically well. Alex is the whole package and more. Literally. Like his package is insane. Total world record holder material.

So it makes complete sense that Violet Hall can’t wait to nail him down to the matrimonial mattress and become Mrs. Violet Waters.

It’s so romantic.

Violet is totally stoked to set a date.

Eventually. At some point. Likely before the next millennium. Or when Violet stops getting hives every time someone brings up the wedding, and their mothers stop colluding on stadium sized venues. Whichever comes first.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

No one could possibly have been happier than I was when I saw that there was another book about Alex and Violet. Seriously. I freaking love these two and this book did not disappoint.

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

It didn’t take me long to finish the enjoyable story Between the Lines. I thought I was such a creative concept that was portrayed when a book is closed and what happens to the characters.

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Pucked Over (Pucked, #3) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Pucked Over (Pucked #3) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I knew I was going to love Lily and Randy’s story ever since their hilarious meetcute in the previous book.

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This book was AMAZING! I loved everything about it from the very beginning and especially to the very end. The ending was probably my favorite part of the entire book as it was written perfectly.

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Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

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Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter–at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.

Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.

Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”–which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for.

Not. At. All.

No freakin’ way.

Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is.

Which I did.

Hard.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This book both lived up to the hype and the awesome cover in pretty much every way.

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