Author: Cindi Madsen


Crazy Pucking Love
by Cindi Madsen

Series: Taking Shots #3
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: New Adult, Sports
Source: Publisher


Crazy Pucking Love is the third book in the Taking Shots series and I have to say it is by far my favorite. Megan Davenport made her first appearance in Getting Lucky Number Seven as a teenager living with her aunt after her parents’ death and her brother away at college. She gets in some trouble looking for attention. Now years later it’s time for Megan to start college and it just so happens that she will be attending Boston College with her brother Beckett. Megan is glad to leave where she grew up to have a new a start but one thing that hasn’t changed is her insomnia.


After being left alone at her first college party Megan decides to play darts and it turns out that it is going to change her life at Boston College. After Megan hits a cute guy in the head with a dart she doesn’t expect it to turn into an evening of fun and getting to know each other, but as the night starts to come to an end she wonders if she will ever see Dane again. When he walks her back to her dorm she gives him her number but as the days pass and he doesn’t call, Megan feels like she lost the one person who really understood her.


Dane Kowalski is turning a new leaf after he played a part in almost destroying his best friend’s relationship last year. He has been staying away from women but after meeting Megan he knows nothing can come from it but he can’t stay away, until he finds out that she is the younger sister of his teammate, Beckett. Megan off limits but Dane is enjoying being friends with her. Not only are they in the same class but also he has trouble sleeping. As their friendship grows and feelings start to run deeper Dane knows that he will mess it up but he can’t stay away from the smart, beautiful woman who he has grown to know.


Crazy Pucking Love was your typical New Adult romance with more than one trope that had me hooked. Cindi Madsen brought the right amount of ice time to this sports romance, but what really drew me in was Megan and Dane. They are so different but yet they have a lot in common which I loved. Dane wasn’t my favorite character in the previous book but by the end of Crazy Pucking Love he really did redeem himself and I found myself falling in love with him right alongside Megan. I really loved seeing Megan all grown up from when she was first introduced in this series and she showed more confidence and growth from her teenage self.


Already I love the Taking Shots series and Crazy Pucking Love sealed the deal. There are more characters I can’t wait to read about and I hope Ms. Madsen keeps this series going for a while. The best part of Crazy Pucking Love is that you don’t even have to like or love hockey to enjoy it.


Anatomy of a Player
by Cindi Madsen

Series: Taking Shots #2
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: New Adult, Sports
Source: Reviewer


Whitney Porter is officially done with men after her recent heartbreak and is now focusing on her journalism career. She only wants to be taken seriously so when she gets a job as the new sports reporter for her college newspaper to cover the hockey games she is going to go undercover to find out if the team is getting special treatment because they won last year. Whitney first meets Hudson at a party and knows right away he is a player but since she has sworn off men and sex his charms are lost on her until she comes face to face with him in the locker room on the first day of her job. The problem is that there is more to Hudson then what Whitney originally thought and she might just end up heartbroken again but this one will hurt the worst of all.


Hudson Decker is struggling in some classes but in order to keep his scholarship and remain on the hockey team he needs to start studying more. But after a call from his mother he is desperate for a distraction and Whitney is the perfect one. Hudson has never had a problem getting a girl interested in him and he finds Whitney deflecting his advances a challenge, and after all, he never backs down from a challenge. When Hudson’s friends bet him that he can’t get the uptight reporter into bed he’s out to prove them wrong but when Hudson starts developing feelings for Whitney he needs to tell her about the bet and hope he doesn’t lose her forever.


Since this is my first book in the Taking Shots series by Cindi Madsen I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really found myself enjoying Anatomy of a Player. Hudson does come off as a player but at least he is honest and upfront with the girls he beds beforehand. I enjoyed watching him fall for Whitney, even though he didn’t realize it was happening, it was honestly one of the things I really liked most in Anatomy of a Player. When Hudson and Whitney started to really get to know one another they found they had some things in common such as their family life even though they weren’t the same they could relate to one another on that level. Whitney was easy to like and I found her very relatable since I have been in her shoes a time or two.


While I did enjoy Anatomy of a Player I did find the pace on the slow moving side, but once Hudson and Whitney started to build a friendship of sorts it started to pick up a bit. The main characters held my attention and I was really glad this story was done in dual povs. There were a few times I was a little frustrated with their ways of thinking or how they reacted but I had to remind myself that this is a new adult and sometimes that’s just the way it goes.


Anatomy of a Player was a cute and fun read that has me wanting to start book one right away and I believe that has to do with that this is a hockey romance and for some reason I am drawn to them even though I have maybe seen one hockey game in my entire life. The Taking Shots series is being added to TBR list and I think Ms. Madsen is an author to watch out for.

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