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
Format: book, tour
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.
I love romance novels. They take my mind away from the complexities of life and just give me a fuzzy warm feeling. Anatomy of A Player is not a path-breaking novel, it’s a comforting one.The best part about this novel is how it packs in all the angst and fun and sexy without making you want to roll your eyes.I had no idea it was part of a series before I checked the description right before writing this review. But, I could see hints of which couple I’m pretty sure the first book is based on.
Hudson is the delectable bad boy with the heart of gold.It’s easy to like him. He is a douche but it’s not like he can help it. Plus, his “past” is not filled with sexual abuse (one literary device I am slowly starting to loathe.)
I loved Whitney. It’s nice to see a woman who is confident about her appearance in literature. Whitney knows she can bring it and that’s the best thing about her. She’s a smart confident woman who has her own set of insecurities. After all, insecurity is another name for human. I loved how the story explored the scars of both the protagonists without being extremely predictable or gut-wrenching. It was light (not the issues they faced in the past but the novel as a whole).
I really like Madsen’s writing. This one is not as good as my personal favourite Fiance by Fate but it makes me want to check out her works again and I think that just shows how enjoyable her writing is becoming again.
Overall, definitely worth a read. I wouldn’t put it on the top of my BUY-IT-NOW list, but it’s a fun book and stressed individuals can always do with a romance novel to peruse.