Your personal information is secure! Read our privacy statement

« Back to Login
By creating an account, you agree to abide by Entangled’s Terms of Use.
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
"Email" is not a valid hostname!
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Email or Password is wrong!

Peek Inside Playing the Player

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she—the most organized student in school—spend the summer as a nanny and partner with Slade Edmunds, the biggest slacker ever? Now she's ready to tackle nannyhood. Just don't ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of Slade. Trina's all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. 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...

Playing the Player

Availability: In stock

USD Buy today and earn 299 points!
Get your e-book automatically
delivered to your Kindle™ or
open directly on your iPad™,
phone, or computer.

2016 Aspen Gold Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction

"From the great cover to the intriguing synopsis, Lisa Brown Roberts brings a whole new twist to your typical good girl vs player type-of-story." -Jackie, Jackie's Book World

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.



"I loved the characters, loved the conflict, and was very satisfied with the romance. The author did a fantastic job making me love her people." -Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)

"You will laugh, you will sigh and you will swoon. *Playing the Player* will play with your emotions... and you will love every moment of it because Slade and Trina are worth it."  - Paula M. of Her Bookish Thoughts

"I think Lisa Brown Roberts did a fantastic job keeping these high schoolers true to themselves and true to actual high school students in *Playing the Player*. That does not mean that they were perfect. Not by a long shot, but they were just like so many high schoolers that I knew growing up." -Michelle from Book Briefs

"I am absolutely and totally in love with the characters; the main ones, the minor ones, the whole story, just everything." - Nicole
"For the love of all things adorable, swoony, and chick flick-like, you need to read Playing the Player! It was adorable from the very beginning to the very end."- Katie from Reading Transforms

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752245
Release Date: Sep 14, 2015
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, lgbtq, multi-cultural, young adult
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, enemies to lovers, in love with the nanny, opposites attract

Select Featured Reviews

See All Reviews on

Giving this a 3.5-4 stars. As a YA reader/lover, I'm giving this a 4, but as a general contemporary romance, I'm giving it a 3.5

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

This feels like a really bad movie," I said. "One where you just know everything's going to blow up in a huge mess at the end."

Tr ...more

By Paula M September 16, 2015

"Spontaneity isn't bad. It might even be... epic"

I should've known that I'll finish this in one sitting. …………and that I will swoon like crazy.


Entangled Crush can can do no wrong in my book. And Playing the Player is an evidence to that. Get ready girls, Slade is about to intrude your ve ...more

By Norah January 03, 2016

“I wondered if this was how it felt to sell your soul to the devil. I bet there were awesome cookies in hell, too.”

Such a cute young adult book! I really enjoyed reading this,the story is extremely fun and quirky but with some serious elements and delicate topics.The characters are very ...more

By Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ February 09, 2017

Playing the Player was beyond adorable. I couldn't stop smiling or keep the laughter contained that kept bubbling out of me. I honestly can't remember the last time a book made me laugh this much. Plus it had the perfect amount of angst that pulled at my heart. Playing the Player was the perfect fee ...more

By A_Ryan December 27, 2015

This is a beautifully written teen romance!!

I'm not a big fan of YA romance, mostly because the characters are so young.I haven't read too many so I don't have much to compare this to. But if I was in my late teens I am sure that I would absolutely cherish every second of it. It'd be a book I'd read ...more

By Courtney December 22, 2016

3.5 Stars

Playing the Player is a 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. Trina an ...more

By Didi December 28, 2015

Absolutely loved it! It was perfect and I couldn't put it down, unless I had to. YA is a genre I read sometimes, not often, but books like this make me want to read it a lot more!
Enemies to friends, friends to lovers, finally seeing someone you've known for years in a whole new light...all these tro ...more

By Irene August 21, 2015

4.5 stars

Playing the Player was such a fun, sweet and entertaining read.

Loved both Trina and Slade, they were likable and very relatable.
Trina is the nerd who is organized to a fault, she thinks her way is the right way and doesn't let people get too close, she doesn't trust easily. Her past has le ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash July 30, 2015

If I had been 20 years younger, this DEFINITELY would have been a 5 star read. Unfortunately, I don't read YA much, hence the 4 stars, because while this was an extremely well written story with lots of cute and sweet moments, I found it a bit hard to relate!

