Sara's Review: Xavier Cold: Hard Knocks Series #2 Audible – Unabridged Michelle A. Valentine (Au
Publisher: Michelle A. Valentine Books, LLC
Released: January 20, 2016
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 258 pages
Format: ebook , paperback, Audiobook
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. Phenomenal X (Hard Knocks Book One) Xavier Cold (Hard Knocks Book Two)
Three Boundless Stars
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with the narration of Xavier Cold. Had I read the story instead of listening to the audio book, I may have enjoyed it more. The narrators will make or break a story; where I liked Alexandria Wilde’s performance, Sean’s threw me off a bit. At times, I didn’t feel like he was invested in the characters, and was just reading a script. The format of switching narrators when the POV changes and having each narrator read all the characters is off putting. I have to get used to two Anna’s and two Xavier’s. I prefer the stories when we have one narrator, or we have the narrators exchange dialog based on the gender of the characters.
The overall story was good; we pick up where Phenomenal X left off, and he just got arrested for nearly killing Rex in his last wrestling match. The sex scenes between Xavier and Anna are downright scorching; however, the story is just so eye rolling dramatic at times, I’m like “oh brother, REALLY!” Again, I’m not sure if I would have picked up on this so much had I been reading it instead of listening to it. I found myself asking my husband if wrestling was fake, so the high drama would go right along with the high drama of wrestling. Yet; at the same time the story is thoroughly entertaining, and I even found myself tearing up a time or two, drama be dammed.
I am giving Xavier Cold: Hard Knocks Series #2, 3 boundless Stars, it was good.