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Phenomenal X

By: Michelle A. Valentine
Narrated by: Alexandria Wilde,Sean Crisden
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Publisher's Summary

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 women lose their minds with desire. Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naïve 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. Forced to share a bed in a sold-out hotel, lines blur between them, and they quickly learn that one lustful night changes everything. Neither one of them will ever be the same. Contains mature themes.

©2014 Michelle A. Valentine Books, LLC (P)2014 Tantor

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Awesome Book!

I am so pissed right now! I cannot believe the second book isn't out... What a freaking cliffhanger! Urgh!!!! I hate listening to an awesome book that has me so involved then Whamp!!! Cliffhanger....

And the Cliffhanger in this one... OMG!!! Seriously.... Second book.... Instant Download!!!

X is superstar wrestler from extremely bad origins... but he meets the sweetness thing on an airplane and their romance/friendship start from there. I totally enjoyed all the sweet moments between these too... I am actually glad they moved from friends to serious so quickly... it kept the story going.... I feel like it would have start dragging if they angst played out for too long... But the ending...OMG! I can not believe the story just ended like that... Seriously!!!!


Good Narration... I am not one for dual narration...but I was still worth a good listen.

Good credit or sale....maybe not a buy!

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X Gonna give it to ya!...Cliffhanger Ahead

hmmmm...Where to start....I guess if you haven't already guessed it, based on other reviews let me spell this out THIS BOOK WILL LEAVE YOU HANGING! Now, normally this wouldn't be a big deal, except Book 2 is not due to be released until later this year (yep, i checked the author's website!)

The first thing I loved about this book is it's a 2-sided story. As the listener, we get to see things from Ana's view and X's view. The Author did a fantastic job with transitioning from Ana to X.

Ana is a sweet, innocent & sheltered 21 yr old who has had enough of the confines of the world she knows. She runs away for a "fresh start".. While this is what we come to know about her, I have a feeling there is still more and maybe Ana might be just as damaged as X in a different sort of way!

X is an entertainment wrester, with a body, attitude and manor to match. X is also very broken...We get a taste of just how broken in this book, almost as though this is the least of X's demons and more is yet to come!

When fate puts Ana and X together, the journey that they take in a few weeks left me craving more. There are funny moments, there are heart pumping moments and sad moments. This is a hot, sexy, funny, sweet & sour moment type book. The author pulls you in from the start to finish and of course at the end you want to know what now?

I have never listened to a book narrated by Alexandria but She was amazing. She maintained a clear tone of voice, distinct voices for each character and good voice fluctuation. She nailed her conversational lines. She did not sound like she had a cold or breathing as she narrated. She is one I will have no hesitation listening to in other books.

I have loved Sean Crisden's narration from prior books and knew he would be great as always. He has a smooth voice, though not the best female voice but close enough. His narration always takes me where i need to go without fail.

This is not an MMA book, think more like WWE....

The bottom line: If you want the roller coaster relationship, the amazing chemistry and a book that will reel you in from start to finish, then THIS IS IT! Ana sweets will have un in aww.... and X is definitely gonna give it to ya!

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YES IT WAS SIMPLY PHENOMENAL

Right from the start this listen captured my imagination while Xavier captured my heart…. sitting in Economy aboard a plane that will hopefully whisk her away from overbearing religious parents and an unwanted marriage, shy timid Anna locks eyes with a stunning, sexy, drool-worthy man as he prepares to sit in First Class. She doesn't know it but he's a famous Wrestler and he's about to rock her world.

Although he says he's the villain in this story Xavier comes across as protective, sweet, thoughtful, kind and loving to Anna and when their off the charts sizzling chemistry moves them from the 'friends' category into the 'lovers' category then things really heat up with jealousy and possessiveness also joining his list of traits. He's damaged and haunted by his past and terrified of losing his beautiful innocent Anna and will do anything to stop that from happening…… but the one he should fear most is himself.

Worth a credit? Oh YES, what an awesome sexy start to a new series that will be an auto download for me but hopefully they won't have quite such an epic cliffhanger as this one did which left me pulling my hair out while screaming "NO NO NO OMG NO NO NO !!!"

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Mr. intensity himself was phenomenal.

Would you consider the audio edition of Phenomenal X to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audiobook. I wasn't trying to tear my ear drums out. It was a perfect pairing for narrators.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked this book. Did not love it. But the ending was pretty fitting with the feel of the book. Their was no shocking end, more predictable but entertaining.

What about Alexandria Wilde and Sean Crisden ’s performance did you like?

I like their voices for these characters, a good audiobook is all about choosing the right narrator for the character and genre along with age group. I listened to a young woman's voice for a young woman's character. It was well suited which mad it more enjoyable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I always thought this was a stupid question. Next ...

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this one, lately I have been buying books and hating them because the narration a are mismatched but this book gave me what I was looking for in a story. I'm satisfied.

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She is to "dingie" for me

I am 3 hours into this book and I started to roll my eyes when she would say over and over she wasn't that type of girl. I like strong funny woman and this wasn't for me.

