ARC Review and Giveaway: ANATOMY OF A PLAYER by Cindi Madsen

ANATOMY OF A PLAYER (Taking Shots #2)
by Cindi Madsen 
Age: NewAdult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled

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.


Rating: 3.8 of 5 stars

First of all I have never read any Cindi Madsen book before this (I know.. I'm lame). Nor have I read the first book in the series. So I went into this not knowing what to expect (but really hoping that this book is as amazing as the blurb suggests). And I have this grin on my face right now because the book turned out great!

I'm not going into details but I'm going to say that I enjoyed reading Anatomy of a Player a LOT. My only issue was Whitney's too judgmental attitude. I get that she's just trying to be careful and distance herself from "players" but the whole "I'm gonna judge everyone (male AND female) and see only their faults while I'm just here being Ms. Perfect" got kinda annoying real fast. (Would have given this a four-star if it weren't for that.)

Anatomy of a Player is your typical college romance. It's fun, angsty and romantic with a touch of drama. What I liked most was the two main characters' growth. Whitney and Hudson had a lot of growing up to do and the author wrote it in such a believable and authentic way.
But what I LOVE about AoaP? Hudson Decker. I don't think I need any explaining to do. I mean come on, even his name is HOT. Hudson is the bad boy jock who sleeps around. (Sounds like any hero you know?) But like most of my fictional boyfriends there's a lot more to Hudson than his reputation. I really like his honesty. He's not trying to be some person he's not but owns up to who he is. Aaannd his weird fascination over dinosaurs? Totally cute. Totally hot. I AM IN LOVE.

“I’m badass, my dinosaurs are badass.” 

Overall, Anatomy of a Player is a really enjoyable read. There wasn't too much drama which I liked and nothing particularly unique in the story which was fine. It was predictable but I had a great time so no real complaints there. Cindi Madsen's writing was amazing though so excuse me while I go devour all her books.



USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.


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