Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review of YA Romance Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

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...






MY REVIEW

When I started this book, I had to suppress a lot of eye rolling, but what started out as cheesy and overdone turned out to be a really cute and enjoyable read! Trina is a control freak with a bit of a geeky side and Slade is the uber popular, lax dude. Basically the complete opposite of her. When Slade's mom hires Trina under the table to be a mentor to Slade for a nanny job, the two lives collide. Turns out Trina isn't quite as smart as she thinks and Slade is maybe just a bit better at the nanny stuff than her, which really ruffles her feathers, even more so than his heart-melting smile and golden boy good looks. At first, I really didn't like either of these characters a whole lot, especially Trina. I knew she was hiding a secret in her past that made her so rigid, and I knew it would be tragic, but I still didn't care. She annoyed me too much. But somewhere I switched and all of a sudden liked both of them and found myself rooting for them and the love story that was developing between them. 

Overall, this was a good way to spend my reading time the last two days and I recommend this book for those who are looking for a light read and/or those who like youthful romance without a ton of sex.

4 of 5 stars!

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