Book Review Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Maden

Published January 25, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog
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.



I enjoyed reading Anatomy of a Player, I think there was a great plot and I always enjoy Cindi Madsen’s writing style. Even though I have seen this type of plot before, Cindi was able to make it fresh with a few new twists.

Even though Hudson was a “player”, I thought his character was very likable. He definitely had a side he only let Whitney see, and it was a side I really enjoyed seeing. Hudson is also a hockey player, who doesn’t love one of those?

Then there was Whitney, sometimes I enjoyed reading her POVs and sometimes I didn’t. There were times I just wanted Whitney to be herself, but I understand why she wasn’t.

I enjoyed the fact that there was a romance from the very first page and we slowly saw the feeling develop between the two main characters. It made me feel the chemistry a little more.

One thing about this book was it was a slow read and it took me a little while to get into it. Once I was into the story, I really did enjoy it.

Anatomy Player is the second story in the Taking Shots Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.






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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.

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