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Peek Inside Anatomy of a Player

Whitney Porter is done with men. She's focusing on 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 no-sex rule

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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.


"Witty and filled with sexy hockey players, Anatomy of a Player is the sizzling feel-good romance that will leave you grinning."--Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment 
"This sweet story will captivate you with its witty banters and engaging characters." Kaye @ Goodreads

"Cindi Madsen has become one of my got to authors. I can't remember reading a book by her that I didn't like." SnoopyDoo's Book Review

"I love a good enemies to lovers story and this one is definitely one of the best I have read... Ms. Madsen definitely knows her hockey players and how to give readers one very satisfying literary escape!" Misty @ Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755437
Series: Taking Shots, Book 2
Release Date: Jan 25, 2016
Page Count: 392
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult, sports romance
Tropes: bait and switch, bet/dare/wager

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By Maya January 25, 2016

ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


"I realized that when you love someone, you show up when they need you, because you need them right back."

Where do I even start with how amazing and enjoying this read was? I loved it!!! It reminded me a bit of The Friend Zone (Ga ...more

By Annika January 21, 2016


Surely, most of you remember that late 90's teen movie She's all that starring Freddy Prince Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook? And you probably know How to lose a guy in 10 days starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson? This book is basically a mixture of those two, only set in college.

Whitney, an ambi ...more

By Heroesinbooks March 20, 2016

Really enjoyable story about a college hockey player, Hudson Decker (gorgeous name don't you think?) who is a one and done kind of guy, never letting anyone close and Whitney, a girl who has had one too many disappointments in love and has sworn off men.
But fate has a funny way of working and what ...more

By Mandy January 23, 2016


I really enjoyed this sweet and fun romance. Whitney is an aspiring journalist who is writing an expose on student athletes receiving preferential treatment. She just had her heart broken again and knows that her playdar is broken (her ability to spot a player.) When she starts reporting on the h ...more

By Elaine January 25, 2016

Rating 3.5/5
This is a college romance, another in the Taking Shots series by this author. In this story the leading lady is determined give bad boy sporty males a wide berth after a series of decidedly detrimental experiences with players. The leading man, however, is the epitome of a player – a hoc ...more

By Valerie January 25, 2016

3 1/2 stars

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 ...more

By Claudia January 31, 2016

I loved the first book in this series, so I could not wait to start this one ... but I was a bit disappointed.

First of all, I really hoped to see more of Lyla and Beck but that is ok. we got to see a bit of these two and I loved it.

the pacing dragged a bit in the first quarter and I had a hard time ...more

By Irene January 24, 2016

5 stars

So much love for Anatomy of a Player!

Anatomy of a Player was sweet, fun and romantic read.

I loved Whitney and Hudson together, they both made me laugh & swoon, you just can't help but love them.
They had a great connection and their chemistry was off the charts! They were truly perfect for ea ...more

By Ash P January 26, 2016

I loved the first book. Now I love this one even more. This story is a great example of how parents can mess with their child's self-esteem which pretty much messes with all their future relationships. But Hudson and Whitney prove that if you realize the mess you're in, half the battle is won, and o ...more

By Melissa January 07, 2016

LOVED!!! ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This sweet and sexy new adult romance is the story of Whitney, a young woman determined to get serious about her life and her future and Hudson, a hockey bad boy. Whitney’s been fooled by one too many players, and she’s done with them all – to the tune of deciding to write an expose for the college ...more

By 1-Click Addict Support Group January 25, 2016

Whitney Porter has been played one too many times. After her most recent heartbreak, she decides she’s done with men and sets her sights on her career as a journalist. When the only job she can get is as a sports writer, she decides to take the opportunity to launch her career and get a little reven ...more

By Diane January 24, 2016

I loved Cindi Madsen’s Anatomy of a Player. This contemporary new adult sports romance takes place at Boston College. Journalism major Whitney Porter swears off dating after once again being dumped by a player. She decides to focus on her career. She gets a job as a sports writer for her school news ...more

By SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews January 13, 2016

First I like to say that Cindi Madsen has become one of my got to authors. I truly enjoy her books. I can’t remember reading a book by her that I didn’t like.
That being said, if there is a chance to read her book I will jump at it and I was super stocked, that I got this book for review as well.
This ...more

By Danielle January 27, 2017

review originally posted on ...more

By Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read) February 01, 2016

That ending! **SWOON**

Full review to come soon! ...more

By Michelle January 28, 2016

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

My Thoughts
Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen, is the second book in the new adult Taking Shots series, but it can be read as a standalone novel. The first book in the series was Getting Lucky Number Seven. I really enjo ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 08, 2016

Rosalie's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Whitney Porter is a college student that one main goal: to be a journalist. After falling for a player AGAIN, she decides it’s high time that she buckle down and focus on becoming the star writer she has always wanted to be. Even when going to ...more

By Tanya January 26, 2016

Now some of you might be thinking "not another new adult hockey novel," or "not another new adult novel of a player guy finding the one," or whatever. And you would actually be right that this novel has nothing new to say in the plot or topics brought up honestly. The plot itself could be one of tho ...more

By Caro January 25, 2016

This was a really fun read.

I loved both Whitney and Hudson and their time together.

We start with Whitney writing a story for the newspaper centered on the privileges sports players get inside college. Yeah, it seemed really unfair at times, more when a few not so legal things turn out in the course ...more

By Carra January 28, 2016

I just can't resist a romance novel featuring hot hockey players. It's just not possible. Now add in the fact that it's really well written and touches on topics regarding athletes that can get people riled up, along with a HUGE amount of sexual tension for the majority of the story, and this one ha ...more

By Reviews from the Heart January 25, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. I can definitely relate to Whitney, who seems to want to stay away from guys because of always seeming to find the players. Her roommate is now in a relationship and she is happy for her, but at the same time doesn't want to be around it all the time.

After Whitney swears ...more

By Samantha January 16, 2016

Oye do I love reading and hockey and when they are mixed it's even better. Hudson Decker is a hockey player for Boston College. He's not great at school but hockey means everything to him. He's also a player and what's worse is the girls make it easy for him to be so then get mad when he doesn't wan ...more

By Kaye January 01, 2016

This is a story of Whitney, an aspiring reporter, and Hudson, a hockey player.

When given a career changing opportunity to write an expose about college-athletes, Whitney will do everything in her power to deliver. Even if that means getting close with Hudson, a player in every sense, in and out of ...more

By Crystal January 25, 2016

So often I use the term trainwreck waiting to happen so today I'll say Bomb waiting to explode. Both Whitney and Hudson have alternative resons for hanging out. Whitney wants the inside scoop, Hudson wants to win a bet. So as they progress from enemies to more, how do you prevent from the inevitable ...more

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Cindi Madsen

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She 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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