TeriLyn's thoughts: **The Last Round generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
Starting off it's imperative to point out I loved the premise of the story as it tells what happens once a 12 year relationship begins crumbling. Julian and Natalia Rios started off as frenemies became lovers then husband and wife. Julian, a boxing champion, and Natalia, an aspiring actress have a rich history between them making their love sweet. I loved this and was excited at the prospect of seeing how that love maintained over the years and what's caused it to seemingly fall apart.
The Last Round quite frankly fell really short for me. The book itself was short only taking me about two hours to read. There was so much potential to really dig into the heart of both Julian and Natalia's issues and I felt the story moved so quickly I never really the "epicness" of their love and I wanted to so badly. When their marriage fails and the characters are left picking up the pieces working to find their ways back to each other, there was just no meat to the story. The events didn't feel organic to me but just rushed - this is the best to describe it. Also, the author uses this book to plug or her other works in a way I didn't feel was natural either.
The bright spots for me were the periods of Julian's vulnerability. He has flashbacks of he and Natalia's coupling that were very sweet because we see him looking back with the regret and vulnerability of losing her in the present. His actions near the end of the book were lovely and the epilogue was very sweet.
This book was very low drama and a very quick read. Digging into the meat of the story from author would have left me with a more epic feeling as the writing and characters were on point. The Last Round is a stand alone story told from the first person points of view of both Julian and Natalia.