Phenomenal X - Michelle Valentine
Good Girl. Notorious Bad-Boy. One Phenomenal Love.
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
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.
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.
“I could do things to your body that most women only dream about
while reading their dirty romance novels, and I promise you’d f*cking
As a lover of Michelle Valentine’s previous series
(Black Falcon and Demon at my Door) I had very high expectations of this
book and it was a highly anticipated read for me. Although I’ve read
many fighter books, those containing Wrestlers are new to me, until
Phenomenal X. Here we have Xavier Cold – better known as the infamous
superstar wrestler Phenomenal X and sheltered, good girl Anna Cortez. As
we come to see, opposites most definitely attract with some force.
Opening a Michelle Valentine book you can guarantee that you will be
sucked into the story, you will stop everything until you have devoured
every page and once you’re done, you will be begging for the next
“There’s something about him that makes me crave to be wild and
out of control. He’s like freedom, wrapped up in one sexy package. A
package that has me thinking about things that I shouldn’t."
The story focuses on the newest superstar in
professional wrestler, Xavier or Phenomenal X. After some heated
exchanges with his nemesis in the wrestling world he is on a week’s
break to cool down and clear his head. On a flight he meets Anna Cortez,
the sheltered good girl who is on the run from her overbearing family
trying to dictate her life. She wants to see what life has to offer on
her terms. When she meets Xavier she doesn’t have a clue who he is,
instantly catching his interest. She’s been raised to avoid this kind of
man however, he’d ruin her for others and she knows that it would only
end badly for her so she refuses his advances. This only adds fuel to
his fire though, making him want her more.
After they part ways
from their flight, a turn of events causes Anna and Xavier to once again
see each other and an altercation leads to ‘protector’ mode from Xavier
and him wanting him to save the sweet girl that captivates him so.
There’s a lot of internal dilemma going on with Xavier, he feels things
for Anna. He knows that she’s different, she’s innocent and too good for
him. A troubled past causes him to only seen darkness and ugliness
inside. He doesn’t wasn’t to taint Anna with his demons and so even
though he takes it on himself to protect her from real life dangers, he
takes a step back to protect her from himself. They can only ever be
“With or without the drink shit, I wouldn’t have allowed you to
leave with him,” he growls. “Whether you realised it or not, you were
leaving that bar with me tonight.”
Anna however, has never wanted someone as much as this.
Screw the just friend idea and their rules. She wants Xavier and she
sees the good inside. She wants to break down his walls, wants to be let
inside and know the man behind the scars. Why can’t he see himself the
way she sees him. With every moment they’re together she falls ever so
slightly more for him and her own defences are crumbling. His continuous
stating of them being only ‘friends’ slowly adds to Anna’s doubts of
never being enough for him and events in the book make her feel that bit
more insecure, if he has all the women at the drop of a hat why doesn’t
he like her like this?
“There’s more to me than just the persona that the public
sees. There’s darkness inside me that no one should have to experience,
and that’s what I’m trying to protect you from. No one should have to
live with my demons but me.”
There were times throughout the story where all I wanted to
do was shake them both and bang their heads together. Why can’t they
see what we do?! There where places where you think they’ll be over
before they have even. They both make bad decisions and it is quite far
into the book before their relationship really takes off. This gives us
time to let them develop, understand their intentions, thoughts and
feelings for one another, making their connection to one another solid.
For me, a rushed relationship in a book usually falls flat. If you gave
them the time develop and grow, this makes for a more real and
fulfilling read. Something that Michelle Valentine does very well. I
love, love, LOVED Xavier and he has fast become one of my favourite book
males that I’ve read about. He’s sweet, protective, caring and so damn
alpha you can’t help but be drawn to his character.
“I love you, Anna, no matter what happens next,” I whisper.
“And I always will.” Tears continue to flow from her beautiful green
eyes, but she gives me a slight smile. “I’ll love you forever.”
Phenomenal X is a very well rounded story and shows how two
people, so different can become intertwined in each other’s lives and
bring down their defenses. Although a book based on a professional
wrestler, there is not actually a large proportion of the book spent
either wrestling or at the arena. I think with how the book is set out
though, this was intended to allow us to get to understand their
relationship first and give us the foundations of the series. I hope
there is more wrestling action in the second book as I find it quite
fascinating. Be prepared for the shocker of an ending. I did not predict
at all how it played out but all it has done is make me want the next
book now. Cannot wait for the next installment of this series, it will
definitely be worth the wait. This book was a perfect blend of romance
and action that I would recommend to anyone who loves a very dominant
man with that softer side that makes you fall in love with them.
“I close my eyes and pray I haven’t just done something that will destroy us forever.”
*ARC received for an honest review