Friday, January 29, 2016

Review & Giveaway: ANATOMY OF A PLAYER by Cindi Madsen

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.

My Review

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 had me hooked.

You've got your player--but honestly, when you look closer at Hudson, you'll find that he's not quite as much of one (off the ice that is) as he's portrayed to be.  And you've got your girl that's been played--and doesn't want that to ever happen again.  Now throw into the mix that both of them are keeping secrets that they really don't want the other to find out and you've got some fun, drama, tension, heat and more to keep you totally drawn in to the story from start to finish.

I really liked Hudson's character, he really has so much more to him than meets the eye and is so very easy to fall for.  Watching him fall for feisty Whitney as she tries so hard to keep herself from falling for him is a lot of fun, and pretty darn entertaining.  But when you've got both main characters keeping secrets...well, I don't want to say any more so I don't spoil things for you.

Anatomy of a Player was a 4.5-star read for me, and I'd recommend it to fans of the New Adult contemporary romance genre.  While it may be typical of this category, it does have its own unique points and really is a great read.  This ones for the 18+ crowd for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author:

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.

Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.


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