Published by Entangled: Embrace 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.
Anatomy of a Player is the second book in Cindi Madsen’s Taking Shots Series. Getting Lucky Number Seven is Book 1. These books are stand alones within a series, so they can be read separately. I personally have not read Getting Lucky Number Seven although it is on my TBR and have read wonderful things about it.
AoP was such a wonderful read though. I enjoyed it a lot. I mean what is there not to like?
College Romance: Check
Hot Hockey Players: Check
Swoon-worthy Hero: Check
This book features Whitney (Lyla’s Best Friend from Lucky #7) and Hudson (Beck’s teammate from #7). Whitney Porter is basically tired of dating “players” especially athletes and she’s also tired of not being taken seriously in her career or future career (as a journalist) so she sets up a plan to write an expose on how privileged athletes are. While writing her expose article, she’s tasked with covering the hockey team and all sorts of hilarity ensue.
Enter Hudson Decker, yes, he is a player, he only randomly sleeps with girls, but he is so much more. He had a difficult childhood so there’s some reasoning behind his thinking. He’s not your typical jock; he plays hard but also studies hard and has a great plan for the future, he’s definitely not who Whitney thinks he is. Hudson doesn’t believe in love though, and Whitney is hiding her secret agenda so watching them fall in love and all the angst about what would happen when they both found out each other’s secret was a great ride.
I loved everything about Hudson, he was a great hero, he is so sweet and caring. Loved, loved, loved him. He’s obviously not perfect, but he owns up to his mistakes.
I liked Whitney enough, I had a hard time connecting with her and understanding her to an extent. Especially when she was deceiving Hudson as much as he was deceiving her. But overall, she had tons of likeability and redeeming quality.
The book is overall super sweet and funny and the chemistry and banter between the characters is great. The last Chapters were perfect and swoon worthy! This book is definitely right down the alley of Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series, which are favorites of mine. I totally recommend this book and can’t wait for more of this author and the next book in the series!
*An ARC was provided by Entangled and WordSmith Publicity via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.