Friday, May 15, 2015

Review - Hidden Battles by Lindsay Avalon

Blurb :

Sometimes the most difficult battles are the ones we keep hidden…

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.

My Review:

 This was a wonderful romance.  Breck and Ari have loved each other most of their lives and when Breck proposed, Ari was thrilled.  Now Breck is off to war and Ari is anxiously awaiting his return when her health starts to deteriorate.  When she gets her diagnosis, she makes the tough choice of leaving Breck without telling him about her condition, in order to protect him from having to take care of her in the future.  Breck is devastated but refuses to let Ari go without a fight.

Ari is a young woman who loves Breck too much to saddle him with a wife who will need to be taken care of in the near future.  She is strong and scared, but willing to give him up to "save" him.  Breck has worked hard to become an Army Ranger and was overjoyed when Ari agreed to marry him.  He is also protective and stubborn, he will not let Ari hide from him.

This was an emotional romance that had me captivated from page one.  Very well written with a blend of romance, drama, humor and a hint of action.  Lindsay Avalon is a new author for me but I will be reading more of her books in response to my love of this one.  I highly recommend this fantastic book and would rate this 4.5 stars!  ~Booklover Sue

Author bio:

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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