Monday, December 28, 2015

Blog Tour & Release Review + Giveaway!- The Last Round by E.L. Montes

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Title: The Last Round
Author:  E.L. Montes
Publication Date:  December 28th 2015

Plot: 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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Song Playlist: HERE. *A song that reminds me of the couple is Poison by Rita Ora, and Just Give Me A Reason by P!NK, and Wanted You More by Lady Antebellum.

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

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This was an alright read… good even. But, was it just me, or did it feel incomplete or missing something? I don’t know.

I did enjoy the story prognosis and what it encompassed-- since it was different for me, but, things did feel rather progressively fast and tied up much faster than what I would have liked and therefore ended quicker than I had hoped.

This is a story of a boxer and an actress. Two of which have been married for years and together a few years longer than that, until, their marriage crumbles.

Now, it’s about taking time apart and focusing on themselves. Re-evaluating everything and taking a step back.

Can they have a second chance at love?

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A read of inspiration, I would have liked MORE to this story, but beggars cannot be choosers.

I really liked seeing the dynamics between Julian and Natalia—what brought them together in the first place. The elements that tore them apart. Witnessing their own journey and voice. And seeing them grow from this.

Julian had a lot of growing up to do and making things right, but, I cheered him on nonetheless. It’s easy to empathize with his plight of what your career and being in the limelight can do to you and your view of things. It skews it, and in his case, devastated him and his marriage in the end.

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Natalia. I could also see her side of why she wanted this marriage to end. How can you fault a woman who put her heart and soul into her man and burned more times than she could count? Enough was enough.

What I liked about this story, was, like with any relationship it puts the bigger things into perspective. It took a lot of work, an immense amount of soul searching and digging deep, and most of all, HEART.

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All in all, a not bad read!
My Rating:

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.”

 About the Author 

EL Montes

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.”

Author's Links:
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 Book Inspiration 

My inspiration for the story:   I always said I wanted to write about a married couple. I guess I can say the inspiration stems from my marriage. I met my husband when I was sixteen. We have been married for seven years, and although we are in a really good place in our relationship, it wasn't always that way. But I feel the best part of a marriage is all the obstacles you face, yet through it all you stick by one another no matter how difficult it may be. And although in The Last Round the story is fiction, I believe a lot of females can relate to the struggle of how a marriage can fall apart, yet how easily you can rekindle and fall back in love.


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