Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts….Review

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…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a straight/gay BFF bromance, an irresistibly kissable bad boy, a good girl who wants to be kissed, some epic babysitting fails, and the occasional f-bomb.


Playing the Player is very cute YA contemporary romance.  Lisa really knows how to play out these young adult issues and topics.

I have no doubt that many young adults will love this story.  I enjoyed reading about the characters different personalities and watching each grow a bit.  These are very reluctant to be hanging out together for their summer job but neither really have a choice.

The beginning moved at a great pace as they got to know one another and saw a different side to one another.  However, I felt the conflict and how it was resolved felt sort of rushed at the end. I don’t think there was really any other way to have that play out.  So I think my issue with the pace was the timeline everything was based on.  The beginning went day to day and then near the end, each chapter was sort of fast forwarded weeks instead of the day to day as is was before. Other than that, I felt the book was well written and flowed well.

If you are looking for a quick, light read or something where you don’t want to get too caught up in drama, this is the book for you.  It’s a perfect read for young adults.


Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. Her novel PLAYING THE PLAYER won the 2016 Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold award in the YA category.

Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.









  1. Kathy Valentine says:

    Shared on all my socials, great review court!

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