Thursday, January 21, 2016

Release Blitz & ARC Review- Xavier Cold (Hard Knocks, #2) by Michelle A. Valentine

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Title: Xavier Cold (Hard Knocks, #2)  
Author:   Michelle A. Valentine
Publication Date:  January 20th 2016
Plot: Book two in the HARD KNOCKS series will follow up PHENOMENAL X. 

The conclusion to the New York Times bestselling romance that began in Phenomenal X, about one woman’s pulse-pounding relationship with a notorious bad-boy wrestler.

“What’ll it be, Anna Cortez? Are you in, or are you out?”
One momentary loss of control has now ruined everything Xavier Cold had going for himself. With his world unraveling fast, he’s willing to do anything to save not only his job but his relationship with the only woman he’s ever loved.

Anna Cortez, still reeling from shock, tries desperately to save the man that’s consumed her heart, body and soul. She’ll have to dig deep and find courage she never knew she possessed to help Xavier fight demons from his past—a past that’s even more haunted than she ever imagined.

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via Insklinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

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Like many tedious fans awaiting bk2's arrival, YESSAH, I got my copy! Hehe, *Hallelujah!*♥♥

Xavier Cold is all we could want and more. Xavier is really put into a hot spot as he feels his life--past and present, his career, and his need to protect Anna from his demons come full term.

With how things ended in the first book, I'm sure everyone is biting their finger nails as to what will happen to Xavier as he is being pulled away from the ring in handcuffs and Anna basically being indoctrinated into the mix of WWE world.

That being said, it was a definite turn around to see Xavier, this all muscled bad a$$ alpha, confronting from serious heavy elements and him just trying to stay afloat. It was a bittersweet treat as we got to see a more vulnerable and layered view of him, and his plight to succeed in his professional career and provide for himself and his girl, as well as find clarity amidst all that he is going through.

Now moving on to Anna. I'd say, being in love with Xavier, she's like old faithful-- staying true and by her love's side-- while also trying to make trying to come to terms with some very harsh realities. Anna has really grown a lot since bk1 and it was great seeing her be Xavier's pillar throughout the darkness and a figure of light when all hope was thought to be lost.

It is pretty sad to see this series duet go, but, I couldn't be more happy with how things panned out. Very good stuff.

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 About the Author 


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.

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Phenomenal X

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