Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Pub
My copy: Purchased
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.
In book 2 of the Hard Knocks duet, we catch-up with Anna and Xavier right where we left off in book 1. In one moment of lost control, Xavier may have lost everything he values most. And now Xavier finds himself in a situation he never imagined he would be in, but Anna is worth it all. So against his better judgement, he needs to do as directed. But the doubts are still there, is she too good for him? Deep down he does not feel a man like him deserves an angel like her.
Anna knows she loves Xavier deeply and that he is her future. Even when it seems everything and everyone is conspiring against them.
Anna and Xavier now find themselves at odds as she wants to understand Xavier and really get to know the man he is and what happened to him in the past. Xavier finds himself pushing her away, because he does not want to taint his angel. Instead of letting her in, his rage begins to overtake his feelings.
“Figure out how to control all the rage inside you before it destroys us both.”
During all this chaos, Anna has to move forward without Xavier to ensure they can have the future they want together. Anna finds that love may not be enough after all. Once a new development she was not expected is put in front of her, she had to decide if Xavier is worth risking it all.
In the meantime, Xavier finds himself confronting all the ghosts from his past and this strong, alpha male may not be able to survive. Will he realize how much he truly loves and deserves Anna in time? Can he share his horrible past with her and not lose her?
What I liked about this story was how the hero got this second chance and the heroine grew to a strong woman who fought for what she wanted. We got to see Xavier fight his demons and come to realize he deserved to be happy. It was a long battle and mostly with himself, but we he finally allowed himself, he went after what he wanted and never let go. On the other hand, we saw Anna go from being afraid to live her life as she chose to standing up for herself and what she wanted. This was a couple you could not help but root for.
This is a great conclusion that takes us on a wild ride. You do not need to be a wrestling fan to enjoy Michelle Valentine’s Hard Knocks Duet! This is the second book I have read from Michelle Valentine and so far, I love how she brings her characters to life! Her writing style flows well and before you know it, you are swept up by her story!
I give Xavier Cold by Michelle A Valentine 4 stars!
I give Xavier Cold by Michelle Z Valentine 4 stars!