REVIEW: Phenomenal X (Hard Knocks #1) by Michelle A. Valentine

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REVIEW: Phenomenal X  (Hard Knocks #1) by Michelle A. ValentinePhenomenal X by Michelle A. Valentine
on April 14 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
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From the mean streets of Detroit rises the newest superstar of professional wrestling, Xavier Cold, better known as Phenomenal X. His muscular physique makes men cower before him and women lose their minds with desire.

Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naive to the harsh realities of the real world. Tired of living under the thumb of her conservative family, she defies them when she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling’s most notorious bad-boy. Phenomenal X has an animalistic nature that even good girl Anna finds hard to resist.

One night forced to share a bed in a sold-out hotel, lines blur between them and they quickly learn that one lustful night changes everything and neither one of them will ever be the same.

Dorsey’s Review

4 Phenomenal Stars!!

Xavier “Phenomenal X” Cold is a bad boy who meets a good girl, Anna Cortez, on a plane from Portland to Detroit and the chemistry between them was off the charts from beginning to end!!!

Sheltered 21 yr old Anna leaves home and abandons her fiancé, a fiancé her father has chosen, because of her controlling and abusive father. Little did she know how much her life will change…. Xavier Cold is Wrestling’s resident playboy bad boy. He knows his appeal and has no problem using it to pick up women.

When there is a commotion on the plane she realizes that arriving passenger Xavier is a celebrity, a very sexy and obviously a very popular celebrity. Soon she is sitting next to him and he bluntly makes it known to Anna that he’s very interested. Xavier is amused and intrigued to find that Anna has no clue who he is and not impressed by his celebrity status and equally not impressed with his strong sexual overtures during their flight….but secretly she admits he sets her blood on fire.

Once in Detroit Anna realizes that she’s lost her cell phone but soon learns that Xavier has it and arranges to meet him which gives Xavier exactly what he wants, to continue his pursuit of Anna. Eventually, they become “friends” but it’s obvious Xavier and Anna were both battling the strong attraction they feel for one another but, for entirely different reasons.

“If we smash these fucking friendship rules there’s no going back. Once I have you—that’s it, you’re mine. I won’t allow another man to take what’s mine. Do you understand?”

It was sweet and heartwarming to see the inevitable happen. They were very likeable characters and you will be drawn to them, regardless of how different their personalities are. Xavier has a heartbreaking backstory which explains a lot of his anger issues, mindless hookups, and dark side.

OMG!! The ending!! I’m so glad I waited so long to read this book (which ended with a cliffhanger), now I don’t have to wait to read the conclusion to their story.




About Michelle A. Valentine

Michelle A. Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Rock the Heart. Wicked White is the first novel in her Wicked White romance series. She attended college as a drafting and design major, but her love of people soon persuaded her to join the nursing field. It wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began her love affair with romance novels, and she hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not writing, she feeds her music addiction, dabbles in party planning, and expresses herself by working with arts and crafts. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, son, and two beloved dogs.

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2 years 7 months ago

This book has been on my TBR forever! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!