Playing the Player

Stories featuring two completely different personalities are very high on my “to be read list”. I like to read about how the characters overcome their prejudice toward each other and how they start to see behind all the well build facades. And, of course, how they fall in love.

Playing the Player definitely falls into the above mentioned category. It is also a fun, light, and quick read. The story starts slowly and it builds gradually. With each chapter it became more and more interesting. The interaction between the two main characters (Trina and Slade) is funny, but even funnier is their misadventures in babysitting. Those two 5-years olds are amazing.

The story is written in dual POV, both character voices are distinguished and recognizable. I liked both the main characters. Trina is a sweet and a bit tortured character. She holds herself back so much due to so many things. Gradually she starts to let go of the prejudice against Slade. She also lets herself go and learns so much about herself. Slade is a fun loving player, but he is so much more than that. He is exactly what Trina needs in her life.

The only downfall of this story is the end. The story ends too fast. There is a lot of predictability in the resolving of the issues between Trina and Slade.

Regardless of this I really liked this story and I highly recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary YA.

This is the second story by Lisa Brown Roberts that I read and I’m definitely putting her on my auto read list.


Trina Clemons and Slade Edmunds are force to work together during the summer. As time goes by Trina faces her biggest fears and Slade learns that Trina is not such a boring girl after all. At the end of the summer they will find out that opposites really attract.

Book Blurb for Playing the Player

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...

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 4.00