Saturday, April 19, 2014

eARC BOOK REVIEW...Phenomenal X (Hard Knocks, #1) by Michelle A. Valentine

Title:  Phenomenal X (Hard Knocks, #1)
Author:  Michelle A. Valentine
Publication Date: April 22nd 2014
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:   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 woman 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.

My Review 

*I received an ARC from the author's assistant in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!*



Holy sexpot, this was a hot read!! I’m already salivating over Xavier Cold, a.k.a “X”/Phenomenal X.

Being a fan of Michelle for a while, I already knew that this was going to be good and I was RIGHT!

Anna Cortez had her life made for her. With an overbearing and controlling father running her life, Anna finds herself running away to live with her aunt and cousin to Chicago. However, while on the flight from Portland, she catches the eye of notorious Wrestler Casanova, Xavier “X” Cold, the sparks are off the chart.



Only…Anna knows he’s bad news and resists his charms but he’s not having it.


He wants Anna in his life and his bed and is willing to go through all measures to keep her. Even, if it means just a strong friendship between them and him serving as her protector.

But, as fate would have it, as the two grow closer so do feelings. As much as Xavier wants Anna, he does not want an actual relationship with her. And with his demons resurfacing, an old flame in the way, his wrestling title on the line and a very heated rivalry in the midst, how will things pan out?


My thoughts: Phenomenal X was one of those reads where I literally read in one sitting. It was just so mind boggling and captivating that I just had to know what would happen next.

The only downfall to this story was: there was the typical, “I’m no good for her,” “my past is too ugly for someone as pure as her”. Ugh. I hate that in plotlines. It’s so cliché and annoying really. Stop trying to be the noble martyr and let Anna make her own decisions. After all, it’s something that the male protagonist tends to reiterate from time to time so it should be taken in great stride here as well.

That said, a GREAT beginning to a new series!! Gah, that cliffhanger had me going, “NO!!!”. lol. And man, was it just me or was there so much sexual tension in this read?! I wanted to hump Xavier’s leg like there was no tomorrow! *wink wink*




My Rating:
-Overall : 10
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9.5
-Characters : 9
-Cover : 10

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About the Author:

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New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance and New Adult novels. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos and sexy musicians inspired her BLACK FALCON series.series.

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