Minute Reviews [9]

Posted February 19, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 0 Comments

Minute Reviews

It’s time for another installment of Minute Reviews! This time around I’m tackling two Entangled Embrace romances I read in the last month or so.

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Minute Reviews [9]Anatomy of a Player Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 25, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Format: eARC, 350 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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.

In Review: My Thoughts

Believe it or not, Anatomy of a Player was my first Cindi Madsen book. It won’t be my last. It’s not a particularly steamy new adult romance, but it did have plenty of swoons and sweet moments. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it.

This isn’t the first time I’ve read a “bad boy goes good” book, but I still tend to enjoy them. I liked both Whitney and Hudson. I found myself literally laughing out loud and times as Whitney uncovered all the signs of a player. I liked that there was more to Hudson than met the eye. Hudson and Whitney had great chemistry and wonderful banter. I liked them together. Neither of them may have been looking for a relationship, but they found something real together and I enjoyed the ride.

This was a fun, cute read that left me smiling. It was just maybe a little longer than it needed to be, but I was into it, so I went with it. It was probably closer to 3.5 stars, but I rounded up. 🙂

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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About Cindi Madsen

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.

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Minute Reviews [9]Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 8, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

In Review: My Thoughts

I do love a good famous person/regular person romance – and I fell in love with this cover as soon as I saw it – so I was all about Beyond the Stars. There was something really appealing about the forbidden aspect of the assistant falling for her boss, famous or not. Despite a little bit of a slow start, it was a cute and quick read. If I gave half stars, this one would be 3.5 stars, but I rounded up because it’s better than 3 stars.

I really liked the setup here. Jessica is all but forced to work as a personal assistant to Jack, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors. He has a playboy reputation, but is pretty closed off now. Jessica is pretty much counting the days until she can leave this job and go to Paris. I liked the pacing of this book and how they moved from people who could barely be in the same room with each other to friends and then finally to more than that. Their chemistry wasn’t as overt as you’d typically see in a book like this, but it still worked for me. I can’t even call this a true slow burn, because I don’t feel like it ever really exploded… it just was. But I liked it that way. I liked the character growth and the ways their relationship changed each other.

If you’re looking for a cute, sweet, quick read that’s low on the angst, give this one a shot.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

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About Stacy Wise

Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016). She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four children, two dogs, and an ever-changing number of fish.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Stacy worked in television casting on shows including Party of Five, The X Files, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Married...With Children. When she's not dreaming up stories, you can find her beating up the bag at a kickboxing gym or walking her dogs, Bailey & Rex.

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