Saturday, April 26, 2014

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

Rating 4.5/5 stars
Publication Date April 22, 2014


Good Girl. Notorious Bad-Boy. One Phenomenal Love. 

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.


Why did the end had to be cliffy? How long will I have to wait for the second book? What's going to happen next? Why did Xavier have to be book boyfriend and addiction material? Why can't anyone she Rex for who he truly is? Those questions where in my mind when I finished the book.

For some write reason I keep linking the book to Katy Evan's Real, do if you are a fan of the latter check Phenomenal X. If you are not please still check this book out.

Xavier's grandma and Anna's father are very religious people and unfortunately the bad kind. Both of them are obsessed. If you are not a fan of books that contain religious parts you won't have a problem. I was sad because I can believe that some people out there is like that.

Anna is a lukewarm for me. She had potential to become a great and beloved character and I will be looking for that in book 2. I hope she will fight for Xavier and she will be strong. She has to face many obstacles and fight for what she loves.

Xavier could be my man. The truth is that I kept waiting for him to screw up and he sort of did. It was easy to understand why he acts the way he does after learning parts of his past. He needs to let go of the past and let Anna in. He has to stop his past from controlling him. He doesn't see himself as the person who he truly is, the one Anna sees in him. He needs redemption, a way to let go of what's haunting him and live a happily ever after with Anna.

I have lots of expectations for the second book. Why? A) The author had built the story nicely and usually the books get better and better and not the opposite. B) There is going to be a lot of drama, but I think the author will deliver it without making it over the top. A police arrests vengeful ex-PA, a person whose goal is set to winning the belt and will do everything in his power and something more to get what he wants and Xavier's past made this book very interesting so I think, now when a chance to explore them more exists things could he mind blowing. Michelle A. Valentin has set the bar high for this series.

What I didn't like, but totally understood was the self-promotion. Anna reads Rock the heart (another book by the same author). I get that dome of the readers will want to check the book out and the author will get a better paycheck, but for me it would have been better if Ana was reading a book from another author who happens to be Valentine's friends it the title of the book was written on a note at the end of the book.

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