Published by Entangled Embrace on January 25, 2016
Series: Taking Shots #2
Genres: New Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: eARC from Publisher
A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
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 by Cindi Madsen, is the second book in the new adult Taking Shots series, but it can be read as a standalone novel. The first book in the series was Getting Lucky Number Seven. I really enjoyed Getting Lucky Number Seven, so I was really excited to check out Anatomy of a Player. I remember great romance and wit from Cindi Madsen, and I am happy to say that Anatomy of a Player had both of those in spades. I knew I was going to love Anatomy of a Player from the very first page, when Whitney said that she was doomed because she was missing “playdar” (like gaydar for players.) It just cracked me up.
Whitney and Hudson really entertained me. Whitney is sick of always falling for the player guys, and Hudson is a player to the extreme. Both figuratively and literally (he is a hockey player) Whitney is a journalist, trying to get the scoop on student athletes. While her story was pretty predictable, that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. Although, people that get really irked with predictable books, should take note that this one. That is something that doesn’t really bother me if the writing is good, the characters are developed and the romance is enticing. And all of those things are true here.
Even though both Whitney and Hudson were trying to accomplish different things, it was clear that they were not going to be able deny that they had chemistry. And that is my favorite thing to see in contemporary romances. Cindi Madsen has shown that she is solid in her romance game. Both books I have read from her have shown to be witty and quippy and the romance has put me in a good mood, which is all that I really ask of my contemporary romances.
Bottom line: if you are a fan of romances with witty quips and banter galore, Anatomy of a Player is the book for you. Though a little predictable, this will be a romance that you will get a kick out of. And do be sure to read the first book in the series. (You don’t need to, to understand this one, but you will really enjoy it!) I am a fan of the Taking Shots series. I think you will be too.
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