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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review: Phenomenal X By Michelle A. Valentine


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

Genre: New Adult

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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My Review:

*I received an eARC from the author in exchange of an honest review.

This was a very enjoyable and fast read! It kept me interested and wanting more until the very almost end. It had everything I was looking for in a novel: romance, fighters (*wink,wink*) and a little action of the scary variety in the end.

Anna was a good character. She wasn't a pushover, was hard headed when the situation called for it and cared more of everyones well being then her own. The only problem I had with her was her allowing her lust and passion get in the way of rationality. It's called protection. No matter how you feel in the moment, you NEED to use it. Be responsible, don't have a child you know you're not ready for.

X (AKA Xavier) was a tortured alpha male player. Let me explain that a little more. He had a ruff childhood and because of that, to him, love is something impossible to achieve. He's also a fighter/actor and his profession implies it all: He's huge. Before he met Anna he used to sleep around, A LOT. Anna was actually a little TOO understanding, but then again it's a fictional story, somethings need to happen for the plot line to move along.

"He may come on a little strong at times, but from the few interactions I've had with him, I can tell he's got a good heart."

Anna's father was a jack@**. Just because he's a religious man, doesn't mean he gets to hit his daughter. She's also 21 and a collage grad. She can damn well go live with her aunt in another city if she chooses too to escape him. It's the 21st century hun, the world has evolved. Learn to deal.

"I don't like your tone, or what you're implying. I'll have you know I'm a Christian man. I only inflict physical punishment when necessary. It's my right as her father."

The ending was just mean. That was a huge cliffhanger. I NEED the continuation to this story. It hurts that you'd do this to us Mrs. Valentine. With all that being said, I can't wait for Book #2 to find out what happens next!

Favorite Quotes:

"So you're saying you want to become my personal bodyguard and protect me from the big bad city?"

"Don't apologize for asking for respect. You deserve it."

"I know from experience that sometimes home isn't always the best place to be."

My Rating:





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**Excerpt**

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?”

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About The Author:



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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