Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen
Series: Taking Shots #2
Also in this series: Getting Lucky Number Seven
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 25th 2016
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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 voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Anatomy of a Player is the book following Getting Lucky Number Seven, a series about the players of a college hockey team, making this a New Adult romance.
Hudson is the player/bad boy of the team. With a less than nice childhood, hockey is the only thing that’s given him a chance at a different future. He’s set on proving everyone-who-ever-said-he-couldn’t-do-it wrong, so he is also busting his ass on his studies. So between practice and games, studying and partying on the weekends to forget about his family problems he doesn’t have time for relationships… even if he thought those could work for real.
Whitney, after getting played yet again by a freaking jock-player, is taking herself off the market and putting her whole focus on her future career as a journalist. The only problem is that the semester has already started and she didn’t apply to work on the college newspaper.
As luck would have it, the paper’s editor is a fellow played-by-a-player girl who gives her a mission: her start as the new hockey reporter is actually cover for doing an exposé on all the perks jocks undeservedly get from the school. But of course, Hudson is the embodiment of hot-tattooed-athlete and Whitney will have a little bit of trouble keeping her eyes off him.
Hudson on his part is intrigued by Whitney and her clear dislike of him and is promptly on a mission to get to know her… of course, him being of the male species, he mouths off to his teammates, and his best friend sees the opportunity to place a bet: he’ll get $500 if he gets the uptight reporter to sleep with him.
You can probably guess how the story unfolds. They start to spend more time together, they both feel the attraction, both of them see the possibility of more but each of them have their own issues that’ll get in the way.
The bet and the exposé play a huge part of the plot and this is what I struggled with: it was quite obvious where everything was going and how the shit was going to hit the fan. I was enjoying so much how they were starting to get into each other that I really didn’t want them to get to the inevitable fight that I knew was coming. In the end, everything works out for the best, and while I did like it I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as the first book in the series.
On another note, call me old-fashioned but I’m still a bit shocked at how experienced everyone is. In NA books lately, the characters are either clueless virgins (about to be corrupted) or these overly confident sexed up people who I can’t really relate to… I mean, I’m 30 and I’m still mainly clueless… I’m not saying for them not to know where to put it… but come on! These 20-year-old guys are like sex Gods! And I feel a bit like a perv!!
Coming back to the book: It was hot, steamy, and sweet. I liked both MCs… though at the beginning Whitney had a bit of an understandable but bordering on annoying attitude towards the H. I think I would like to keep reading on this series… I’ll just pretend they’re all in their late twenties or something.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 Stars
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