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Xavier Cold

Hard Knocks Series #2
Series: Hard Knocks, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 who'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.

©2016 Michelle A. Valentine Books, LLC (P)2016 Tantor

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  • 04-01-16

Kinda Disappointed

While I'm happy i finally got to find out what happened with X and Anna I'm not impressed. We waited what felt like FOREVER to get the rest of this story and it was seriously so meh i can't even force myself to shrug. Anna was a total basket case. one minute she's telling X she's there for him and they can work through whatever and the next moment she needs space. this went on for a good chunk of the book and got very tiresome with the back and forth. by the end of the book i was just happy it was over.

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THE HOT & EMOTIONAL LOVE STORY CONTINUES

It's been a little while since I listened to book 1 in this awesome Duet so, for me to recap, get the full background and powerful impact of this book I eagerly went back and relistened to Phenomenal X all over again.... which was no hardship at all!! And, after it was over, I was more than ready to hear what life's going to throw at X and Anna next.... so buckle up and hold on coz it's a crazy ride.

Sadly, Xavier (aka X) is still his own worst enemy because he's tormented with constant doubts about himself being worthy of Anna.... which is understandable and deep rooted coming from his tragic, heartbreaking and torturous childhood.... a childhood that still haunts him today. Told in various flashbacks in time and my heart ached for what he went through and witnessed. Then, just when he thinks that he and Anna can finally work things out life throws various vicious curveballs at them which results in Chapters filled with drama, angst, anguish, secrets, heartache and very real danger too because X suddenly comes face-to-face with someone from his past that threatens everything. Then the twists just keep coming and X and Anna's newly found happiness is destroyed by X's need to protect Anna from everything... including himself - which leads to mistrust, secrets, heartbreak and unanswered phone calls. However, there's some unexpected shocking news that finally has X living for the present instead of dwelling in the past.... but the past isn't quite finished with him yet as a long-dead, insane and evil truth is uncovered and revealed.

Great second part to this very enjoyable Duet - there were some unlikely and unbelievable manipulations by the WWF Writers..... but it certainly didn't interfere with my enjoyment of this book one bit. X is a sexy, dirty talking, vulnerable and damaged Hero who you just want to hug (well, maybe more!!) and make his world a better place but alas he doesn't need me, he has Anna for that, and she grew much stronger as time went on and circumstances demanded more from her. There was character growth, heat, sizzling chemistry, passion and hot sex as they both loved each other fiercely, protected each other despite any consequences and they were eventually rewarded with a much deserved HEA together with a happy family reunion. Dual POV's, not a standalone listen and the narrators were absolutely flawless bringing the whole storyline, and its many characters, to life making this a perfect listen.

Worth a credit? Ms Valentine really packed so much into this Duet and she had me emotionally wrung-out but very happy after this phenomenal and very addictive listen that was so worth the credit.

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Okay sequel

This was an okay follow up. Xavier was whiny and treated Anna kind of poorly which was a big change from the first book. She's done everything for him and he ignores her and thinks she's better off without him which made me irritated. Anna loves Xavier and keeps trying to show him, but I guess his childhood trauma makes it hard for him to see that. The drama was alright but seemed quickly resolved. I did like seeing Anna with her parents and getting some of the air cleared and the ending was cute.
The narrators aren't my favorite, I felt like the guy was trying too hard to sound gruff and it came across fake.

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I LOVE this sieres!!

I'm so sad that there's only two books in the sieres, though. I wish there were more! I LOVE Anna and Xavier's story!

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Oh yes great ending to this series.

Hold on to your seat for this book. I enjoyed the narrators and you will love this last part of this series.

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Very meaty

Despite this being a romance it had great substance. I loved the 2 main characters and the fact that they each had a story as well as their United story. This was my first time with this author but it won’t be my last!

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Love it!!

I'm still in love with Xavier Cold!! So hot! *fanning self* Anyway, this conclusion of the Hard Knocks series is great. Not gonna get into spoilers but let's just say there is a lot of love, self discovery, learning to love himself and feel worthy. There's a little suspense added in as well. I would definately recommend this series.

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Somewhat disappointing

I struggled to finish this one. Again, I enjoyed the story for the most part. A little cliched. The narration.... It's hard to listen to an entire book of a whine.

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Good conclusion!

I liked the way this audiobook wrapped up the romance and the pace was fast moving. I’m not too fond of the pro wrestling world, but this story was entertaining. Narration was well done. I did think the heroine was a bit dumb not to quit when she had to return by herself, but it made for a more interesting story so I think it balanced out fine.

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wowza what a story

I have read this book & enjoyed it back then. Now hearing it it was like I was enjoying for the first time all over again. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone

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  • 04-26-16

Well ...FINALLY Xavier Cold

If you could sum up Xavier Cold in three words, what would they be?

wrestling, champion and sex .... yeah

What other book might you compare Xavier Cold to, and why?

reading this book all i could think about is WWE... kinda sad but they made Xavier's story intense and Anna's troubles with her father was hard to get past

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah Anna's cousin is amazing specially the way she speaks to her mother and that Anna Sweets punch to Rex's face was amazing

Any additional comments?

Honeslty do love the series wish it was longer