Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Tour: "Hidden Battles" by Lindsay Avalon


When Brecken Grady dropped to one knee and proposed to Ariana Dubois, she couldn’t have been happier. They’d known each other since they were children and had loved each other for most of their lives. Not even his impending deployment as an Army Ranger could diminish her happiness. Within a year, however, Ari’s health begins to deteriorate, culminating with a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder. In order to protect Breck from a potential future of having to care for her, she does the only thing she can think of: she breaks up with him and disappears. 

Breck knows there’s more to the break up than the excuse Ari sends him over email. Determined to get answers, he will stop at nothing to track down the love of his life and bring her back where she belongs.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My review:
I'm always a sucker for a military romance. I found it an interesting premise that Ari and Breck had known each other as children and their connection continued throughout high school and the time that Breck decided to enlist. I thought Hidden Battles was an applicable title that had multiple meanings throughout the story - Ari and her health issues; Breck and his struggles while overseas; and Trevor and his PTSD.

Ari was a young girl, who had basically been depending on Breck for her emotional support until he joined the Army.  It was no surprise that her reaction to her medical issues was to run.  She wasn't mature enough to turn to those who could help. Breck showed an uncharacteristic maturity for a man his age in his dealing with Ari's leaving and his inability to find her.  Our glimpses into his experiences overseas also gave us insight into Breck.
The biggest challenge I had was that I felt this book lacked "depth". We got to know Ari and Breck, but only on the surface. I wish the author had included some "mind speak" to give us insight into their thoughts, and their personalities. We were told what the characters were thinking throughout the story, and there was obvious dialog throughout the book, but there wasn't really the character lost in thought, and the reader hearing those thoughts. I feel like that would have given us a deeper look and connection to the characters. I also felt a similar lack of depth to the story. The story followed a number of twists and turns as Ari and Breck fought their way back to each other, but I felt in most cases, the author could have delved deeper into the specific aspects of the storyline to create a depth to the story to help the readers relate.
Overall, Hidden Battles is a sweet read with a happy ending, after you get through Ari and Breck's struggles to find it.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book as part of a book tour through Wickedly Innocent Promotions.

About the Author:
I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author. 

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways. 

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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