2 out of 4 stars
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Following the events of the previous book, Rosalinda “Rose” Escobar is now a superstar in the world of professional boxing, as she is now the world champion. Her journey is just beginning, however, as she must defend her title against a host of opponents that believe they are better fighters than she is. While Rose is focused on the task at hand, the murder of someone close to her, in the previous book, remains unresolved. There is also a betrayal of Rose's trust when her present lover, Rick, gets closer to another woman. What effect will these distractions have on her bid to retain her title? Find out by picking up a copy of Jesse Moreno's Proud to Be Me Rosalinda: Part II.
The author seems to have a lot of experience in the world of boxing or has carried out a lot of research on how things work in this field. I enjoyed learning a lot about the different forms of training to improve in boxing as I watched Rose and her colleagues put in work. The highlight of the book for me came in the form of the fight scenes in the ring. Jesse Moreno expertly employs a descriptive style of writing that will help readers feel every punch and emotion as both fighters struggle for victory. Those scenes brought the excitement that was necessary to keep me invested in the story. It was also interesting to follow a strong female character, Rose, after what she had been through to get to that point in her career.
The book also seems professionally edited. I found just five minor errors that did not affect my reading. However, the book left much to be desired in other areas. A big issue for me from the previous book was that Rose's main opponent, Echo, did not get a good look into her character. So, I couldn't connect to her. The same was evident in this book, and other challengers suffered the same fate. Writing the book from a third-person point of view probably affected the story in this regard, as it was difficult to establish any connection with the characters, besides Rose.
Another issue was that Rose seemed like a perfect character. I couldn't point out any weakness from reading her story. Jesse Moreno's inclusion of a romance element in the story was a welcome addition, but I was not pleased that two strong female characters had to fight over a man. There was no deeper reason for the problems between them.
Furthermore, the story seemed to lack direction. While I enjoyed the idea of Rose having to prove herself as the champion, it was not well executed as the central theme because all Rose did was fight. All things considered, I think a rating of 2 out of 4 is fair. I couldn't go below my actual rating because the author did a good job of accurately depicting the world of boxing and the fight scenes. I would recommend this book to fans of sports-themed and action stories. There are sexual content and minor profanity, so the book is not suitable for a younger audience.
Proud to Be Me Rosalinda Part 2
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