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Entangled ...more

By Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions) September 29, 2015

Review Also Posted Here:Dreamy Addictions

I’m a huge fan of all of Entangled Crush’s books! They are always adorable and fun to read. Playing The Player is another great addition because it was funny and cute read, as expected. This book just looked all sorts of adorable! I was in the mood for a ligh ...more

By Lisa (lifeinlit) September 14, 2015

I first became a fan of Lisa Brown Roberts after reading How (Not) to Fall in Love earlier this year. I was instantly drawn to how accurate her portrayal of teenagers were, keeping their romance at the appropriate age level and extremely realistic. And I was happy to see that this story had the exac ...more

By Michelle August 11, 2015

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Playing the Player is a young adult contemporary romance that totally made me smile. I think it is safe to say that I am a huge fan of new adult contemporary romances, but young adult contemporaries are tougher for me to ...more

By cEe beE August 28, 2016

Very awkwardly sweet, and laugh out loud funny! Slade and Trina are such a great opposites attract couple! ...more

By Natalie August 02, 2020

Such a cute YA contemporary! The kids that Slade and Trina were looking after were super cute and I loved seeing Slade’s relationship with Trina grow and change. I also liked that Slade’s parents were involved in his life - a welcome change for YA. Overall this was really cute and I liked it a lot. ...more

By Siobhan December 17, 2016

3.5 stars.

Against her better judgment, Trina agrees to "mentor" Slade without his knowledge under the guise of them jointly babysitting two kids for the summer. Trina already has some preconceived ideas about Slade, namely that he's a slacker-player type, and he thinks she is far too intense and se ...more

By Kelly August 18, 2015

Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Also, you can read my interview with author Lisa Brown Roberts here!

This book was really cute. While I'm not always one to go right for cute, fluffy YA romances, I absolutely adored this one. It was fun, it was interesting, and it ...more

By Krystianna September 20, 2015

**Thank you to Entangled Teen & YA Bound Book Tours for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

Playing the Player is yet another wonderful addition to the great books that Entangled Crush has to offer. The story follows Trina and Slade, both who go to the same school. Trina is h ...more

By Shannon August 15, 2015

This was such a cute and fun book that I just devoured it immediately. It was a perfect summer read. Nothing too heavy... just good fun and romance. Sometimes the best type of book, if done well, and Lisa Brown Roberts did it right!

I loved the fact that going into this nanny scenario, both character ...more

By Fatima July 28, 2015

I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Crush via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very enjoyable book. Yep. Enjoyable. Other words I'd use to describe it include pleasurable, pleasant, satisfying, gratifying... etc. You get my drift. To me, this is more of a book that you ...more

By Book September 24, 2015

When I started this book, I had to suppress a lot of eye rolling, but what started out as cheesy and overdone turned out to be a really cute and enjoyable read! Trina is a control freak with a bit of a geeky side and Slade is the uber popular, lax dude. Basically the complete opposite of her. When S ...more

By Heather July 26, 2015

Trina and Slade's conversations sometimes take a turn for awkward but funny:
“So what you’re saying is you want me for my body. You want to use me for the night.”
I cringed. “Yes that’s exactly what I’m saying . And I need to use one of your friends, too.”
This book was good Spade, he was just that l ...more

By Nicole August 15, 2015

Originally posted on Books and Starlight.

When I found this opportunity to review yet another Lisa Brown Roberts book, I didn't even hesitate to jump on it. Her debut novel Hot (Not) to Fall in Love was the first young adult book that I read this year and it jump-started my year in the YA genre and I ...more

By Poulami August 17, 2015

Playing the Player was totally a cute read. It was light and funny at times as well. Usually I avoid light romances but I’m glad I read this book, it was exactly what I needed. This book will make you smile, laugh and swoon.

The story revolves around a girl named Trina who is serious and likes to sta ...more

By Shannon August 03, 2015

Although I am quite past the age demographic that I’m sure this book is intended for I have to say I really enjoyed it! It’s a very sweet, fun, highly entertaining read.

Trina and Slade are soon-to-be high school seniors who are spending their summer as nannies to 2 5 year olds. Unbeknownst to S ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) September 14, 2015

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World/a>.:)***

I completely loved reading Playing the Player, the author did a great job bring something new to the book that just made it enjoyable to read. It was a total page-turner for me and that says a lot about the book. From the great cover to the ...more

Showing 1 to 25 of 25
3.74 avg rating
Lisa Brown Roberts

About the author

Award Winning Author

Lisa Brown Roberts

Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.   Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at

entangled reward points