Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Author: Cindi Madsen
Release Date: January 25th, 2016
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.
Let me just start off by saying you need to go ahead and do yourself a favor and 1-click Anatomy of a Player. Trust me, you won’t regret it. This book delivers all the feels, is laugh out loud funny and is filled with so much sexual tension. I am a huge fan of plots where the characters start off kind of hating each other, and while in this case it’s more one sided, I think this may be one of the best enemies to lovers books I have ever read. Cindi Madsen created something special with this one- romantic, unexpectedly touching, and has a very swoon worthy hero.
First of all, I adored Whitney. Sure, she is beautiful, but she is also intelligent (and not shy from showing it), passionate, caring and has cases of self-doubt from time to time. As so many of us do. She feels real and I was able to connect to her right away. Cindi has this way of creating female characters that display both beauty and brains, which is so, SO refreshing. When you first meet Whitney Porter, she is catering to a broken heart and has decided to give up on men and solely focus on her dreams of being a reporter. Which might be easier said than done, if her first job wasn’t to be around a bunch of male hockey players.
One of those hockey players happens to be Hudson Decker. Sigh, Hudson. I didn’t think it was possible for Cindi to create a character that was more adorable than Beck, but she *might* have done that. Hudson is the typical player type: non -committal, unfairly gorgeous, charming and cocky. He also has a much bigger heart than he gives himself create for and is a better person than most people think. But truthfully, he is exactly the kind of guy that Whitney knows she should stay away from.
I love Whitney and Hudson’s relationship. At first, Whitney can’t stand Hudson. She knows his type, and isn’t going to go down that road again. And Hudson, well for some reason he can’t leave her alone. Cue in some witty banter that is hilarious and flirty. As they spend more time together, the become friends, and oh my gosh, they have so much chemistry. I seriously could almost feel the air sizzling between the two of them. They still have their banter, but it has some sexual tension added to it. Ah, it’s so perfect! They are so perfect together.
The best thing between them is how natural and real the progression of their relationship feels. It’s not forced or rushed. They both have deep backstories, and I love how they are able to help each other grow and get past their issues.
In addition to their relationship, I loved seeing Whitney’s friendship with Lyla. Yes, you do get to see Lyla and Beck from Getting Lucky Number Seven. It was also heartwarming to see the sweet interactions between Lyla and Beck again. A new character that I really liked was Dane, the best friend/brother figure to Hudson.
I could sincerely rave about this book forever, but I’m leaving some things for you to see for yourself. Be prepare to laugh, swoon and maybe get teary eyed.
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