Monday, January 25, 2016

Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen ~ Review

We're celebrating the release of Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen!

Title: Anatomy of a Player
Author: 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.


When the girl who's tired of being played meets the best player on the college hockey team, he tires and she says no.  Well that wouldn't be a good story but it is how these two meet.  Oh course it's not the end of the story.  Whitney dons the frumpy look and takes the sports reporter job to find the dirt on the athletes on campus while Hudson tries to survive his stats class so he can keep his scholarship and actually get the degree he hopes will helps him do something with his life.  So their next meeting is a bit more interesting.

I loved Hudson.  He had a yucky childhood and was trying so hard to get his degree in sociology so he could help kids like him.  But between practice, studying and his mother drama that won't go away, he's struggling to keep it together.  Yeah, he's a player but he hasn't tried to actually get to know a girl for years.  And when he ends up getting to know Whitney, the sweetness in him is clear.  Like the night he really wants to kiss her but ends up giving her a neck massage because he can tell how much pain she's in.  Totally sweet.  Of course, I wasn't too happy about that little bet he makes.  Nope. 

Whitney may not have been my favorite character though it probably wasn't her fault.  She rubbed my journalism buttons the wrong way.  I was a journalism student before I got married so I remember the gig.  And I remember why I changed to the math gig instead, when I went back to school.  I just don't like that deceitful, cutthroat aspect of an expose.  When you already know what you want to find when you start researching, it's exactly what you'll find.  So Whitney rubbed me the wrong way at first.  But I did learn to love her and I was glad for the character growth.

These two together are fun.  They have banter down and the chemistry is clear even if Whitney is in resist mode.  It was interesting that as each of them moved forward with their own agenda, they ended up developing the relationship that neither of them were looking for.  So while I wasn't happy with either of them for their lies and poor intentions, it actually worked to help them.  

Funny, even adorable at times, I really enjoyed this book.  Perhaps a bit slow, it's a great college story that does have that authentic feel. 



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About the Author:

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.

Visit her at, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

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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