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The Last Round by Emmy Montes
Publication Date: December 28th 2015
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.
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I’m a huge fan of second chance romances, so when I read the blurb for The Last Round, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! While it wasn’t exactly what I expected, if you like your reads short and sweet, I’d recommend this book.
Julian and Natalia were childhood sweethearts who married years ago, but now their marriage is almost fallen apart. With Julian a champion boxer, he lives the wild life full of parties and drinks, and Natalia has finally had enough.
When Julian finds out that the love of his life is walking away from him the day he gets out of rehab, he realizes what a mess he’s made of his marriage and he’s going to fight for it – and them.
We get flashbacks of Julian and Natalia’s past, showing the sweet moments leading up to them falling in love for the first time. This was probably my favorite part of the book, because the actual second chance romance didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
I really wish the author would’ve delved deeper into Natalia and Julian’s characters, because what little we know of them wasn’t enough to make me connect with them or their story. I liked and enjoyed this book for the most part, but I really wish it was more fleshed out and longer. It’s about half the length of a normal sized book, and it wasn’t long enough to really make me invested in the characters. Still, if you’re looking for a quick, emotional read, I’d still say to give this a try!
Now here’s an excerpt from The Last Round! ❤
FLASHBACK of Julian and Natalia (High School Years)
My smile brightened with each step. This should be fun. His head was bent low as his fork stabbed into a baked potato.
Placing my tray down, I took a seat across from him. “If that was a living being lying on your plate, I’m sure you’d be charged for aggravated assault or even attempted murder. What has that poor potato done to you?”
He lifted his head, eyes meeting mine with a raised brow. He seemed both amused and annoyed I interrupted his train of thought.
“I eat alone,” he said, eyes tensed. Then he shoved a fork full of the loaded starch into his mouth. His tongue darted out and wiped clean his perfect lips. I wonder what it would be like to kiss Julian Rios.
“So do I!” I sounded a bit too bubbly, even for myself, but with a wide grin, I nestled further into the seat, crossed my legs, and reached for my apple. “We can eat alone together.”
“Why do I have the feeling you’re gonna make my life miserable?”
“But quite the contrary; by the time I’m done with you, you’re gonna want me part of your life every waking second.”
He scoffed. “I find that very difficult to believe.”
“Listen. I’m a freshman. You’re a junior. We have two long years together. Unless you switch schools, I’m all for bugging the hell out of you until you fall irresistibly in love with me.”
He pointed a plastic fork at me. “I’ve seen girls like you on The First 48. You’re one of those psycho obsessed chicks, right? I’m gonna have to get a restraining order, aren’t I?”
I never laughed so hard in my life and for a moment the cafeteria went quiet. Only the sound of my hooting bounced in the space. I froze and looked around along with Julian. I focused my gaze back on him, leaned in and whispered, “Everyone is staring at us.”
Julian moved in closer. “Because you’ve just crossed over dangerous grounds.”
Squinting, I mouthed, “You don’t scare me.”
“You scare me.”
A soft grin touched my lips. “Good.”
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.”
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