Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen: Review

Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen: ReviewAnatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen
on January 25th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

This bad boy is about to get played…

After getting her heart broken by a player again, Whitney Porter is done with men. She's focusing on her future career and her first assignment at the college newspaper: Posing as a sports writer for an exposé on the extra perks jocks receive. But Hudson Decker, the bad boy of the hockey team, is about to test her resolve. To keep herself from breaking her no-sex rule with the temptingly tattooed athlete, she decides to use him for a side project: Anatomy of a Player, to help Whitney—and women everywhere—spot a player, learn what makes him tick, and how to avoid falling for one.

With his life spiraling out of control, Hudson Decker's looking for a distraction. When his teammates bet him that he can't land the gorgeous but prickly new reporter, he accepts the challenge, boasting he'll have her in bed by the end of the semester. But Whitney is so much more than Hudson expected, and soon enough, he's in too deep. The last thing he needs is another complication, but staying away isn't an option. One thing's for certain: this girl totally throws him off his game.

Stacia says…

Anatomy of a Player is the second book in the Taking Shots series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone book.

Whitney is over being with the same type of guys. She has picked player after player, who have either cheated on her or broken her heart. Yup, her “Playdar” is definitely broken!  Hoping to be taken seriously and work toward a career in journalism, Whitney joins the staff of the college newspaper, the Heights. She proposes doing an expose on the perks jocks receive, but really she is working on a secret story to help other women out… ‘How to Spot a Player’, learn what makes him tick, and then how to avoid falling for him.

“I’m so sick of being laid and played- and he’s the king of the hit it and quit it. I’ve never seen him with the same girl twice.”

Hudson Decker, star hockey player, is hoping for something to distract him from the drama of his everyday life. So when his teammates bet him that he can’t hook up with the standoffish new sports reporter, he figures this is just the challenge he needs to keep his mind off of other things. But, Whitney turns out to be way more than Hudson expected and he finds himself falling fast.

“I’m the needy one here. I want to see you day and night, and when I can’t, I’ll be thinking of the next time we can be together. I realized that when you love someone, you show up when they need you, because you need them right back.”

This book kind of reminded me of the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which is one of my favorite movies, but add in a sexy-ass hockey player. I ended up really liking Hudson; although it did take some time for me to warm up to him. He seemed entirely too cocky at first and was definitely a player… plus WHO bets on getting laid?!? What a pig. But, thankfully he redeemed himself and the way he treated Whitney was very sweet. One of my favorites was the ice skating scene-big time swoon-worthy moment! It was also nice to catch up with Lyla (Whitney’s roommate and best friend) and Beck (Hudson’s teammate), who were main characters in Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots book #1). I had hoped for an epilogue to that book, and so getting more of them in this book was great!
I hope there is another book in the series and that it is about Dane (Hudson’s best friend)!


About Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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