Series: Hard Knocks #1
Published by Self Published on April 22, 2014
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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 women 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.(
So this is the first book I’ve read by this author. I loved the synopsis and couldn’t wait to read it. I was so excited that I kept checking Amazon to see if perhaps it went live early. No such luck. 🙁 Once it was live though I dove right in.
This book literally sucked me in from the very first page. Since my dad suffered a stroke on March 1st my reading time has diminished quite a bit so I wasn’t able to read this one in one sitting. I very easily could have though. It was that good starting out.
I loved both Anna and Xavier! Anna’s lived a sheltered life and has a very strict father who tries to run her life for her. Xavier has some deep seeded issues that he’s been dealing with since he was a child. Even though they grew up quite differently and came from different backgrounds they were able to connect with each other. The attraction between them is really strong upon meeting each other and Ms Valentine does a great job building the tension between these two as the story progresses.
A little over half way through things started to change. Some things were sort of unrealistic to me. The friendship or “non” relationship between Anna and Xavier completely changed pretty quickly. The transition was too quick and it seemed rushed. Not quite believable to me.
I knew this book ended with a cliffhanger going in and I had suspicions as to what exactly the cliffhanger would be. I can honestly say that I was wrong. Which in and of itself was great. I’m not a big fan of predictability in books. I want to be surprised. Having said that though the actual way things ended didn’t really make me feel like I needed book two like right now. The last chapter or two things just went in all sorts of directions and I found myself shaking my head a little.
So overall, I liked this book. A lot. And even though I had some issues with it I loved the characters, I enjoyed the storyline, and I’m looking forward to reading book two.