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Almost Great

The first six hours of this audio were really good; not flawless, not serious, but highly entertaining and with characters I liked and appreciated. Xavier was getting to be quite controlling by then it didn't rise to any sort of stalker level but it does bear at least some scrutiny.
Then came that awful final hour where a pretty good story became a bad combination of a soap opera and Saved By The Bell.
SPOILER ALERT coming up.
Given that Phenomenal X is the most popular wrestler in the association; his lack of power and the double standard favoring the Rex the Villain is absurd. The overly dramatic prose complete with the breathless delivery of Alexandria Wilde made the last forty to fifty minutes of this audio almost excruciating to endure. Hopefully the first six hours are more indicative of Michelle Valentine's new series than is the unfortunate final hour.

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Loved this book!!! Phenomenal!!

Would you listen to Phenomenal X again? Why?

Yes, it was entertaining .... and it was an easy listen.

What other book might you compare Phenomenal X to and why?

I think this one stands alone. I have read other MMA books ... but this one is a favorite.

What does Alexandria Wilde and Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sometimes I do not care for dual narration. It worked with this book. The POV's of both were well preformed and you could actually relate to the characters largely in part due to the narrators.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Quite frankly, being the sucker that I am .... I liked how he had time for his "little" fans by signing anything they wanted on the plane.

Any additional comments?

This book is one of my favorites in recent purchasing. I highly recommend it to anybody who wants to lose themselves into a good story ....

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Thinking I've Read a Better Version of this Book

Correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't this book a lesser version of the AMAZING Katy Evan's "REAL" series? What a disappointment. If I had not read Katy Evan's "REAL" series, this might have been an OK book, just an OK book and that's all.

The storyline is thin, characters could have been great, but totally under developed and missed the mark. If you liked this series, I strongly suggest you go download the "REAL" series by Katy Evans. You will see why I feel Phenomenal X is a knock-off. 50 Shades and it's knock-offs... So overdone. Now the fighters and rock stars? ugh
The narrator did do a nice job.

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Good story but disappointing at the end.

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I enjoyed the story except towards the end. I disliked that X was displayed as an out-of-control idiot. The fact that X and Anna appeared as if they had no options was disappointing. Both cannot be weak. Will the sequel be just as disappointing?

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Awesome but wait till book 2 is out

Where does Phenomenal X rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 books

What was one of the most memorable moments of Phenomenal X?

The nightmares

What does Alexandria Wilde and Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They both are awesome narrators. Heard him in the crash series . I felt the book. The anxiety, pain, and love.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Will his ugly past let them have a beautiful future. Or
sex, drugs and an arranged marriage can love save 2 lost souls

Any additional comments?

loved this book just wished I would have knew it was a series cause I would have waited to listen to it back to back. I Hate The Suspense of not Knowing NOW

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  • Kat P
  • 02-06-15

OMG, I am speechless.

OMG, I am speechless. I love it, it's awesome but I just finished this book saying "No, No, No, you can't end the book like that." Michelle does it again.

Anna has been sheltered all of her life by her father. 'You can't do that' and 'you can't do this', is what she always hears from her father. One day she has enough and moves to live with her aunt and cousin in Detroit. Detroit is the place she was wants to make her dreams a reality.

Detroit is where Xander (Phenomenal X) grow up with his mum and gran. His life wasn't great, his gran was evil but that's normal to him. He leaves and hasn't be back for years. First trip home, he meets Anna on the plane. He just keeps popping up in her life and then he offers her a job she can't turn down.

Living out of a suitcase is hard!! Can Anna cope with that? Can Anna and Xander remain friends?

Read the book to see. I would recommend this book.

Michelle, Please tell me there are more books in this series about X and Anna.

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  • Lara
  • 09-26-17

DNF

Couldn't get into this one. Was hoping for another Katy Evans 'Real' series type thing but it is nowhere near the Mark unfortunately. Have returned this one.

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  • Madee
  • 04-26-16

That ending?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Xavier
He holds a little more of the relationship and pretty much figures Anna rather quickly. I picture Xavier more of a main character then Anna since his story really does over power her and makes you feel as he has more to lose then she does

Any additional comments?

The ending was quite intense like running into a brick wall and the tense feeling won't stop until you figure out you need the next book
Honestly can't hate this book

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  • narda
  • 11-30-14

Phenomenal X

I enjoyed the story line, there is a lot of focus on feelings and emotions, more so with the female character. Sean Crisden smooth voice gives volume to Xavier's character who's Phenomenal X, some of the hot sexy moments in the story did have an effect on me, made the toe's curly a bit................lol. It could have been Sean smooth voice, I give Sean - Five Stars for his performance. Anna comes across a bit winey in her thoughts, the narrator Alexandria voice could have contributed to that. The Story was well written,though if I was reading the book, there would have been places that I may have skipped pages because of Anna's winey emotions. All and All I did listen to all of the story, I don't think I would pick it to re-listen to if I was stuck for a audio book on a long drive. Don't know if I would buy the next book in the series, Anna's emotional thoughts maybe to much to listen too. cheers all