Monday, May 1, 2017

REVIEW: "Hidden Depth" by Brenda Rothert (Contemporary Romance)

HIDDEN DEPTH by Brenda Rothert is coming April 25th!

by Brenda Rothert

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 25th 2017

Series: (Lockhart Brothers, #4)
Standalone: Yes

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Description from Publisher:
I had it all.

Breaking into the entertainment business as a teenager wasn’t easy. I spent years of my childhood traveling, auditioning and hoping my big break would come. And when I did, I rose to a level I never imagined.

Elle Tyler: model, singer and actress. I couldn’t go anywhere without security anymore. It was everything I ever wanted and more - fame, fortune and worldwide recognition. At age twenty-four, I was living a dream.

But a single act of violence shattered my fairytale existence. In a matter of seconds, all the goodness in me was ripped to shreds. Overnight, the people around me dropped away, moving on to find the next big thing. I gave up on myself, becoming a woman so dark and forlorn I no longer recognized myself.

But the stranger who saved me that day, Justin Lockhart, never gave up on me. He still saw light through my darkness. And as we grew closer, I started to see it, too. And I also started to see that before that terrible day, maybe I didn’t really have it all. Maybe I was always missing the only thing that really matters.

My Rating:
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This story wastes no time before jumping into the deep end, where Pop Star/Actress Elle finds herself in a scary and traumatic experience when she runs into a dangerous and obsessed fan in a public restroom. From there, enter Justin, the kind-hearted boy-next-door lawyer, who happens upon her and saves her life.

I really liked these two as a couple, and especially the slow way it seemed their feelings would develop, from strangers who met in a crisis, to friends, to eventually more. However, that wasn't actually how things progressed, at least not on the page. It felt as though there was a lot going on OFF the page that was really only hinted at when it came to their relationship. These two went from strangers to falling in love after what seemed to be only a few visits and I really wish that those visits had been fleshed out more so that I didn't feel as disconnected.

Elle being a celebrity was a fun aspect of this, with papparazzi chomping at the bit for information on her, and her having to deal with what her injuries might mean for her career. A scene with children in the hospital in particular was really sweet.

Overall, this was a bit fluffy and shallow, despite the heavy subjects and some odd word choices during bursts of intimacy between the characters (a romance with the word "pussy" tends to have a bit more details than this one did, for instance). There were also a lot of things that I felt were brought up and had the potential to be really significant to the story that basically just fizzled out, while the drama that actually happened was overblown.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Brenda Rothert
Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.
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