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In the ring, I’m trained, powerful, and in control.
And that’s exactly how I built my legacy.
For years I’ve trained to fight, but no championship title in the world has prepared me for the most important fight of my life.
Out of the ring, I’m untamed and reckless.
Which is why my wife of nine years has filed for divorce.
I’m done with living up to the bad boy image my middleweight titles come with. Boxing is my life, but the money and the fame mean nothing to me without her by my side.
This fight is for the woman that I love.
And I can’t lose.
I won’t lose.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Last Round is a second chance romance that packs an emotional punch, no pun intended. Emmy does a fantastic job of portraying this romance to top all romances, when she introduces us to Julian and Natalia. Their story is primarily told in the present, but does include some flashbacks that help to stress the incredible connection that they have with each other, and have had for 12 years.
It wasn't instalove or instalust for these two, they actually disliked each other quite a bit when they first met. Yet Natalia was persistent and their dislike turned into a friendship which eventually evolved into much more. Despite loving one another more than anything in the world, their marriage is still flawed due to Julian's addictions and shady behavior. The past 2 years have been especially rough on both of them, but for different reasons. So while Natalia wants to throw in the towel, Julian isn't ready to call it quits just yet. He's determined to fight for their love.
I have to admit that I would've loved to see more conflict, a little more angst maybe, because it seems as though the climax of the story was like a hill instead of a mountain. There was so much room for an intense build up, something that would compliment the intensity of their relationship but that wasn't the case. Nonetheless it was still an amazing story that I would definitely recommend. It is a standalone so you can rest assured that all the loose ends will be tied up.
Review copy received from the author in exchange for honest review
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USA Today Bestselling Author, E.L. Montes (Emmy Luz Montes) lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Alex, and their English Bulldog name Butters. She has a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.
Ms. Montes worked several years as a paralegal for a mid-size law firm. She had always loved the legal field and found it to be interesting. She more so "secretly" loved to write. Disastrous was her debut novel which was released October 2012. After the release of her second novel Ms. Montes took a huge leap, by leaving her fulltime job to focus on her writing career. She has and continues to write characters with flaws. Ms. Montes said, “No one is perfect and neither are my characters. It makes the storyline a bit more realistic, in my opinion. But I also feel no matter who you are or the life you have lived, everyone deserves someone to love and be loved. I’m a hopeless romantic, and enjoy writing a story where my readers feel like they’re living and feeling every emotion.”