SOUTHPAW                                                RAEN SMITH
Posted:  March 17, 2014

Southpaw by Raen Smith  I fight because I have no other choice. I fight because it’s in my blood.

Given Name: Kelly James Black
Nickname: “The Dude” 
Born: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 24 
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 205 lbs
Weight Class: Light Heavyweight 
Record: 12-0-0 
Relationship Status: Train wreck

Meet MMA fighter and Piper Sullivan's roommate extraordinaire, Kelly Black, in this South Boys Novella. This story takes you on Kelly's Black journey to love and overcoming a broken past. Approximately 24,000 words, it can be read as a standalone or for more enjoyment, can be read along with Southbound Surrender.

     This story is about an underground ring fighting.  Kelly James Black is a 24 year old Research Scientist with past family issues that lets off steam by fighting in these fights.  He sees his therapist who tells him that it is better to do the fighting in the ring then it is to do it on the street and get arrested like he has already once.
     One of his best friends and roommate is a student and a girl names Piper Sullivan who is dealing with her own family issues and is crashing on his couch after one night she helped him home after a night out of fighting and drinking too much.  He made a pass at him she refused it she put him to bet and fell asleep on his couch to keep an eye on him and never left.  She plans on fixing him.  They argue and he says she is the little sister he never had.
     Then one night at one of his fights he sees and meets the one and only woman that has ever really rocked his world and is starting to change his world in a positive way.  She too is a student ready to graduate soon and she is in the life sciences program and she is a yoga teacher.  He is changing his thinking around her for the good.  But…
     Although I liked this story to me it really felt like I was left hanging.  You know with so many unanswered questions, I just really don’t enjoy that feeling.
     I like that Olivia stood by him for Kelly he was able to work through some major issues in some ways but had a whole lot more to go through.
     As for Piper, I really felt like there was this past love she was pining over that she was in love with Kelly too.  I am not sure she or even Kelly got it.  Maybe not but that was my take on it.
     It all just seemed so rushed too.  I understand it must be a novella but still.  So I chose the middle grown with giving it a rating a three star.  Provided by  Find us at: www.

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