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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Joshua Handover had it all. He was handsome, rich, athletic, and had always been popular with the ladies. Yet, until he gets paired up with his beautiful but shy lab partner, Rosa, he never allowed himself to fall in love. As the chemistry between them grows, Josh realizes that his player days have come to end. But it seems his change of heart has come too late. Not only i ...more
Published December 12th 2012 by Free Focus Publishing
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Jenny Levine
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Captain of the Wrestling Team.

Meet Josh Hanover--
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He's Mr.Have-It-All.

He's so full of himself sometimes, the only one who gets him and who's always there for him is his best friend,

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She's not the only woman in his life.
He gets all the girl he likes, alright, but,he juggles four girls... at the same time.

Let's meet his GIRLFRIENDS , shall we?

Exhibit A
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Name: Elena Huber
Physical Attributes: Blonde bombshell. Queen of the i
Literary  Chanteuse
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-romance
This story starts out with a typical teen scenario. Josh, the cute popular boy who doesn't want to be tied down with just one girlfriend so he in fact has more than one. A recipe for disaster of course. What he doesn't see coming is he falls for Rosa, the nerdy girl who is certainly not impressed with his present heart breaking track record. Shortly after Josh finds himself caught up in a serial murder mystery which ironically involves him and along with friend Bryan, they play amateur sleuths i ...more
Genney Blass
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's true what they say don't judge to book by it's cover". I was alittle impress by the story, okay in the beginning, a senior from High School juggling 4 girlfriends, thinking he was a player. I get that, he finally decided it was over with all four girls. He finally felt true love with just one girl, that didn't have his characters of the ideal girl for him, but he love is blind. This book at the end was wow, who done it, very impressive. Okay I must admit, I didn't like the cover one b ...more
Christina Lyn
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book for one reason! It's written from only a male point of view! I've had such bad experiences with books from only a male point of view that I wasn't expecting to enjoy this one, but I actually did! I enjoyed this book being told from a male point of view and I didn't once want the point of view to change to a female or dual! I liked that the plot of this book wasn't really about a relationship! It was more about a mystery! I did think that it wo ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Laura DeLuca has written a wonderful book that shares all kinds of crazy issues teens may run across. Player tells the story of Josh Hanover, the hot rich guy who seems to have everything. Josh is the typical "Player" with 4 girlfriends and is successfully juggling them all. But something or someone changes him. As often happens in life the right woman can totally change a man /boys life. Rosa is that smart attractive girl that has caught Josh's eye and his heart. Wow, someone caught the Player' ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Josh Hanover is the perfect guy in a high school girl's mind. He's rich, athletic, popular, and gorgeous. But, he's a player. He has always taken girls for granted and played them along making them believe they meant more to him than they really did. At the start of this story Josh had four girl friends at the same time and never thought that any of them would find out about each other. He planned to ditch them all because he truly thought that he found the real deal in a very unlikely girl, Ros ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a honest and an unbiased review!~~~
Player by Laura Deluca

This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and let me tell you she has not dropped the ball or my attention. This book held me captive with twists, turns, and betrayals. It is a modern day clue for high schoolers! I was in shock and awe by the ending and a little heartbroken all the same. This book is suspenseful and dramatic. I highly enjoyed this fantastic read. It has left me so emotional at the
Lisa Markson
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a ARC copy of this book in exchange for a unbiased and honest review. I love the writing qualities that Laura DeLuca exhibits. I have read each and everyone of her books and through her creative journey she gives us more and more. She is really creative in the development of her characters giving them a three dimensional quality. When you look at the cover you might think this is the typical popular guy gets the girls but looks can be so deceiving. There are twists and turns around ev ...more
Erica Alyson
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, new-adult
Wow this book was crazy and awesome. I bet Josh will never be a player again.

