By Cindi Madsen
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.
After discovering her latest boyfriend is nothing but another cheater, Whitney decides to focus more on her classes and her journalistic dreams instead of dating losers. Desperate to get a spot at the campus newspaper, she offers to take on any story and is given the assignment of exposing all the perks and privileges jocks⎯especially those on the hockey team⎯get that the rest of the student body could only dream about. Pretending to be a sports reporter, she meets Hudson, who is exactly the type of “player” she needs to avoid. She’s already been fooled by men with hot bodies who know the perfect thing to say to make a woman melt at their feet, and she has no intention of being just another nameless notch on his bedpost. But the more she resists, the more intrigued he gets. And as they learn more about each other, the more blurred their end games become.
ANATOMY OF A PLAYER addresses some pretty big issues that are sadly a part of the real world, like how some men in influential positions are still sexist towards women, and how the distribution of college funds seems grossly unfair and geared towards sports rather than academics. I liked that those issues were broached, even if I did feel they were left somewhat unresolved. Despite the serious topics, ANATOMY OF A PLAYER is a fairly light read⎯though somewhat predictable and slow⎯that is told in dual POVs. This is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. The previous couple make appearances, but you don’t really need to know their story to get on board with this one.
Anatomy Of A Player (Taking Shots # 2)
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