Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (46)

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Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating at A Bookish Escape.

Phenomenal X
(Hard Knocks, #1)
by Michelle A. Valentine

Release Date: 2014 

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Good girl. Notorious Bad Boy. One phenomenal love.

From 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 desire.

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.

One 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.


He smiles and a tingle erupts in my belly before spreading throughout the rest of my body. He’s got a great smile, and paired with those gorgeous blue eyes of his, that’s a deadly combination of sexiness. I imagine many women have lost their ever-lovin’ minds because of that smile. “What’s your name, beautiful?”

My heart does a double thud as I swallow hard and try to remember what my own name is—seems like that smile is causing me to go a little batty myself, plus this stunning man just called me beautiful.  “Anna Cortez.”

His eyes dance with amusement. “Cortez…” The way he rolls my name off his tongue sounds so sensual and naughty. I believe he’s trying to turn me on and make me squirm on purpose for turning down his stupid autograph. “Is that Spanish?”

“It is,” I answer simply. “It means courteous.”

“Ah, sassy and smart, I see,” X teases, or at least I think he’s joking—doesn’t seem like he’s pissed or anything because he’s still grinning. “It’s nice to meet you Anna Cortez.”

“Like wise, Mr….” Oh damn. Do I call him Mr. X, or do I refer to him as Mr. Cold like the flight attendant did? I hate being stuck in these awkward social situations. I never claimed to be a big people person.

Luckily for me, X fills in the gap. “You can call me Xavier.”

Things begin to click for me. “Is that where X comes from?”

He nods. “It does.”

I bite my bottom lip as I wonder out loud. “How about the Phenomenal part?”

His eyes flick down to my lips and then back up again. “I could tell you, but I think it’d be a whole lot more fun if I showed you where that portion of my name comes from.”

Why I Can't Wait:

*Ahem* Yes, please show us ... LOL! Can 2014 get here ASAP?!?! I need to meet Mr. Phenomenal X! Wow! Look at that HOT cover! I love it!!! I'm so excited for this book! Michelle A. Valentine's Black Falcon Series is a favorite of mine. I love her writing style and I'm positive that Xavier will join the guys from Black Falcon on my Book Boyfriend list. My bookworm radar is telling me that Anna & Xavier's story is going to give me a HUGE book hangover just like the Black Falcon Series did ;) 

What Are You Waiting On?


  1. Excerpt alone gives you the tingles. This has style, and I'm looking forward to it as of this moment! Great pick! =)
    My WoW

  2. Great pick! And this reminds me of how much I loved wrestling, especially The Rock! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Well this sounds GOOD! Great pick -- adding to my TBR!

    My WoW

  4. WHEW! That cover!!!!! Sold. I don't need to read blurbs, excerpts, NADA. I want it. I want it now. LOL.

  5. WHOA, this guy's muscles! -drools- ;D


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