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

Title: Phenomenal X (Hard Knocks, #1) Author: Michelle A. Valentine Genre: New Adult Expected publication: April 22nd 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 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.

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I stare into his eyes and trace the scruff along his jawline. “It’s okay to be vulnerable sometimes, Xavier. You can be that with me. The past is just that—the past. I base how I feel about you on the man I know you are today. You’re protective and strong, and above all else, you have an amazing heart.” He closes his eyes and leans into my touch. “You don’t know what you’re asking for. I’m so fucked up, Anna.” I bite my lip and cradle his face in my hands. “You’re not. I wish you could see what I do.” I know we’ve had problems, and our relationship is nowhere near perfect, but right now I don’t care about any of that. Every inch of me craves him. I want him to know that me matters to me—that I’m not going anywhere. I lean in closer to him and he closes his eyes again before resting his forehead against mine, resisting my kiss. “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?”


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

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ARC GIVEN TO ME BY AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. 5 stars- Absolutely breathtaking, exciting, and never a dull moment. LOVED IT! I have one word for this book and it’s PHENOMENAL. This book is one of the best I’ve read this year. I could hardly put it down. But honestly anything that Michelle writes is gold. It’s just a captivating story. But I think The plot line could of been better than it was. It was your typical “I’m not good for you, stay away from me.” to “I love you, I won’t let anyone hurt you.” kinda story. I felt like I read it all before. But Michelle made me fall in love with Xavier Cold. And I swear if Anna didn’t sleep with him soon I would have. The sexual tension can be cut with a knife. I basically yelled at Anna for not sleeping with him soon. But overall This book was awesome, and that cliffhanger was amazing. Now I need the second book asap.#bbreviews

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He grabs the drink from my hand and slams the plastic cup down on the floor, splattering its pink liquid all over a group of guys standing a little too close while watching the action unfold. X tugs me behind him, effectively putting a wall of muscle between Jared and I, shielding me with his body. He stares down at Jared, his fingers flexing into fists at his sides like he’s ready to rip into my would-be dance partner. “You think I didn’t see what you put in her drink back there, motherf**ker? There’s no way in hell I’m going to allow a little pecker-stain like you to attempt to drug this girl and get away with it.” All the blood drains from Jared’s face, leaving his skin pale while his mouth hangs open in shock. At first I think there’s no way a nice guy like Jared would do that, but when he doesn’t deny the accusations instantly, I know he’s guilty.
X shakes his head in disgust. “You just gave me the green light to end your f**king world.” #michelleavalentine #phenomenalX #teaser #cantwait #wanttoreaditnow