The 2nd book in Cindi Madsen's hockey series was just as good as the first! After being played again and again, Whitney's giving up on men, but she didn't count on Hudson. Between their chemistry and their fun back and forth, I could definitely see why he tested her resolve. This book had a lot of funny moments and Hudson and Whitney's interactions just got better and better. I was happy to see Lyla and Beck again, and I loved the friendship between Whitney and Lyla. The ending totally left me with a smile on my face and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
4 stars — I don’t know why, but I was cautious about this story…worried it wouldn’t be my thing. But I was surprised by how much I liked both characters, and this one just fit in so well with the series!
Whitney had won me over by the end of the first book in the series, even though she’s not a girl I felt like I’d have a lot in common with. But I loved how sweet and sensitive, and empathetic she was. I loved how she wanted to do the right thing, and while she wanted to expose truths, she didn’t want to hurt anyone…she truly looked at things from all angles. I also liked how Ms. Madsen shows that caring about your appearance and liking doing makeup and wearing heels and stuff doesn’t necessarily make you vain…she brought depth to that and took away some of the stereotyping. It’s an area where I definitely differ from Whitney, but I hate how characters like her are often portrayed. I also appreciated that she was quite clearly not a dumb blonde.
I warmed up to Hudson more than I expected as well. I was annoyed with him at first, b/c we don’t know much about his past, and he does come off cocky and entitled, and doesn’t seem to care too much about others. But there was a lot going on with him that I hadn’t expected, and I appreciated how his past shaped him and how he interacted with others. I wouldn’t have minded if someone had talked to him about anger management though…he had pretty good control, but it would have been nice to see that area explored a bit more. With that depth, I loved how Ms. Madsen made it so that the bet didn’t make you hate him…or Dane. I mean, it was a dick move, and not something to be proud of, but there was a lot more there. And there was genuine remorse. I loved how insecure he was about his standings at school, and how at war he was between his desire to do good, and how he struggled with having faith in himself. And I loved that he had his own nerdy little thing! I’m with Whitney, that was adorable.
I loved the chemistry between Hudson and Whitney…I felt it, and I loved that they learned so much about each other and had a lot of interactions that were NOT about sex…I’m doing a bit of comparing to my previous read here, but I really felt like I understood why they fell for each other. It wasn’t all magic wand hand wavy either, they had a bit in common with their childhood struggles, and though they were quite different, there was a thread of commonality. I truly felt them become friends, and that made their jump to the next level that much more satisfying (and I was able to appreciate the steam more). I also loved that they both had guilt, and they both tried to mitigate it; neither of them were totally innocent, they both had flaws and things to work on.
I loved seeing Lyla and Beck again, especially seeing Lyla and Whitney’s friendship, which was important to both of those girls. I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more interplay with Hudson and Dane though, given that Dane was his best friend for so long…that is one area where I feel like this story missed its mark a bit, in secondary character interactions.
I was excited about the topic of athletic perks/entitlement being addressed through the undercover article, again, especially after my previous read where that bugged me. I enjoyed some of where that went, but I wouldn’t have minded the athletes seeing the other side more. But they were a lot more grateful and less entitled and I appreciated that.
So yeah, I was pleasantly surprised with this one!! I don’t know why I had lower expectations, I truly don’t. But it’s always nice when a book exceeds them!
Quick, easy read, but a bit lacking in spots. The redundancy of just the word “hockey” grated on me (“I guess I’ll see you next hockey game.” Or, “I don’t want the rest of the hockey team to get the wrong idea about us,”). Considering this is a book in which one of the main characters is a...hockey player, it is unnecessary to continue to point out that they are playing...hockey.
And the moment where I just about stopped reading and died laughing:
“Name one famous NHL player. Besides Gretsky.”
*smdh* Even my autocorrect gets Gretzky.
That aside, Anatomy of a Player is your typical New Adult college romance. It’s the second in the series however it can be read as a standalone. (I have not read the first and had no confusion.)
No cliffhanger Standalone though part of a series Told from both POVs Only minor editing errors
I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was really excited about this one. It started off a little slow but once it picked up it was great.
Whitney is roommates with Lyla from the first book. She has always wanted to be a reporter and finally gets her chance, the only problem is that she has to pretend to be a huge hockey fan in order to have her breakout moment.
During the course of covering the team she meets Hudson Decker, a huge player both on the ice and off. Her intention is to play him to get her big scoop but little does she know he also might be playing her.
Hudson has ups and downs when it comes to his school and home life. In order to get him out of his current funk his best friend bets him h can't bed the uptight reporter. Hudson takes the bet because the second he sees Whitney he knows she is different.
I don't want to give too much away but you can imagine the drama that ensues.
This is the second book I have read by this author and she is definitely on my radar for future reads.
Anatomy of a Player was pretty funny. Hudson is a hockey player that is overload with college and a horrid home situation. He doesn’t really have time to have a girlfriend so mostly sticks to hook ups. Whitney Porter is really frustrated with the attitude of college guys that just want to hop in the sack but avoid anything deeper. Even though Whitney knows nothing of hockey she takes on being a sports journalist for the college paper, mostly so she can expose what privileged jerks athletes are, only it’s not really that simple. There is quite a bit of angst in this story but it’s still a lighthearted quick read. Hudson was really sweet even though he’s drowning in life. There are times you kind of want to strangle Whitney but it works out in the end with the HEA. Another weekend or beach read that’s not a new type of story but still fun to read.