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Anatomy of a Player

(Taking Shots #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,612 ratings  ·  227 reviews
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 hersel
Published January 25th 2016 by Entangled: Embrace
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Pearl Angeli
3 Stars

Anatomy of a Player is much better compared to the first book of the series. However, it took me a while to warm up to the story.

The book follows journalism student Whitney Porter and ice hockey player Hudson Decker. After getting Whitney's heart broken by her cheating ex, she swore to never fall in love again with guys-- most especially athletes. When she met hockey star Hudson though, her plans to avoid athletes failed. It's difficult to resist a sexy, tatted, and packed-with-abs guy w
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 (Game on #2) and that's one of my favourite books, ever! So, I think it's safe to say that this book is really good.

I was so relieved when I saw that the book is told by both, Whitney and Hudson. You ge
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was ok. Yep. That about sums it up. I found myself bored and wanting something to happen, but sadly for the most part I felt like that "something" never came. It was super predictable. Don't get me wrong -- I wasn't expecting something deep here, but I wanted more. I don't think I'll remember this down the road. That along with the fact that I skimmed some, I'm going to go with the 2.5 star rating.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Whitney and Hudson's stor

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 ambitious journalism student, gets assigned as the new sports reporter for the college newspaper - officially following and writing about the local Hockey team and their games, but unofficially trying to
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

This book really not working for me. I thought its going to be rom com NA romance. But it turns out too much explanation/dragging on the insight/ self conversation and nothing much on character conversation.

I even managed to ignore some part of the audiobook while i was eating my lunch. Its that dragging. I keep waiting for climax/ moment but i feel nothing happens.

2 stars
Oh boy, this was one long, seemingly laborious read.

For a long time I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with this book. I liked the characters. College Barbie has had her heart broken one too many times, swears off men, wants to be taken seriously for her contribution to journalism, and decides to write an expose on the special treatment athletes get in College.

Ken-doll (a.k.a hockey player Hudson) is a man whore to the nth degree, never wanting anything more than a casual hook up from h
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This book is a typical young adult romance. It follows the same lines as many of the other books in that genre I have read. While this book was very enjoyable and entertaining, it was also very predictable. I personally need a little bit incentive with unpredictable situations and conversations to keep me engaged.

I did enjoy the characters and the development of the male lead, Hudson. It was fun watching him as he realized his feelings for her and I loved the fact that he really tried to be stra
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 starts off as a wager for one and a job assignment for the other , soon becomes so much more.
I loved the characters in this book. Both the leads are well written and despite the mistakes they make ,
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I didn’t like both MCs.
Too much happened. The bet, the article, family issues etc.
He slept with OW after he met her, after the bet and after he realized she intrigued him. It rubbed me wrong. Not my understanding of romance.
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult
3.75 stars.

WARNING this probably contains spoilers which I haven't really marked so read at you're own risk!

Anatomy of a Player is the second book in the Taking Shots series. It however used a different set of characters from the first book. I remembered barely the first book and I don't remember the main characters in Anatomy of a Player being in it, though I could be wrong.

I went in thinking this would be a light new adult book. I should never have thought that because I'm pretty sure I desc
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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 hockey team, she doesn't expect to develop feelings for Hudson, a hockey player and all around player. I really liked the connection between Hudson and Whitney. There were a few laugh out loud funny mo
According to review, one of those books where nothing happens, not even the relationship between H/h. It takes looooong time for them to get together. And low heat. So no, no, no
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 hockey star who believes in one night stands and nothing further. When fate throws the two of them together repeatedly, their mutual attraction and determined resistance are fighting an internal battle f
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After having yet another boyfriend cheat on her Whitney Porter decides to swear off men and relationships and focus on her studies and career. Whitney wants to be a journalist so she heads to the school paper to beg for any kind of story to cover and a chance at becoming a real writer. When asked if she knows hockey she quickly says she does and gets assigned to a story on the perks of athletes while going undercover as the hockey reporter.

Hudson Decker is the bad boy star player of the hockey
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 getting into this book. for a long time we had not a lot of page time for both of them together and I really got enoyed with that.

but my main problem with this book was Whitney. for a long time I did
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 each other.


Anatomy of a Player is a great addition to the Taking Shot series, can't wait to read Dane's book next.

Thank you Entangled Embrace via NetGalley for the advance copy.
Ash P Reads
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ash P by: NetGalley
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 overcoming the rest is easier if you have that one person in your corner who gets you. As long as you stick with honesty and don't let your baggage get in the way.

ARC provided in exchange for honest re
Melissa West
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maria Rose
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 paper on the entitlement of their sports students. To that end she’s found herself a job as the current sports reporter and infiltrated the hockey locker room, being sure to dress down from her normal ...more
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Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 revenge on all those players out there by taking down the hockey team. She doesn’t expect that the tattooed bad boy of the team is going to throw her off course. She definitely should not fall for the bigg ...more
Diane Lynch
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hockey-romance, ebook
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 newspaper covering the hockey team with the intension of uncovering a story about the perks the athletes receive. Meanwhile, left winger Hudson Decker’s team mates challenge him to a bet to get the uptigh ...more
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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 is the second Book in the “Taking Shots” series, I read and loved the first one. This book was no different.
It is funny, romantic, sexy and has a great plot. The characters are great and have a good
I probably shouldn't have read this right after book one. Isn't that always the case, though? If there are follow-up books focusing on one of the side characters from book one they're hardly ever as good as the predecessor.

Whereas book one was sweet and sexy with only little drama, Anatomy of a Player was totally predictable and just so full off clichés I got bored eventually and started skipping pages.
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, sports, 4-stars, hockey

That ending! **SWOON**

Full review to come soon!
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this one, I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first book. I wasn't a fan of Whitney's little deception and then her hot and cold attitude, in the beginning, was annoying not to mention Decker's way of handling his slipping grades. Those are personal gripes since I would have handled things differently but I did enjoy the romance and I do plan on finishing out this series and I also liked how everything came together so it wasn't all bad. ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 enjoyed Getting Lucky Number Seven, so I was really excited to check out Anatomy of a Player. I remember great romance and wit from Cindi Madsen, and I am happy to say that Anatomy of a Player had both of
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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 a professor and being told her “looks” would better be utilized on tv vs in a journal, Whitney does not give up. When given the opportunity to prove her skills with the local paper, Heights Newspaper,
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
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 thousands it seems lately with pretty much the same content. So why did I give this one 4 stars (and actually book 1 5stars in this series)? Because the writing style made me interested every page, and t ...more
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“Hudson pushed up onto his elbows and took me in, his eyes moving from my navel, to my lacy black bra, to my face. He cupped my cheek and dragged his thumb across my bottom lip. “You’re so fucking beautiful. All that talk about your mom and how she kept pushing you to be perfect… You are perfect.” With” 3 likes
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The statement made the hair on my arms stand on end.”
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