When we begin the book Josh has 4 girlfriends but he realizes he is in love with his partner is class Rosa. So he decides to end it with Nadine, Jazz, Elena, and Lily. Lily takes it the best, Elena, Nadine and Jazz not so much.

Josh and his best friend Andrea get to school the next day and this Bryan guy is glaring at them and he later finds out Bryan is Lily's brother upset with him for breaking his sisters heart.

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I'm sorry Laura DeLuca, his body captured my attention first then your synopsis! GAHHH!




Four Rampage Ex-Girlfriends and Rosa
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Player tells the story of Josh Hanover, a high school senior who seems to have it all. He is good-looking, rich, loads of friends and all the ladies love him. Now this last attribute, Josh takes full advantage of; when the story opens, he is juggling four, count them four girlfriends. Now, Josh is slightly callous at the story start, really taking on relationships for superficial reasons, almost acquiring a collection, he has the Glam girl, the Goth and more. But soon this changes as J
Billie V. Harris
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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What i thought:


- I don’t want to talk about the ending too much to avoid spoilers but lets just say i was surprised by the turn of events. It wasn’t predictable (even though i thought i had figured out who had done it but alas i was wrong) which is a huge plus.
- I really enjoyed the poems/letters Josh received from the murderer
- Overall good, i’d recommend it for an easy enjoyable read.


- there were some typos and missing articles
- Some of the
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Joshua has never cared who he hurt. He likes girls and has no problem playing the field sometimes with more than one girl. That changes when he falls in love with his lab partner Rosa. He wants to get rid of all his girlfriends and go after Rosa and be with Rosa only.Rosa isn't sure about dating Josh but when they begin dating she doesn't only have to worry about her heart but has to worry it seems someone is after Josh. He has four mad girls he has just dumped. Someone has slashed Josh's tires ...more
Fiona Wilson
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read this authors Dark Musicals series and absolutely loved them. While reading them they reminded me very much of the Scream films, another series I absolutely loved!
I was interested to read Player as it was the first book by this author I had read after the DM series. And I can honestly say I was not disappointed.

Joshua is the Player from the title. He is a young good looking guy, has money and has the girls chasing him. Not wanting to settle for just one girl he has 4 on the go at the
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I received this book free for the author in exchange for an honest review.
At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book (I may have judged it by the cover), but having read two of the three book in her Dark Musicals trilogy I decided to give it a try. It was a pretty good story, there was a lot going one to make the mystery. I did guess who was the "bad guy" about halfway into the book, but obviously I had to read it to make sure I was right haha, I was. I did get tripped up once wit
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a bit surprised at how well the mystery was kept within these pages. Normally when I read a book like this, I am able to figure out who the "bad guy" is pretty quickly, but this book kept me on my toes and questioned my beliefs on who the killer was until the very last pages. I never saw what was coming!

Josh is a well developed character, and I had a great time reading through his eyes. I wish there was a little bit more about the romance with Rosa, but I can see why that wasn't on the fro
S. Policar
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Since I did the editing on this work, I cannot speak of any errors I may have or may not have found*

Player follows Josh, captain of the high school wrestling team, pretty popular guy, and world-class player.

This book is a bit different from the others I've read and edited for Laura. There's no Pagan elements in at all. But it's still a really good read and fans won't be disappointed.

Player will have the reader on the edge of their seats turning each page with nail-biting anticipation to see wh
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, review, arc
I love Laura DeLuca and her work its always full of suspense and keeps you wanting more. Once you get into any of her books, you just cant stop or get enough. Player is a little different from her other works. The "Player" in this case is Joshua. He's gone through more girl friends than you can imagine and he never really thought about the consequence's or their feelings. He's also never been serious with any of them. So when he drops all his girlfriends for one girl and decides she is the one, ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rosa is a really sweet girl, and I like how when she needs them she allows her claws to come out. I admire that about her, "You assume an awful lot, don't you Josh? You assume every girl wants you. You assume you're irresistible to women. Well this time you assumed wrong. I don't want anything to do with you. So just get over yourself." When she cares about someone she cares passionately, "That's easy for you to say," Rosa complained. "You were unconscious half the time. I was the one who had to ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Player by Laura DeLuca is a YA contemporary romance thriller. It follows Josh, a popular high school boy, who is a total player until he meets Rosa and falls for her. But this isn't a typical popular guy falls in love with the nerdy girl. Instead it has a huge twist with poisoning and murders.
I really enjoyed this story and all the plot twists. It kept me interested and is a real page-turner. It was also well-written and edited which is always a plus. The characters were likeable and relatable.
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Talk about twisted love and ultimate betrayal, The Player was not what I was expecting.

