Title: Xavier Cold
Series: Hard Knocks #2
Author: Michelle A Valentine
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 20 Jan 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Xavier Cold picks up at the exact point Phenomenal X ends, it is absolutely necessary to read in order.
I have to say I was more than a little frustrated with Xavier through the story. yes, my heart bleed for him as the revelations of his upbringing are revealed and the extent his past reaches into his present and future. However, instead of putting on his big panties and dealing with all the shizz he has repressed, he continues to push it deeper and to that extent create an ever widening barrier between himself and Anna.
I don’t fully understand how a wrestling TV show can create its own rules while practically dictating a person’s life. I completely hated the Tension bosses (I think Mr Silverman is the devil in disguise) and their meddling into people’s happiness all for the viewers ratings. Seriously I really hope it doesn’t happen in real life. How awful for someone to have such a hold of you and your happiness.
Anna has become a much stronger character than when we first met her in Phenomenal X I really liked her strength to get the respect she deserves.
Emotions and tension are exceptionally high between Anna and Xavier. At times it felt as if he was a gangly teen navigating his way through the minefield that is dating. Which in all honesty with the lack of nurturing he has received, it probably was like being a teen for him with his emotional development severely lagging behind his physical one.
There are a few surprises along the way, but ultimately the journey is worth the battle scars.
Family, friends and trust all paly a part in creating long lasting relationships. *Raises a glass to Anna and Xavier*