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.
***** Spoilers ahead if you have not read Phenomenal X *****
Xavier Cold is book 2 in the Hard Knocks series, and should be read after Phenomenal X, and it picks up right where Phenomenal X left off.
Xavier Cold begins with X in jail after the assault on Rex. And although Rex deserved every punch, X knows he messed up and is ready to face any punishment that is headed his way. He is surprised to get out so quickly, but when he sees who got him out, he knows that facing the consequences of his actions won’t be so easy. What is handed down to him forces him to face a past that he has spent so many years running from and trying to block from his mind, and in order to keep Anna by his side, he has no choice but to face it with her.
Anna knew that X had secrets and a past he didn’t want to talk about, but she didn’t know how strongly he was still affected by it until they arrive in Detroit and have to stay in the house that X grew up in. She soon realizes that not only does X have a dark past, but a dangerous one as well.
X’s past gave us insight into how he turned into the man that he is, and also let us see that wrestling saved him from going down a path that would have ended badly for him. Through a series of events, a long-kept secret is revealed, and it helps X to make peace with that part of his past.
Anna grows a lot in this book. Although she loves X with everything that she has, she realizes that sometimes love may not be enough, and there are some things in their relationship that she can’t turn her back on and just let go. She is strong-willed and determined, and holds her ground even when she wants nothing more than to follow her heart and run back to X and ignore what her head is telling her is right.
When X’s past threatens to ruin his future, he has some hard decisions to make. And to add to it, he and Anna are forced to spend time apart, which could be the beginning of the end for them. Will the distance cause X to realize that letting Anna go is the only way to protect her? Or will Anna provide him with new hope for the future that he can’t turn his back on?
Xavier Cold was the perfect conclusion to a great series. It is a story of love, healing, and learning to hold on and fight fiercely for those you love. 4 stars.
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