by E.L. Montes
Published on December 28th 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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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.
“I loved you then. I love you now. I’ll love you always.”
This is a unique and beautifully written (though really short) story of a couple whose marriage is crumbling under the pressures of life and celebrity, of childhood sweethearts who have lost their way and have to fight to reclaim what they lost.
Julian is a world champion boxer and Natalia is a rising movie star. Married for nine years, and together for 12, we meet them when they’ve hit rock bottom and their relationship is falling apart. Though still very deeply in love with each other, mistakes have been made and they have allowed things between them to deteriorate to the point where separation is the only answer.
“What’re you saying? Do you really want this over?” My voice is hoarse.
A few strong heartbeats later, I silently pray she says no, but instead she nods. And my entire world is rocked in just a few seconds. “I think so. I think this is it for me.”
The book is written in dual POV so we get to see both sides of the story as well as glimpses into their past together, and from the very beginning I could feel the emotion of these characters. Montes does a great job at creating a wonderful dynamic between Julian and Natalia, and I could feel their heartache, as well as their love for each other, and I was completely sucked into their story. I really liked both Julian and Natalia, and Julian’s determination to win back his wife is beautifully written and totally freaking swoony.
“I wish we were teens again. I wish I never broke your heart. I wish we could spend the rest of our lives together and get past this hump. I wish you could allow me to show you what a true marriage can be. I want to show you the better part of me.”
The ending is romantic, though I thought things were resolved way too fast and easy for my liking, but I did like that we got to see Julia and Natalia together, teasing, bantering and happy (and yes, there is sexy time). And though a little cheesy, it ends well and the epilogue left me with a big smile on my face.
This is one of those books that has that special ‘feeling’, that sense of anticipation when you know it’s going to be a good read, and I think it could have been a truly epic story, but it’s too short to give us the kind of detail and in-depth story that I wanted. I would have loved for it to be a full-length novel – I think the story definitely warrants it – but for what it is, it’s really well done.
I really enjoyed it. 3.5 stars