Review: Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts


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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…

review

3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled: Crush

Playing the Player is a light, funny, and enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a story to cast off those summer time blues, definitely check this out. 

PROS:

  • The banter makes this story. Trina and Slade have that irresistible love/hate going on that’s made of swoon and wanting to strangle them. They drive each other to tears of rage and frustration, but the chemistry is undeniable. They try to fight but it’s a battle they can’t win. Each interaction is comedic and full of quirky little situations that will make you laugh out loud and fall for this meant-to-be pairing. 
  • Secondary characters were lively, hilarious, and definitely memorable. So many times the best friend falls flat or to the wayside. I lived for their friendship interactions. Alex was perfect. So real. He called his best friend out on his hypocrisy and made him see just what a tool he was being and it was so funny. You could feel the love. 
  • The kids. OMG I adored them. They had such bold personalities already at that age and the things they said. Embarrassing, but spot on and so freaking cute. They brought a nurturing and beauty to the book and made you see Slade and Trina in a new light. The way they teased and took care of those kids, made them giggle…it was just light and playful in the best way.

CONS:

  • Fairly short and cuts off abruptly in some chapters. There were scenes that I would have liked to see more of, but only heard about after the fact. 
  • From the get-go the setup is too predictable. You can see what’s coming from chapter 1. The surprise was muted because the big blowout and all the drama that came with it was expected the whole time. 
  • Why Slade is such a player is glossed over. A deeper look into the heartache and unique circumstances that lead him to his playboy ways would have been helpful so that he didn’t appear like a jerk half the time. The same with Trina’s back story. The whole thing with the water. Yes, you can infer what happened, but a closer look would have made it easier to connect with her character emotionally. 

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Awesome reading, 

Jordan

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