September 24, 2015

Blog Tour Stop : Review : Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts + Giveaway

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts from Entangled Teen: Crush. This tour will run from September 14th to September 25th. 

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Playing the Player by
Lisa Brown Roberts (5 Stars)
Release Date: 08/18/15
Entangled Teen: Crush

Summary from Goodreads:
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

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…

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I haven’t read a fluffy read in a long time and to be honest, I haven’t read a lot of books lately because I’ve been stuck in a reading slump but I didn’t waste my time on finishing this one!

Reading this book at first was a struggle. I wasn’t so sure if I will REALLY REALLY like it because I was afraid that it would be the same as those other romance books lately with the basic formula : Love-hate Relationship, weird girl with the famous guy in the school. Those things are getting really boring and I was bothered that this was gonna be like those as well. But I am happy, ecstatic to say that this book was more than it actually looks.

Trina was not the kind of girl everybody would like instantly. I didn’t really understand her personality at first. She was really REALLY organized in a bit of an OCD way. She’s strict and a bit uppity for me. I didn’t really connect with her at first because she seemed a bit bitchy for me at the start. Slade is not exactly a formula character. He’s famous around school, but he’s not a jock or an artist or anything specific. He’s just Slade. That cool guy everyone seems to like. And I was surprised that I haven’t found anything to be pissed about him. He already seems like a cool guy from the start of the book.
But it was really hard to imagine them together, they just didn’t fit. “Opposite attracts” quote doesn’t apply to them because it just doesn’t feel completely right at first to imagine them together. But I guess this was part of the charm of this book. As I continued reading the book, I started to slowly appreciate the characters as who they are. I learned more about who they are and what are the things they are hiding inside themselves. I learned that Trina had a past that made her that way, and for Slade, I got to appreciate how uniquely “Slade” he is.

The character development for this book is amazing. They completely grew all throughout the book. And the romance was a slow build as well. These points are the greatest reasons why I loved this book so much. It was something I’ve been missing from the books I’ve been reading lately. That slow burn romance where you get to understand the character separately and slowly see them growing together and slowly falling in love. It makes you appreciate their relationship so much and root for them more. The friendship these guys built in the book was so adorable. I loved how Slade grew into a gentleman, and Trina who slowly grew to adapt to other people and not be so bitchy.

To sum it up Playing the Player was an awesome read because it brought back the essense of slow burn romance to the shelf. I appreciated how Lisa wrote the book so meticoulously. The pacing was just right, the character development is awesome and the romance is just too swoony and adorable! All of the characters are of depth and they are the kinds of people you would appreciate bit by bit. I suggest you try this out soon! Because I can tell you, from a hopeless romantic who suddenly grew tired of romance. This awakened my need for new good romance out there!

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About the Author

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 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. 

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1 comment:

  1. I really like the sound of this book! I enjoyed the author's How (not) to fall in love, and maybe I'll give this one a try soon! I've been wanting to read a light contemporary for some time now.


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