Publisher: Entangled Teen
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…
Out of all the Entangled Teen Crush novels I’ve read, this is one of my favorite ones. I really like the entire plot line and characters of this novel.
Roberts does a great job developing the characters. Trina is a really uptight and no-nonsense girl. She doesn’t tolerate any crap from Slade. Her no-nonsense personality was fun. It was really nice to see Slade rille her up and insult him. However, this personality also annoyed me at times in the book because I felt she was acting way too shallow. In the beginning, Slade’s mother assigns her to mentor Slade. Because of this she keeps a structured schedule and has the kids doing a lot of educational activities, which can be boring. However, her overbearingness caused me to tick here because I felt she was unreasonable. Slade was a fun character. He is a classic playboy who seems to not give a damn about what people think about him. He is nothing like I expected. When his true personality is revealed, I was shocked to see that he was a great guy. I also love that Trina saw glimpses and tried to be friendly to him. He is sweet in many parts. Seeing him nanny the kids was amazing.
The overall romance in this book was great. It had a nice slow burn and there was tons of chemistry between the characters. I however wished that there was more kissing/affection that started earlier in the book instead of so late. Nonetheless, the slow build up was really good. My favorite part of the romance between the characters is when they deny their feelings. That angst oh my god is awesome.
Playing the Player is a great high school contemporary romance and I would recommend that people give it a shot. The only reason this book did not receive five stars is because there were points where I felt that the scenes were repetitive or Trina was being way too annoying. Despite this, I give the book a definite four stars.