Review: PHENOMENAL X (Hard Knocks Series #1) by Michelle A. Valentine
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
Michelle Valentine is evil!!! Ha! Not really! I absolutely LOVED Phenomenal X! I truly believe this is Michelle’s best work to date, and I’m a huge sucker for her rock stars so that’s saying something. I’ll admit it right up front – I’ve never been much of a WWE/wrestling fan. Growing up, my friends would stay up and watch the bouts on TV but I always thought they were a little silly.
Stick a pin in that because if Phenomenal X had been on the television when I grew up, I’m pretty sure my opinion would have been different! Michelle Valentine achieved what I thought might not be possible – Me. Loving a wrestler. And she pulled it off so well that I can’t wait to get my grabby hands on the next book! (Insert kindle throwing tantrum because it’s not out yet…)
The dialogue between Anna and X is spot on and quite hilarious at times. I loved the slower build of their relationship but holy smokes, when it gets heated I needed a fan to cool down! There’s plenty of action too, some family dynamics that made me want to punch a few people, and a pace that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.
Overall, I’m still feeling a tinge tantrum-y with the way the book ended but that’s only because I loved the story and the characters SO much that I want more. Lots more. I was not ready for the book to end and will definitely add this to the bookshelf for re-reads.
ARC provided for honest review
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.