Release date: September 14th 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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...
This was such a great read! It's one of those books that you read when you're on the beach or when you're sick at home and the weather is wonderful outside and you need something to distract you, like I did. It made me forget how horrible I was feeling and I was pulled into the lives of Slade and Trina as they navigated their jobs, lives and feelings for each other.
This book is told from both Slade and Trina's POVs and introduces us to how different these seventeen year olds are. Slade is a slacker and a player without a care in the world, and Trina is a control and neat freak who volunteers at homeless shelters. They are as different as two people can be, but when they are forced to work together as nannies for two kids, things don't turn out the way either of them expected.
I wasn't a huge fan of Trina in the beginning. She was too angry, jealous and bitter and I couldn't stand her the first few chapters, but as the story went on, I couldn't help but like her and even feel sorry for her when both the kids and Slade gave her a hard time. Slade was annoying at first. He was just too childish and even though I wasn't a huge fan of Trina's at the start, I couldn't blame her for wanting to strangle him sometimes. I really can't say when I started to like either of them. I was so concentrated on what was happening, what they were doing and who was going to throw the next tantrum that I would look at the bottom and see how far along I'd come and think, wow, I didn't know this much time has passed. I was completely engrossed in this book and before I knew it, I was in love with both Slade and Trina and the crazy kids they babysatt. Playing the Player is fun, funny and very entertaining. It's not an emotional or an intense book, it's the book you read when you're looking for something light and perfect for a sunny day, or when you're snuggled in bed on a rainy day.
She was like a tiny sun, shining brightly one moment then covered with clouds the next.
I didn’t want to joke around with her either, because if I did, she’d smile and laugh with those cherry lips, and then I’d start thinking about kissing her again.
But Trina was like a beautiful, anxious bird, ready to fly away if I moved too fast. It was like trying to catch a shadow, but I was determined to succeed.
Trina glanced up at me from underneath her eyelashes, her eyes like melting dark chocolate. I wondered if maybe the train had passed through some sort of vortex where everything flipped upside down, because I felt dizzy and definitely not right side up.
His hand reached out to brush my skin, his fingers slowly tracing the contour of my face, from my brow bone to my jaw, down my neck to my collarbone, leaving a trail of fire in their wake. I could hardly believe my heart was still in my chest, it battered my rib cage so wildly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off her eyebrows and penciling them in for an entire school year. This and other painful memories inspire her to write books in which girls big on wit and heart earn happy endings with swoony guys...eventually.
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, four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.
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