I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen
Series: Taking Shots, #2
Published by Entangled: Embrace on January 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
Anatomy of a Player is the second book in Cindi Madsen’s Taking Shots hockey romance series. This time around Lyla Wilder’s roommate Whitney is getting in on the action when she winds up in Hudson Decker’s sights. Posing as a sports writer, Whitney tried to get the inside knowledge about the special perks players receive from Boston University. Tired of never getting taken seriously due to her looks and ex-beauty queen past, Whitney asks Lyla to help give her a “make-under.” Besides, if she’s not her usual hot self, maybe she’ll be able to keep her pledge to give up men.
Hudson Decker is having a hard time. He’s at Boston University on a hockey scholarship, and is struggling with his statistics class. If all he cared about was scoring goals, this would be no big deal, but Hudson doesn’t want to be foolish enough to pin his future on the possibility of making into the NHL. He needs a back-up plan, and helping children in need has always appealed to him. He just needs to stay away from relationships, keep his head in the game, and bring up his grades. But when his best friend bets Hudson that he can sleep with the new, uptight sports reporter, Hudson takes the gamble. Besides, every guy needs a little R & R from time to time.
Cindi Madsen writes likable characters. Even when Hudson is being a jerk, I still liked him. Besides, he wasn’t the only one keeping secrets. While Whitney didn’t have the same tumultuous upbringing as Hudson, I thought she had common enough experiences to relate to him. I also liked how supportive Hudson was of her, and that he never tried to make her be someone else. At first I wasn’t a fan of the persona Whitney created. It almost seemed like an insult to professional women. Like they aren’t attractive because they wore business attire. However, as the story progressed it became apparent that train of thought was part of Whitney’s upbringing on the pageant circuit. Aside from that, I found Anatomy of a Player to be a really cute story.