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Blog Tour with Review: Xavier Cold (Hard Knocks #2) by Michelle Valentine


xaviercoldAbout XAVIER COLD:

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.


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My Review

“I stared into the eyes of the man I love without a doubt, and there’s no question that this is who I was made for, the man I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with. Our love–it’s unbreakable. “

Xavier Cold is finally here!!! I can not even begin to tell you how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I have been waiting and I mean waiting a long time for this book to get into my hands. And now that it’s finally here, I couldn’t be happier.

Xavier Cold picks up right where we left off in Phenomenal X and I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been dying to know what happened next. When we meet up with Xavier and Anna again, they are still reeling from what happened at his fight. Xavier will quickly find that his actions had some big consequences. Xavier feels lost and like his world is coming apart at the seams. He will find himself with no choice, but to return to his childhood home until the dust settles. But, returning home is anything but good. You see, when Xavier returns home, some parts of his past refuse to stay hidden. What will happen when Xavier’s past wants to become a part of his future? Will Anna be able to help Xavier fight his demons and get the life he’s always wanted??

I have to tell you, it was so good to be with Anna and Xavier again. I loved the two of them together. I thought the love they had for one another was real special and they certainly had their share of ups and downs while on their journey to HEA. Things are definitely still challenging for the two of them in this book and their relationship will be tested in more ways than one, this go around.

Xavier Cold was a quick and easy read for me. It is told from dual points of view and can easily be read in one sitting. This book had plenty of drama, angst, frustration, romance and sexy good times. So, why did I rate this book only 3.5 stars? Well, here’s the thing, the story was too fast paced. I know. I know. I usually love my books to be fast paced, but this was too much. Parts of the story just felt too rushed and left me wanting more. I wanted things to slow down. I wanted to enjoy the characters a little more and I wanted to see them work through their issues; maybe a little more fighting for the things that they wanted. My other problem was the drama. Yes, we did need some drama. That being said, I felt like there was just too much. I can’t give you any details because if I do, it will spoil things. Lets just say that I felt like a lot of it was unnecessary and that’s why I couldn’t give this book a 4 star rating.

Other than those issues, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I loved getting to spend more time with Xavier and Anna again. I was excited to see how their story would turn out and I’m happy to finally have those answers.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.

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Release Boost: Fighting For Forever by JB Salsbury

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 Title: Fighting for Forever
Series: Fighting #6
Author: JB Salsbury
 Release Date: June 23, 2015

Slut. Hooker. Whore.
The taunts never bothered me. They only see what I allow them to see, and a Las Vegas stripper is the perfect cover.My life had direction. I had a mission—until the man I needed vanished and is presumed dead.

It’s time to move on—give up the dream for revenge—and no one shows me that more than the mop-headed fighter with eyes the color of the ocean.

If anyone can teach me just how sweet life can be, it’s him. But first, I’d have to let go.

Mase. Baywatch. Mayhem.

I’m known by many names, but there’s only one that stirs panic and worry in my gut every time I’m called it.


I’ve bailed him out of trouble for years, so when he turns up in Vegas and asks for me, I’m prepared for the worst. And the worst is exactly what I get in the form of a lilac-eyed beauty named Trix.

She’s everything I hate about Vegas: a stripper, loose with her body and her morals. But there’s something about her, a complexity that she buries deep, and I’m determined to uncover it.

The deeper I go, the less I understand. When I finally learn the truth, we engage in a battle where life and death hang in the balance. Fighting could kill us both, but if we win, forever is the prize.

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JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.
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Review: Full Contact by Sarah Castille

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FullContactWhen you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…

Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

My Review

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet. Full Contact was a really enjoyable read for me. I loved Ray and Sia’s story. The last few years of Sia’s life has been anything but easy. She now finds herself living in the shadows and taking the easy way out. The last thing she was prepared for was Ray. Ray was quite, but an excellent fighter. Total alpha male. From the moment he met Sia, he knew he had to have her. She brought light into his life and made him want to leave all the darkness behind.

This book pulled me into the from the first page. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were fun and easy to connect with. I loved the side characters and there are a few that I’m hoping will get their own stories.I thought Full Contact was sexy, full of steam, angst, romance, action and suspense. I will warn you though, that this book does deal with some tough subject matter. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

* I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*