Josh is a player who is getting tired of the game. He finds it in himself to break it off with all of his girls when he sets his eyes on one girl only, Rosa. But when he starts to get notes in his locker and tragedy strikes more than once, will he find himself playing someone else's game? Read The Player to find out!

Laura did an outstanding job with this suspense. The storyline was well thought out and the ch
Jerri Davis
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Was Provided A Review Copy Of The Book, "Player" By Author Laura DeLuca in Exchange for my Honest Review. The Book Player is And Excellent Book that is Very Exciting and Interesting To Read. There is Never A Dull Moment While Reading The Book, "Player" it has Quick and Constant Draws of Action, that Keep The Reader Happy. The Book "Player" is About A High School Student, Josh Hanover, That Has Had Lots of Girlfriends In His Life, and, the Troubles that Come With This Behavior. The Ending Of Th ...more
Tiff Fouks
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Josh has four girlfriends and doesn't really care about a single one of them. Rosa is the geek tutoring Josh, and he's secretly in love with her. He breaks up with the girlfriends but in a twist of events, he becomes the number one suspect when things start happening to them. It's not your typical high school romance and it's certainly not your typical mystery. Laura had me guessing to the end as to who could've been behind the accidents.

Laura doesn't disappoint. She builds characters that you c
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will admit that initially I thought that this book was going to be a teen romance from the guy's point of view. It's anything but. While there is the teen romance factor in this story there is more to it. Josh's player days are over; however someone else is looking out for revenge. It starts when Josh is poisoned, and then his ex-girlfriend is murdered, and then another ex-girlfriend is attacked... and it continues to go on from there! This story has many twists and turns and just when you thi ...more
Oh my glob this is an epic one! I'm not even surprised that I've finished it for just a few hours because this book is a serious page-turner.
This one reminds me of final destination and detective conan. Just plain epicness!

Ever wonder how love can make a person crazy? How it can make a person kill for someone they love? Yea and this book will answer that question and not some cheesey YA book. At first I thought that this one is like all the other NA booms that I've read with all the romantic st
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and it was a great book. It kept me on my toes and had me so antsy I wanted to skip to the end to find out what happened and then go back to reading where I was at. I love romance and thriller and this book was the best of both worlds. I enjoyed this book very much.
Gloria Defeo
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one terrific thriller. All the characters were realistic and easy to relate to. There is lots of action but romance too. The ending was a real nail biter. I never saw it coming. I totally love that hot guy on the cover. He fits the main character perfectly and brought the story to life for me even more.
Jamie Turner-norton
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Laura DeLuca has a way of pulling you in and making you think you know what's going on then you'll catch your self wanting to yell PLOT TWIST around every corner. and I never was able to guess who the killer was. Player is not your typical guy and girl fall in love type read it's a perfect mix of romance and mystery.
Siew Ee
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Player” is basically a teen romance fiction, but with more to offer in the way of a whodunit suspense mystery. Premise is surprisingly good and the plot points believable, and the whole story played out nicely, which kept my attention until the end. Unfortunately, the writing did not match the concept and ideas presented in the book. Otherwise, “Player” would have deserved 5 stars!
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Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her four children and multiple cats. Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult. Visit her website at for more information.
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