The Last Round
Synopsis: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.
An Excerpt from The Last Round
Yes, even after several years, Julian and I would have bad dates. It was always when our relationship was rocky. I would try to dress up and make myself up just for him, which would go unnoticed, and it had gotten to the point we couldn’t even have a conversation at dinner, it was so forced. So he’d grab his phone to distract himself. Those were the nights I’d cry myself to sleep, wondering what I’ve done wrong, or why we’ve changed. I wanted things the way they used to be. We were so happy at one point in our lives.
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I guess this is our end.
Well Ms Emmy might not have released a book in a year or so, but her writing and story building skills sure have improved in that time… I was lucky enough to read this one early on in the process. Emmy’s writing has always been good, but I think that The Last Round might be her best yet. She brings out the emotional side of these characters and truly makes you feel like you know them. I loved Julian and Natalia from the beginning. Maybe cause I could identify with a lot of the struggles they had. If you’re married you know that it’s a daily struggle. If you married your high school sweetheart you may know that people change, and sometimes they change together and sometimes they don’t. Mix in with it the challenge of rising fame on both fronts, and well you have a potential recipe for disaster. Not that I understand that side but we have all seen it enough portrayed in movies and splashed across the media. Being unfaithful seems more like what Hollywood socialites are expected to do rather than a forbidden.
I think that Emmy nails the emotions on both sides of this relationship. Natalia’s insecurities about not being good enough and always wondering what she did wrong to make this all happen. I know as a woman we all harbor that little piece inside of us that wonders where we went wrong even when we did nothing wrong. Then there is Julian who gets wrapped up in the fame and spotlight, the drugs, women and booze and forgets his head a bit, and forgets who owns his heart and soul.
You want to reach out and squeeze both of these characters and tell them it will be ok, that you can make this work. But some things can’t be mended with words, but need to be mended with actions. I loved watching Julian try to win back the love of his life. There are some really great moments that show that it was always there, it just got lost somewhere along the way, and only he could find it again…
This struggle between love and trust will break your heart at times. Natalia’s concerns are the same as what any of us would have. I felt so connected to her emotions and her fight between her love for Julian and the struggle to do what was best. I really think that Emmy did justice to both of the characters in this story. For a short story this had all the elements that you look for in a good read and I highly recommend this one! If you love to read about real life struggles between couples and see how they mend themselves and the canyons they self inflict between their love, this book is for you. Join Julian and Natalia as they learn to love and forgive….