Review: Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen

Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen
Series:  Taking Shots (# 2)
Release Date:  January 25, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 350
Source: book provided by publisher for review



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.


Review: I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like this book because it started off a little slow for my taste. To be completely honest, I didn’t really get too interested until around chapter nine. Chapters one through eight had me believing that the entire book might be about how much a college girl’s hated college boys. Luckily, Cindi Madsen began to make it more entertaining.

The first eight chapters left a bad taste in my mouth regarding Whitney Porter, the main female character. She seemed like a materialistic, pampered pretty girl. Which wasn’t too far from reality until she decided to go “undercover” as a sports writer for the college newspaper. While working, Whitney meets Hudson Decker, one of the biggest names on the Boston College hockey team and a typical bad boy with a screwed up past. It’s hard to believe that Hudson, who is also portrayed to be one of the biggest players on campus, had not noticed Whitney long before she decided to infiltrate the hockey team. Meh, I bought it because she’s not into hockey and she has undergone a make-under that wouldn’t turn his head under any other circumstance.

Honestly, there is nothing that strikes me as original about any of the characters. Nonetheless, I still ended up liking all of them. I love how they interacted with each other. Exchanges between Whitney and Hudson were fairly humorous, which made the story easier to enjoy. Throughout the story, they both grow and change in many ways.

The storyline was a little too generic for me. Although there were twist and obstacles, it was exactly what I expected it to be with no huge surprises. I do like the “don’t judge a book by its cover” theme. I would have given Anatomy of a Player a 5-star review had there been more excitement and shocking twists that I didn’t foresee from a mile away. I do think this is a good book and it is well written. Madsen obviously put a lot of thought and research into her characters and hockey in order to make this story as good as it is.

Favorite Quote: “I’d dive into the Google Time Vortex, thinking I’d only look up a few things, and emerging hours later. Wondering how so much time had passed” -Whitney Porter